Gas Innovations for a Sustainable Future: Oman to Host the International Gas Union Research Conferen
This is the first time the conference will be
hosted in the Middle East, under the patronage of the Ministry of Oil and Gas.
The event will
welcome a host of international and local guests to join the three-day
conference and exhibition focused on gas innovations for a sustainable future;
a conversation which is due to provide a unique insight into the technologies
of tomorrow within this ever-evolving sector.
IGRC is a
triennial event organized by IGU, expected to attract over 1,000 participants
representing more than 40 countries. IGRC 2020 will highlight the research,
development and innovation aspects of the ever-growing gas and energy industry.
Additionally, the esteemed event will bring enormous socio-economic benefits to
Oman and promote the country as an important foothold to hold conferences,
exhibitions and events. It will also leverage the Sultanate’s strategic
location and enhance the country’s profile as a preferred destination for doing
The event could
not have come at a better time, as 2020 marks a significant milestone in which
Oman LNG will celebrate 20 years of its existence since its start of operations
in the year 2000. Oman LNG was established through the visionary leadership of
His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said by a Royal Decree in 1994.
the IGU, Oman supplies a critical three percent (3%) of liquefied natural gas
(LNG) to meet demand in the international LNG trade and its volumes are pivotal
in keeping the balance of supply and demand. With natural gas as the world’s
cleanest and most efficient fossil fuel, Oman LNG plays an important role,
bringing energy to many corners of the world, helping to diversify the
Oman LNG, as
the longest existing IGU member in Oman, has invested great efforts to bring
prestigious gas events to Oman, to be able to showcase the multitude of wonders
this country has in abundance – from its strategic geographic location and
well-developed venues to the beautiful natural splendor.
industry is a significant contributor to a steadily increasing quality of life
for citizens and residents in the Sultanate through its execution of a wide
swath of social investment programs through the Oman LNG Development Foundation
that addresses many economic and social needs. The export of Oman’s first cargo
was in 2000 and since then, proceeds from the blossoming trade have supported,
what some observers have described as an ambitious diversification program that
has spurred growth in other important sectors of the economy, Including
tourism, agriculture and the spread of vital infrastructure that supports
business and daily life.
2020 press conference which was held on September 5th, Prof. (JM) Joe Kang,
IGU’s president said: ”Research, development and innovation are fundamental to
the future of the natural gas industry and it is particularly exciting to bring
IGRC to this region for the first time. I extend IGU’s thanks to the Sultanate
of Oman’s Ministry of Oil and Gas under His Excellency Dr Mohammed bin Hamad Al
Rumhi, who are patrons of IGRC 2020, and our member Oman LNG and its CEO Mr
Harib Al Kitani, who is our host. With Muscat’s easy accessibility, and with so
much natural gas and LNG activity and opportunity in the region, we look
forward to the support and participation of regional and global stakeholders.”
Khalid Al Massan, CEO of Oman LNG Development Foundation and Chair of IGRC 2020
National Organising Committee, stated,” We are delighted to host such
prestigious event to Oman. The IGRC 2020 will captivate the attention of
thousands of senior leaders, partners and experts of the gas industry together.
Such conference will accommodate a great atmosphere of sharing invaluable
insights on the role of natural gas today, and in the future. The timing of the
event cannot be better as it comes amid ambitious gas discoveries and a booming
gas industry. We take this opportunity to thank all members of the IGU
Executive Committee who marked Oman as the next destination for such a
prestigious conference. Such outstanding success is attributed to the on-going
cooperation between the International Gas Union, and Oman LNG with the immense
support of the Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre”.
Mr. Rodney Cox,
Events Director of the IGU, said, "The IGU is very pleased to welcome
Muscat, Oman, as the host of IGRC 2020. IGU Charter Member, Oman LNG, has been
an active contributor to IGU and hosting IGRC 2020 builds on this ongoing
support. We look forward to an outstanding conference that supports both IGU's
global objectives, as well as a legacy for the natural gas industry in Oman and
is widely recognised as a global leader in enhanced recovery technologies. This
is largely thanks to the country's focus on research, and the key reason behind
Oman’s application to host IGRC 2020 was to further Oman’s ambition of becoming
a knowledge economy and to transform the commodity reliant country into one
that helps shape the world’s thinking. The congress will help Oman realize its
vision and help contribute to disseminating the best practices and research in
enhanced oil and gas recovery.
Eng. Said Al
Shanfari, CEO of the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre (OCEC) the
official venue partner of IGRC 2020, said, “It is a privilege to be able to
showcase Oman and OCEC as the leading venue of choice in the Persian Gulf and
we are honored to host the 2020 IGRC Conference.”
“OCEC has now won 22 international and regional conferences that
will be hosted in the Sultanate over the next few years, contributing over
OMR24.5 million (US$63.5 million) and we look forward to welcoming the IGRC
delegates from 24-26 February 2020,” he added.