Mr Bethel Obioma, Head, Corporate Communications of Sahara Group, quoted Ajibade to have said this in a statement issued in Lagos on Tuesday.
Ajibade said these opportunities existed in local capacity development, infrastructure development as well as funding while discussing African oil and gas market trends with a trade delegation from Southern Africa.
Angola is the second largest oil producing country in sub-Saharan Africa and an OPEC member with output of approximately 1.55 million barrels of oil per day (bpd) and an estimated 17,904.5 million cubic feet of natural gas production.
The nation also holds nine billion barrels of proven oil resources and 11 trillion cubic feet of proven natural gas reserves which represent great potential for further economic development and significant business opportunities.
Ajibade said the administration’s reform agenda of the Angolan President, João Lourenço, whose transformation policies were being driven by the Minister of Mineral Resources and Petroleum, Dr Diamantino Pedro Azevedo.
The statement said Lourenço agenda had thrown up opportunities arising from the reorganisation of Sonangol – the state oil company, a review of Angola’s oil and gas sector legislation and incentives for investments.
According to him, the opportunities include partnerships between International Oil companies, international traders, international banks (especially African companies).
” Also, the Local Angolan companies which will enhance global best practices, knowledge transfer into the local industry and ultimately increase the participation of private players in the downstream market.
“These opportunities can be exploited with the deployment of international and local private capital in partnership with the Angolan government.
“With our pedigree, proven expertise and capacity in Africa’s oil and gas sector, Sahara Group is happy to work with Angola in a bid to optimise the growth and development of the sector in Angola,” he said.
Ajibade said that Angola remained a leading oil producer in Africa with many investors focused on opportunities in exploration and production.
He said more opportunities in the rest of the value chain, such as in the downstream sector, could benefit from different business models and further improve the reliability and security of petroleum products supply to the Angolan market.
On infrastructure, he said that “with the right investments in the necessary infrastructure such as storage and logistics, Angola can become the Rotterdam of Africa,” acting as the regional export hub serving Central, Southern and even West Africa.
Ajibade said that while Angola was strategically positioned along the coast with several landlocked neighbours, for the country to develop a regional market, it needed to make significant investments in import and export facilities, pipelines and storage.