The IGU Executive Committee Workshop has developed over the last years and is now well established as part of the IGU meetings. This year´s workshop included three sessions, starting with the national Omani gas industry, before lifting the focus to the regional and global level.
Key themes provided in the first session were the Omani gas industry and its economic principles, Oman´s geopolitical location and the nation´s past and future investments.
The regional session focused on gas for growth (urbanization, economical growth) and part of the future energy mix. Gas is in many ways the optimum fuel choice in the Middle East. Additional gas supply from the region, as well as LNG flexibility and small scale, were discussed.
The third session took a closer look at the new USA energy policy and its expected changes and went into the COP 21 agreement, taking a closer look at the NDC commitments and their implications on the gas industry.
Session 1: The Omani gas industry
Gas Landscape Market in Oman – Opportunities & Challenges
H.E. Salim al Aufi, Undersecretary, Ministry of Oil & Gas Oman
The Journey of Oman Gas Energy
Mr. Salim Al-Sikaiti, Gas Director, Petroleum Development Oman
Khazzan Gas Development
Mr. Yousuf Al-Ojaili, President, BP Oman
Oman LNG Development Foundation
Mr. Khalid Al Massan, CEO of Oman LNG Development Foundation
Session 2: Regional gas industry issues and opportunities – The Future of Gas in the Middle East
Natural Gas Industry in I.R.IRAN – Past, Present, Future
H.E. Amir Hossein Zamaninia, Deputy Petroleum Minister in International Affairs & Trading (Iran)
The Future of Gas in the Middle East
Ms. Anne-Sophie Corbeau, Senior Fellow, KAPSARC (King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center) (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia)
Opportunities for Pan GCC Natural Gas Grid
Mr. Jassim Isa Al Shirawi, General Manager, Oil & Gas Affairs, National Oil & Gas Authority (NOGA) (Bahrain)
Session 3: Global gas industry issues and opportunities
Natural gas in the world energy mix
Mr. Peter Fraser, Head of the Gas and Power Markets Division, International Energy Agency (IEA)
Scaling down LNG
Ms. Mariana Ortiz Laborde, Portfolio Director, Global Gas Division Gas Natural SDG, S.A.
PARIS AGREEMENT: Opportunities for the gas industry
Ms. Giulia Ferrini, Associate Programme Officer, United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP)
Beyond the Underground Factors : What Response of Gas Industry to the Environmental Challenges? A GECF View
Ms. Mahdjouba Belaifa, Head of the Gas Market Analysis Department, Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GEFC)
Status of the U.S. National Commitment under the Paris Accord
Mr. Jay Copan, Executive Director WGC 2018
Mr. Terence Thorn, Senior Advisor to the IGU President