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New plenary speakers announced for LNG2019

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LNG2019 has announced that new plenary speakers have been announced for the event.

The event is being held this year on 1 – 5 April in Shanghai, China. Alongside previously announced headline speakers, such as Darren W. Woods, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Exxon Mobil Corp., Ben van Beurden, Chief Executive Officer of Royal Dutch Shell Plc, Gazprom’s Alexey Miller and Qatar Petroleum’s H.E. Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi, LNG2019’s organisers have confirmed Bob Dudley, Group Chief Executive of BP plc, Matt Schatzman, President & CEO of NextDecade Corp., which is developing the Rio Grande LNG export project, and Marcelino Oreja of Enagás SA.

According to the statement, LNG2019 is the only event where the industry will be able to see the heads of the big three Chinese energy giants on stage together in 2019. The confirmed speakers are Hua Yang, Chairman of China National Offshore Oil Corp. (CNOOC), Yilin Wang, Chairman of CNPC, and Houliang Dai, Chairman of Sinopec. Other confirmed speakers from China include Yalan Li, Chairperson of the Board of Directors at Beijing Gas Group, Dinan Huang, Chairman of Shenergy Group, Guobiao Ye, Chairman of Shanghai Petroleum Gas Exchange (SHPGX) and Alfred Chan, Managing Director of The Hong Kong & China Gas Co. Ltd (Towngas).

A number of other new sponsors have also been announced, including BP, Qatargas, Chiyoda and NextDecade and the organisers have added a new Spotlight Session to the four-day programme. This session will look at the challenges and opportunities of the new LNG landscape with confirmed speakers Peter P. Clarke of ExxonMobil Gas & Power Marketing and David Knipe, Head of International Gas at BP, discussing the outlook for global supply and demand, the impact of oil prices and LNG contract strategies and China’s influence on the world’s energy map.

Rodney Cox, Events Director at the International Gas Union (IGU), one of the owners of LNG2019, said: “This is shaping up to be the biggest and best event yet.

“With major LNG projects set to reach FID in the coming months and demand for this cleaner burning fuel on the rise, LNG2019 will be essential for anyone keen to learn more about the trends, events, technologies and regulations that will shape the future of this industry, and, indeed, our world.”

As well as LNG developers, buyers and policy-makers, the event is well supported by the contractors that marshal the technology and engineering know-how to support this fast-growing industry.

Philip Hagyard, Group Vice President, Gas Monetization at TechnipFMC, who will be moderating a Plenary Session on downstream LNG infrastructure at LNG2019, added: “We are particularly looking forward to discussions about the new solutions that will bring down project cost, improve safety and energy efficiency and secure and improve schedule.”

2019 will be yet another busy year for TechnipFMC, which last year completed the second and third train of Yamal LNG ahead of schedule and cut first steel on South Coral FLNG, which is destined for ENI’s deepwater gas fields off the coast of Mozambique. The company stands out by taking new approaches to project execution, including modularisation and FLNG. Philip Hagyard’s colleague, Dominique Gadelle, Vice-President, Gas Monetization, TechnipFMC, is set to share his expertise on FLNG at LNG2019 alongside panelists from Petronas and Shell.

LNG2019 will see over 250 international speakers take to the stage over four days. The event has been formally approved by the State Council of the People’s Republic of China and is supported by the Shanghai Municipal People’s Government. It is set to attract thousands of LNG professionals from across the globe.

The full Conference Programme is now available on LNG2019’s website, and features nearly 50 plenary speakers, including the CEOs of the world’s major LNG players, as well as over 200 speakers in the Technical, Commercial, Spotlight and LNG Forum Sessions. According to the statement, the Research & Innovation Showcase will also feature a number of authors presenting their findings during an interactive showcase, with posters being displayed throughout the week. As well as the conference, the 40 000 m2 exhibition will host over 250 international exhibitors from 80 countries covering the entire spectrum of the LNG industry, including specialist pavilions, such as the Marine Technology Pavilion.

Delegate registration for the world’s largest event dedicated to LNG is now open – find out more by clicking here.

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