The 6th St. Petersburg International Gas Forum
From October 4 to 7 about 10 thousand experts of the fuel and energy sector from 36 counties took part in the 6th St. Petersburg International Gas Forum that was held in EXPOFORUM Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Greeting the audience, Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Management Committee of Gazprom, called the Forum the acknowledged platform used to discuss development of the global gas sector, and Georgy Poltavchenko, Governor of St. Petersburg, said that it’s not by chance that the key oil and gas event is held in St. Petersburg, as it was here that about 200 years ago the gas industry began, and over the years this city became the pioneer and the center for many directions of the industry development.
During the key event of the business program, the Plenary Session on the subject Gas Industry as the energy pillar of the global economy, heads of the largest oil and gas companies in the world assessed the state and capacity of natural gas markets in their countries and in the world in general. According to Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Management Committee of Gazprom, global gas consumption is expected to increase by 30% in 15 years in regard to 3.5 trn m3 that we have now. “According to our estimates, within the nearest 25 years annual average growth rates of these parameters in the world will become 3.5 times higher than consumption of liquid hydrocarbons and carbon, and will reach 30% in 15 years. Another challenge encountered by the global economy is that developed countries, net-importers of gas, are short of their own power resources”. China is a bright example of dynamically increasing gas consumption. The largest PRC corporation CNPC was presented by its Vice President Xu Wenrong, “Since 2000 the natural gas market of China has been rapidly growing, and annual volume of consumption increased from 24.5 mlrd to 191.6 mlrd m3 by 2015, and if we compare the data of the previous year with the current one, the growth comes to 15%». Ben van Beurden, CEO of Royal Dutch Shell plc, and Manfred Leitner, Member of Board of Directors at OMV AG, remarked that under the actual conditions cooperation of the largest players within the gas industry is inevitable and vitally necessary.
The Convention program was accompanied by a large exposition that in the area of 25 thousand m2 united three international specialised exhibitions: InGAS Stream – Innovations in the Gas industry, Gas Engine Fuel and ROS-GAS-EXPO that were participated by over 500 companies from 14 countries.
The international exhibition InGAS Stream is one of the leading events where the most advanced technologies, products and services for the gas sector are presented. This year the exhibition united over 250 leading companies, including developers of innovative products and technologies, design and research institutions taking part in development of the state and regional programs for gasification, energy saving, development of small fields and exploration of new raw hydrocarbons sources. Thus, ChelPipe Group presented its samples of high-tech equipment: pipes with connectors, pipes and branch pipes made of corrosion-proof steels for LNG plants, threaded joints. In a special stand of Gazprom Gazenergoset dedicated to e-commerce, the visitors could follow an e-auction online, learn the mechanism of bidding in the e-commerce site and be advised by the company’s experts. The company Surgut Perevalka presented the project for construction of the complex of process plants for treatment of 340°С-КК gas condensate fraction, and the international energy company Uniper SE presented its innovative projects for the gas sector development.
The Gas Engine Fuel exhibition was participated by the leading Russian and international companies of the sector which presented almost every area of focus associated with development of the gas engine infrastructure. At the stand of Gazprom Gas-Engine Fuel fourteen new CNG filling stations were started online upon command of Alexey Miller, from Sakhalin to St. Petersburg. More over, Gazprom Gas-Engine Fuel established a special exhibition that was participated by manufacturers of machines and equipment related to natural gas as engine fuel, including Kirovsky Zavod Gas Technologies LLC, Barrens JSC, MobiGas, Avtovaz JSC, Rotor Engineering Group. Partners of the Forum - NGV Italy Association – shared their international experience on use of natural gas and creation of conditions for the gas engine fuel market expansion. The most advanced innovations and achievements within the sector were demonstrated by the Korean participants, KANGV (Korean Association for Natural Gas Vehicles) and the leading companies of the Korean Republic – ILJIN Composites, TK-FUJIKIN, HAMI TECH, KNMT.
St. Petersburg International Gas Forum was held with the support of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation, the Government of St. Petersburg, the Russian Gas Society and NGV Italy.