Prior to this week’s African Petroleum Producers Organization (APPO) meeting, the African Energy Chamber urges its member countries to consider implementing their Commonsense Energy Agenda and Guidelines for the Oil Workers’ Movement and Safety.

While the former includes key measures for the recovery of the sector in the short and medium term, the latter includes immediate actions and initiatives which, if taken, could ensure that the year is not completely lost for oil & gas operations across the continent. By taking swift action to allow oil workers to move and to ensure their safety, African countries can ensure that oil & gas operations continue safely and minimize the impact on exploration and production.

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As reported in the Commonsense Energy Agenda of the Chamber, an adjustment of the work programs is a major move that should be taken immediately by producing countries to allow explorers and producers the room to breathe and to prepare for a strong recovery in 2021. “Unless African countries engage with operators and investors and let them readjust their work programs, the only solution left for companies will be to declare force majeure or suspend any activity on their block,” declared Nj Ayuk, Executive Chairman at the African Energy Chamber. “Work programs adjustments is a major demand of the industry at the moment and key responsibilities need to be waived so exploratory and development drilling can only be deferred and not suspended or cancelled,” he added.

The Commonsense Energy Agenda and Guidelines for the Movement and Safety of Oil Workers of the African Energy Chamber remain available on and provide guidance to policy makers and operators. As APPO member countries meet this week, the Chamber is calling on them to take the actions and measures necessary to safeguard the industry ‘s interest, its investments and its jobs.

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