On behalf of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) and the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) it is with great pleasure that we welcome you to the inaugural Africa Energy and Technology Conference. The choice of Nairobi, Kenya as the location of this meeting is a tribute to the recent surge in hydrocarbon exploration success in East Africa, both onshore and off shore. Our conference will highlight many facets of these newer discoveries and also the significant industry activity that is occurring across the African continent. Africa has led the world in major discoveries in recent years and the time is right for an all-Africa regional meeting.
We wish to thank the Kenya Ministry of Petroleum and Energy and the National Oil Company of Kenya for their support and endorsement of this conference as a non-profit professional society event. The meeting could not have been possible without the hard work of the dedicated programme and organising committees and the professional staff of AAPG and SPE.
The ultimate success of this event will of course be due to the willingness of our session presenters and their employers to share examples of geoscience, engineering and energy related projects from across the continent.
We are also exceptionally fortunate to be able to host panel sessions on frontier exploration plays in Africa, social responsibility, and government regulation and contract sanctity. The participation of IOCs, NOCs, academia, other government agencies, and technology and service providers will afford great depth and diversity to this meeting and we look forward to the interaction and contributions of their representatives.
As part of this inaugural conference, we are offering two pre-convention industry short courses and a post-convention field trip to the magnificent Kenya Rift Valley.
We hope that participants will fully partake in the knowledge sharing and professional networking opportunities that will be available to them in Nairobi. We look forward to meeting you in Nairobi and are confident that this joint AAPG-SPE event will be both memorable and an invaluable experience for all who attend.
Apache Egypt Companies