IADC Drilling Africa 2020 Conference & Exhibition

Start: 18 February 2020
End: 19 February 2020

Location: Mövenpick Ambassador Hotel Accra, Ghana


Registration Information

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  • Registration fee: IADC Member: US $ 750   Non-Member: US $ 937,50
  • Federal government employees may be eligible for a 50% discount on conference registration.
  • Speakers, sponsors and guests are not eligible for online registration. (Please contact europe@iadc.org to obtain the correct registration form).

For registration inquiries, please contact europe@iadc.org / + 31 24 675 2252.


Across Africa – from the prolific northern countries like Egypt, Algeria and Libya, to the more mature oil and gas markets in the western part of the continent like Nigeria, Angola and Ghana, all the way to the eastern side, including Kenya, Uganda, Mozambique and Tanzania where oil and gas exploration is still emerging – there is increasing complexity all around. This complexity, coupled with volatile oil prices, continues to bring about fast-paced market changes. In addition to multiple opportunities and challenges unique to Africa, many parts of the continent will struggle to grow or even maintain their economies in the face of declining oil and gas revenues. At the same time, pressure on drilling industry performance will surely intensify. How can the industry rise to meet these challenges and still embrace fresh opportunities from onshore to ultra-deepwater?

IADC Drilling Africa 2020 will explore all aspects of drilling operations in this vital region, including ultra-deepwater, sub-salt, emerging markets, HPHT, re-entry drilling for gas redevelopment, underbalanced and managed pressure operations, community development, training and competency, workforce development, logistics and security. 

Conference Program

Tuesday, 18 February 2020 

07.00 Conference Registration, Coffee Service, & Open Exhibition – Sponsored by KCA Deutag

08.30 Welcome, Introduction & Safety Briefing

  • Mike DuBose, Vice President International Development, IADC

08.45 Keynote Presentation: Benjamin Asante, Director Petroleum Upstream, Ministry of Energy Ghana 

09.15 Update Nigeria Chapter:

  • Chuks Enwereji, Chairman IADC Nigeria Chapter; Security Manager West Africa, Shelf Drilling 

09.30 Market Outlook
Session Chair: Mike DuBose, Vice President International Development, IADC

  • Status and Outlook for the Africa Offshore Rig Market: Terry Childs, Head of RigLogix, Westwood Global Energy

10.30 Networking Break, Poster Session & Open Exhibition – Sponsored by KCA Deutag

11.00 People – Attract, Develop and Retain!
Moderator: Mark Tooley, Vice President Business Development Africa, National Oilwell Varco

Numerous International polls suggest that the O&G industry is not high on the list for the younger generation when choosing a career path, things get worse beyond the Gen Y (aka Millennials) to the Gen Z (aka iGen). 

This panel discussion will look at how we need to change in order to make our industry more exciting and attractive to the younger generation. Panelists will give their views and thoughts on what we are doing right and areas that we need to improve/adapt/change. We will hear a range of views from a diverse panel in order to capture all perspectives, from current industry leaders already in our industry to the young professional that has just joined and a student that is thinking of joining our industry. 

  • Mark Denkowski, Vice President Accreditation & Credentialing Division, IADC
  • Ben Pomford, Head of Drilling Solutions, Maersk Drilling
  • Nicholas Kofi Gbordzor, Lead EHS Advisor, Tullow Oil
  • Abena Owusua Yeboah, Student, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology (KNUST)

12.30 Luncheon & Open Exhibition 

13.45 Automation
Session Chair: Mathius Akhideno, Well Engineering Manager, Shell Nigeria

Wired Drill Pipe (WDP) Deployments Offshore – The Journey from High Speed Telemetry and Along-String Measurements (ASM) Closed-Loop Downhole Automation: Mats Andreas Andersen, Regional Vice President Strategic Sales, National Oilwell Varco
Summary of last 5 years’ offshore deployments of WDP for high-speed telemetry and ASM technology;  Introduction to technology, an overview of applications and value of technology, project and case histories with results and linking downhole with top side for closed-loop automation. 

