Natural gas is one of the most important sources of energy and is used in practically all facets of our day-to-day lives, be it for providing heat, generating electricity, fuelling vehicles or as a chemical component in the production of products like plastic.
Over the last three years, the presidency of the International Gas Union (IGU), the global body whose charter includes 110 members across 77 countries, has resided with Malaysia, giving this country the privilege to host the industry’s premier event, the World Gas Conference (WGC).
The awarding of the presidency to Asia only for the second time, says IGU President Datuk Abdul Rahim Hashim in his welcome address on the WGC 2012 website, mirrors the shift in the global gas industry.
“Asia is home to more than half the world’s population as well as some of the major producers and consumers of natural gas. And with the fact that it houses areas of potentially very high economic growth, Asia is and will be the focus of interest for the whole world.”
The 25th edition of WGC, to be held on 4-8 June, will be the culmination of the various studies and programmes undertaken during the course of the 2009- 2012 triennium, for the betterment and development of gas industry worldwide.
Abdul Rahim, who is President of the Malaysia Gas Association, says the theme for the triennium, and thus the conference, is “Gas: Sustaining Future Global Growth”, which portrays gas as the engine for global growth that has to be sustained in its availability through innovation, technology and competent human capital.
The studies during the triennium have been divided into four essential areas – enhancing the role of gas, improving its availability, maximising its efficiency and ensuring adequate human capability to enable growth and integrity of the industry.
Throughout the four-day intensive programme the top brass of the gas industry from around the world will assemble to take part in a variety of strategic panels, committee sessions and expert forums. Highly anticipated are the keynote speakers, including IGU Vice-President Jerôme Ferrier, Petronas’ Datuk Anuar Ahmad and President of Eurogas, Jean-François Cirelli.
No less than 5,000 industry professionals and 10,000 trade visitors are expected at this year’s event, which also features an exhibition by 208 companies of cutting-edge technology and developments within the industry.
A set of fringe events will take place during WGC, including the KL International Music and Light Festival 2012, the Youth Conference and Carnival and an interactive display for youngsters at PETROSAINS.
Whether you’re a player in the gas industry or someone seeking a future in this field, this international conference should be on your to-do list this month.
The WGC’s breakaway sessions include two Strategic Panel Sessions each day, and one of the last day of the conference, on these topics:
Also making its debut will be the World Gas Conference 2012 Youth Programme, highlights of which will include a Youth Carnival and conference, science shows, career talks and presentations, a youth Chillax programme and online video blogging
World Gas Conference 2012