34th International Scientific & Expert Meeting of Gas Professionals
The 34th edition of the International Scientific & Expert Meeting of Gas Professionals will open its doors on 8th of May, 2019 traditionally in Opatija, Croatia. During three days of the event 600 delegates, representing more than 200 companies and institutions, almost 70 respected speakers and 50 exhibitors from more than 20 countries will attend the event. Prominent gas event organized by Croatian Gas Association, member of the International Gas Union (IGU) and Croatian Gas Center Ltd. is under the high auspices of the president of the Republic of Croatia Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic and the Ministry of environment and energy of Republic of Croatia.
Conference will cover 10 thematic sessions and 3 interesting panel discussions that stretch along the entire natural gas chain, application of new technologies as well as the key issue that will determine the development of natural gas and energy markets in the near future.
Francisco de la Flor, director of Enagas and the vice-chair of the International Gas Union Task Force 3 will present the Triennium Working Program 2018-21 of the IGU Task Force 3 – Energy policy. The TF3 will address the main topics under IGU´s scope, which are: Greenhouse gas emissions; Air quality; Gas & renewable energies; Gas for transport; Energy access & economic development; Energy efficiency.
Prof. Igor Dekanic, D.Sc. from the Faculty of Mining, Geology and Petroleum Engineering, University in Zagreb, will elaborate the basic elements of geopolitical influences on the use of gas sources and available transport routes in a changing market conditions. Prof. Dr. Ing. Gerhard Schmitz from the Hamburg University of Technology will give a short overview about energy storages for resilient energy systems with a high amount of renewables and he will mention the meaning of gas as a storable energy carrier.
The conference will present the current situation and future construction of gas infrastructural facilities in the Republic of Croatia (LNG terminal on the island of Krk, evacuation gas pipelines and expansion of the transport network, compressor stations and peak gas storage facility). There will also be talks on the use of smart technologies in the gas and energy systems, innovation and transfer of technologies and their role in the gas industry and introductory speeches and panel-discussion on today's gas market in the EU and Croatia and future challenges.
Dr. Jeffrey M. Seisler, CEO of Clean Fuels Consulting, will present an interesting speech titled „Funding Opportunities for NGVs: A Roadmap to Brussels“ on the potential of the use of gas in transport and associated issues like the opportunities in financing from EU funds of development projects for NGVs.
Many paper presentations will discuss the issues relating to gas distributers in terms of system efficiency and security. News in the technical regulations and the rules of the profession for the safe and efficient use of gas and their application in practice will be an important topic of the upcoming Meeting.
The conference will be followed by the gas equipment and technology exhibition which will bring together 50 local and foreign exhibitors, mainly manufacturers and dealers of gas equipment, as well as many other renowned companies which will present its advanced technical solutions for the gas and energy industry.