This month, the oil, gas and LNG industries will descend upon Vancouver for the Canada Gas & LNG Exhibition and Conference and as the Canadian LNG industry picks up steam, so has the conference, says organizers.
“I think the main context for the event this year lies in the transition we’ve seen over the last six to nine months,” said conference director Richard Mackintosh. “It was a market in the LNG space that showed a huge amount of potential and a huge amount of possibility but nothing much happened, to one that, following the LNG Canada FID, is really now a market surging ahead.”
He believes LNG Canada is the first domino that will trigger more LNG projects in the Canadian market, citing Woodfibre LNG and Kitimat LNG.
Another interesting topic that will be explored at the conference will be the nexus between the LNG sector and the gas infrastructure.
“Clearly we have to get this gas to market and so the LNG projects play a pivotal role in that,” said Mackintosh. “We have to get the gas from the production facilities to the LNG plants so there is a huge value chain opportunity for people to learn about what the face of this gas and LNG industry looks like in a post FID market.”
Conference speakers and sessions will also be addressing some of the industry’s biggest questions regarding contracting opportunities, how the industry will build these projects and addressing labour demand.
“It is a good opportunity to bring all these interconnected stakeholders together to understand how we got to this point and what the future holds,” said Mackintosh. “I think what Canada has probably missed up to this point is really a unifying narrative of why LNG is good for the Canadian industry but the role that Canadian LNG has to play on the global stage.”
Whether you are a high-level executive or a contractor, Mackintosh explained that he and his team have designed a program to educate attendees what their most advantageous position could be.
“Understanding where you as an individual or company, or Canada as an energy sector, sits and what role it has to play, all other issues and questions stem from that,” said Mackintosh.
Some of the speakers and panelists will include “Triple Crown: Winning Canada’s Energy Future” co-author Jean-Sebastien Rioux, Kitimat Mayor Philip Germuth, PETRONAS Canada CEO Mark Fitzgerald, B.C. Building Trades Executive Director Tom Sigurdson, Progressive Contractors Association President Paul de Jong and more.
“This will be a great opportunity for networking and to really build those personal connections,” said Mackintosh. “These are some of the movers and shakers and we want to make them as accessible and approachable as possible.”
The conference will also feature oil and gas purchasers from china, Philippines, and India who will talk about their LNG buying habits and their strategy to transition to cleaner energy sources.
Those who skip the sessions can still check out the show floor which will the conference’s feature free content.
“I think for executives looking at macro dynamics and price and competitiveness, we will have many sessions to inspire on that front,” said Mackintosh. “But again, there will be opportunities for local contractors. Companies have been struggling in the market may start to see light at the end of the tunnel. It’s really giving them the opportunity to throw themselves into the potential for new contracts that may well be as transformative for them as LNG Canada is going to be for Canada.”
The conference will take place this month, May 21-23, at the Vancouver Convention Centre East. It will feature more than 200 exhibitors, more than 300 delegates and more than 75 speakers. Those interested in registering can visit canadagaslng.com.