Africa Oil Week (AOW) ( is proud to announce that Mele Kyari, Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Company Ltd (NNPC) is participating in Africa Oil Week. The Nigerian national will participate in a panel discussion at AOW – held in the heart of Cape Town. Organized by Hyve Group Plc., this unmissable event will bring together the main energy players from October 3 to 7 in Cape Town under the theme: Sustainable growth in a low carbon world.

Mr. Mele will participate in the panel discussion: “Natural Gas and the African Continent: How can Africa bridge the regional and global energy gap using the foresight of natural gas as a fuel for transition”.

Investments in the oil and gas sector are crucial in alleviating domestic gas usage issues in Nigeria. Using gas as a transition fuel will help grow the economy and help fill the energy gap. Investments in its oil and gas sector are needed to accelerate Nigeria’s energy transition plan.

The global energy crisis has highlighted the need for a more secure and diversified supply across the world. In sub-Saharan Africa, persistent energy challenges are a severe constraint to overall development, gas has been identified as a potential solution, but what are the real opportunities?

Natural gas is expected to be the main source of our future energy, its greatest advantage being that it generates half the carbon dioxide emissions of coal. The lower prices of renewables and their rapid installation, while limiting emissions in the short term, make them an attractive option for stabilizing the path to renewables. Natural gas is one of the most affordable and reliable sources of energy, and systems that impact energy security need innovation.

With lower carbon emissions, natural gas is a potential option for a renewable and efficient energy supply. In all African countries, renewable energies are essential to promote natural gas as a resource. As a recent UN report stated, biomass, coal, oil and other fuels will not be enough to power Africa’s future.

Mr. Mele will be accompanied by the following panelists:

  • Benoit de la Fouchardière, Group Managing Director, Perenco
  • Eberechukwu Oji, CEO, ND Western
  • Nina Koch, Africa Manager, Equinor
  • Ademola Adeyemi-Bero, Managing Director, First E&P
  • Sop Ideriah, Managing Director Nigeria and West African Countries, Schlumberger

Only at Africa Oil Week – Home of the African Upstream – can you tap into new business opportunities, witness impactful discussions and connect with industry peers. Register for the event helping to fuel sustainable growth in Africa’s upstream. Secure your spot today. (

Distributed by APO Group for Africa Oil Week.

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About Africa Oil Week:
Africa Oil Week ( is the premier meeting place for the continent’s upstream oil and gas sector. Now entering its 28th year, the event brings together governments, national and international oil companies, independents, investors, the G&G community and service providers. Africa Oil Week takes place in the heart of Cape Town at the Cape Town International Convention Center 2 (CTICC2) from October 3-7, 2022.


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