Gastech, the leading global conference and exhibition of the international gas, LNG and energy industries, launched its 2019 conference program and return to Houston with a reception at The Houston Club on May 8.
“We are delighted to bring Gastech back to Houston – the energy capital of the world,” said dmg events President Christopher Hudson. “Gastech provides a platform for discussion and debate about how we use gas as the future energy source, and we are proud to provide a program that showcases the latest technology, innovations and global solutions,” said Hudson.
The 2019 conference program includes an exclusive forum to identify growth solutions in markets that have recently pivoted to natural gas. The Asia LNG Market Development Forum includes key players from Asia, the world’s largest purchaser of LNG, to discuss the most prominent developments and opportunities facing the LNG market.
A record 1,100 abstracts were submitted this year, with 180 papers selected, and a total of over 400 energy professionals slated to present or speak at Gastech 2019. The Gastech Governing Body, which is comprised of four key co-chairs and industry leaders, formulated the strategies and technical programming, as well as vetted and selected the abstracts to be presented.
Three of the four co-chairs provided remarks at the launch event, including: Andrew Clifton, General Manager and Chief Executive Officer, Society of International Gas Tanker and Terminal Operators; Paul Sullivan, Senior Vice President, Global LNG & FLNG, WorleyParsons; and Christopher Caswell, Director, Global LNG and FLNG Technology & Development, KBR. Sullivan focuses on the strategic portion of the program, and Clifton and Caswell focus on the technical program.
Representatives from Gastech 2019 co-host companies participating in the launch event included Renee Pirrong, Manager, Research and Analysis, Tellurian; Glenn Wright, President, Shell Energy North America; and Sarah Howell, Marketing Communications, LNG, ExxonMobil.
“In the United States, we have a front row seat to the confluence of two of the biggest macro trends happening today in the global gas market,” said Pirrong. “There is a massive supply push from the U.S. where we have a bounty of natural gas. At the same time, there is a demand pull from the rest of the world. The world needs a prolific amount of natural gas.”
“Trading and supply is like the central nervous system of Shell; it connects every part of our business,” said Wright. “This year, the topics at Gastech address growth opportunities and challenges in our energy portfolios and gas is a critical component.”
In addition to addressing market trends and opportunities, Gastech 2019 will feature diversity and inclusion programming. Specifically, ExxonMobil will announce the recipients of its Power Play Awards, which recognize the accomplishments of remarkable women and the men who uphold the importance of supporting and empowering in the workplace at the event.
“What began as a popular series of diversity-focused ExxonMobil Power Play networking events has evolved into an award that demonstrates how a mutually supportive environment can help support business outcomes across all parts of the LNG value chain,” said Howell.
Gastech 2019 is taking place at NRG Center in Houston September 17-19. For more information and to register visit the website at www.gastechevent.com.
Gastech 2019 continues the program’s track record as the most comprehensive global gas and LNG event, bringing together upstream, midstream and downstream professionals to convene and conduct business.
The event spans nearly 590,000 square feet of exhibition space, showcasing over 700 international, regional and local exhibitors while gathering over 35,000 international professionals from across the global gas, LNG and energy industries. More than 3,500 delegates and 1,200 ministers, government officials, presidents, managing directors, CEOs and chairmen will hear from 400 senior speakers from across all industry sectors. Gastech’s website is www.gastechevent.com.
Gastech is a flagship event among dmg events’ 80 event portfolio. dmg events is an international exhibitions and publishing company serving professional communities in diverse industries including construction, energy, coatings, transport, hospitality and design.