Cybersecurity: Jesuefe Okagbare, Information Technology Consultant, Limitless Technologies
This presentation will provide vital information on cybersecurity trends, explore the internet of things (IoT) and the security threat it poses, examine a few notable attacks that have occurred in the Oil and Gas sector, discuss the business impact of cybersecurity breaches, explore the cybersecurity culture adopted by several organizations, provide a brief overview of various cybersecurity frameworks, and equip key decision makers with the knowledge required to start having the right conversations towards securing their various organizations from cyber threats.

14.45 Networking Break & Open Exhibition – Sponsored by KCA Deutag

15.15 Panel Session: Established Producing African Countries
Moderators: Olusola Falodun, Managing Director, CEO Wellsworth Energy Services, & Jeff Smith, Well Operations Manager, Africa Region, BP 

The long-established African oil and gas producers are managing two distinct challenges at either end of the production spectrum:  1) increasingly complex and expensive new developments, and 2) low value depleted fields under late life investment or disposal. New production from historical producers is now in smaller reserve pockets, reliant on expensive new technology, or requiring ever deeper offshore water depths. The mature prolific fields have dwindling value due to much lower production capacity per well and lack of an innovative business investment case. Many established producers on the continent will struggle to grow or even maintain the oil and gas economic benefit in the face of an unattractive investment climate driven by lower price of oil and uncertainties about output curtailment by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).  How can the historical producers rise to these challenges and find the business growth to maintain their historical oil and gas production success? The Panel will discuss the present state of efforts to replace and sustain production while focusing on innovative business and technology models to unlock both mature field investment, and growth in new development. 

  • Stan Ralph, West Africa Drilling Engineering Manager, BP
  • Nana Osei Kuffour Poku, Senior Drilling Engineer, Aker Energy 
  • Wael El-Wakeel, Global Completions Technical Authority, BP
  • Effiong Okon, Operations Director Operations, Seplat Petroleum Development Company
  • Ben Pomford, Head of Drilling Solutions, Maersk Drilling

16.45-17.45 Welcoming Reception, Poster Session & Open Exhibition


Wednesday, 19 February 2020

07.30 Conference Registration, Coffee Service & Open Exhibition Sponsored by OES/ODENL

08.30 Welcome, Introduction & Safety Briefing 

08.35 Keynote Presentation:  Anthony Clark, Group Well Engineering Manager, Tullow Oil

09.00 Panel Session: Reactivation & Startup
Moderators: Omolola A. Ani, Wells Manager – Nigeria, Mobil Producing Nigeria / Esso E & P Nigeria, & Celine Martin, Head of Rig & Services Strategy Coordination, Total

As the industry progresses a modest recovery from one of the more prolonged down-turns in recent times, operators have begun cautiously rebuilding their drilling program inventory and rig activity levels.  The prevailing ‘lower for longer’ price environment continues to moderate demand growth and influences the move to operating cost models that are resilient across a range of crude prices.  Steep downsizing of industry human capacity during the down-turn and lack of experienced resources also pose a significant challenge to efficient drilling activity ramp-up.  

Today’s panelists will be sharing their insights on challenges and strategies for safe, successful execution of new and stacked rig reactivation’s.  Discussion topics will cover managing startup issues across areas including safety, operations, regulatory, quality, personnel competency development, logistics and supply chain, local content, and community interface management. 

  • Harvey Snowling, Senior Vice President, Borr Drilling
  • Dick Verhaagen, Vice President Africa, Pacific Drilling
  • Chijioke Akwukwuma, Managing Director, ODENL 
  • Jacob Sule, Managing Director, Shelf Drilling

10.30 Networking Break & Open Exhibition Sponsored by OES/ODENL

11.00 Safety & Security
Session Chair: Hisham Zebian, Vice President Eastern Hemisphere, IADC 

HSSE Innovation in Casing Running Automation and Maintaining Secure Fluids Control in Deepwater Well Development of the Nile Delta: Ola Balbaa, Drilling Engineer, & Dena Hegab, Drilling Engineer, & Vibeke Johansen Espelid, Performance Superintendent, Maersk Drilling, Sherif El Kholy, Jeffery R. Smith, Mohamed Najwani, Mohamed El Rashidy, Mohamed Mansour, Michael Lynch, Wael El Wakeel, BP, Tom Banger, Weatherford, Robin Boers, Allan McColl
This presentation provides an insight on the operations on the Maersk Discoverer rig. It will take us through the changes in fluids handling system as well as the mechanization of the casing running jobs and how this resulted in a significant improvement to safety, security of fluids management, and performance; that was only achieved through the One Team spirit!

