Morendat Institute of Oil & Gas held a successful conference at Nairobi University Auditorium on 16th and 17th May, 2018. The conference whose theme was Opportunities for Capacity Building in the Oil & Gas Sector and other Extractives in the Eastern African Region was to take stock of the current and emerging technologies and requisite skills for the industry, thus addressing the all-round skills requirements for effective and harmonious industry development in the region going forward while talking to His Excellency the President’s Big Four Pillars namely – Food Security, Affordable Housing, Manufacturing and Affordable Healthcare for all, United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and UN Climate Change Initiatives.

The conference delegates were drawn from the key players in the Oil & Gas Sector, training institutions, engineering students and other professionals. While opening the conference, Eng. John Mosonik CBS, who represented the Cabinet Secretary for Petroleum and Mining Hon. John Munyes said that the discovery of oil in the Kenya has sparked national and private sector interest for onshore and offshore exploration of hydrocarbons. Kenya has already signed a petroleum production agreement which will trigger the commencement of early oils scheme. Through the scheme, Kenya will move between 2000 and 4000 barrels of oil per day. The event was also graced by the Canadian High Commisioner, Her Excellency, Sara Hradecky, Permenent Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum and Mining Mr. Andrew Kamau, University of Nairobi, Vice Chancellor Prof. Philip Mbithi among other dignitaries. Ms Hradecky said that Kenya needs skilled work force which should be able to offer social and economic development. She further said that the Canadian Government in conjunction with the World Bank will provide the required support to the development of petroleum sector in the country.