Dr Mustapha Hamid
INDUSTRY EXPERTS and decision makers in West Africa’s petroleum downstream industry are gearing up for the largest most influential oil and gas event – Ghana International Petroleum Conference (GhipCon).
The conference, which will be organised by the National Petroleum Authority (NPA), in collaboration with the African Refiners and Distributors Association (ARDA) under the auspices of the Ministry of Energy and the Ghana Chamber of Bulk Oil Distributors (CBOD), will take place at Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City, Accra from the 28th-30th September 2022.
Ghana’s Vice President Dr. Alhaji Mahamudu Bawumia is expected to deliver a keynote address at this year’s conference dubbed “Energy Transition in the African Petroleum Downstream Context: Prospects, Challenges and the Way Forward.”
The conference is designed to actively bring to the fore, the downstream petroleum industry’s perspective and guidance on issues of energy transition and how government policy and regulatory framework could drive the transition process.
It also highlights best practices for the advancement of the industry, not only in Ghana but across the West African sub region and beyond.
For the first time, the conference will have a regulator’s workshop on the third day of this conference. The workshop is expected to share best practices amongst ECOWAS regulators in Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Cote D’Ivoire and Togo and other key stakeholders on progress made thus far on adoption of the mandated AFRI-5 (50-ppm Sulphur) fuel specifications and promote collaboration on the implementation going forward.
Panelists would discuss issues of governmental and regulatory policy, and best practices for the advancement of the industry.