IADC Drilling Africa 2022 Conference & Exhibition


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 changing oil prices and the recent COVID-19 pandemic, 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 from one side and the global shift to greener and cleaner energy sources from another side How can the industry rise to meet these challenges and still embrace fresh opportunities from onshore to ultra-deepwater?

The International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC) is pleased to issue a call for abstracts for the IADC Drilling Africa 2022 Conference & Exhibition which will be held in Accra, Ghana.

StartMay 31, 2022EndJune 1, 2022
Mövenpick Ambassador Hotel Accra

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2020 Event Demographics

Registrants by Job Title

  • Management
  • Drilling & Completion Engineer
  • Training/Education
  • Completion Engineer
  • Company Owner/Corporate Officer
  • Drilling and/or Completion Operations
  • Drilling Engineer
  • Libary/Miscellaneous
  • Geologist/Geophysicist
  • Press
  • Student








Registrants by Company Type

  • Equipment Manufacturer
  • Land/Offshore Drilling Contractor
  • Land/Offshore Well Servicing Contractor
  • Major Oil Producer
  • National Oil Company
  • Offshore Drilling Contractor
  • Oilfield Service/Consultant

Registrants by Location

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Venue & Hotel

Mövenpick Ambassador Hotel Accra

Address Independence Avenue, Accra, Ghana
Phone +233.302.611.000

Negotiated Room Rate $200,- per room per night
Single Room
incl. Breakfast, Service Tax, VAT and WIFI

NOTE: Please make your bookings timely to be ensured of a sleeping room and mention “IADC Drilling Africa 2022” for this special room rate. The IADC room block expires on 14 January 2022.

Cancellation Policy
You may cancel without penalty up until 72 hours before your arrival. No shows will be charged for one night to the guest credit card. All early departures will be charged for the entire length of stay to the guest credit card.

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.

Venue Details


Registration Information

  • Registration fee: IADC Member: US $ 750 Non-Member: US $ 937,50
  • Employees of federal regulatory agencies 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)
  • In order to receive a letter of invitation, IADC requires payment via Wire Transfer. The wire transfer information is included on the registration form.
    (Complete the Conference Registration Form PDF above)
  • No refunds will be made for cancellations 30 days prior to the conference date.
  • IADC offers discounted registration to full time students not currently employed in industry.  Please contact europe@iadc.org for further information.

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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Tuesday, 31 May 2022

07.00 Conference Registration, Coffee Service, & Open Exhibition

08.30 Welcome, Introduction & Safety Briefing

08.35 Opening Speaker

08.50 Keynote Presentation

09.10 Update Nigeria Chapter:

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

09.30 Market Outlook

10.00 Networking Break & Open Exhibition

10.30 Panel Discussion – Making Drilling Greener
Moderators: Mark Tooley, Vice President Business Development Africa, NOV, & Frederic Jacquemin, Director Marketing & Contracts, Noble Drilling

The world we live in is changing, and the global energy transition is coming whether we like it or not. The transition to non-fossil fuels is not instantaneous and the ever-increasing world demand will continue to need hydrocarbons for decades, but the drilling industry has to evolve and adopt some step changes in order to provide greener and more sustainable solutions. Every operator is asking for their vendor’s carbon emissions data even though there is little regulation on how the data is calculated, the ESG is now the corporate must-have, and in today’s world investors and shareholders are pushing to decarbonize and go ‘greener’. How can the drilling contractors, operators and service providers adapt to meaningfully contribute to the greener world? How do we effectively meet the triple bottom line of social, environmental & financial outcomes?

  • Lola Caballero, Business Development Climate Action and Sustainability, Maersk Drilling
  • Stanley Oifoghe, Geoscience Advisor, Baker Hughes
  • Antoine Perchoux, Drilling & Wells Manager, TotalEnergies
  • Effiong Okon, Executive Director Operations, Seplat Energy PLC

12.00 Luncheon & Open Exhibition

13.30 Technology I – Well Design, Well Construction and Well Control
Session Chairs: Elike Mawuli, Well Engineering Manager, Tullow Oil, & Ote Enaibe, Group Sales & Marketing Manager, Depthwize

CAN-ductor, the Environmental Choice for Exploration Wells and Field Developments: Wolfgang Mathis, Chief Operating Officer, Neodrill AS
Introduction of the CAN technology, benefits of the technology in general and particular for field developments. Smarter set-up of vessel campaigns accelerated first oil for cases where off-take facilities are in place. LCA analysis for several cases that show a reduction of environmental impact of 21-44% compared to conventional conductor installation.

