The 21st Africa Oil Week/Africa Upstream Conference started in Cape Town earlier this month and hosted delegates from around the world. Speaking at the 3rd Global Women’s Petroleum & Energy Club African Business Breakfast, Nici Jordaan, Business Development Manager at Sasol, commented “It made me appreciate the role we can play in empowering women so that they are better able to uplift, not only their family, but the broader community.”
Africa Oil Week: 3 - 7 November, Cape Town
Empowering Africa: Africa Oil Week 3-7 November, 2014
Unlocking Africa’s potential
Since 2000 Africa has enjoyed a prolonged commodity boom and sustained growth trend, maintaining an average growth rate of about 4% in 2013 – compared to 3% for the global economy. This growth is underpinned by abundant natural resources, improving economic indicators and evidence of maturing political stability. Population growth, alongside a rise in consumption and foreign investment, has been a significant driver in the continent’s growth story.
Stimulating regional co-operation
2014 marks the 10th anniversary of our natural gas project in Mozambique. Developed by Sasol, in co-operation with our partners Companhia Moçambicana de Hidrocarbonetos representing the Mozambican government and the International Finance Corporation, the project was a milestone in regional co-operation and African energy and infrastructure development.
Actively growing our upstream base
Given the fact that nine of the 17 largest gas discoveries in the last five years were in sub-Saharan Africa, we see significant hydrocarbon potential in the region. Accordingly, we continue to explore for hydrocarbons to expand our upstream base and help grow the region into the future.
Adding value through in-country monetisation
Capitalising on the economic opportunities associated with in-country monetisation of oil and gas resources stimulates economic growth, local development and employment.
Gas has several other advantages:
- Gas emits 40% less carbon dioxide than coal for the same energy produced.
- Gas is more flexible and cleaner burning than coal; and.
- Gas can be used in conjunction with a renewable energy source, such as wind or solar power, to provide a constant electricity supply to the grid.
Growing in a responsible and sustainable manner
Being a responsible and sustainable organisation is paramount to Sasol. In practice, this means we prioritise ways to limit the environmental and social impacts of our activities, ensuring our presence results in positive benefits for our stakeholders. The evidence in achieving this vision, is highlighted by the fact that the World Bank has cited the natural gas project in Mozambique as a benchmark for undertaking new investments in Africa in terms of social, political and environmental criteria.
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Investing in Africa’s Success: Expanding our African footprint
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