Dr. Mustapha Abdul-Hamid, Chief Executive of the National Petroleum Authority of Ghana, will be discussing trends across Ghana’s downstream sector at this year’s Africa Energy Week (AEW).
The conference and exhibition will take place from 18th – 21st October, 2022 in Cape Town.
Representing one of Africa’s rapidly expanding hydrocarbon markets, Dr. Abdul-Hamid will lead a delegation from NPA at Africa’s premier event for the oil and gas industry, driving critical discussions around boosting investment across the downstream sector, strategies for improving energy security, making energy poverty history, and driving socio-economic development on the back of oil and gas.
Established with the aim of regulating the petroleum downstream industry in Ghana, the NPA governs commercial activities across the sector, including the importation and refining of crude oil, as well as the sale, marketing and distribution of refined petroleum products. Since its establishment in 2005, the NPA has prioritised efficiency and productivity regarding Ghana’s downstream sector, paving the way for increased investment, as well as the participation of the private sector, resulting in the growth of the market into a US$2billion industry which represents about 6 percent of the country’s GDP.
Under the leadership of Dr. Abdul-Hamid, the NPA continues to optimise operations across the oil and gas downstream sector through supervising the acceleration of storage and transportation infrastructure, while ensuring fair energy trading as the country seeks to become a regional energy hub. With energy poverty increasing across the African continent due to various issues including limited investment in the hydrocarbons sector, the COVID-19 pandemic and global geopolitical tensions, Ghana is one of the African countries at the forefront of maximising the exploitation of hydrocarbons to address energy access, affordability and reliability constraints.
Ghana’s 0.8 trillion cubic feet (tcf) of gas reserves and 660 million barrels of oil reserves provide an opportunity for the country to address its energy problems and achieve its 2030 target of 100 percent universal access to electricity. While efforts to maximise the exploitation of local energy resources are underway, the NPA has managed to leverage Ghana’s strategic location, positioning the country as a reliable regional point for energy exportation, while additionally taking advantage of petroleum imports to secure energy supply and drive economic growth.
At AEW 2022, Dr. Abdul-Hamid will promote investment opportunities across Ghana’s downstream sector, discussing the vital role Africa’s 600 tcf of gas reserves and 125.3 billion barrels of crude oil reserves will play in diversifying the energy mix, securing energy supply and lifting the over 600 million Africans out of energy poverty while driving industrialization, and positioning the continent ahead of the energy transition.
With African countries optimising gas production to drive these socio-economic benefits, Ghana is leading the race, with the country implementing a series of market-driven policy reforms, driving massive oil and gas infrastructure projects. With the NPA overseeing these energy optimisation projects including the development of gas processing, storage, transmission and distribution at AEW 2022, Dr. Abdul-Hamid will provide an update on experiences and innovations from within Ghana that can be replicated continent-wide.
“The Chamber is honoured to host Dr. Mustapha Abdul-Hamid at AEW 2022 as we expand on the discussion around how Africa can accelerate investment, as well as the exploitation of oil and gas to enhance energy security. The strengthening of Africa’s downstream industry is key to ending energy poverty and for enhancing bilateral trade relations and boosting economic development in Africa,” states NJ Ayuk, Executive Chairman of the AEC, adding that, “We are very impressed with Dr. Abdul-Hamid’s leadership at the NPA in facilitating a resilient downstream sector. This is what Africa needs to achieve energy independence and reliability”.
As the global focus shifts toward cleaner and sustainable energy, the NPA firmly believes in the need to strengthen energy security in Africa, specifically through the maximisation of the continent’s oil and gas so that self-reliance is achieved, and economic development ensured, while at the same time providing capacity to prospect and develop future alternatives. At AEW 2022, Dr. Abdul-Hamid will participate in high-level meetings and panel discussions to drive dialogue around boosting the oil and gas downstream industry for energy security while promoting investment opportunities within Ghana’s hydrocarbons sector.
AEW 2022 is the AEC’s annual conference, exhibition and networking event. AEW 2022 unites African energy stakeholders with investors and international partners to drive industry growth and development, and promote Africa as the destination for energy investments. Key organisations such as the African Petroleum Producers Organisation, as well as African heavyweights including Equatorial Guinea and Nigeria who have partnered with AEW, strengthening the role the event will play in Africa’s energy future.