World’s Largest LNG Market Welcomes Foremost Gas Event

Global leaders to gather in Japan for Gastech 2017, the world’s leading LNG event

Japan will remain the largest LNG buyer in the world through to 2025 according to the latest research from BMI Research. The country’s dependency on imported energy has resulted in a number of initiatives that are designed to increase efficient operation, whilst connecting and engaging players within the sector. In April 2017, senior business leaders and policy makers will gather in Tokyo to attend Gastech, the world’s leading gas and LNG event.

The Japan Gastech Consortium will host the 29th edition of the Gastech Conference & Exhibition. The consortium consists of 10 of the country’s leading energy sector businesses, companies that specialise in the delivery and consumption of Natural Gas and LNG. Members include JERA, Mitsubishi Corporation, Mitsui & Co and Tokyo Gas.

Collectively, the consortium plays a significant role in determining energy security, supply and establishing policy to secure Japan’s long-term economic future. It is chaired by Nobuo Tanaka, a pioneer in energy economics, who is the former Executive Director of the International Energy Agency and a specialist on energy safety post Fukushima.

Nobuo Tanaka, Chairman of the Japan Gastech Consortium comments: “Gastech’s broad, diverse programme is shaped by energy professionals to deliver outstanding insight, create exceptional networking and new business opportunities, whilst ensuring a robust return-on-investment.”

The Gastech conference welcomes many of the world’s leading energy industry leaders, including Patrick Pouyanné, Chairman & CEO of Total; Ryan Lance, Chairman & CEO of ConocoPhillips; Maarten Wetselaar, Integrated Gas & New Energies Director at Royal Dutch Shell; and Sheikh Khalid Al -Thani, CEO of Qatargas, among more than 200 other influential figures that shape future global energy strategy. Leadership representing the largest gas & LNG customers in the world include Tokyo Gas, KOGAS, CPC Taiwan, GAIL India, Uniper, and more.

A 54,000 square metre exhibition will showcase 600 regional and international exhibitors, and more than 750 hosted meetings are predicted to take place. Gastech is supported by leading brands including sponsors Shell, Qatargas, Rasgas, Chevron, KPMG, Uniper, GE Oil & Gas and ENGIE.

Maarten Wetselaar, Shell Integrated Gas & New Energies Director comments on the exclusive VIP programme: “The Gastech VIP Programme is a really good opportunity for decision makers from the gas industry to come together in a more intimate setting, to exchange views about the future of the industry. But it’s also a really good opportunity for people to network”.

The event will enable over 25,000 commercial experts and technical innovators from the up, mid and downstream sectors of the supply chain to discover business-changing insights, explore innovative solutions and build profitable business connections. Global leaders and academics in the sector are expected to debate critical issues on the future of the gas industry such as the new dawn of tighter economics and lower carbon emissions, and contracting, pricing and trading of Gas & LNG.