DHL to boost Africa’s oil and energy sector

DHL Global Forwarding, the forwarding arm of DHL has announced plans to launch four Oil & Energy Centres of Excellence across Africa over the next 12 months in Cape Town, South Africa, Luanda, Angola, Accra, Ghana (for West Africa) and Mombasa, Kenya (for East Africa). The centres will offer customers specialist expertise in oil and […]


DHL Global Forwarding, the forwarding arm of DHL has announced plans to launch four Oil & Energy Centres of Excellence across Africa over the next 12 months in Cape Town, South Africa, Luanda, Angola, Accra, Ghana (for West Africa) and Mombasa, Kenya (for East Africa). The centres will offer customers specialist expertise in oil and energy logistics, as the continent is poised to become a global energy powerhouse. Oil and energy production within Africa grew from 370 million tonnes in 2000 to 459 million tonnes in 2009 and the continent is expected to maintain, if not exceed, this growth rate in the medium-term, DHL said. African oil production capacity is anticipated to reach 7.4 million barrels a day by 2014 and with the growing global demand for energy Africa has become a key investment destination. “With 10 per cent of the world’s oil in Africa, a swiftly growing economy, businesses and investors around the world are tapping into the potential of Africa,” DHL Global Forwarding CEO, Africa and South Asia Pacific, Amadou Diallo said. “DHL’s Oil and Energy Centres of Excellence will give customers the ability to consult our logistics experts who not only know logistics, but understand the intricacies of the oil and energy sector, to build an effective supply chain solution that can leverage our connections across 220 countries and territories around the world.” By the second quarter of 2012, DHL’s Oil and Energy Centres of Excellence in Africa will comprise of a team of industry professionals who will consult with, design and implement logistics solutions for oil and energy companies that will allow them to overcome common sector- and region-specific challenges relating to, amongst other factors, diverse customs environments as well as remote production locations, DHL said. Sam Ang, CEO, Southeast Asia and Head of Oil and Energy for Africa and Asia Pacific, DHL Global Forwarding, added: “Africa’s most important economic driver remains its resources, this is in spite of the continent’s rapid urbanisation and industrialisation. With investment interest in the continent growing, it is essential that Africa build on the current momentum and develop its business infrastructure in order for the continent to remain globally competitive.”