Ladies and gentlemen,
On behalf of the President of the Republic, Head of State, His Excellency Félix-Antoine TSHISEKEDI TSHILOMBO, the College of Hydrocarbon Advisors has the great pleasure of welcoming you to the inaugural "DRC Power, Oil & Gas Conference and Exhibition "which will be held from September 08 to 09, 2021 in Kinshasa, Capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
The DRC is a large country in the centre of Africa. With her base in the centre of the Congo craton and after the formation of the Rodinia Supercontinent during the Mesproterozoic era, the country has benefited from several rifting phases whose role was decisive in the development of the oil-producing environment of the DRC, namely:
During the Neoproterozoic - Lower Paleozoic, with the proliferation of cyanbacterial coenoses between the Sturtian and Marinoan glaciations as well as in the Ediacaren-Terreneuvian interval;
During the Permo - Carboniferous, after the widespread deposits of the azo lake redbeds, the sedimentation of organic matter from higher plants in the Gondwana continental rifts were sometimes intercepted by Cenozoic grabens;
In the Jurassic, after the second episode of the Triassic redbeds, a vast lake opens in the Central Basin following the rifting of the South Atlantic whose cretacic evolution has favoured the preservation of organic matter in four well-known formations, including three in the Cuvette and one on the Atlantic margin;
During the Oligo-Miocene, with the development of algal coenoses in five grabens of the western branch of the East African Rift
A multicultural country with the dimensions of a subcontinent, as well as at least 100 million very young and enterprising souls and the densest hydrographic network in Africa, the DRC is not only a mining hub but also an oil and gas destination.
We are reaching out to those who want to invest in the exploration and production of our aforementioned fossil fuels, as well as in the refining and supply of agglomerations spread over more than two million square kilometres.
May many come to celebrate the oil and gas wealth in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
ADALBERT JULES MAKUTU MA NGWAYAYA
Professor of Geosciences, University of Kinshasa
Principal Hydrocarbons Advisor, Presidency of Democratic Republic of Congo