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NOGC 2024 to talk industrial integration of Namibia

NOGC 2023 explored the best strategic roadmap to leverage Namibia's oil and gas investments. (Image source: NOGC)

The Namibia Oil and Gas Conference is all set for a second edition in Windhoek from 20-22 August, following an eventful first edition in 2023 that explored the best strategic roadmap to leverage the region's oil and gas investments, especially from its resource powerhouse – Orange Basin 

This year's theme, Next Steps towards a Prosperous Oil and Gas Industry, will include insights and analyses, specific to Namibia's hydrocarbons sector, also delving into the region's energy revolution in areas such as local content, infrastructure and logistics. National and international stakeholders will be present at the event to speak on Namibia's procurement transparency and the country's role in the global oil and gas markets. Chevon's majority acquisition of the petroleum exploration license 82 (PEL 82) in May shows international interests in the region even beyond Orange Basin. 

“20-22 August 2024 will signify a landmark three days of engagement, empowerment, and energy. The second edition of the Namibia Oil and Gas Conference under the theme, The Next Steps Towards a Prosperous Oil and Gas Industry, comes to fruition based on unparalleled demand by industry players (international and local); public, private, academia and civil society stakeholders, as well as the general Namibian public from local entrepreneurs; to professionals across diverse sectors as well as the youth. The message is: Let’s fill the information gap; let’s network; let’s participate,” said Jason Kasuto, chairman, Economic Association of Namibia during the official launch of the second NOGC. This year's edition will be introducing pre-event, dedicated workshop sessions on skills development and capacity building in the oil, gas and energy sectors.

Creating sustainable value chains

Organised by the Economic Association of Namibia, Namibia Investment Promotion and Development Board and the Hanns Seidel Foundation, NOGC 2024 is backed by the National Petroleum Corporation of Namibia and the Namibian Ministry of Mines and Energy. The Ministry is working on a new, investor-friendly regulatory framework to balance out its 2030 hydrocarbon strategy, with first achieving oil and later getting large-scale green hydrogen projects started. Namibia will also be welcoming the inaugural Global African Hydrogen Summit (GAH2S) in Windhoek from 3-5 September this year to provide a platform for the global players in the hydrogen value chain to promote their projects in Africa.

“With over 70 renowned speakers covering relevant topics, panel discussions, masterclasses and exhibitions, the mission of the Economic Association of Namibia is clear – the Namibia Oil and Gas Conference 2024 has a strong focus on proposing ideas and strategies that will ensure that investments in the sector will not create an enclave around oil and gas production sites, but that investment will lead to the development of an integrated industrial base with backward and forward linkages to the rest of the economy, thus creating sustainable value chains, jobs and uplifting the living standards of Namibia’s people,” said Kasuto.