Gastech 2020, the world’s largest exhibition and conference for the gas, LNG and energy industries, will now take place virtually, with the physical conference postponed until 13-16 September 2021.
The decision was made by the organises, dmg events and the Gastech Governing Body, alongside Enterprise Singapore and the Singapore Tourism Board, in the light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The organisers say the decision was based on concerns around accessibility, and for the wellbeing of speakers, delegates, exhibitors and visitors.
Gastech 2020 had been due to take place at the Singapore Expo in Singapore from 8-10 Sept, but will now be hosted virtually instead. Strategic and technical content from the conference will be streamed online. Gastech will also produce webinars, industry newsletters in the run-up to Gastech 2021 looking the challenges and opportunities shaping the carbon neutral agenda, and will offer networking opportunities.
‘The postponement of Gastech 2020 gives the gas, LNG and wider energy industries greater scope to assess the impact of COVID-19 on energy demand and identify market growth opportunities, as the world moves towards a carbon neutral energy landscape,’ says Nick Ornstien, Vice President Energy for dmg events.
‘Gastech has a proven power to convene energy policy makers and industry leaders, which will be crucial as economies recover and demand for gas increases, post COVID-19. Gastech 2021 will help shape a roadmap for collective and individual actions and provide opportunities to identify future solutions and strategies.’
The organisers chose Singapore to host Gastech 2021 due to the growing shift towards natural gas and LNG in Asian economies. Global LNG demand is forecast to double to 700m t by 2040, with South and South-East Asia accounting for half of that.
‘The LNG sector continues to be resilient, even in this challenging period, with more LNG trading, or business development companies establishing a presence in Singapore this year, compared to last year. Safety, nonetheless, comes first and we look forward to bringing together the LNG fraternity, at Gastech 2021, a global platform for the energy industry,’ says Satvinder Singh, Assistant Chief Executive Officer of Enterprise Singapore said.
Gastech 2021 is expected to be attended by more than 35,000 people, including senior industry figures, and more than 700 exhibiting companies.