Angolan minister praises credibility of OGP members

30th September, 2014

TOTAL_conferencia_Sana_3_of_3-2-164.jpgOGP’s Management Committee met in Luanda, capital of Africa’s second biggest oil producer, on September 9. The following day OGP had invited industry to a seminar, hosted by Total, which was attended by some 75 government officials, operators and service company representatives. 

 “This meeting in the Republic of Angola reflects our commitment to being a truly global organisation by reaching out to the industry, worldwide,” said Michael Engell-Jensen, OGP Executive Director.

 The Angolan Minister of Petroleum, His Excellency José Maria Botelho de Vasconcelos, attended and addressed the meeting.

He spoke of an “encouraging outlook for E&P in Angola, particularly in pre-salt”.

“This new environment represents a great challenge due to its complex geology that requires technological innovation at all levels and with big environmental challenges,” he said.

 “Angola is aware of these risks and therefore has established regulatory measures and also dialogue with the operators with the objective of keeping the balance between operations, safety, prevention and incident response, as well as relating to the social responsibility goals of companies.

“We are pleased that many companies operating in Angola are OGP Members,” he continued. “It’s a demonstration of their commitment to the safety, security and environmental performance of their operations and willingness to share good practices.  “OGP is an important organization with prominent relevance on the global stage. I would like to encourage you to have more events and activities in Angola with the aim of exchanging knowledge and experience with Angolan technicians in the different institutions and companies,” he concluded.

 Angola is likely to retain its producing prominence through continued interest and investment. It experienced an oil production boom between 2002 and 2008 as production started at several deepwater fields. In 2013 total Angolan oil production was more than 1.8 million barrels per day.