Empowering Women to Lead South Sudan’s Energy Renaissance

South Sudan is poised for a transformative era in energy, driven by ambitious goals in oil, gas, and infrastructure development.

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JUBA, South Sudan, March 5, 2024/ — South Sudan aims to elevate its oil production to 230,000 barrels per day (bpd) by 2026, accompanied by the establishment of a 60,000-bpd refinery to cater to domestic demand. Achieving these milestones necessitates heightened investment in exploration and the nurturing of human capital. As the nation gears up for the next phase of energy evolution, women stand ready to spearhead innovation in this crucial sector.

Recognizing the burgeoning role of women in the industry, South Sudan is pressing forward with initiatives to bolster their participation in oil and gas. At the 2023 South Sudan Oil & Power (SSOP) conference, a dedicated Women in Energy luncheon delved into ongoing programs aimed at enhancing female involvement. As SSOP returns in 2024, the prominence of women in energy takes center stage, seamlessly integrated into the conference’s agenda.

Scheduled for June 25-28, 2024, in Juba, SSOP 2024 positions South Sudan as a focal point for investments and collaborations within the East African energy sphere. The conference and exhibition beckon investors to explore opportunities spanning hydrocarbons, renewable energy, and power sectors. For sponsorship or delegate participation inquiries, please reach out to sales@energycapitalpower.com.

The 2023 Women in Energy luncheon received sponsorship from South Sudanese energy titan, Triple A Petroleum, and featured speakers from the Ministry of Petroleum, national oil entity Nilepet, and South Africa’s Department of Mineral Resources and Energy. Beyond industry participation, speakers emphasized the imperative of elevating women to leadership roles within South Sudan’s energy landscape, citing diversity as a strategic avenue for enhancing capacity and driving economic progress.

“At Triple A Petroleum, we recognize the importance of mentorship programs and platforms to bolster the presence of women in leadership roles. Providing access to opportunities is paramount,” affirmed Atong Amos Agook, Founder & CEO of Triple A Petroleum.

Triple A Petroleum, Nilepet, and the Ministry of Petroleum have instituted initiatives to foster knowledge transfer and amplify opportunities for women in the sector. Dr. Labanya Margaret Mathya, DG Administration and Finance at South Sudan’s Ministry of Petroleum, stressed the need for women to be given ample space to contribute actively.

While Triple A Petroleum convened a mentorship forum in 2023, Nilepet facilitates programs connecting women to employment and leadership prospects across the organization. “Women are the backbone of this nation, and Nilepet is committed to nurturing their growth through training and global connections,” asserted Amb. Martha Nyamal, Deputy CEO/MD at Nilepet.

Similarly, the Ministry of Petroleum extends internship and training avenues for women in the industry. Dr. Mathya highlighted the significance of women as agents of innovation and economic drivers, emphasizing their pivotal role in shaping the sector’s future.

The SSOP conference will return for its seventh edition from June 25-28 in Juba, in official partnership with the Ministry of Petroleum. In a landmark move, SSOP has expanded to a four-day event for the first time, featuring a human-resources-centric agenda alongside the South Sudan Mining Forum. With women in energy at the forefront, SSOP 2024 epitomizes South Sudan’s commitment to inclusive growth and industry leadership.

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