Doha – Qatargas was a Principal Sponsor and presented several key papers at the 26th World Gas Conference (WGC 2015) held from 1 – 5 June in Paris. This year the triennial event was attended by over 4000 industry professionals from across the globe.
On the opening day of the conference Qatargas CEO, Khalid bin Khalifa Al-Thani, delivered a keynote speech focused on the theme “Natural Gas – A Core Pillar of a Sustainable Energy Future”. The speech underlined the fact that LNG will play a major role in a sustainable energy future as it represents an attractive alternative to unsustainable, higher priced, higher polluting, and less reliable energy options.
Qatargas Chief Operating Officer – Commercial & Shipping, Alaa Abu Jbara, presented a paper titled “Fundamental Drivers of Global Supply & Demand: A Qatargas Perspective”. The paper explained how the fundamentals of favorable demographics, economic growth, energy demand growth, and rising levels of environmental awareness, leave LNG uniquely positioned among the world’s primary energy sources.
“Greenhouse Gas Life Cycle Assessment for an LNG Plant in Qatar” was the title of a presentation by Khalifa Ahmed Al-Sulaiti, Environmental Affairs Division Manager. The paper showed how GHG emissions from Qatargas’ LNG production compare favorably with other existing as well as upcoming LNG facilities. The paper highlighted the advantage of natural gas as a cleaner fuel as levels of GHG emission resulting from power generation using natural gas is significantly lower than the most efficient coal-based power generation technologies.
Another paper titled “Role of LNG Portfolio Optimization in a Rapidly Changing Market Environment” by Amine Yacef, Senior Commercial Analyst established that Portfolio optimization is an essential tool to meet demand where and when needed. The presentation described how Qatargas has redeployed its portfolio by increasing supplies to Asia to meet the growing demand and reducing supplies to Europe and America following the drop in demand.
“LNG – A Clean Fuel for a Global Sustainable Energy Future and the Role of Qatargas” was the title of a paper by Pawandeep Singh, Senior Commercial Analyst. The paper highlighted the attributes of LNG as the fuel for the future and some of the initiatives Qatargas has taken to support the development and long term sustainability of LNG markets.
Europe’s current energy today and why LNG is needed for the future clean energy needs of Europe was the subject of a paper titled “What does it take for Europe to attract LNG” by Stephanie Aqui, Senior Commercial Analyst.
Hundreds of conference delegates visited the Qatargas stand at the exhibition held in conjunction with the conference.