Algeria is the European Union’s third biggest foreign gas supplier, currently providing 20% of Europe’s gas energy needs. To meet the rise in demand, it is now undertaking several projects to increase this supply over the next three years, thereby strengthening its position as one of the largest exporters of the LNG world.
The importance of Algeria
One such project is the Medgaz pipeline. With a capacity of 8 billion m3/y of gas, extendable to 16 billion m3/y, it is set to become operational in 2009. It will raise the level of gas exports from Algeria to 85 billion m3 in 2012 and secure supplies of natural gas in Europe. The Medgaz project was approved in 2003 by the European Commission as a project of common interest in the trans-European networks in the energy sector and with a total investment of around € 900 million. Construction work on the pipeline, the compressor station of Beni Saf and the reception terminal of Almeria on the Perdigal beach began in late 2007.
Topics for discussion
Sonatrach’s long-term plan to increase gas exports will be one of the topics discussed during the LNG 16 Conference which will take place from 18 - 21 April 2010 in Oran, Algeria. The LNG Conference, held every three years, is the largest event dedicated to the LNG industry, attracting more than 2000 delegates. Organised by the International Gas Union (IGU), the Gas Technology Institute (GTI) and the International Institute of Refrigeration (IIR), it has already gained significant global support with confirmed sponsorship from AGA (American Gas Association), BakerBotts, BP, Chevron, ExxonMobil, Itochu, IHI, KBR, Petrobras, Rasgas, Repsol, Shell, Samsung Engineering, Sonatrach, Total and Yemen LNG.
Preparations and travel arrangements
With less than a year before the opening of the event, preparations are well underway to complete construction of the state-of-the-art Oran Convention Centre, which includes a 3000 seat auditorium and a 20 000 m² exhibition hall. Travel to the event will be facilitated by charter flights from Paris, London and the Middle East, as well as a more frequent schedule of flights between Oran and Algiers. Furthermore, two cruise ships have been contracted to provide luxury accommodation alongside exciting facilities.
A full programme
The Program Committee, made up of more than 30 industry representatives, has received more than 200 abstracts in response to its Call for Papers. The conference programme will cover the entire LNG chain and look at the challenges, trends and main developments in the industry. LNG 16 will offer all participants exceptional networking opportunities and the chance to meet key decision makers face-to-face.
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