Strategic Intelligence as a Solution to Oil and Gas Security Challenges – Case Study Nigeria: Ubong King, Chairman, Protection Plus Services Limited
Highlights of the pre, present and future problems that operators have and will have will be outlined. It will also show the metamorphosis of the Nigerian situation, the current challenges and the best structured intelligence procedure out for the benefit of all operators.

Seven Years’ Environmental Impact Assessment of Oil and Gas Activities in Ghana; Case Study of Ellembelle and Takoradi Communities: Emmanuel Acheaw, Lecturer, University of Energy and Natural Resoures Ghana
The study sought to examine the environmental impacts of the oil and gas activities, such as spillages and leakages, gas flaring etc.; that come with upstream operations such as exploration and production after seven years of oil and gas production in Ghana. The survey data was restricted on the basis of demographic characteristic of respondents, knowledge of oil and gas activities and their effects on the environment knowledge. It was revealed that the activities of the industry had affected fishing negatively, pollution of air due to faring of gas, high ambient temperature and high aquatic morbidity amongst others. 

12.30 Luncheon & Open Exhibition 

13.45 Technology
Session Chair: Ote Enaibe, Group Sales & Marketing Manager, Depthwize

Case Study of the Temporary Abandonment of 15 Deepwater Subsea Wells in Mauritania Using a Drillship: Lessons Learned from the Operator and the Drilling Contractor Viewpoints: William Liew Sin Yoong, Drilling Supervisor, Khalil Mohamed M’bareck, Mohd Hairi Abdul Razak, Petronas, William Zomerdijk, Frederic Jacquemin, Pacific Drilling
Case study of the temporary plug and abandonment of fifteen (15) deep-water subsea wells offshore Mauritania using a drillship. This presentation will include a field description, rig selection, rig modifications, selection of completion/workover riser system and its challenges and review lessons captured and performance analysis along the project. 

Conductor Sharing Wellheads (CSW) as a Cost Effective Option for Slot Optimization to Offshore Wellhead Platforms: Mfonobong Akpainyang, Wells Engineer, Mobil Producing Nigeria, Olivier Frelat, Cameron Surface Systems
Mobil Producing Nigeria Wells Engineers collaborating with Cameron Engineering team, undertook a project to expand the existing Cameron Dual Wellhead system to a Triplex Wellhead system in late 2011. This was an effort to address the slot availability challenge by expanding the usability of each individual slot on a platform from one to three wells. The result of the initiative was a new Conductor Sharing Wellhead design that allows the drilling & completion of three independent wells from a single conductor / slot on an offshore jacket platform.

14.45 Networking Break & Open Exhibition Sponsored by OES/ODENL

15.15 Panel Session: The Future of Africa, How to Operate & What to Expect
Moderators: Frédéric Jacquemin, Director Sales Eastern Hemisphere, Pacific Drilling, & Elike Mawuli, Well Engineering Manager, Tullow Oil

This panel will focus on the emerging Africa and explore opportunities and challenges common to countries where oil & gas exploration and production is fast developing such us as Ghana, Senegal, Mauritania, Mozambique, Morocco… How to support local content development without strong infrastructure, resources, and experienced manpower already in place? How to take advantage of lessons learned from established producing countries such as Nigeria, Angola, Egypt…? How to operate and what to expect? 

