Oil experts speak at upcoming Oil and Gas conference
Through their presentations and recognised expertise, the presenters will contribute to a local understanding of the future potential of oil as a commodity, once it has been discovered in Namibia.
One of the highlighted speakers is the country’s very own, Dr. Leon Moller, from Robert Gordon University (RGU), in Aberdeen, Scotland. Dr. Moller is qualified as a legal practitioner in Namibia and solicitor in the UK. He worked as Petroleum Commissioner at the Ministry of Mines and Energy from 1996 to 2002, and also as Legal Officer at the National Petroleum Corporation of Namibia (NAMCOR) from 1993 to 1996; with many years of experience in the international energy, oil and gas industry. He is an advisor to companies in the UK and Middle East on the African oil and gas industry regarding legal and contractual risk and investment challenges.
“I hope to deliver a highly constructive and at the same time thought provoking presentation,” he said.
He will be discussing: ‘Exploring for Oil and Gas in Namibia: Current Legal and Contractual Framework.
Another highly-rated speaker is Norman Nadorff from BP Angola, who is the Senior Counsel for BP in Angola and has resided in Luanda since 2006. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Houston Law Center. He served as an oil and gas attorney in various regions, primarily Latin America, Southeast Asia and West Africa for Conoco, ARCO and BP. He works effectively in Spanish, Portuguese and French, and is conversant in Indonesian.
Nadorff’s exploration and production experience includes two expatriate assignments in Indonesia.
He was also a legal advisor to ARCO’s Treasury Department (Los Angeles) in the mid-90’s and at one stage provided legal services to BP’s solar energy division. At ARCO, Norman wrote the Company’s policies on Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, U.S. Anti-boycott laws and U.S. Export Regulations. Norman is a former Director-at-large of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators.
In his presentation, Nadorff will discuss :Skills and Training for the Petroleum Sector: Leveraging of Current Practice’.
“It is wonderful to see the increasing interest in Namibia as an emerging oil province. Namibia’s proximity to Angola certainly provides synergies for cooperation between the two countries, especially in terms of best practices and sustained development. Hopefully Namibia can learn from what Angola has gotten right while avoiding some of its mistakes. Symposiums such as the one are an effective medium for “lessons learned, analyses and discussions,” he said.
Other speakers to grace the Oil & Gas conference are, Immanuel Mulunga, Petroleum Commissioner at the Ministry of Mines and Energy, Sergei Vinogradov from the University of Dundee in Scotland, Owen L. Anderson, Senior Lecturer at the University of Oklahoma as well as David Johnston, the managing director of Daniel Johnston & Co. Inc.
The two-day conference will not only focus on discussion, debate and networking but will also include an exhibition element that features Oil and Gas companies and service providers. The exhibition will allow for a better understanding of the various elements of petroleum operations and demonstrate possible business opportunities within this sector.