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Gastech 2019 launches conference program and celebrates return to Houston

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Gastech has released a statement launching its 2019 conference program and celebrating its return to Houston with a reception at The Houston Club on 8 May.

Christopher Hudson, dmg events President, said: “We are delighted to bring Gastech back to Houston – the energy capital of the world.

“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.”

According to the statement, this year’s 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 LNG buyer, to discuss the most prominent developments and opportunities facing the LNG market.

A record 1100 abstracts were submitted this year, with 180 papers selected, and a total of over 400 energy professionals slated to present or speak at the event. The Gastech Governing Body, which consists of four key co-chairs and industry leaders, developed the strategies and technical programming, as well as vetted and selected the abstracts to be presented.

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.

Pirrong said: “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.

“There is a massive supply push from the US 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.”

Wright added: “Trading and supply is like the central nervous system of Shell; it connects every part of our business.

“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, this year’s event will feature diversity and inclusion programming. Specifically, ExxonMobil will announce the recipients of its Power Play Awards, which recognise the accomplishments of remarkable women and the men who uphold the importance of supporting and empowering in the workplace at the event.

Howell said: “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.”

Gastech 2019 is taking place at the NRG Center in Houston on 17 – 19 September. For more information and to register visit the website at

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