Africa Oil Week looks towards the future in 2020

Find out what's new on this year's conference programme

For 27 years, Africa Oil Week (AOW) has been at the vanguard of African oil, gas and energy. AOW acknowledges the challenges currently faced by the industry and understands that its role as a unifier of governments, Operators, OFS companies, financiers and the geoscience community is more important than ever before.

Africa Oil Week remains committed to delivering an inspiring event this November (4-6) in Cape Town and is pleased to see the AOW community actively engaging with it. Notably, Total CEO Patrick Pouyanné and 16 ministers and top government officials have already confirmed their attendance.

As ever, this year’s programme has been designed to reflect the priorities of a rapidly changing sector. Following consultation with two expert advisory boards and the wider AOW community, the programme has evolved to offer an expanded platform for the following themes.


Deal-making is the engine which powers Africa Oil Week. Relaunching in 2020, the historic Africa Independents Forum will be the summit’s leading transaction platform, allowing Independents to present prospective block(s) to Heads of: Upstream, Exploration and New Ventures looking to source new business opportunities. Conference Director Paul Sinclair said “A long-standing brand associated with Africa Oil Week, we're delighted to relaunch the Africa Independents Forum this year and hope to continue building upon the concept at future editions of the show and beyond. Operators have long been our lifeblood and we are committed to providing them with a platform and voice to the market.”

Running alongside this will be the three full days of National Showcases. Back by popular demand, these will offer 21 countries the opportunity to showcase their hydrocarbon sector to our global upstream audience. Now, more so than ever, the onus is on governments to develop attractive operating environments and promote their countries as a destination for investment.

Future Energy

Though Africa Oil Week’s aim is still to drive sustainable investment into the oil and gas sector – creating jobs and securing African livelihoods – it acknowledges the need to move towards a cleaner energy mix and a low-carbon future. As such, in 2020 it will launch the Future Energy Series: Africa– a day-long event to take place alongside Africa Oil Week.  

Aimed at integrated energy companies, IPPs, banks and financiers, the Future Energy Series: Africa will tackle the global energy transition from a uniquely African perspective. Topics discussed will include: policy reforms, energy infrastructure, decarbonisation technology and more.


The new exploration technology stream will look more closely at how emerging technologies are unlocking new geological plays across Africa. Technical professionals will showcase the latest research and innovations to the E&P community, which will enable them to better understand the geological rationale of future hydrocarbon hotspots and therefore optimise upstream opportunities.

Complementing this will be the OFS Technology Showcase. Building on the success of 2019’s Future Technology & Innovation Forum, this platform will focus on using technology to increase efficiency, reduce costs and provide an unprecedented level of visibility to existing operations. Myths, half-truths and rumours inevitably surround all emerging technologies; the OFS Technology showcase will cut through the noise, and present the facts to COOs, CTOs and others looking to drive their operations forward.

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