12 June 2017 - 14 June 2017 at Westin, Paris, France
Africa Assembly with Sponsors 2

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NOC Day - 12 June
Day 1 - 13 June
Night 1 - 13 June
Day 2 - 14 June

NOC Day 2017

Monday 12th June 2017 | The Westin, Paris

08.00-9.00: Registration & Networking Coffee
09.15-10.30: Strategies For Success: Today’s New Business Models, Winning Commercial Strategies And Attracting Local And International Investment

  • Benefiting from an overview of the last 24 months: What does an NOC’s world look like following CAPEX reductions, portfolio restructures and contract renegotiations?
  • How are NOCs and host governments surviving and adjusting to the new climate?
  • Showcasing examples of those who are successfully moving through the cycle quickly and efficiently?  What have we learnt about their business models as a result?
  • If oil prices rise, will the resource constraint on NOCs subside or will they continue to focus on driving efficiencies
  • How much money is being spent on “new energies” post COP 21?
  • How can NOCs, Ministries and Regulators work together to provide a consistent, competitive and stable environment for foreign investment?

10.30-11.30: Registration & Networking Coffee
11.30-12.30: NOC Cooperation and Partnership Models

  • Getting serious about collaboration: Are ministries and NOCs going beyond just paying lip service to industry partners?
  • How has the nature of alliances in the industry changed in response to a lower priced environment?
  • What changes will we see in the relationship between NOCs, IOCs and OSCs over the next few years?
  • Could we see an increase in OSCs managing NOC projects in return for a share in production?
  • Will NOCs continue to invest in R&D or engage OSCs to run their projects in order to reduce their reliance on IOCs?

12.30-13.30: Networking Lunch 

 WORKSHOP: The Role Of Regulators As A Bridge Between Government Legislation And Producers Profit-Margins

  • Addressing currency exchange challenges
  • Can governments continue to support their NOCs as they have in the past given the fiscal deficit they face?
  • To what extent are we seeing fiscal renegotiation to reflect the oil price? And how far are we going to ensure that future fiscal clauses are flexible?

14.30-15.00: Networking Break

 NOC Corporate Development And Financing Trends

  • Given the downturn in the oil price, are we likely to see a reversal in the trend which saw certain NOCs expand overseas before the decline, with them focussing on home markets instead?
  • Does the low oil price actually present good buying opportunities overseas for NOCs?  Have they got the cash to invest and, if not, how supportive will their banks be?
  • How will future oil prices affect the overall trend with respect to overseas investment by NOCs?
  • Where is long-term financing coming from?  What new financing structures will attract investment?
  • What appetite do commercial banks have to lend to NOCs and their partners in the current climate?

16.00-17.00: WORKSHOP: Local Content

  • Has Local content been pushed to the side in the panic over the low oil price?
  • How can we ensure that the local economies are developed and diversified despite the low oil price?
  • How are countries around the world addressing the enormous social consequences that have emerged as a result of the low oil price environment?
  • How are changes at policy level translating onto the field?

17.00: Close of NOC Day and Closed Door Drinks Reception


Day 1 2017

Tuesday 13th June 2017 | The Westin, Paris

08.00-9.00: Registration & Networking Coffee

Beyond The Downturn: Revised Business Strategies, Regaining Market Share & Competitiveness & Future Investment And Divestment Opportunities

  • Which innovative business strategies have producers adopted for the downturn and how are you now positioned to capitalise on new investment opportunities and core areas of growth?
  • Will the cost cutting strategy era continue as long as the oil price stays below $60 or has the market adjusted to the new lower price?
  • What are the long-term effects of cost cutting through redundancies and reduced training? - Is the next generation losing out?
  • What future investment opportunities are available?  How are companies making the current environment work for them? 
  • To what extent has there been a divestment of interests from oil and gas to the growing power and alternative energy sources in Africa?

10:00-11:00: Beyond Lip Service: Addressing The Barriers Standing In the Way Of Effective Industry Collaboration

  • How can stakeholders across the value chain pragmatically collaborate to make the low oil price profitable for all?
  • To what extent are partners working together differently in order to ensure cost reduction, efficiency gains and new value creation?
  • What place do partnerships between public and private stakeholders have in the new lower for longer climate?
  • How can operating and service companies ensure greater value and benefit from their JVs/ PSCs/PSAs?

11.00-11.45: Networking Morning Coffee

East vs West: Charting The Changing Face of Energy in Africa

  • Highlighting the vision of the future of the energy sector in Africa from coast to coast
  • What lessons can be learnt from the development of oil & gas legislation in the West and power legislation in the East?
  • Are we seeing energy companies meaningfully increase their exposure to renewables and if so what has contributed to this shift: the low oil price? COP 21 & 22? Or Government advocacy?
  • Where are new energy buyers emerging, how are they changing demand forecasts and what is their impact on the wider energy value chain?

Networking Lunch 


14:00-15:15: Finding The Finance And Investment For Tomorrow’s Energy World: The Big Debate - Debt vs Equity

What is the funding environment for companies and projects in Africa?


Assessing the availability of Debt Financing

What would stimulate debt financing?

What can be done to prevent a withdrawing of debt financing from the market?

How should energy companies align themselves to gain investment?


