Oil & Gas Council

Oil & Gas Council sessions

Tuesday 27 October:  10:00 – 11:00  

Oil & Gas Council Hosted Digital Dialogue Investment Focus – what next for African Oil & Gas?

With several majors recently announcing cut backs on oil & gas projects and small caps finding it increasingly difficult to secure financing during the downturn, what will access to capital look like in Africa in a post Covid-19 world? 

Join our discussion and hear investors, independents and financiers discuss:

•    What fundamental shifts will we see in the small cap market as a result of this extreme downturn?
•    As European sources of funding shy away from oil & gas projects, what will access to capital look like for African E&P?
•    Do large integrated companies still have the appetite for small cap projects?
•    How can oil & gas companies develop their business when equity markets are closed?
•    What role can the public markets play in supporting the industry?
•    With Africa still requiring important investment into infrastructure and the downstream sector, will these projects take precedent over exploration?  

Thursday 29 October:  10:00-11:00 

Oil & Gas Council Hosted Digital Dialogue: Exploration & Production: is it too late for Africa to profit from its resources?

The recent crash in oil & gas prices has dealt a blow in Africa. Licensing rounds have been cancelled, production timelines have been pushed back and debt is a consistent challenge. The Africa oil & gas market has spent huge amounts of time and resources developing its infrastructure and fiscal terms – did they take too long and will this, alongside weakening international demand, mean African E&P is a thing of the past?

Tuesday 3 November: 10:00 – 11:00

Oil & Gas Council Hosted Digital Dialogue: Offshore Opportunities in Senegal  

As Senegal prepares for the results of its first Offshore Licencing round join our panel session to discuss:

•    Senegal as an E&P Hub in the MSGBC region: Where do the NOCs see further collaboration opportunities to solidify a strong region in terms of industry knowledge, skills and resources? 
•    How does Petrosen see the region’s industry evolving, what are their main concerns and where do they see the biggest opportunities for growth and investment? 
•    In both the context of the MSGBC Basin and in the wider African E&P landscape, how is the role of small and mid-cap independents in deep-water activity changing? How does this compare to larger IOCs?
•    How can both E&P companies and contractors alike make the most of the current environment?
•    What are the main challenges project leaders are anticipating in this move into the next phase of development?

Thursday 5 November: 10:00-11: 00  

Oil & Gas Council Hosted Digital Dialogue: Talent and Local Content

According to data compiled by the Higher Education Statistics Agency the number of graduates going into oil and gas exploration in 2017 was at its lowest since records began in 2012, having fallen by 61% in four years. As concerns abound around the future for large discoveries, the role of the energy transition and continued hurdles around CAPEX, what does the future hold for the next generation of job seekers?

Join the debate to find out:

•    How can the oil & gas industry compete with other sectors to avoid suffering a brain drain?
•    How can the industry re-invent itself in order to attract the calibre of talent it needs?
•    What lessons can be learnt from the work culture during COVID 19 – can a new way of working help attract and keep more women in the industry?
•    What incentives will encourage the right talent to join the Oil & Gas industry
•    In light of the recent BLM campaign, what has the response been from the oil & gas industry and what can be done to increase diversity?

Tuesday 10 November: 10:00-11:00 

Oil & Gas Council Hosted Digital Dialogue: Exploring Gas Opportunities in Nigeria

As Africa and the world continue to emerge from the recent Covid-19 pandemic, find out how Nigeria is working to capitalise on its gas opportunities. Join the session to find out: 

•    How the government and upstream companies can create an environment which attracts the required infrastructure investment
•    Effective strategies for a post Covid-19 world with a particular focus on Local Content 
•    The potential for the emergence of a domestic market focused on a diversified downstream industry
•    After the success of the landmark first in class hybrid corporate financing to Nigeria LNG Limited, how can the industry continue to access creative financing opportunities 

Thursday 12 November; 10:00 11:00

Oil & Gas Council Hosted Digital Dialogue: There Is No Future For Frontier Exploration

With increased pressure from “green” companies on the industry to stop exploring coupled with the high cost of exploration, will the current pause on exploration end up being a permanent, hard stop.

Join the debate to find out:

•    What is the future of exploration in the world of the energy transition?
•    With huge savings possible by cutting exploration budgets, will today’s cuts end up being a permanent feature?
•    With some high value basins still untouched, do companies still have the appetite to explore?
•    With the world being a long way off from real alternative to fossil fuels, will exploration bounce back in 2021?

Tuesday 3 November – 14:00-14:20 

Fire Side Chat (Women’s Energy Council Interview): Ayotola Jagun, Chief Compliance Officer and Company Secretary, Oando

Join us to hear Ayotola Jagun, Chief Compliance Officer and Company Secretary for Oando, share her experience of the oil & gas industry in Nigeria and beyond.
Ayotola is a specialist in corporate transactions, Commercial Law, Funds law, Compliance and Corporate Governance and Risk Management. She has functioned creatively across multiple jurisdictions (Bermuda, Nigeria and United Kingdom) having garnered valuable experience working in these climes.
She obtained a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Central England in 1989 and studied for her LLM at Sidney Sussex College, University Of Cambridge in 1990.  She was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1992 and in 2004, obtained an M.Sc.in Corporate Governance & Ethics from the Birkbeck College, University of London.
Ayotola is a Barrister of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales and an Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators.

Thursday 5 November: 14:00 -15:00 

Fire Side Chat (Women’s Energy Council Interview): Fathima Hussain, Managing Director, Oil & Gas Corporate Finance, Standard Chartered Bank

Join us to hear Fathima Hussain’s thoughts on oil & gas project finance and how she developed her career in the industry.
Fathima Hussain is Managing Director and Global Head of the Oil & Gas Project Finance team based in London and has over 22 years banking experience in the project & structured finance arena covering Africa, Asia and Latin America. During her career, Fathima has structured and led the execution of a number of award-winning debt arranging and advisory mandates both in the upstream and downstream sectors.

She joined SCB in October 2005 and her current role primarily focuses on the origination and execution of limited recourse financings, structured financings and project advisory mandates in the Oil & Gas sector across Africa & the Middle East. Fathima holds a Masters degree in Economics from Cambridge University and a BSc (Hons) Degree in Financial Services and is a qualified Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers.