Muscat: Population growth, industrial expansion and demand for power have had a dramatic impact on the Middle East gas industry with many countries turning to imports to keep pace. Acknowledging this trend cannot continue, the region is focusing on exploring sustainable energy solutions and advancing gas production.
The Gas Arabia Summit has been at the forefront of gas debate and is celebrating its tenth anniversary by acknowledging the achievements of the past decade, examining solutions to the challenges that have emerged, as well as prospects for the next ten years and beyond.
Taking place from January 13 to 15, the summit is returning to the UAE assembling a new industry advisory board including Salim Al Sikaiti, gas director of PDO; John Roper, head of Middle East, E.ON Global Communities; Mounir Bouaziz, vice- president Middle Mena and Country Chair Dubai and Northern Emirates, Royal Dutch Shell; and Simon Cattle, president of Oil, Gas and LNG, Integrated Supply and Trading, Middle East and East Africa, BP.
Speaking about the current state of play, Nikki Mackay, project director of The Energy Exchange, said, "According to a 2013 Chatham House report, Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries now consume more primary energy than the whole of Africa. The region recognises the risks in the current system and the economic potential from new sectors and is addressing these issues through sustainability initiatives and strategic partnerships.
"With the involvement of the advisory board, the tenth anniversary of the summit covers the critical issues including a CEO symposium on advancing gas production and sustainability, an economist's debate on the supply/demand imbalance, plus sessions addressing gas pricing, technology, innovation, strategic partnerships and a regional project round up."
Preceding the conference are two staggered workshops — one covering Gas Flaring and the other Unconventional Plays — offering participants the broadest coverage of gas issues in the region.
"We are still inviting contributions from industry leaders who would like to participate in either the technical or strategic discussions at the tenth Gas Arabia Summit," said Mackay.