Speaking during a media briefing on August 1 in Juba, Dr. Abel discussed the values and opportunities of SSOP 2022, highlighting the purposes, themes and expectations of the conference, while promoting that the east African country’s vibrant upstream sector is ripe with business opportunities and ready to welcome international partners.
“The conference is an opportunity to showcase the abundance of oil resources that South Sudan has,” Dr. Abel stated, adding, “South Sudan, as a country and as a pioneer in East Africa, offers a wealth of training opportunities for engineers and geo-scientists from east African countries that have discovered oil. We encourage them to come here and make use of the training that they can get in the field.”
South Sudan currently has 13 exploration blocks that have yet to be assigned, with this year’s conference poised to showcase these blocks to international companies seeking to participate in the country’s nascent oil and gas exploration and production industry, he said.
“The Ministry of Petroleum of the Republic of South Sudan is inviting companies for new licensing opportunities. The Ministry is gearing up for another licensing round. During the conference, South Sudan will showcase the blocks that are unassigned. The opportunities that the conference brings are enormous,” continued Dr. Abel.
Nilepet’s Managing Director and CEO went on to emphasize that international and local participation in the sector will translate to more job opportunities and experience for the country’s local and youthful population, and will result in improved socioeconomic growth and a more stable business environment for South Sudan.
“The previous conferences that were conducted here demonstrated that South Sudan is ready for business. When international companies come to South Sudan, they will interact with national companies, and that will be translated into more partnerships and more joint ventures for Nilepet,” concluded Dr. Abel.
Taking place under the theme, “Gateway to East African Energy,” on September 13-14 in South Sudan’s capital city Juba, the fifth edition of SSOP will be held in official partnership with the Ministry of Petroleum and the Ministry of Energy and Dams.
This year’s event will serve as the premier international forum driving business and investment in East Africa’s sole oil producing market and will emphasize the role that energy companies play in ensuring the growth of the national economy.