Exploring East Africa
08 November 2016
Venue: Aker Solutions, Aberdeen, AB21 0BR
11:45 - 14:00
Richard Benyon, member of Parliament for Newbury and Trade Envoy for Mozambique
Gordon McIntosh, director and chairman of Aberdeen International Associates
Ian Ross, senior international business executive, Scottish Development International
Aker Solutions, Buildings 1, 2 and 3, Aberdeen International Business Park, Dyce Drive, Aberdeen, AB21 0BR
In recent years, east Africa has seen a great deal of oil and gas exploration success with a potential for great benefit to the countries involved.
Despite the downturn in the global oil and gas industry, the interest in recent licensing rounds has shown there is an appetite to tap into the large oil and gas reserves in the region.
Twelve new onshore and offshore blocks were awarded in Mozambique last year. Although there is very little produced at the moment, Mozambique has the potential to be in the top five gas producers.
Richard Benyon is the Prime Minister’s trade envoy to Mozambique and discusses how the skills in and around Aberdeen are well-suited to exploit the large reserves of high quality natural gas.
He is keen that UK-based companies are at the forefront of this opportunity which has excited a huge interest across the sector.
Aberdeen has long-standing links with Mozambique and Gordon McIntosh, the council’s former director of enterprise planning and infrastructure, undertook consultancy support and advice to Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda and South Africa on the development of their energy industry and associated infrastructure.
He is now chairman of Aberdeen International Associates, a consultancy that uses a global network of associates to help clients achieve their global goals and develop cross-border alliances.
With developments in east Africa including Uganda’s latest licensing rounds, a $3.5billion oil pipeline being built in Tanzania as well as Kenya’s creation of 17 new oil exploration blocks, there are huge opportunities in the region.