Australian Gas Industry Trust scholars shine at GASEX 2014

From left to right: Santos’ Andrew Carman, Arrow Energy’s Jessica Richards and Alinta Energy’s Jessica Newell at GASEX 2014 in Hong Kong.

From left to right: Santos’ Andrew Carman, Arrow Energy’s Jessica Richards and Alinta Energy’s Jessica Newell at GASEX 2014 in Hong Kong.

In Australia, if you happen to mention the invisible threat that is air pollution, you can be met with anything from a passionate lecture on the polar ice caps to outright avoidance. The debate about the perils of global warming has been an ongoing soap opera in our parliament, newspapers and on our television sets for what seems like an eternity.

But for the citizens of Hong Kong it is not global warming but a far more intrusive form of air pollution that dominates the newspaper headlines.

There is a visible haze over the mountains, caused by particulate emissions from coal-fired power stations that operate on the surrounding islands and in mainland China, delivering an unhealthy payload on the westerly breeze.

This brought into focus the environmental benefits of gas power generation at GASEX 2014 in Hong Kong; a gas conference, exhibition and technical visit that focuses on gas production and use in the western Pacific region.

The theme for the conference was ‘Advancing the Gas Value Chain’, with an emphasis on China, the largest energy user in Asia and third largest user of gas globally.

The Australian Gas Industry Trust (AGIT) provides funding for education, professional development and research in the gas industry, and in 2014, the fund offered scholarships to three Australians to attend the GASEX 2014 Conference.

Jessica Newell (Alinta Energy), Jessica Richards (Arrow Energy) and Andrew Carman (Santos) joined Damian Dwyer (Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association) and Steve Davies (Australian Pipelines and Gas Association) to represent the Australian gas industry and industry bodies.

The conference was structured around economy and gas energy market development presentations by each of the 15 member nations.

Key note addresses linked themes, highlighted market development parallels in other regions and pointed to global energy market changes that are likely to impact gas exploration, production, transportation and use within the western Pacific.

It was clear from the conference that natural gas has a strong future in the region.

Demand for energy in Asia is increasing, driven by rapid urbanisation, extensive transportation demand and the growth of manufacturing and other energy intensive industries. In key Asian economies, such as China, the consumption of natural gas is materially less than the global average, leaving plenty of scope for its role to grow within the regional energy mix. And it is
set to.

Pipeline gas, and especially liquefied natural gas (LNG), are deemed to have significant roles to play in the energy mix as they assist countries in reducing emissions while adding to security of supply by accessing a growing number of energy suppliers globally.

With a forecast of strong growth in gas supply and demand for the region, GASEX speaker and former Undersecretary of the U.S. Department of Energy Professor John Deutch summarised, “it is an exciting time to be in the natural gas industry right now.”

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