Ambitious emissions targets, post Covid19 ways-forward, which are currently forcing oil and gas operators worldwide to re-evaluate – and in many cases slim down their portfolios, will top the agenda of discussants at the “Operators’ Strategic Outlook” session at Africa Oil Week (AOW) Virtual coming up October 7, 2020.

Latest in the series of complimentary reports produced alongside its long-standing partner, Wood Mackenzie, released yesterday by Africa Oil Week showed that participants include Tullow Oil’s most senior representative in Ghana, who will be updating delegates on the company’s progress following a turbulent year.

Also joining are senior leaders from Chariot Oil and Gas and Kosmos Energy, which recently inked a farmdown agreement for up to USD200 million with Shell to on a portfolio of its exploration assets in Sao Tome & Principe, Suriname, Namibia and South Africa.

Moderating the discussion will be a Dr Valérie Marcel of Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs. This will ensure rigorous analysis of the regional and country-specific challenges and opportunities at the centre of the discussion. 

The expert contributors include, Tracey K. Henderson, chief exploration officer, Kosmos Energy; Duncan Wallace, technical director, Chariot Oil and Gas; Wissam Al Monthiry, MD, Tullow Ghana; Adam Pollard, senior research analyst, SSA Upstream Oil and Gas; Wood Mackenzie.

Titled “A Major Transition for Sub-Saharan Africa?”, the session covers topics including environmental considerations, new SSA gas projects and potential buyers for those African assets the majors are keen to divest.

The report will kickstart conversation at AOW Virtual and is available to download now for free (

AOW Virtual (7-8 October 2020) is a free to attend online conference aimed at reigniting African oil, gas and energy.

True to AOW’s roots, the conference will be packed full of strategic outlooks, debates, and a much-anticipated government bidding round.

It will offer AOW’s global oil and gas audience a platform to discuss insights, challenges and opportunities post COVID-19.

Hundreds of C-level executives from across the value chain are expected to attend, as well as government representatives from countries including Somalia, Nigeria, The Gambia, South Africa and the USA. Plus, AOW Virtual is CPD certified, so attending sessions will count towards participant’s continuing professional development.

By Chibisi Ohakah, Abuja

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