June 2018, Vol. 245, No. 6

Editor's Notebook

27th World Gas Conference Preview

Our industry’s “Convention Season” is starting to slow down now that the Offshore Technical Conference (OTC) held in Houston has wrapped up. I was fortunate enough to get a double dose of INGAA President Don Santa’s 2018 outlook at two other conferences recently. Don was the keynote speaker at PG&J’s Pipeline Opportunities Conference in early April and his always popular  “Washington Report” was delivered at the INGAA Foundation Spring meeting. Santa’s overall message was things are looking good for the industry despite the uncertainty of happenings in Washington.

Speaking of Washington, up next is the 27th World Gas Conference (WGC 2018) June 25-29. It is one of the most important global gas industry gathering of influential leaders, policy-makers, buyers, sellers and experts.

The world’s largest global gas conference will host over 650 of the industry’s most senior speakers from all over the world, including Energy Ministers and CEOs from global companies such as Chevron, ExxonMobil, Qatar Petroleum, Gazprom, BP, Total, ConocoPhillips and Shell to name a few. The energy departments from Governments in India, Indonesia, USA, Republic of Korea, China, Japan, Hungary and Panama are represented, with more still being added to this exceptional line-up.

Under the theme “Fueling the Future” the event aims to solidify the pivotal role of natural gas as a critical source of energy that is clean, abundant, economical and sustainable. The full program offers 100 sessions over five days, including 50 global energy leaders as keynote speakers. These CEOs of international energy companies, global gas experts, distinguished energy officials, policy makers and government representatives from across the globe will present their views on the most timely and topical issues and opportunities facing the natural gas industry.

140 speakers including Beijing Gas Group, GAIL (India) Limited, Gas Natural Fenosa and TransCanada will discuss the key strategic issues facing all segments of the gas value chain in Current Debates throughout the week. The Industry Insights and Technical & Innovation Center sessions feature 450 speakers who were carefully selected by the International Gas Union Committees. These expert speakers represent the best of what our industry has to offer, addressing the most current and business critical issues facing the industry.

Delegates can look forward to comprehensive and diverse programs, with sessions aimed at all corners of the natural gas industry. The online interactive conference program can be filtered on areas of interest, with sessions covering: Transmission, Distribution & Storage; Strategy, Pricing & Regulation; Environment & Sustainability; Markets & Utilization; Marketing & Communications; Workforce Development; LNG; Research, Development & Innovation; and Exploration & Production.

Delegates also have the opportunity  to visit some of the region’s key energy facilities on technical tours including Dominion Energy Cove Point LNG Terminal, the world’s newest liquefaction terminal, BGE’s LNG Plant and Gas Control Center and the Washington Gas Pipetown Facility.

The WGC 2018 exhibition is also a huge draw for anyone involved in the gas industry, featuring 350 exhibitors from over 40 countries.  Exhibiting companies cover the entire spectrum – Upstream, Midstream and Downstream – ranging from producers, through EPCs and contractors to specialist products and services. WGC 2018 will feature ten specialist pavilions including Sustainable Energy, Natural Gas for Transportation, Showcase America and Robotics & Automation.

For more information and to register as a delegate visit www.wgc2018.com or contact registration@wgc2018.com.

Joe Hollier

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