Conference Program

Theme: Scaling Energy Opportunities in Africa’s New Frontier

Opening remarks:

  • NJ Ayuk, Executive Chairman, African Energy Chamber, South Africa

Opening Keynote Address:

  • H.E. Dr. Omar Farouk Ibrahim, Secretary General, African Petroleum Producers Organization, Nigeria
  • H.E. Engr. Mohamed Hamel, Secretary General, GECF, Qatar

Keynote Speech:

  • Gordon Birrell, EVP Production & Operations, bp, United Kingdom
  • Mark Crandall, Founder and CEO, CWP Global, Serbia

Ministerial Address:

  • H.E. Nani O. Chrougha, Minister of Petroleum, Mines and Energy of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania

Ministers from the MSGBC region are set to convene and deliberate on cohesive strategies aimed at fostering fresh prospects within the energy industry. Emphasizing the significance of regional collaboration and public-private partnerships, the panel will also address effective policymaking to avert the ‘resource curse’ phenomenon and other potential pitfalls. A key focal point of the discussion will revolve around consolidating the region’s position as a thriving and vibrant energy hub.

Moderator:

  • NJ Ayuk, Executive Chairman, African Energy Chamber, South Africa

 

Speakers:

  • H.E. Nani O. Chrougha, Minister of Petroleum, Mines and Energy, Mauritania
  • H.E. Leila Benali, Minister of Energy Transition and Sustainable Development, Morocco
  • H.E. Félix Antoine Diome, Minister of Petroleum and Energies, Senegal
  • H.E. Abdoulie Jobe, Minister of Petroleum and Energy, The Gambia

Gathering heads of regional Hydrocarbon Authorities, responsible for the national development and
regulation of the oil and gas industry, this panel will delve into the comprehensive strategies, and forward-
thinking approaches to tackle challenges pertaining to exploration, decarbonization, resource
development, and blue hydrogen development.

Moderator:

  • TBA

Speakers :

  • Moustapha Bechir, General Director of Hydrocarbons, Ministry of Petroleum, Mines and Energy, Mauritania
  • Papa Samba Ba, Director of Hydrocarbons, Ministry of Petroleum and Energies, Senegal
  • Cany Jobe, Director of Exploration and Production, Gambia National Petroleum Company (GNPC)
  • Dr. Mohamed Bangoura, National Director of Hydrocarbons, Ministry of Energy, Hydraulics and
    Hydrocarbons, Guinea
  • Khady Ndiaye, Vice President & Senegal Country Manager, Kosmos Energy, Senegal

Cav. Eng. Khaled Abubakr, Regional Coordinator Africa, International Gas
Union, Egypt

Presentation:

Edward Bestic, Deputy Director African and Western Hemisphere, U.S. Department of State

As new opportunities arise, MSGBC governments aim to create concrete and effective financial incentives to drive investments into the region’s energy sector. This panel aims to determine the region’s best strategies to maximize oil and gas revenues, foster growth in associated industries, and increase FDIs in hydrocarbon and renewable energies markets.

Moderator:

  • Hanane Ferdjani, Independent Journalist, Côte d’Ivoire

Speakers:

  • H.E Dr. Sidi Ould Tah, President, BADEA Sudan
  • Ismail Filali Allach, Country Manager, Morocco, Business Development Department, ICIEC Morocco
  • Mohamed Y. Filali, Founder and Managing Director, Jurisfiscal, United Kingdom

PARALLEL PROGRAM

Presentation:
MSGBC Basin – A Testbed for the Energy Transition by Eric Schmid, Associate Director, Upstream Energy,
S&P Global Commodity Insights, Switzerland

Presentation:
A shifting oil and gas innovation landscape – The critical role of digitalization and broader
technologies in the “oil industry-of-the future”
by Laura Sima, Director, Upstream Solutions Research, S&P Global Commodity Insights, France

Presentation:
How do global IOCs balance spending between low-carbon and traditional activities while facing
increased investor pressure?
by Laura Sima, Director, Upstream Solutions Research, S&P Global Commodity Insights, France

Presentation:

Mr Abdolaye Diop, Permanent Secretary, EITI – Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative Mauritania Energy Transition Report

In a bid to diversify its energy mix and reduce its carbon footprint, Mauritania has turned to green
hydrogen. This panel will feature discussions on strategies for the promotion of Mauritania’s nascent
green hydrogen sector, including policy frameworks, financing mechanisms, and technological
innovation.

