Gas Africa Conference

Gas Africa Conference
June 23
rd & 24th 2015

Maslow Hotel, Sandton,
Gauteng, South Africa


A Conference for Producers and Suppliers operating in the African Gas Industry

The 2015 conference agenda is coming together well, and a vibrant, informative panel of speakers is being assembled to ensure that this 2015 event is even more valuable to you, the participant, than last years well supported event.

As part of our regular updating of delegates and potential delegates, we will regularly update both the agenda and speakers profiles. The latest speaker profile is for Natasha Kirchmann, a highly experienced Social Impact specialist. 
Johny M. Smith is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Walvis Bay Corridor Group. The Walvis Bay Corridor Group (WBCG) constitutes a Public Private Partnership (PPP) of transport and logistics stakeholders, who jointly work towards developing the various Corridor routes through the West Coast Port of Walvis Bay, and facilitating fast, safe, reliable and efficient transport along these routes.
He is leading the growth and development of new business along the three main corridor routes in Namibia. These corridor routes are the TransKalahari route which links Namibia with Botswana and

Gauteng, The TransCaprivi route which links Namibia with Zambia, DRC and Zimbabwe as well as the TransCunene Highway, which links Namibia to Southern Angola.

He has more than 20 year’s commercial experience in the fields of telecommunications, land and sea transportation. His relevant experience covers the aspects of Business Strategy, Organisational development, Business Development, Marketing and Project Management.
Natasha Kirchmann is a Social Impact delivery specialist who works with local and international partners who operate in many countries around the world.
Her key focus is very much on Africa where social sustainability is a major benefit to any project security. Social glitches on Capital Development Projects can cost organisations massive monitory and time losses and in many cases unnecessary IR and political strife on various levels.
By taking a pro-active and positive IR development and communication approach, identifying social risk and mitigating it through strategic engagement and implementation, a platform of shared value is achieved for all stakeholders; Private Sector, Government and Community. Communication around this shared value can become a powerful business tool in securing long-term strategic relations.
She will address the conference specifically on Social Impact on projects and strategic solutions that provide social, economic and political sustainability
Kevin Gallagher is a senior executive with nearly 25 years’ experience in managing oil and gas operations in Australia, the USA and North and West Africa. A qualified mechanical engineer, also has extensive experience as a drilling engineer.
During his time at Clough, Kevin has conducted a detailed strategic review of the business, and has streamlined operations to improve cost and operational performance. He has established the leadership team, systems and people capabilities to deliver on the company’s extensive project portfolio and has achieved record financial results for two consecutive years.
Kevin is passionate about the oil and gas sector and is an advocate for building high value skills and improving industry productivity performance. He is a respected thought leader for the oil and gas sector and has performed keynote speaking at leading industry events including the annual APPEA conference, the Australian Resources Conference and the American Chamber of Commerce in Australia.

The dynamic new Conference Program for 2015 is as follows: 



Tuesday 23rd June  2015


09h00 – 09h30



Opening keynote address

The Effects of the falling Oil price on the international Gas industry
Doug Kuni – Consultant to Exxaro

09h30 – 10h45



                LNG Project in Mozambique


                Optimising Productivity on Major Projects - Lessons learnt from the Australian LNG Boom

                  Kevin Gallagher, Clough, Australia


10h45 – 11h00

Tea / Coffee / Refreshment Break

11h00 – 12h30


                 Assessment of South Africa’s Gas Market Potential 

                 South African Oil & Gas Alliance

                 CEO, Mr Ebrahim Takolia


               Sacoil – plans for pipeline from Mozambique to South Africa


12h30 – 14h00

Refreshment Break & Lunch


14h00 – 16h30


GAS IN SOUTH AFRICA: Panel Discussion


              Kudu Gas in Namibia – Walvis Bay Corridor

             Developing Namibia into a Logistics Hub
             Mr Johny Smith – CEO: Walvis Bay Corridor Group

             Social and Environmental Impact of Gas Projects in Africa

            Debate on Future of Gas in Africa chaired by Paul Runge, Africa Project Access
            Mike de Pontes, IGAS; Martyn Davies, Frontier Investments


Networking Cocktail Event in Expo area – Sponsor to welcome delegates

This is an outline agenda and is presented to illustrate the variety, quality and topicality of subjects and speakers. All agenda items are in process and a call for speakers has been issued. There will be updates to this outline from time to time, incorporating any changes.



Wednesday 24th June  2015

09h00 – 10h30



                Shale Gas – recent experiences

                                Bundu Gas & Oil Exploration


               GTL, Pemba Mozambique


10h30 – 10h45

Tea / Coffee / Refreshment Break

10h45 – 12h30




               Environmental Issues

                            Malcolme Logie – WSP Environmental and Energy


                Trade Flows for Gas Related Equipment

                          Duncan Bonnett – Liz Whitehouse & Assoc

12h30 – 13h30

Refreshment Break & Lunch

13h30 – 16h30





                           Lars Greiner 


                          Dr Duncan Clarke, Global Pacific

                Modalities for financing gas projects in Africa

                         Oil & Gas, Southern Africa  Standard Bank
                       Mr Simon Eardly-Taylor


                Social impact on projects and strategic solutions that provide social, economic and
                political sustainability.
                      Natasha Kirchman


– 16h30

Tea / Coffee / Refreshment Break


Questions and Answer session 


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