SOME of Australia’s leaders in African oil and gas exploration will take to the stage at the inaugural Africa Oil and Gas Forum, held on 10 March – before the Australasian Oil & Gas Exhibition and Conference.

Event organisers said the forum would give attendees a unique opportunity to see and hear from international specialists at a time when Australian interest in Africa was at an all-time high.

The one day forum features sessions on topics such as “Projects, investmen opportunities, challenges and best practice”, “Onshore and offshore technology, innovation & infrastructure”, and “Oil & gas sector and Africa’s development”.

The event will be opened by Western Australia’s attorney general and minister for commerce, Michael Mischin, with the dean of the Africa Group of ambassadors and high commissioners in Canberra Molosiwa Selepeng also to speak.

The resources and energy director of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Rebekah Grindlay, is set to speak about East African oil and gas in the global context, while Australia-Africa Mining Industry Group chief executive Trish O’Reilly will discuss taking a sustainable approach to shared development.

Peter Moore, the executive director of strategic engagement at Curtin University Business School, will also attend, speaking about technology and business drivers for the upstream oil and gas industry in Australia, and its implications for working in Africa.