30.05.12 12:39

Avaza welcomed the leading world oil & gas community at the 3rd Turkmenistan Gas Congress 2012, 23-24 May

The 3rd Turkmenistan International Gas Congress was held on the 23rd -24th of May in “Avaza” the National Tourism zone on the Turkmenistan Caspian Sea coast. The congress attracted about 500 delegates, representing over 150 organisations from 32 countries.

Among 500 delegates are representatives of the Oil & Gas complex of Turkmenistan, officials from the European Commission, heads of the energy Ministries and departments of the United States, Russia, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Great Britain, the Republic of Korea, local and
international press, embassies and commercial delegates.

Heads and leading specialists of companies such as Chevron (USA), ExxonMobil (USA), Shell (Netherlands-UK), OMV (Austria), BP (UK), SOCAR (Azerbaijan Republic), GAIL (India), Petronas (Malaysia), CNPC (China), Total (France), LG International (Republic of Korea), Hyundai E&C (Republic of Korea), MMHE-TPGM, Petrofac (UAE), Japan Bank for International Cooperation (Japan), Intek Energy (Turkmenistan), CPE (China), Nexans (France), CCDCT (China), Weatherford (USA), Ghazanfar Group (Afghanistan), Petrofac (UAE) and Haldor Topsøe (Denmark) spoke at the Gas Congress.

Foreign participants underlined the increasing role of Turkmenistan as a major gas exporter to world energy markets of Eurasia.

The reports and presentations made by the representatives of numerous companies stated the ardent willingness to expand business partnership in the energy sphere with Turkmenistan, which rapidly strengthens its positions in the world energy market, that was stipulated by the favourable investment policy of Turkmenistan and huge hydrocarbon resources, natural gas in particular.

Plenary Session on the topic of International Partnership: Energy Security and Direct Foreign Investment was opened at 12:00 on the 23rd of May. Participants of the congress discussed in this session the sustainable development of the global gas industry and the role of gas in a sustainable
energy future, regional and inter-regional cooperation, energy security and reliability of supply and demand, market trends and the future direction of the industry, global cooperation between gas producing countries, Turkmenistan’s growing role in the global gas industry and the wealth of
investment opportunities that exist in the development of Turkmenistan’s vast gas reserves.

The congress, officially organised by the National Gas Company of Turkmenistan TurkmenGas, was opened on behalf of the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdymuhammedov by the Deputy Chairman of Cabinet of Ministers of Turkmenistan Baymyrat Hojamuhammedov.
Mr. Hojamuhammedov was joined for the official opening ceremony by the Chairman of TurkmenGas Sahatmurad Mamedov, Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas of the Republic of India - S. Jaipal Reddy, Minister of Petroleum and Natural Resources of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan - Asim Hussain, Minister of Mines of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan - Wahidullah Shahrani, Director-General of the Foreign Affairs & National Security Policy Bureau, PM’s Office, Republic of Korea - Daesik Kim, Senior Adviser, Office of the Special Envoy for Eurasian Energy in the US Department of State - Daniel D. Stein, Special Representative of Commissioner Oettinger on the European
Commission - Mark Van Stiphout, and Platinum Sponsor of TGC 2012,  Chevron, represented by the President of Chevron Nebitgaz BV Turkmenistan Douglas Uchikura.

Participants of the congress have witnessed a historic event – the signing of the Gas Sales and Purchase Agreement (GSPA) by India, Pakistan and Turkmenistan through the TAPI project.

Throughout the congress the heads of Turkmenistan’s national companies TurkmenGas, Turkmenneft, Turkmengeology, Turkmenneftegasstroy, TurkmenChemia and the Turkmenbashi oil processing plant reiterated their government’s interest in developing mutually-beneficial partnerships
with international gas companies able to provide expertise, experience and state-of-the-art technology needed for the rapid development of Turkmenistan’s abundant and still largely untapped resources.

During 2 days of the congress the participants raised and discussed important issues, among them:

• Innovation Technologies for developing gas resources of Turkmenistan
• Parallel and horizontal drilling technologies
• Health and safety: implementing international standards
• Ecology
• Exporting Gas: Key Infrastructure, Environmental and Transit Issues for  Turkmenistan
• Investing in new transit routes to Asia and Europe
• Gas Swaps
• Gas marketing
• Gas tariffs and transit tariffs
• Regional cooperation between suppliers and buyers of gas
• Harnessing Global Expertise and Technology to Maximize Turkmenistan's Gas Resources.
• Gas Processing and Gas Chemistry:
• Optimizing Turkmenistan’s Petrochemical Export Potential
• Sulphur utilisation and marketing

A particularly strong programme of 45 industry specialist speakers addressed the congress. 2 Business Breakfasts (Hosted by Petronas and Sumitomo), 4 Coffee Breaks (Hosted by OMV and Dragon Oil), 2 Lunches (Hosted by BP and Turkmengas), 3 Cocktail Parties (Hosted by Chevron and
CNPC) and a Gala Dinners (Hosted by LG International) offered delegates the all-important opportunity to network.

Countries represented at TGC 2012:

1. Afghanistan
2. Austria
3. Azerbaijan
4. Great Britain
5. Germany
6. Denmark
7. India
8. Iran
9. Italia
10. Spain
11. Indonesia
12. China
13. Kazakhstan
14. Korea
15. Qatar
16. Luxemburg
17. Malaysia
18. The Netherlands
19. Norway
20. UAE
21. Pakistan
22. Russia
23. Romania
24. Turkey
25. Turkmenistan
26. USA
27. Uzbekistan
28. Ukraine
29. Sweden
30. Switzerland
31. France
32. Japan

The organising committee would like to take this opportunity to thank all participants and sponsors of the congress for their support.



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