LONDON -- Some of the most influential figures in the global
energy industry are scheduled to come together later this year
in one of the worlds largest financial hubs to celebrate
innovation and share technological advances at the
2012 Gastech exhibition and conference.
This focus on the UK capital will remain with Gastech, one
of the most important events on the energy industry calendar,
being held at the ExCeL from 8 11 October.
More than 85% of exhibition space has been sold, in excess
of 350 international exhibitors are confirmed, and 10,000
visitors are expected to converge on London for the event.
director of global LNG and FLNG for Worley Parsons and
co-chairman of the Gastech governing body, explained why the UK
capital was the ideal venue for Gastech.
He said: When people think of the great energy cities
of the world, they tend to think of operational centres such as
Houston or Saudi Arabia, not London. But the UK capital is of
central importance to the global oil and gas industry, and
considered one of the most important trading hubs for physical
This year, London is also home to the worlds
leading natural gas conference and exhibition, Gastech, which
will be held from 8 11 October, and there are a number
of factors behind this decision.
As indigenous production of North Sea hydrocarbons
declines, the UK now imports more gas for industrial and
domestic use than ever before. Liquefied natural gas (LNG)
helps to fulfil a growing and increasingly significant
proportion of that need as the government aims to diversify
supply sources and secure stable routes to market from reliable
producers. Public and private finance plays an integral role in
the future fuelling of energy project development.
London is the global financial hub for major project
finance and no other city in the world can garner such
collective financial muscle and decision-making to influence
how and where companies develop energy
The high level of quality speakers and industry leaders
exhibiting and presenting at Gastech continues to prove a huge
draw for delegates, event organizers said, with more than 2,000
from across the entire gas supply chain expected to
While the discounted Spring rate for delegates expires on
Friday, 30 June, registration for Gastech will remain open.
The Gastech conference will feature a variety of commercial,
technical and plenary streams, organizers said, with a range of
additional sessions available.
De la Rey Venter, Shells global head of LNG, upstream
international, will chair the market outlook session which
addresses the UN and IEA challenge to the world gas industry,
the outlook for the natural gas market in Japan and Tokyo, and
the latest trends and developments impacting development in LNG
Meanwhile, the natural gas and LNG stream will be chaired by
David Ledesma, energy and strategy consultant at South Court
Ltd. Within this session Christopher Caswell, LNG technology manager for KBR, will
explore the myths about LNG, while Ahmed Tayeeb from RasGas
will talk about successfully executing the Barzan project.
The technical stream will feature a host of industry experts
including Frederic Hannon, LNG shipping project manager for
Total under the gas shipping and storage session and Javid
Talib, vice president of Black & Veatch, who share his
views on floating LNG.
Chairman of the advances in gas technology stream is Paul Sibal,
chief process engineer for ExxonMobil Production Co. Bryan
Trocquet, business development manager for Wood Group
Mustang, will be among the speakers for the LNG for transport
Both major and smaller international oil companies
rely on their partnerships with London investment institutions
to secure funding and capital expenditure, key to driving
forward the natural gas supply chain around the world," said
The UK is considered a global centre for engineering
and technical expertise, with Gastech providing a platform for
specialist teams from hundreds of international energy
companies to share innovative technologies, expertise, best
practices and their experience of delivering some of the
worlds most costly and complex projects.
To take advantage of the Spring delegate rate and save
£250 per delegate, register at www.gastech.co.uk.