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Eastern Africa is fast forwarding into a booming oil and gas industry, with Tanzania and Mozambique going head to head in a race to develop some of the world’s biggest gas discoveries of recent years. Several oil super-majors and partners are about to develop their interests in the region; how can the Norwegian suppliers position themselves in the race for current and upcoming opportunities?
In this breakfast seminar hosted by Arntzen de Besche, in collaboration with IHS Markit and NABA, we provide legal, commercial and political insights and an industry briefing related to the gas and LNG sectors in Tanzania and Mozambique, tailor-made for the further scrutiny of opportunities for your business in this region.
We kindly invite you for private briefings with Arntzen de Besche and IHS Markit after the seminar (10:30 - 12:00).
Are Lysnes Brautaset, Vice President LEG EXP Statoil ASA, Norway:
Are Lysnes Brautaset has more than 20 years’ experience in oil and gas law. Initially he focused on gas sales and transportation, but as in-house counsel since 2000 he has covered most areas of the up-, mid- and downstream oil and gas industry. In addition to work on assets and projects on NSC, Are has been involved in projects in Nigeria, Libya, Iraq and Indonesia as well as Tanzania, where he was based for three years. Are worked at an energy law firm in Oslo before moving on to the oil and gas division of Norsk Hydro. After the merger with Statoil in 2007, he was appointed senior legal counsel for the international upstream division. From 2013 to 2016 Are was Head of Legal Affairs and Compliance Officer for Statoil in Tanzania, and since 2016 he has headed the legal team supporting Statoil’s exploration activities worldwide.
Dr. Chris Suckling, Africa Country Risk team, IHS Markit, London:
Dr. Chris Suckling is a senior analyst on the Africa Country Risk team at IHS Markit covering East Africa and the Horn and has developed geospatial tools for Open Source (OSINT) inputs and modelled political and violent risks affecting commercial assets and supply chains throughout Africa. Chris's previous academic research evaluated the application of geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) and human terrain analysis by Western militaries. His doctorate examined social regulation of illicit economic activity in Sierra Leone, utilising a combination of local source management, network analysis, ethnographic and statistical techniques during a year-long field research project. Chris holds a PhD from LSE, MSc by Research in Human Geography (Distinction), and a BA in Geography (First Class).
Ole Kirkvaag, partner, Arntzen de Besche, Norway:
Ole Kirkvaag heads the international petroleum and natural resources advisory group of Arntzen de Besche, Norway’s leading oil, gas and energy law firm. With his 25+ years of varied legal experience (from both public and private sectors) he advises petroleum and energy companies as well as public authorities in Norway and in resource rich countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe on legislative, regulatory and operational issues. He primarily provides legal assistance regarding natural resources, but also acts in transactions, project developments and legislative and regulatory processes.
Karl Erik Navestad, partner, Arntzen de Besche, Norway:
Karl Erik Navestad heads the Oil, Offshore and Energy practice of Arntzen de Besche. He has more than 17 years’ experience as legal advisor to oil companies and petroleum industry contractors and service providers. He has assisted in several field development projects and other operational matters, and has extensive experience from advising on concession and regulatory law issues within the petroleum sector. He has also worked as in-house legal counsel with a major global E&P company.