Oil & Gas Digitalisation Summit Sub-Sahara Africa

Johannesburg, South Africa

Transforming the operational performance of Sub-Saharan Africa's oil & gas industry through adopting digital technologies

The Oil & Gas Digitalisation Summit Sub-Saharan Africa will welcome the oil & gas sector to Johannesburg in March 2020 and will place the oil & gas industry at the forefront of a new age.

The conference will help chart a roadmap for developing more resilient and robust producers across the continent, less affected by global price fluctuations and future-proofed to withstand external shocks (which the O&G industry is prone) .

Over the course of two days, the conference will demonstrate how adopting technology can positively facilitate national content strategies that build capacity across SSA and enhance development of the SME sector and add value to national economies across the continent.

Africa is arguably the last energy frontier

As digital transformation expands its reach across the oil & gas sector, bringing with it digital drilling and production technology, operational efficiency, data-driven operating models, distributed ledger solutions, lower per barrel production costs and revolutionised supply chains, now is the time to embrace the digital oilfield.

Oil & Gas Digitalisation Summit Sub-Saharan Africa will serve as a platform to navigate this rapidly evolving digital landscape, bringing together CEOs, CIOs, VPs of Operations & Production, Heads of IT, Engineering Solutions & Advanced Analytics Directors and Asset Managers, with investors and innovators.

IoT, Big Data, AI, Cloud, Blockchain:  every new digitalisation technology brings a promise to completely redefine the oil & gas industry and generate new business value. How are oil & gas companies navigating the change and benefiting from it? Oil & Gas Digitalisation Summit Sub-Saharan Africa aims to clarify precisely this question.

The conference agenda is a thoroughly researched, thoughtfully developed and carefully curated balance of key note presentations, case studies and panel discussions presented by senior industry experts to provide you with the strategic transferable knowledge you need today. The conference is the place where the Sub-Saharan Africa oil & gas operators, oilfield service and EPC companies, technology vendors and start-ups will gather to share their experience in the digital transformation of oil & gas.

Emerging technologies are already impacting significantly on the global oil & gas sector. Digital transformation is set to disrupt Sub-Saharan Africa's oil & gas sector, where 30% of production stems from legacy fields. In fact, according to a recent study, the Sub-Saharan Africa portfolio of "digitally behind" assets risk becoming obsolete if digitalisation is not embraced.

This region is ripe for disruption: attend Oil & Gas Digitalisation Summit Sub-Saharan Africa to fully understand the opportunity arising from digitalisation for producers and other industry players. Learn how digitalisation will enable the Oil and Gas industry's current and future transformation and learn how industry players are striving to optimise and transform operations to keep the competitiveness of industry.

Africa is embracing digital technologies to unlock vast opportunities in its oil and gas exploration drive. Africa's oil & gas sector can benefit enormously from the latest technologies all of which will be under the microscope at the inaugural Oil & Gas Digitalisation Summit Sub-Saharan Africa in March 2020.

Every new digital technology and solution brings a promise to disrupt existing business processes. How to identify the ones that will add real business value to a company?

Technology cannot solve all of Africa's problems, but it can help with many. Digital technology has the power to transform operations. The right technologies will improve efficiency, safety and operability reduce costs, provide greater visibility and enable better, more strategic decision making.

Topics that will be discussed in March include:

  • IoT
  • Machine Learning/AI
  • Blockchain
  • Robotics/RPA
  • Drones
  • Cybersecurity
  • Additive Manufacturing
  • AR/VR
  • Predictive Maintenance
  • Edge Computing
  • Supply Chain Technology
  • Digital Twins

Oil & Gas Digitalisation Summit Sub-Saharan Africa is where the key players will gather to discuss the real cases, to see the latest technologies and services presented. The event will enable stakeholders undertake a significant digital review of their business and identify which technologies they need to invest in next.  

With machine intelligence, robotics, and 5G networks set to play major roles for increasing efficiency across the supply chain and enabling substantially higher levels of automation across the manufacturing process, building digital strategies have taken centre stage across the chemical and oil & gas refinery sectors.


  • Roelof LJ Coetzer, Senior Manager of Machine Learning and Statistics (Data Science Team, Central Digital Office), Sasol
  • Mohammad Rehan, Senior Contracts and Procurement Advisor, Eni and Saudi Aramco
  • Sanjay Bakshi, Head Digital Strategy & Ventures - Asia Pacific, Shell
  • Giacomo Silvestri, EVP, Group Head of Digital Strategy, Innovation & Demand Management, Eni
  • Niall Kramer, Managing Director, South African Oil & Gas Alliance (SAOGA)
  • Paul Eardley-Taylor, Head of Oil & Gas Southern Africa, Standard Bank
  • Andrew Dippenaar, Manager: Geoscience Specialists and Data Support, PetroSA
  • Karen Airola, Senior Corporate Manager, Plug and Play
  • Erich Schlotz, Exploration Data Manager, PetroSA
  • Alf Hartzenburg, National Project Manager - Industrial Energy Efficiency Project, National Cleaner Production Centre of SA
  • Raphael Guerithault, Managing Director, Eastern & Southern Africa, Schlumberger
  • Narendra Asnani, Director - Commercial Operations, Sub-Saharan Africa, GE Gas Power
  • Patricio Chababo, Chief Operations Officer, Puma Energy

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Hilton Sandton, Johannesburg
138 Rivonia Road, 2196
Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa
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Event details
Organizer : Energy Conference Network
Event type : Conference
Reference : ASDE-21937