Moderator:

  • Rita Madeira, Africa Programme Officer, IEA, France

Speakers:

  • Laurent Coche, CEO, Chariot Green Hydrogen, United Kingdom
  • Khroumbaly Lehbib, Ministry of Petroleum, Mines and Energy, Mauritania
  • Ramy Lotfy, Chief Commercial Officer, CWP Global, Serbia
  • Tarik Berair, Business Development & Sales Manager – Africa, Technip Energies
  • Anil Bhatia, VP, Renewable Energy and hybrid Energy, HBA Future Energy, Singapore
  • Mohamed Limam, VP Mauritania, bp, Mauritania

In this session, stakeholders in Mauritanian energy exploration converge to engage in critical discussions, strategize, and foster collaboration within the sector. The session serves as a bridge between government decision-makers, data experts, and industry leaders, providing a unique opportunity to exchange insights, share information, and outline the future direction of energy exploration and development in Mauritania.

Speakers:

  • Moustapha Bechir, General Director of Hydrocarbons, Ministry of Petroleum, Mines and Energy, Mauritania
  • Chems Dine Sow Deina, Exploration Manager, SMH, Mauritania
  • Hanefi Ebi, Operations and Exploitation Manager, SMH, Mauritania
  • Alexandra Gazendam, Director, EPCM, Germany
  • Elisabeth Gillbard, Geologist, TGS, United Kingdom

The downstream sector in West Africa is undergoing significant changes as it seeks to increase its refining, storage, and distribution capacities to meet growing energy demand while also delivering cleaner fuels and reducing carbon emissions.

This panel will discuss what strategies the downstream sector has put in place to meet those challenges and the role that regional collaboration can have in responding to increased demand.

Moderator:

  • Hasnayn Ebrahim, Managing Director, Africa International Advisors, South Africa

Speakers:

  • Mariene Ndoye Decraene, Director General, Société Africaine de Raffinage (SAR), Senegal
  • Rus Jiri, Sales Director Africa, Nueman Esser, Germany
  • Mohamed Mansare, Upstream Director, SONAP, Guinea

Discover the future of natural gas in a dynamic energy landscape. Our panel of experts will explore how this crucial energy source is evolving amidst changing market dynamics, sustainability imperatives, and technological innovations. Join us for an insightful discussion on the role of natural gas in tomorrow’s energy world.

Moderator:

  • Laura Sima, Director, Upstream Solutions Research,
    S&P Global Commodity Insights, France

Speakers:

  • H.E. Engr. Mohamed Hamel, Secretary General, GECF, Qatar
  • Ismail Mohamed Sid Ahmed, Vice President & Mauritania Country Manager, Kosmos Energy, Mauritania
  • Khroumbaly Lehbib, Advisor for Hydrocarbons, Ministry of Petroleum, Mines and Energy, Mauritania
  • Ousmane Ndoye, Managing Director, Senegal, GE Vernova, Senegal
  • Pierre-Edouard Crouzier, SnapLNG Product Manager/Project Manager, Technip Energies, France

The oil and gas industry is undergoing a transformation driven by technological advancements, environmental considerations, and changing market dynamics. As we look to the future, understanding the pivotal role of oil and gas services in shaping the industry’s economics is crucial. This panel brings together industry experts, innovators, and thought leaders to explore the cutting-edge trends and
innovations that are revolutionizing the oil and gas services sector and their profound impact on the
overall economics of the industry.

