Africa Oil Week (AOW), which was canceled last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, has been moved from Cape Town to Dubai this year, the organizer of the annual event said on Thursday in a communicated.
This year’s event, which is scheduled for November 8-11, will take place under the theme “Succeeding in a Changing Market”.
It will host energy ministers from various African countries, including Mauritania, Ghana, Senegal, Namibia, Republic of Congo and Democratic Republic of Congo, said Hyve Group, London-based exhibition organizer.
Senior executives from major oil companies such as TotalEnergies, Chevron, ENI, Equinor, Africa Oil Corp, Seplat and Famfa will also attend the event.
“This year’s event is more important than ever for our industry to reconnect… as we embrace the energy transition for a sustainable future,” said Paul Sinclair, vice president of energy and government relations for AOW.
“The safety of our attendees was our number one priority as we temporarily relocate the event to Dubai for this year’s edition,” added Mr. Sinclair.
South Africa recently entered a fourth national lockdown that includes a temporary ban on nationwide events. AOW’s usual location, the Cape Town International Convention Center, is currently used as a site for mass vaccination.
However, Mr Sinclair said the event will return to Cape Town in 2022.
“To show our long-term commitment to Cape Town, our natural home, we have signed a three-year agreement until 2024 with the [convention centre],” he stated.
Last year’s AOW, which is traditionally held in November, was moved to February of this year, but it was canceled as countries around the world experienced a spike in Covid-19 cases.
The Hyve Group also refuted media reports last week that this year’s AOW has been replaced by Africa Energy Week.
“AOW has no partnership or link with Africa Energy Week, nor with the organizers, Africa Energy Chamber. False media reports indicate that the event will take place in Cape Town, despite the events being banned due to strict Covid-19 protocols, ”he said.
Now entering its 27th year, AOW aims to stimulate upstream transactions and transactions, stimulate investment in African projects and enable new partnerships and networking opportunities. It brings together governments, national and international oil companies, investors, independent stakeholders and service providers.
In 2019, it hosted 26 global ministers and over 400 high-level delegates.
Update: July 23, 2021, 5:23 p.m.