  • Geena Malkani, Chief Operating Officer, Springfield E&P
  • Arnaud Bourdages, Senior Manager Marketing & Sales, Valaris
  • Alexandre Depiesse, Head of Solutions Drilling & Wells, ex-Mauritania Operations Director, Total
  • Emmanuel Delvaux, Managing Director – West Africa, Schlumberger

16.45 Adjournment


Program Committee Members

Mathius Akhideno, Shell International
Omolola A. Ani, Mobil Producing Nigeria / Esso E & P Nigeria
Daniel Elias, GALP Energia
Ote Enaibe, Depthwize
Sola Falodun, Wellsworth Energy Services Limited
Ian Garrett, Tullow Oil
Josselin Gere, Transocean
Richard Holmes, Exxonmobil Development Company
Frédéric Jacquemin, Pacific Drilling
Matt Marek, Anadarko Petroleum Corporation
Celine Martin, Total
Elike Mawuli, Tullow Oil
Jason Morganelli, Valaris plc
Rob Munger, BP
Franco Pandolfi, Saipem
Rodrigo Rendon, KCA Deutag
Michael Strauss, Ensign
Mark Tooley, National Oilwell Varco
Hisham Zebian, IADC


AGR Software

Marriott Drilling Group


Exhibition Information

Cost for the 3 x 2 meter Table Top Space + 2 complimentary registrations is USD 2.250.
The space will be set with a skirted table (size 180 cm wide x 45 cm deep, 80 cm height), two chairs and access to electricity. With the space, you receive 2 complimentary/free conference registrations and up to 2 additional registrations at half price (USD 325).

Exhibitions at IADC events will be limited to showcasing products and services that advance technology, competency or HSE. Exhibitions centered on recruitment or employment should not take space at IADC events. IADC Membership is mandatory for booking an exhibition space at this event. Non-members will receive an USD 200 discount on their IADC Membership when booking exhibition space. IADC Exhibitions will solely be visited by conference attendees. Non-conference attendees are not allowed to enter the exhibition area.

Reservations can be made by completing the letter of agreement and returning it by e-mail: europe@iadc.org
Exhibition space is being allocated on a first come, first served basis!

Click here to view the exhibition floor plan

Click here to download the letter of agreement

For more information and exhibition bookings please contact us at europe@iadc.org or phone: +31.24.675.2252

Sponsorship Opportunities

There are four levels of sponsoring: Diamond sponsors, Platinum Sponsors, Gold Sponsors, and Silver Sponsors. Event sponsorships are also available and will be categorized by monetary contribution with the appropriate level of sponsorship. Please find the benefits of the sponsor packages below. The conference sponsor will receive high profile recognition before, during and after the conference.

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Diamond $25,000
(10 Comps*)


Platinum $15,000
(5 Comps*)


Gold $10,000
(3 Comps*)


Silver $5,000
(1 Comp*)


Reception $10,000
(3 Comps*)


Luncheon $6,500
(2 Comps*)


Coffee SOLD
(1 Comp*)


Audio Visuals $5,000
(1 Comp*)

* Comps refer to number of complimentary registrations

Click here to view complete sponsor packages and benefits

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For more information and sponsor bookings please contact us at europe@iadc.org or phone: +31.24.675.2252.

Hotel Information

Mövenpick Ambassador Hotel Accra
Independence Avenue, Accra, Ghana
Phone: +233.302.611.000
Click here to visit the hotel website

Room Rates: Single Room USD $245,- per room per night including breakfast, service tax, VAT and WIFI.
Cancellation Policy: You may cancel without penalty up until 72 hours before your arrival. If you cancel or shorten your stay with less than 3 days’ notice, the hotel will charge you for 1 nights accommodation.
Cut off Date: The IADC room block will expire on the 27th of January 2020. After this date the hotel will provide rooms at the best available rate, subject to availability.
Reservations: please follow this link to make your hotel reservation.

Warning: Please note that there are several 3rd party companies actively approaching conference delegates and exhibitors by phone and email trying to sell hotel rooms at the contracted hotel for a cheaper rate than the published rate on this conference website. Please note that these companies do not represent IADC or the hotel, nor has IADC or the hotel authorized them to use their names or trademarks on information they send out to exhibitors and delegates.

To avoid being a victim of fraud, please do not give out your credit card details to any other party and be sure to make your hotel reservations exclusively through the contracted hotel.


Press Policy

Complimentary press registration is limited to one (1) person per company. This individual must be a titled editor, writer, reporter or other bona fide editorial representative of a legitimate industry or consumer publication. Publishers and sales and marketing specialists are excluded from this complimentary registration practice and must pay the full conference registration fee to attend an event.


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IADC Drilling Africa 2020 Conference & Exhibition