Mr. Andrew Nganga Kamau, BSc, is the Principal Secretary in the State Department of Petroleum, Ministry of Energy & Petroleum, and Government of Kenya.
He has since December 2015 been engaged in the service of our country to provide the necessary expertise in the development of the crucial oil and gas sector. Upon his appointment there are key milestones that are evident:
There is boosted performance in the petroleum sector on the strength of his vast experience in the oil and gas sector for more than 25 years.
There is certainty in the oil and gas sector in terms of pump prices and security of supply of petroleum products.
Mr. Kamau is spearheading the finalization of the Petroleum Bill which is to regulate the operations in the Industry.
Confidence has been enhanced in the upstream petroleum sector and more commitment by upstream companies in oil and gas exploration activities in the country.
Mr. Kamau has played a great role in capacity building by providing key policy direction for the country through the Kenya Petroleum Technical Assistance Project (KEPTAP) a World Bank funded project for building capacity in the petroleum sector in the country.
Mr. Kamau is also steering two key flagship projects on Early Oil Pilot Scheme and the Crude Oil Pipeline.
Prior to this appointment and having worked in the energy and mining sector in Africa, during this period, he worked for multinationals in East Africa and major trading organizations in Europe and South Africa. Andrew was awarded the Deal Maker of the Year 2005 by Global Pacific Partners. In his oil trading career, Andrew has advised on various petroleum upstream, mid/downstream ventures in countries in the region. He successfully negotiated USD 60 Million revolving line of credit for the Democratic Republic of Congo for the purchase of refined petroleum products. He helped develop the tender and supply contract for gasoline on behalf of the Government of Sudan, export of 200,000 MT of gasoline from the refinery in Khartoum and supplied over USD 200 million worth of refined petroleum products to Tema Oil Refinery in Ghana.
More recently, Mr. Kamau was active in the power sector in the Democratic Republic of Congo and has been the public officer in a Canadian listed resource company. He successfully negotiated a contract for the rehabilitation of the 1774 MW Inga Power station of the Congo River. He founded MagPetroleum and supplied refined petroleum products to Zimbabwe, Zambia and DRC, using South Africa and Mozambique as supply sources. This was done using 5 road tankers and 64 rail tankers throughout right purchase and long-term lease arrangements with regional rail operators. He has served as a director on the board of Kewberg Cables and Braids in South Africa, a specialty cable manufacturer.
Mr. Kamau has also extensive experience in the mining and oil and gas exploration sectors, having been a director of the oldest Johannesburg Stock Exchange listed mining company, Sallies Ltd, Drillex Ltd, a mineral exploration drilling company with drilling rigs in South Africa, Mozambique and Zambia. In addition, he has been a director of Gulf of Guinea Petroleum Company, a junior oil exploration company with acreage in Republic of Congo and Gabon.
Andrew has also been Chairman of Komati Foundation, a non-profit organization actively working to transform South African society in the fields of education, human development and social welfare.