- The free webinar will be hosted under the theme the Future of the Namibian Energy Industry.
- Hon. Tom Alweendo will be joined by Executive Chairman of the African Energy Chamber, NJ Ayuk.
- The discussion will be moderated by Africa Oil & Power Field Editor, Thomas Hedley and Lawyer and Energy Specialist, Gawie Kanjemba.
- Follow the conversation through the #AECWebinars and #AOPWebinars.
Johannesburg, May 12, 2020: Continuing its Africa energy series webinars, the African Energy Chamber will present an exclusive webinar with the Namibian Minister of Energy. Hon. Tom Alweendo on Friday, May 15, 2020 at 15:00 SAST. Hosted by Africa Oil & Power, the webinar, which is open to the public, will explore the future of the Namibian energy industry in the context of the current global climate.
As 2020 was planned to be a strong year for exploratory drilling in the country, the conversation will look at the state of the country’s upstream industry and its development potential. Hon. Tom Alweendo will be joined by Nj Ayuk, Executive Chairman of the African Energy Chamber, in the discussion moderated by Namibian Lawyer and Energy Specialist, Gawie Kanjemba, and Africa Oil & Power Field Editor, Thomas Hedley.
In light of Namibia’s push to develop a sustainable and clean energy industry, participants will also discuss the country’s key energy infrastructure and power projects with a particular focus on gas-to-power and renewable energy.
“In Namibia particularly, after 30 years of independence, we have grown the economy over ten folds and remain one of the countries with the highest GDP per capita in Southern Africa,” said Hon. Tom Alweendo. “Exploring resources like oil and gas can translate into a tool for transforming the economy even further. The shareholders of Namibian resources are the Namibian people, it is thus important to work with organizations like the Africa Energy Chamber and Africa Oil & Power to map out a future that speaks best for Africa,” he added.
“Our next Africa energy series of webinars takes us to a true African energy frontier, and we are honored that Hon. Tom Alweendo is joining us in this conversation,” declared NJ Ayuk, Executive Chairman at the African Energy Chamber. “Namibia has tremendous potential for energy investments across the value-chain and should not be overlooked when it comes to building sustainable and inclusive growth in Africa.”
As international oil companies farmed-down their interests in Namibia’s offshore, a series of leading independents came in and invested, raising hopes to see world class discoveries in the near future. These notably include Chariot Oil & Gas, Tullow Oil, Africa Energy Corp, AziNam, BW Energy, Chariot Oil & Gas, Eco Atlantic Oil & Gas, Global Petroleum, Impact Oil & Gas, Maurel & Prom and Tower Resources. The country is also home to the giant Kudu gas field, where 1.3 Tcf was gas was discovered in 1974. The block is currently operated by BW Energy, who remains committed to finding a viable commercial development option for the field. Kudu’s development is seen as key to resolving the energy crisis in Namibia and developing strong gas-to-power capacity.