Presentation:

  • Jason Robinson, Director of Business Development – Africa, Mediterranean & Middle East, TGS-NOPEC
    Geophysical Company, France

Moderator:

  • Laura Sima, Director, Upstream Solutions Research,
    S&P Global Commodity Insights, France

Speakers:

  • Ben Sayers, Partner, Geo Partners, United Kingdom
  • Jason Robinson, Director of Business Development – Africa, Mediterranean & Middle East, TGS-NOPEC Geophysical Company, France
  • Fernando Siqueira, Country Manager, Modec, Senegal
Presentation:
 
  • Rita Madeira, Africa Programme Officer, IEA, France
 
The lack of access to energy is a major obstacle to inclusive and resilient development in the West African region. The development of the West Africa regional power pool is crucial in utilizing domestic energy resources, improving system reliability, and promoting economic growth. The panel discusses the importance of cooperation, strategic planning, and the expedited development of transmission networks and interconnections to eradicate energy poverty and enhance electricity trade.
 
Moderator:
  • Hasnayn Ebrahim, Managing Director, Africa International Advisors, South Africa

Speakers:

  • Cheikh Abdellahi Bedda, General Director, SOMELEC, Mauritania
  • Alex Douglas, Managing Director, Head of Western Africa, Globeleq, United Kingdom
  • Mamadou Amadou Kane, Special Advisor in charge of Gas-to-Power, Ministry of Petroleum,
    Mines and Energy, Mauritania
  • Pape Mademba Bitteye, Director General, Senelec, Senegal
  • Nani Juwara, Managing Director of NAWEC, The Gambia
  • Rita Madeira, Africa Programme Officer, IEA, France

Presentation:

  • Paul Sullivan, Vice President, Sangomar, Woodside Energy, Australia

 

Local content policies have become integral to Africa’s energy industry but have not always produced the
intended results. In this panel, the discussion will focus on the challenges in local content policy-making
and the pitfalls to avoid decreases in profitability while ensuring local participation.

Moderator:

  • Jennifer Jumbe, Energy Specialist, S&P Global Commodity Insights, United Arab Emirates

Speakers:

  • Moustapha Kebe, Educational and Instructional Director, INPG, Senegal
  • Paul Sullivan, Vice President, Sangomar, Woodside Energy, Australia
  • Dr. Kwame Baah-Nuakoh, General Manager, Strategy and Investment, GNPC, Ghana
  • Dr. Engr. Sidi Bouhamady, Director, Institut Supérieur des Métiers de l’Énergie (Groupe Polytechnique),
    Mauritania
  • Jean NG, Regional Director (West & central Africa), Enterprise Singapore
  • Mohamed Abdellahi Ould Yaha, Chairman & CEO, Maurilog, Mauritania

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Program 7

This insightful discussion centres on the dynamic world of national oil companies (NOCs) and their pivotal role in the oil and gas sector. In this panel, experts from West Africa will delve into the strategies employed by NOCs to harness their vast hydrocarbon reserves and convert them into substantial revenue streams.
Points of discussion:
● NOCs and the energy transition: How NOCs are adapting their exploration strategies in response
to the global shift towards climate resilience and sustainability
● Challenges and opportunities NOCs face in the MSGBC region and international markets, with
particular focus on infrastructure development, trade agreements, and geopolitical
considerations;
● The role of strategic partnerships with international oil companies (IOCs) in exploration and
production activities
● Analyzing the risk factors associated with NOCs’ exploration and production activities, such as geopolitical instability, commodity price fluctuations, and environmental risks


Moderator:

● Abdel O. Dahi, Independent Government Administration Professional, Mauritania

Speakers:
● Amadou Doumbouya, Managing Director, SONAP, Guinea
● Baboucarr Njie, Managing Director, GNPC, The Gambia
● Thierno Seydou Ly, Director General, Petrosen E&P, Senegal

Closing Remarks:

H.E. Nani CHROUGHA, Minister of Petroleum, Mines and Energy of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania

PARALLEL PROGRAM

EITI Mauritania 2022 Report by Isselmou Mohamed, Managing Director, Taleb Consultis

SEPCO experience requirements for the su

Exploring the Potential of Hydropower Opportunities

Senegal Oil and Gas: New Investment Opportunities by Arsène Frédéric Boissy,
Head of the Promotion Department, Petrosen E&P

The Gambia In Focus: A Look at Developments and Opportunities

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