Gastech 78 LNG/LPG Conference Includes Major Paper From OPEC

The program has been announced for the Gastech 78 LNG and LPG meeting which will be held in the new Monte-Carlo Convention Centre from November 7- 10 this year. It will be the sixth in the series.

Leading the program will be a paper of great significance from OPEC—the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries— to be given by Abderrezak Ferroukhi (head of the International Economics Section) who will speak on a pricing policy for OPEC LPG. Although OPEC's petroleum pricing activities have been very much in the public eye ever since the round of price increases started in 1974, which led to a quadrupling of crude oil prices, the Gastech 78 meeting will be the first public platform for the announcement of OPEC's next aim—price fixing for LPG and LNG. With LPG and LNG increasingly sought after as a replacement for oil imports—particularly in such pollution-conscious areas as Japan and the U.S.

West Coast—there is no doubting the considerable significance of OPEC's new move.

• The Gastech 78 meeting will also bring together a panel from most of the world's leading LPG producers—including government and industry speakers from Abu Dhabi, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Algeria and Venezuela.

• Presentations and discussions from the gas producers' panel will be followed by a panel from some of the main gas marketers— Mundogas, Bridgestone, Northern Natural Gas, etc.

• Speakers from Shell International Gas and Ocean Phoenix will survey the international baseload LNG trade for the period 1978-90.

• The potential for LNG exports from Australia's Northwest Shelf will be described by Robert J. Foster of Broken Hill Pty.

• A Canadian panel, including Petro-Canada's W. Sidjak and Michael Bell of Melville Shipping, will discuss the ambitious Arctic Pilot Project designed to open up the vast potential of the Canadian Arctic.

• The U.S.A. remains the world's largest gas consumer, and i n c r e a s i n g l y needs supplies of imported gas. The Institute of Gas Technology's Philip J. Anderson will spell out the facts on America's LNG trade potential, and David J. Bardin, administrator of the Economic Regulatory Administration, will give Washington's official view on U.S. LNG import policy.

• Progressing the safety debates of previous Gastech meetings, this year's program will include papers from the U.S. Coast Guard—discussing their new rules based on the IMCO Gas Carrier Code. Essochem, Pullman Kellogg, and the Norwegian classification society Det norske Veritas will also make presentations on safety and reliability programs.

• Offshore development of gas fields will be covered from various angles, including floating LNG p r o d u c t i o n facilities. Speakers from organizations active in Germany, France, Britain and the U.S.A. will present the results of their latest researches into this sector of the gas industry.

• In addition to the plenary sessions in the main auditorium of the new Monte-Carlo Convention Centre, various technical developments will be unveiled in specialist workshop sessions.

• Gastech 78 will close with a panel debate on the future of the liquefied gas business by a number of specialists—Alexis Pastuhov, J.J. Cuneo of Energy Transportation, H. van Engelshoven, Shell's Natural Gas coordinator, and P & O's Pat Mitchell.

The Gastech Week in Monte- Carlo will also feature the world's largest exhibition of LNG and LPG technology, equipment, and services. More than 120 international exhibitors will occupy stands in the Monte-Carlo Convention Centre, Loews Monte- Carlo Hotel, and the nearby Hall du Centenaire. Admission to the exhibition is free of charge to accredited industry personnel.

For fuller details of the conference program and registration particulars, contact the organizers: Gastech 78, 2, Station Road, Rickmansworth, Herts WD 3 1QP, England.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 7,  Aug 1978

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