Assessing the availability of Equity Financing

Considering the strengths and weaknesses of the bond market

How has equity financing adjusted to be more flexible to the new oil price?

How should energy companies align themselves to gain investment?

Which one will come out on top?

Afternoon Refreshment Break

Stream A: 

15:45-17:00: Corporate Development: Examining M&A Deals Over The Last 12 Months And Assessing The Future Trajectory

  • Are the majors likely to remain sellers in the near to mid-term?

  • What do current industrial and capital market conditions mean for the small to mid-caps? Can M&A solve some of their problems?

  • Do current dynamics in the public equity and debt markets mean that we face a new type of buyer in the asset market over the next 12 months or so?

  • How do O&G companies plan to use M&A over the next 1-2 years?  What strategic objectives are they planning to achieve through M&A? 

Stream B:

15:45-17:00: Examining The Opportunity For Infrastructure Investment To Attain Portfolio Diversification & Better Returns In The Current Market

  • What opportunities and benefits do infrastructure assets provide for financiers and investors and energy companies?
  • How are E&P companies taking their portfolios and structuring them differently?
  • What infrastructure opportunities does the growth and development of LNG bring?
  • How are banks restructuring their form of funding to reflect the longevity of infrastructure projects?

Close of Day 1

Day 2 2017

Thursday 14th June 2017 | The Westin, Paris

08.00-9.00: Registration & Networking Coffee



An E&P One Stop Shop: Showcasing Successful Play Types And Potential Future Hotspots 

  • Looking back over 2016; what did the upstream industry do well and what still needs work to ensure a sustainable low-cost industry?

  • How do E&P prospects in Africa compare against those globally? Which are the most attractive upstream plays in a capex constrained marketplace?

  • What are OFS companies doing to reflect the lower oil price?

  • Comparing the MSGBC and Lokichar Basins and evaluating the opportunities for farm-ins and farm outs

  • Where to put your money: future key hotspots yet to be discovered


From Pipelines To Power Plants: How To Ensure The Profitability And Efficiency Of Power Infrastructure In Africa

  • Innovative long-term funding structures for IPPs and central grids

  • The growing importance of cutting edge technologies: mini-grids, smart metering and transformers

  • To what extent would regional energy markets increase competition and reduce inefficiency of power provision?

  • Are stakeholders paying lip service to power and energy investment, rather than implementing pragmatic solutions to increase electrification rates?

Networking Morning Coffee




  • What impact has a slowed pace of discoveries had on the appetite for investment in East Africa?
  • Strategies for successfully working with government and regulators within East Africa
  • Considering the potential for regional relationships and assessing already established country relationships
  • A showcase of successful projects in East Africa including the successes in the Lokichar basin in Kenya and the establishment of solar power in Uganda

How To Overcome The Traders Catch-22?: An Inability To Win Investment Without Proving Success And An Inability To Achieve Success Without Funding

  • What role can traders play to mitigate risk to the investor?
  • Establishing stable, reliable and mutually beneficial trading relationships
  • Risk Management and hedging: Rolling the process out as best practice across Africa
  • Are we likely to see traders increasingly entering the market as equity participants and asset owners?
  • What has been the impact of the faltering demand on long term contract negotiations and faltering demand?
  • The changing role of traders: The new strategies,  business models and trading structures that are gaining success

12.30-14.30: Networking Lunch


SPOTLIGHT ON NORTH AFRICA: New Entrants, New Strategies, New Plays. New Results?

  • Strategies for working successfully in markets where NOCs dominate

  • Considering the potential of the Agadir Basin and onshore Morocco

  • The growth of unconventionals: The technology and expertise needed to ensure success

  • Where do you see the most interesting investment and business development opportunities?  Are they fully open to you and do they extend beyond pure upstream?

  • Gas vs. Alternatives: Working together or future competitors for power?

  • What are the best methods for overcoming the operational challenge posed by security risks in the region?

Strategies for Maximising Productivity And Profitability Of The Gas To Power Market

  • How to appropriately price gas to encourage production?

  • What is holding back the establishment of a stable supply chain through regional cooperation and well-funded infrastructure?

  • What impact does the coal market have on the gas to power market? Can Gas to Power compete?

  • Key strategies for stimulating investment into Gas to Power; what can be learned from other leading countries globally?


15.30-16.00: Afternoon Refreshment Break


Spotlight on West Africa

  • Deepwater exploration in a low oil price environment: Ensuring a fair share of profit for all stakeholders

  • Success strategies including the implementation of effective and long lasting local content policies

  • Mitigating infrastructure security risk and insuring against pipeline destruction

  • What prospects do Sao Tome & Principe and the Canary Islands present when considering potential new discoveries?

  • With high volume gas discoveries in Mauritania, Senegal and Ghana; is West Africa looking to become the new Gas hub of Africa?

Monetising Gas For An International Market

  • Evaluating the growth potential of LNG in Africa: Is it able to develop into a supplier of LNG globally?

  • Can African gas compete with US shale gas?

  • Shipping, FSRUs and FLNG: what is the appetite for funding LNG infrastructure?

  • A Showcase of Mozambique and Tanzania as the future hubs of LNG in Africa and the lessons that can be learnt from their development of the sector 


Close of Assembly

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