Best Practices in Extended Reach Drilling: Chidi Ndokwu, Formation Evaluation Technical Sales Lead, Osita Humphrey, Oguh, Yvonne Nwamaka, Ozioko Raphael, Baker Hughes
This presentation will review best practices adopted in the drilling of some ERD wells in deep offshore Niger Delta. The integrated pre-well planning (well trajectory design, bottom hole assembly (BHA) design, drilling engineering analysis, tool reliability, review of offset data, mud rheology), real-time drilling practices and proactive measures taken to forestall non-productive times will be reviewed. The aim of this paper is to document the best practices adopted in achieving success in those wells, itemize the specific challenges encountered and stimulate discussions to better improve the drilling process.

Well Control and Equipment Recertification: Challenges and Opportunities for Promoting Industry Growth & Human Capital Development in Nigeria: Effiong Okon, Executive Director Operations Director, SEPLAT Energy
The industry has witnessed several catastrophic well control incidents all over the world with the Macondo Deepwater Horizon Blowout as one of the most recent events with devastating consequences on personnel safety, process safety, environment, reputation, share price, financial loss, etc. The learnings from investigations carried out on most of the incidents identified well control equipment maintenance, testing and certification as a major barrier that must be effective to avoid future disastrous incidents. This paper takes a strategic look at major well control incidents, causes and learnings, well control equipment recertification, global centers for BOP certification, business case to set-up BOP recertification center in Nigeria, challenges, and opportunities.  

15.00 Networking Break & Open Exhibition

15.30 Training
Session Chair: Ato Debrah, Lead Petroleum Engineer, Ghana National Petroleum Corporation

Implementing Culture by Design on an Offshore Project in West Africa: Chris French, Business Development Executive, The REACH Group
Critical to the success of any project is the culture that is nurtured by leadership. When new teams come together, if not managed, a culture will form by default, but will this produce a high performing team that will attain top quartile operational and safety performance? To increase the probability of success, the ideal organizational culture, unique to that team, should be purposely designed and implemented and not left to chance.

Remote Learning Options – A Mindset Shift in Effective Training and Capacity Development Delivery Mechanisms: Joy Uzodike, Technical Sales, Schlumberger
With the Covid -19 pandemic creating a new normal, our day-to-day activities has gradually transformed. The learning and development division was not exempted as the Coronavirus pandemic forced a global adaptation to remote learning. While the popularity of remote learning is on the increase, NExT sees the change is rapid, and to continually fulfill our commitment to supporting customer operations, we are also rapidly transforming. Remote Learning is said to be effective when the content delivered could be retained and outrightly used to increase organizational performance. This is where NExT comes in as we are sure to deliver to our clients remote learning that is engaging, measurable and actionable via up-to-date state of the art conferencing facilities.

16.30 Welcoming Reception & Open Exhibition

Wednesday, 1 June 2022

07.30 Conference Registration, Coffee Service & Open Exhibition

08.30 Welcome, Introduction & Safety Briefing

08.35 Keynote Presentation

09.00 Technology II – Operations Efficiency and Optimization
Session Chair: Allan Mugisha, Project Manager Wells, Springfield

Maximizing the Potential of a Dual Activity Derrick Drillship in a 15 Deepwater Subsea Well Plug & Abandonment Project in West Africa: William Liew, Senior Drilling Engineer, Drilling Supervisor, PETRONAS
This presentation will highlight the collaboration between Operator and Rig Contractor in maximizing the full potential of a 6th Generation Dual Activity Derrick Drillship in a 15 Deepwater Subsea Well Plug and Abandonment (P&A) Project in West Africa. Great effort was put into engineering, operations planning and minor upgrade on the rig – resulting in completing the project safely, below planned AFE cost and ahead of the schedule. This remarkable achievement was made possible by the continuous effort to maximize potential of such drilling unit.

10.00 Networking Break & Open Exhibition

10.30 Panel Discussion – How do We Genuinely Raise our Game in Africa?
Moderators: Celine Martin, Contractor Strategy, TotalEnergies & Andrew Woodrow, Head of Africa & Middle East, Maersk Drilling

If it is to remain attractive and relevant both as an employer and as a corporate citizen, the oil and gas industry in today’s Africa needs to raise its game across the board. While local content in general has been a feature for decades, and environmental performance is increasingly scrutinised, the industry now finds itself competing for local African talent in places where it was until recently the only major game in town. Renewable energy projects as well as other industries from tech to tourism are increasingly seen as inherently ‘better’ places for ambitious professionals. How can we therefore raise our game to ensure that Africa’s oil and gas industry remains attractive and relevant at this stage in its history?

