Aberdeen lawyer chairs Africa Oil and Gas Summit

Dr Leon Moller, a lecturer at Robert Gordon University Law School recently chaired the Africa Oil and Gas Summit 2014 in London. 

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Dr Leon Moller

The Summit attracted a number of industry experts, investors, international organisations, oil companies and government officials including a number of high commissioners where they discussed and debated the current state of affairs in the African oil and gas sector.

Dr Moller, a specialist in oil and gas contract law in the university’s postgraduate oil and gas law programme, chaired the event as well as delivered a paper on the Namibian Oil and Gas Contractual Framework which was well received by the audience.

The Summit, which also hosted the Africa Oil and Gas Security Summit, covered topics, challenges and opportunities surrounding; geopolitics, security and safety aspects; the financing of oil and gas projects; policy and investment aspects; infrastructure requirements; regional issues for East, West and Southern Africa; recent discoveries, conventional and unconventional resources; and the current political developments that influence the shaping of the oil and gas sectors in Africa.

The issues of security and safety concerning offshore operations, navigation, and the transportation of oil shipments were also brought to the fore in a special session attended by representatives from the international maritime experts, the Navy, the International Maritime Organisation, the European Commission, etc.

On his return from London, Dr Moller said the event was an excellent update on the current state of affairs on the African oil and gas landscape.

He said: “Some of the key decision makers reported on some of the new and exciting developments in the sector that will be taking place over the next couple of years in various parts of the continent.

“Young and talented entrepreneurs were also sharing some of their projects they were working on. It was an excellent opportunity for networking in particular for the city investors and smaller independent companies to meet and discuss possible funding collaboration in oil and gas projects.”

The organisers invited Dr Moller to participate in the Summit based on his publications on oil and gas law and experience on the African Oil and Gas industry which he obtained in government, in-house, legal practice and in academia.

He said his participation at this esteemed international event allows him to share the information with his students on the LLM/MSc Oil and Gas Law Course.

He said:”I will not only share the exciting opportunities and new developments in the African oil and gas industry but also highlight the many challenges regarding the legal, regulatory and contractual regimes, the sharing of resources, corruption, transparency, corporate social responsibility and good governance that Africa faces, which are strongly connected with its vast oil and gas wealth.”

Professor Ken Machead of the Law School said he’s delighted that Dr Moller’s work is receiving international recognition.

He said:”Both the university and the Law School had identified oil and gas as a priority area and events such as these ensure that the teaching and research carried out in the School is of immediate relevance to the industry,” he said.

The event also featured presentations and panel discussions from organisations such as the International Finance Corporation (IFC), World Bank, Chatham House, Mott MacDonald, the Ministry of Petroleum in Egypt, the Petroleum Agency of South Africa, the Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation, Somali Petroleum Corporation, Ghana National Petroleum Corporation, the Banking Industry and a number of major and independent Oil Companies.


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