Gastech Japan 2017, which is being held at Makuhari Messe, Chiba, from Tuesday to Friday, is the 29th edition of the world’s largest conference and exhibition on natural gas and liquefied natural gas (LNG) since the first Gastech was held in London in 1972.

Ten Japanese companies formed a consortium to host Gastech Japan 2017 in the first such attempt in Gastech history. The consortium members are the energy companies and trading houses Jera Co., Mitsubishi Corp., Mitsui & Co., Tokyo Gas Co., Inpex Corp., Itochu Corp., Japan Petroleum Exploration Co., JX Group, Marubeni Corp. and Sumitomo Corp. Jera is equally owned by Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fuel & Power, Inc. and Chubu Electric Power Co.

Gastech Japan 2017, organized by dmg events Japan, is expecting 25,000 visitors from all over the world, 2,500 commercial and technical delegates, more than 600 exhibitors, more than 350 company CEOs and ministerial-level politicians in energy and related ministries from various countries, as well as more than 200 energy experts as speakers.

In a regional breakdown of the delegates, Asia & Oceania account for 33 percent, followed by Europe at 30 percent, the Americas at 21 percent, Africa at 9 percent, with the Middle East representing 7 percent.

Gastech Japan 2017 has meetings, exhibitions and various other offerings such as VIP programs, the LNG Procurement Forum, Women in Energy and Young Gastech.

The main discussions will take place on Tuesday morning and include “Japanese Host Welcome & Preview of Gastech 2017,” chaired by Nobuo Tanaka, the chairman of the Gastech Japan 2017 Consortium and the former executive director of the International Energy Agency. Tanaka will be joined by Jera Co. President Yuji Kakimi, Tokyo Gas Co. Senior Executive Officer Takashi Anamizu, Hajime Hirano, executive vice president, group CEO of Energy Business Group, Mitsubishi Corp. and Hirotatsu Fujiwara, executive managing officer and chief operating officer of Energy Business Unit II, Mitsui & Co.

There will also be a “Global LNG Leader’s Address” by Shell Integrated Gas & New Energies Director Maarten Wetselaar and an “International Energy Leadership Panel Debate: How are Gas Suppliers Adapting to the Changing Global Market?” that will be attended by executives from Chevron, ExxonMobil Gas & Power Marketing Company, Qatargas Operating Company Limited, Total, ConocoPhillips and Woodside Energy Ltd.

Other sessions include those on business, as well as technology such as “How Energy Firms can Successfully Develop People & Projects for their Customers,” “United States LNG Exports — The Future?,” “Africa: the New LNG Importing Region?,” “Risk Assessment of Liquefied Hydrogen Gas Carriers,” “Introduction to a Liquefied Hydrogen Carrier for a Pilot Hydrogen Energy Supply Chain (HESC) Project in Japan” and “Choosing the Right Nitrogen Rejection Scheme.”

The exhibition hall is open throughout the event, offering space for companies and government bodies to showcase their technologies, as well as spaces and opportunities for business meetups. There are eight country pavilions from Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Singapore and South Korea.

VIP Programs are closed-door sessions, including a panel discussion titled “Long-Term Financing and Investing in Natural Gas & LNG Projects: Where Next, and Why?”

The LNG Procurement Forum is an invitation-only forum inviting 200 of the industry’s most prominent and influential executives involved in the procurement, portfolio trade, and end-use of LNG. Companies represented will include LNG buyers, producers, integrated energy companies, utilities, commodity traders, brokers, investors, banks, exchanges and hedge funds.

The Women in Energy is a program showcasing women and men who are leaders from all disciplines across the global energy sector that aims to provide a platform to engage in discussions on challenges and opportunities for female practitioners in the energy sector. It offers various discussions, including one titled “Personal Stories from Successful Women in the Gas Industry About Their Career Paths and Obstacles Overcome.”

Young Gastech provides an exciting opportunity for students wanting to pursue a career in the gas sector and for young professionals wanting to get closer to the natural gas and LNG industry. There are sessions such as “The World of Career Opportunities in Energy: How do You Find, Engage With and Apply to the Right Companies for You?” for young people attending the conference.

Additionally, Gastech Japan 2017 participants can enjoy networking at The Meeting Place, Delegate Lunch Area and Delegate Lounge in the exhibition area.

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