French equipment manufacturer Vallourec has strengthened its proximity with Oil and Gas customers in East Africa by opening a new sales office in Nairobi, Kenya.
According to Vallourec East Africa remains more than ever a strategic region, despite the current challenges in the global oil and gas markets with the new office is an indication of the Group’s commitment to contribute to the development of the region’s energy sector in the coming years.
Country Manager Erwan Le Gouadec will be Vallourec’s local representative, responsible for both the office and the commercial coverage of the Oil & Gas sector in the East African region.
Africa’s newest nation has now become the sixth country member after Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda of the East Africa community (EAC) a regional intergovernmental organization which provides for a common market and a custom union.
The inclusion of South Sudan follows the invitation by Kenya and Rwanda in 2011 and was considered an applicant country in the same year.
South Sudan which has vast reserves of crude oil becomes East Africa’s first oil producing nation as Kenya and Uganda continue with efforts to erect necessary infrastructure and laws. Tanzania another member is already using its natural gas for electricity production.