By Claire Wanja
The Kenyan Ministry of Energy & Petroleum in a letter signed by Principal Secretary Andrew Kamau, has urged “East African Ministries and National Oil Companies to engage with international and local investors to review and examine available opportunities across the region” at the East Africa Oil & Gas Summit (EAOGS), to be held from 15-17 November 2016 at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre in Nairobi.
Over 3,000 oil and gas executives are expected to attend the EAOGS exhibition and conference – the largest event of its kind in East Africa.
Urging regional stakeholders to play an active role in discussions, Kamau adds “The Ministry of Energy & Petroleum is once more delighted to be associated with the Summit. Considering the huge agenda for East African nations, we would appreciate it if you would be part of the team to develop industry and achieve the oil and gas objectives for the region.”
The letter comes just a few weeks after Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta announced that the government has brought forward the country’s oil production deadline by two years and ‘set a path’ that will enable the country to become a major producer and exporter by 2019. Tullow Oil will now send the country’s first barrels of oil to the market in March 2017, with exports expected soon after.
Hon Charles Keter, Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary of the Ministry of Energy & Petroleum is set to present a keynote address at the opening ceremony of the Summit, whilst Mr. Kamau will be delivering a detailed update on Kenya’s oil and gas sector including new developments and strategies to meet its ambitious production targets over the next 12 months.
Ministers from Uganda, Ethiopia and Madagascar will also participate as the region works together to become the new frontier in oil and gas production.
EAOGS 2016 will be hosted at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre from 15-17 November 2016.
Delegates registering over the last couple of days include the Country Manager for Shell, Regional Director for Delonex Energy and the CEO of OEM Energy.