APPEX Global 2016

African Gas – Where's the Domestic Market ?

In the aftermath of the US-Africa Leaders’ Summit in Washington in August 2014, President Obama’s “Power Africa” initiative should bring international finance and a significant impetus to certain gas-to-power schemes in Sub Saharan Africa. This paper reviews the progress in bringing on-stream gas assets (“stranded” or otherwise) throughout Africa, in the context of African development, national policies and plans on energy mix. In many countries, inflexible government utilities still control the power and distribution sectors. Although there have been massive increases in gas resources in East Africa in the period 2012-2014, domestic commercialisation of gas across the continent is taking time – sometimes a generation - to bring benefits to the public.

About the Speaker

Andrew Hayman - DrillingInfo

Andrew Hayman is Director – Africa E&P Service for Drillinginfo, a global data and analytics company, headquartered in Austin, Texas.

Andrew has been in the business for over 30 years, with a special emphasis on Africa. He worked in seismic operations, sales, and business development, tracking up and down the West Africa margin before it was fashionable. This led to numerous contracts with National Oil Companies, and organising marine seismic JVs, training and technology transfer, and national bid-rounds and promotions for several countries. Subsequently, he worked in databases, computer cartography, and GIS as applied in exploration. He heads up Drillinginfo’s database and scouting teams for Africa. Andrew has degrees in Earth Sciences from Bristol University, Leeds University, and London University (Birkbeck College). 

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