12.00 Luncheon & Open Exhibition

13.30 Security & Community Development
Session Chair: t.b.n.

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) as Corporate Social Imperatives (CSI): Creating Shared Value for Business and Society: Dr. Cosmas Anyakudo, Managing Consultant, Landgate Consultancy Limited
This paper is an attempt to re-evaluate the concept of shared value propounded by Porter Cramer and suggest it as a viable compromise in achieving the required balancing of corporate and social interests. This paper further opines that in achieving the cooperation of business, much could be achieved in combating the growing social and environmental menaces that climate change and social inequalities present on a global scale. This paper advocates corporate social responsibilities as corporate social imperatives. Therefore, the implementation of CSR in the oil and gas sector should take the form of thematic embedding of ethical values in the cycle of production from project initiation to operationalization of platforms and other facilities and utilities. The business community must adopt CSR strategies based on agreed global standards in the oil and gas sector. This paper will, therefore, speak to the following issues as relevant to the oil and gas industry globally.

The “Deep Blue” Future of Piracy and Security in the Gulf Off Nigeria: Tanwa Ashiru, CEO, Bulwark Intelligence Solutions Limited
The Nigerian government, under the Deep Blue Project, has invested hundreds of millions of dollars in equipment to combat piracy off its Gulf of Guinea coast. This presentation reviews why the equipment purchase is not likely to significantly reduce piracy in the future. Reasons include: The equipment tackles the active/immediate threats, but do not tackle the drivers of the threats (socio economic conditions, corruption, supply and demand of illicitly gained oil, poor security/judiciary inland etc). There will likely be a steep learning curve before operations reach optimum sustainability, functionality, and integration. The use of a foreign firm for procurement and trainings further affects implementation due to language barriers and challenges with continuity. Nigeria has a poor maintenance culture which has seen many fancy/high-tech equipment rot away. The causes of equipment neglect range from a minor accident which wasn’t fixed due to no spare parts, or no knowledgeable mechanic, to staff slowly drifting back to analog operations.

14.30 Networking Break & Open Exhibition

15.00 Panel Discussion – Sustaining Workforce Effectiveness – Shifting Workforce Trends and Changing Demographics
Moderators: Esigie Benson, Drilling Operations Superintendent, ExxonMobil, & Olusola Falodun, Managing Director, Wellsworth Energy Services

Recent world realities have seen a dramatic change in workforce demographics, with the baby boomers attaining retirement age and leaving the work force for generation Z and millennials. This simply implies that prized institutional knowledge (hands-on), values and skillsets are being replaced by the more technology savvy generation, who place more value on corporate social responsibility, environmentally friendly energy, better workplace flexibility and acquiring entrepreneurship skills.

 How is the oil and gas industry positioned to adapt to the technological and generational shifts that are redefining the business?

Panel Members:

  • Abena Owusua Yeboah, Operations Engineer, Ghana National Gas Company
  • Fanyama Okoli, Digital Solutions Delivery Manager, Schlumberger
  • Teriselma Sousa, Reservoir Engineer, Somoil
  • James Waringa, Geochemist, National Oil Company Kenia

16.30 Adjournment

Conference Program Committee

  • Esigie Benson, ExxonMobil
  • Arnaud Bourdages, Valaris
  • Ato Debrah, GNPC (Ghana National Petroleum Corporation)
  • Ote Enaibe, Depthwize
  • Chucks Enwereij, Shelf Drilling
  • Sola Falodun, Wellsworth Energy Services
  • Josselin Gere, Transocean
  • Frederic Jacquemin, Noble Drilling
  • Celine Martin, TotalEnergies
  • Elike Mawuli, Tullow Oil
  • Allan Mugisha, Springfield
  • Lanre Ojo-Aromokudo, Chevron
  • Franco Pandolfi , Saipem
  • Rodrigo Rendon, KCA Deutag
  • Michael Strauss, Ensign
  • Uzziel Kumanor Tetteh, GNPC (Ghana National Petroleum Corporation)
  • Mark Tooley, NOV
  • Andrew Woodrow, Maersk Drilling
  • Hisham Zebian, IADC

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 375).

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.

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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!



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