Africa Oil Week (AOW), a leading international event for the continent’s oil and gas industry, has partnered with the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) in a bid to attract investors and further showcase the region’s lucrative fuel sector.
AAPG is an international organization with over 38,000 members in more than 100 countries.
The event is set to take place in Cape Town, South Africa from the 5th to the 9th of November, 2018. The affair will build on 25 years of success by adding a host of sessions and initiatives to its conference programme, tailored towards driving transactions, deal-making and new partnerships.
Brand new for the 2018 edition of the event is the AOW Prospect Forum, held in partnership with AAPG and open to various delegates. The Forum will allow national oil companies, independents and geo-service companies to take to the stage and showcase open acreage, broker farm-out opportunities and present data viewings.
Alongside the Prospect Forum, AOW will also feature a Seminar Theatre across the week. Ministers and CEOs of state-owned enterprises from countries including: Republic of the Congo, Ghana, Madagascar and Uganda will be hosting exclusive roadshows and bidding rounds highlighting licensing and investment opportunities to global operators and investors.
AOW will take place alongside an event dubbed the African Local Content Forum, held in partnership with the Nigeria Content Development Monitoring Board (NCDMB) and sponsored by Shell, a leading international fuel marketer.
This year’s event will showcase a movement titled the AOWomen Initiative, which is designed to mainstream women in energy, develop blueprints for capacity building and gender equality to ensure women have a presence and a voice in shaping energy policy across Africa.
The AOWomen Initiative will kick off with an exclusive breakfast briefing sponsored by Noble Energy on Thursday 8 November. Speakers will include Pam Darwin, Vice President – Africa of ExxonMobil and Mahawa Kaba-Wheeler, Director for Women, Gender & Development at the Africa Union.
AOW will also see the launch of a Student Programme and Future Leaders Initiative. The Future Leaders Initiative provides a key opportunity for the leaders of tomorrow to network with peers and keep up to date with latest industry trends. The Student programme will draw over 100 final-year students from leading pan-continental institutions including the University of Cape Town and the University of Namibia, with the aim to inspire a new wave of talent.
“As Africa Oil Week shifts its focus towards becoming a deal brokering and finance platform, it becomes a must attend business development event like no other in the industry,” AOW said in a statement this week.
“With an expected audience of 1,300 attendees from over 70 countries, the 2018 Africa Oil Week has truly evolved into the only true go-to event for the African hydrocarbon sector,” the organization added.