Guest Contributor | Nov 14, 2022 | 0
Namibian delegation to join regional players at MSGBC Oil, Gas & Power 2022
The nations of the MSGBC basin, their African allies, international oil companies, and investors will convene to write a future for African energy that develops Africa at an event set for 1 to 2 September.
Notable among those countries stepping in to explore synergies with their MSGBC counterparts is Namibia, a nation with 11 billion barrels of discovered oil reserves to the basin’s estimated nine billion.
Namibia has confirmed a delegation of half a dozen of its top civic executives spearheaded by H.E. Tom Alweendo, Minister of Mines and Energy, to meet with their MSGBC counterparts in West Africa’s leading energy forum in less than a fortnight.
Having experienced its hydrocarbon surge akin to the basin’s this past decade, Namibia continues to take great strides towards becoming a competitive oil and gas producer.
Under Tom Alweendo’s leadership, Namibia has become one of the most attractive African nations for investment thanks to regulatory reforms, cementing ties with a diverse slate of supermajors including TotalEnergies, ExxonMobil, ReconAfrica, Eco Atlantic, Africa Energy Corp, and Qatar Energy.
Indeed, just this year, Shell and TotalEnergies announced two world-class discoveries a month apart in January and February, respectively. The former of these, Shell’s Graff-1, holds 300 million barrels of reserves, trumped only by the latter – TotalEnergies’ Venus-1 field with three billion barrels worth of recoverable oil. This is sub-Saharan Africa’s largest ever oil find and TotalEnergies’ largest discovery of the past two decades, dispelling any uncertainty over Namibia’s paramount standing in the African energy sector.
Equally, following in the MSGBC basin’s footsteps, Namibia is approaching one-third renewables to share at 30.3% of total fiscal energy consumption, and whilst Mauritania lines up the world’s largest green hydrogen project – CWP’s $40 billion 30 GW Aman megadevelopment – Namibia is pushing ahead with Hyphen Energy’s $9.4 billion project equivalent, taking advantage of H.E. Alweendo’s deep financial background as the first Namibian Governor of the Bank of Namibia and prior Minister of Economic Planning to attract foreign direct investment at unprecedented levels.
Alweendo will speak at MSGBC 2022’s opening morning’s Ministerial Panel along with the respective ministers of Senegal, Mauritania, The Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Ghana, Sierra Leone, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Congo-Brazzaville, subsequently gathering later that day under the auspices of President Macky Sall to co-author the Dakar Declaration – a common African position on approaching a just and equitable energy transition.
The minister will be joined by Maggy Shino, Petroleum Commissioner; Immanuel Mulunga, Managing Director at the National Petroleum Corporation of Namibia (NAMCOR); Rachel Msiska, Personal Assistant at NAMCOR; Shiwana Ndeunyema, Executive: Strategy and Business Development at NAMCOR and H.E. Elvis Shiweda, Ambassador of the Republic of Namibia to Senegal, in comprising the national delegation. For more information: https://bit.ly/3QRprC5