20 July 2012
Logistics Conference Tackles Oil & Gas Upstream Supply Chain
The costs and challenges of planning and operating logistics for both on- and offshore oil and gas upstream sectors in sub-Saharan Africa will be addressed at a conference in Johannesburg on 23 and 24 October 2012.
“Upstream oil and gas supply chain issues in sub-Saharan Africa will be extensively covered by a team of expert international speakers from Europe and Africa,” says John Victor of Fair Consultants International, joint organisers with MSRisk UK of the Oil & Gas Africa Upstream Logistics and Supply Chain Conference, OGAFLOG 2012.
“Exploration and extraction of often deep offshore oil and gas reserves brings potentially greater risks along with the high rewards normally associated with these industries,”
Highlighting some of the opportunities in the sector, Victor says: “There are 218 planned marine structures to be fabricated and erected on the east coast of Africa. Most of the equipment and fabrication would have to be done elsewhere and imported to the particular countries. This conference also includes the challenges associated with the increasing onshore business as well.”
The rapid growth of upstream opportunities in east and west Africa has in turn accelerated the development of regional capabilities and there is now a significant oil and gas supplier base in Southern Africa evolving out of Walvis Bay, Cape Town, Saldanha Bay and Durban.
“In the upstream environment, it’s all about being safe, reliable and competitive. The challenge is therefore to optimise oil and gas logistics and support services – from aviation and maritime logistics, to overland supply and communications – in fact the entire supply chain. It is these elements of the sector that the conference will be focusing on.”
Solution Driven Conference Topics
The two-day event will feature topics that are designed to stimulate discussion and offer solutions. Topics covered on the first day of the conference include The Challenge (remote site logistics and supply chains in sub-Saharan Africa); The Complete Supply Chain (identifying, prioritising and assembling the component parts); Aviation Services in Africa; Maritime and Riverine Logistics; Overland Supply and Communications.
Day Two looks at The Last Mile; Managing Risk and Human Resources; Corporate Governance; Border Control, Operation and Liaison; Environmental Diligence; more effective Corporate Social Responsibility;
The speaker programme features international experts from Europe and Africa including Jerry Brown, an independent logistics expert specialising in remote site logistics. Brown will discuss how to set up remote site logistics and supply chain support in Africa, what needs to be done and what it costs. He will also deconstruct a couple of companies that broke all the rules and succeeded because of a radically different approach.
Simon Barry, operations planner and chief operations officer for several organisations working in challenging environments, will illustrate how ‘Making the Team’ makes for success. Barry spent 32 years in the British Army and gained significant experience in mounting operations in difficult terrain. He has worked in 15 countries in Africa, mainly in the extractive industry, as well as in the Middle and Far East. Barry’s military career taught him that operational success is delivered by effective logistics, especially in places where nothing works. ‘’The key to success is clear vision executed by an effective team that cuts to the essentials and leaves behind all unnecessary baggage,” says Barry.
Mike Litson, Managing Partner at Litson Associates, will focus on Aviation Services in Africa. He will give an overview of the growth of the aviation business in Africa – what it can do for organisations and what needs to be considered when setting up an aviation operation to support large scale projects in Africa. He will also cover capabilities, liabilities and safety.
For more information contact John Victor at Fair Consultants on 021 713-3360 or e-mail email@example.com. Website: www.fairconsultants.com
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John Victor, a Director at Fair Consultants International
Mike Litson, Managing Partner at Litson Associates
Date Issued: 19 July 2012
Contact Persons: Catherine Larkin
Postal Address: P O Box 44945, Linden, 2104, South Africa