Gastech 2018, the global exhibition and conference at the forefront of the international gas and LNG industries, which was this year co-located with GPEX, the global event enhancing energy transition, has closed with the organisers reporting in excess of 30,000 attendees over four days – a record for the 30th edition of the event.
The four-day exhibition and conference held in Barcelona brought together 500 global exhibiting companies and a record number of visitors from across the upstream, midstream and downstream gas, LNG and energy industries worldwide.
The industry-leading event saw more than 1,200 CEOs, Chairpersons, Managing Directors, Presidents, Government Officials and Ministers among 2,500 global conference delegates consider the key challenges facing the industry today, and discuss the most important topics that will shape the future of the world’s gas, LNG and energy industries for decades to come.
During the event, 300 speakers examined the global drive towards the greater adoption of gas and LNG as the fuel of choice and how the industry continues to see signposts pointing towards further long-term growth.
Gastech 2018 explored the new demand centres for gas, the challenges for the gas sector in Spain and beyond and a range of other issues including the burgeoning trading sector, project financing, the interplay between gas and renewable energy in power generation, project development, managing emissions and project financial risk management.
Another key theme was the growth of the North American gas and LNG industry, a topic that will be a focus for Gastech 2019, which will be co-located again with GPEX at the NRG Centre, Houston, September 17-19.
Gastech and the inaugural GPEX (Global Power & Energy Exhibition), the new hub for the international power and energy community, shared the same location this year. The GPEX exhibition and conference focused on the current transition in the energy industry, including new business models, innovative technologies and novel approaches to power generation, transmission and distribution.
Jenny Kelly, Conference Director, Gastech, said: “Gastech has once again been an enormous success and has provided an unrivalled platform for global gas companies, organisations and influential figures to network, share their thoughts on the most pertinent issues affecting our industry today and to do business.
“We are grateful to everyone who made Gastech and GPEX such excellent events, including dignitaries, consortium members, exhibitors, speakers and attendees. But now our focus is completely on Gastech and GPEX 2019 in Houston.
“As the world’s energy capital, Houston is the perfect location for Gastech, which returns to North America for the first time in 20 years, and we expect to build on the success of our first GPEX. Houston’s first class facilities and infrastructure make it an excellent destination to host events of the magnitude of Gastech and GPEX for the world’s strategic and technical energy professionals. We look forward to seeing you all in Houston!”
Preparations are already underway for Gastech and GPEX 2019, which will take place at the NRG Centre in Houston, Texas, 17-19 September 2019.