By: Fred Sarpong
The Offshore West Africa Conference, which aimed at bringing together oil and gas companies operating offshore West Africa to share ideas and networking is coming on at the Accra International Conference Center, Ghana on 21-23 January 2014.
The event expected to address key technology and development issues for the West Africa offshore oil and gas market, through a comprehensive educational program and three-day exchibition.
The conference, which will be under the theme: ‘Expanding West Africa’s Offshore Potential’ will bring together over 1,200 international audience from 38 countries across the world.
Next year event will the fourth times the conference is been held in Ghana, after hosting the event in Accra in 2010, 2011, and 2013. In 2012, the event was help in Nigeria. Similarly, the 2015 event will either be held in Nigeria or Cote d’Ivoire.
The Offshore West Arica 2014 will feature a technical and strategic conference program developed by an advisory board comprised of leading industry experts, as well as an exhibition showcasing products, technologies and services from global and regional oil and gas companies.
At a media briefing in Accra last week at the British High Commission, Eric Pwadura the Acting Head, Corporate Affairs at the Ghana National Corporation (GNPC) said “The premier technical forum for the West African offshore oil and gas exploration and production industry will return to Ghana in 2014 for the latest edition, after hosting this event in 2010, 2011 and 2013,”
Pennwell Corporation, business-to-business Media Company, is organizing the event with UK Trade and Investment section of the British High Commission.
Pwadura said the conference and exhibition would address vital technology and development issues for the West African offshore oil and gas market.
In the course of this, there would be a comprehensive educational programme and exhibition, under the conference theme: “Expanding West Africa’s Offshore Potential, he said.
David Paganie, Director of Offshore Conferences, Pennwell Corporation said the Offshore Conference and Exhibition is expected to bring together national and international operators to play an important role in expanding the West African market.
He said Ghana was a country at the centre of recent impressive offshore discoveries and home to some of the largest offshore projects in the region, thus, playing host ones again for the 2014 event.
Paganie said for the past 18 years Pennwell has open the doors for networking and sharing ideas through this event.
He indicated that, nest year event will bring on board big companies like Tullow, Shell, Lukoil, GNPC, Petroleum Africa, African Energy and among others.