Top 10 Moments from Angola Oil & Gas Since its Inception

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The event has kickstarted a new era of deal signings and project launches, enabling the country to drive long-term and meaningful industry growth.

Presidential Opening Addresses

Consolidating the event’s position as the official meeting place for the energy sector, both the inaugural 2019 and most recent 2022 editions of the AOG conference officially kicked off with an opening address by H.E. João Lourenço, President of the Republic of Angola.

Regional Ministerial Speakers

In addition to uniting domestic energy players, the AOG conference has piqued the interest of a suite of regional stakeholders, including high-level government representatives. Energy Ministers from Equatorial Guinea, Namibia, Senegal, the Republic of Congo, Ivory Coast, Sierra Leone and the DRC represent just some of the ministerial speakers who have been coming to Angola for the conference since the event’s inception. 

A Series of Deal Signings

Uniting regional and global energy players for three days of networking and dialogue, the AOG conference has and continues to represent the best platform to sign industry-advancing deals. In 2019, agreements were signed between United Shine and Sonangol; between NFE International, the Ministry of Energy and Water Resources, the Ministry of Mineral Resources and Petroleum and the Ministry of Finance; between Sonangol and Eni; and between the National Agency for Oil, Gas and Biofuels (ANPG) and ExxonMobil; while a contract was awarded to Kinetics Technology.

In 2022, agreements were signed between Angola’s Ministry of Mineral Resources, Petroleum and Gas and Namibia’s Ministry of Mines and Energy; the ANPG and Sierra Leone’s Petroleum Directorate; and Equatorial Guinea’s Ministry of Mines and Hydrocarbons and the DRC’s Ministry of Hydrocarbons.

Investment Reports Launched

In addition to delivering a large-scale conference, event organizer ECP launched two Angolan publications in 2019 and 2022 alongside the Ministry of Mineral Resources, Petroleum and Gas. Covering the entire Angolan energy value chain and incorporating in-depth interviews with industry experts, both publications provide a comprehensive overview of the investment climate in Angola. 

High Level Sponsors

All three editions of AOG took place in collaboration with the Ministry of Mineral Resources, Petroleum and Gas, as well as with a number of high-level sponsors from across the regional and global energy landscape, a testament to the caliber of the event. Representing the country’s official energy event, all three editions also took place with national oil company Sonangol as a top sponsor, as well as other major players including ExxonMobil, TotalEnergies, Centurion, Chevron, Eni, Equino, Unitel, the African Energy Chamber and many more.

The First Large-Scale Event Post-COVID-19

The 2021 edition of AOG represented the first large-scale event to take place in the country since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Held under the strictest health measures, every single conference attendee was tested to ensure the safety of all, with additional measures put in place. With the event, the opening of Angola’s event industry kicked off as stakeholders learned to adapt to the changed environment.

ANPG Launches Bid Round in 2019

During the 2019 edition of the event, national regulator the ANPG launched the country’s Oil Blocks Licensing Round Tender as well as the country’s first-ever marginal fields round. Reaffirming both the organization and the country’s strong upstream agenda, the round piqued the interest of a suite of players. In 2021, the ANPG also announced the launch of its new 2021 bid round, following the successful closing of the 2020 tender for onshore blocks in the Lower Congo and Kwanza basins.

Energy Majors Drive Discussions

Representing one of Africa’s biggest and longest-producing countries, Angola boasts the participation of a suite of regional and global energy majors. During the three Angolan events, these majors played a defining role in driving discussions and deal-signings, and included ExxonMobil, TotalEnergies, Eni, Chevron, Equinor, Baker Hughes, bp, the Gas Exporting Countries Forum, Cabinda Gulf Oil Company, Brimont and more.

AOG Awards Highlight the Best in the Industry

One of the biggest moments across all three editions of AOG was the AOG 2022 gala dinner and awards, whereby a number of high-level organizations represented winners. These included Azule Energy winning the Game Changer of the Year; ExxonMobil winning the Explorer of the Year; and SOMOIL winning the Local Company of the Year.

Dedicated Women in Energy Receptions

While progress continues to be made to create equality across the African energy space, women continue to struggle for their place in the industry. Throughout all three editions, AOG hosted dedicated women in energy receptions, sponsored by high-level organizations.

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Onur Yilmaz

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