AGA Hosts Largest Global Gas Event of the Year
The 17th International Conference and Exhibition on Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG 17) kicked off yesterday, attracting a record-setting 5,000 delegates from 75 countries to Houston, TX. Hosted by the American Gas Association (AGA), LNG 17 has brought strategic and commercial leaders and technical experts together for four days of sessions, workshops and tours of world-leading facilities.
The day began with a lively opening ceremony emceed by LNG 17 Steering Committee Chairman David Carroll and included guest speakers Andy Brown, Upstream International Director, Shell; Nobuo Tanaka, The Institute of Energy Economics, Japan; The Hon. Martin Ferguson, Resources and Energy & Minister for Tourism, Australian Government; and Christopher Smith, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary and Acting Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy, U.S. Department of Energy.
Following the opening ceremony, delegates began to file into the 250,000 sq. ft. exhibition space and were immediately greeted by the AGA Welcome Booth featuring natural gas industry experts, information and literature about the industry, and even custom designed cowboy boots – much to everyone’s delight!
Yesterday’s spotlight session, Global Strategy Forum, was much anticipated and provided a global and strategic outlook of the LNG industry through the eyes of natural gas leaders from Engas, Petrobras, CNPC, ExxonMobile, Chevron, RasGas Company Limited. Many panel participants emphasized the importance of collaboration between producers and suppliers in order to maximize the use and impact of LNG across the globe.
“The future looks bright for our industry and it is important that we all work together,” said Richard Guerrant, Vice President of ExxonMobil Gas & Power Marketing.
Day one of LNG 17 came to a close with a special performance by country singer Dale Watson inside AGA’s Welcome Stand followed by an opening reception at Minute Maid Park, home to the Houston Astros. Houston and its residents certainly know how to host a great event!
AGA will be livetweeting from spotlight sessions and forums throughout the week from our Twitter handle, @aga_naturalgas. Be sure to follow along for the latest LNG 17 headlines, including AGA’s special announcement of our commitment to developing the natural gas workforce on Thursday.