Posted on January 13, 2013

With an eye to the future, the first World GTL Congress got off to a rousing start today as industry stalwarts signalled to a paradigm shift in the global energy market with GTL at the helm.

The three-day event has welcomed hundreds of gas-to-liquid (GTL) delegates from around the world to Doha – the global GTL capital – where a broad examination of the promising new industry still in infancy is taking place on the future of GTL, its products, technologies, markets, and end users.

Being held under the patronage of His Excellency Dr Mohammed bin Saleh Al-Sada, Minister of Energy and Industry and Chairman and Managing Director of Qatar Petroleum (QP), and organised by IQPC (the International Quality & Productivity Centre), today’s inauguration of the congress along with an associated exhibition, proceeded to unravel a rich assembly of keynote speakers, presentations and panels at St. Regis Doha, the venue.

“The first annual World GTL Congress demonstrates Qatar’s position of leadership in the GTL industry. With over 500 people converging at this event from all over the world, the congress has been a great success in its first year and we hope that this continues,” said Symon Rubens, managing director, IQPC Middle East, Africa & South Africa.

“The event is being held under the patronage of H.E. Dr Al-Sada, and it’s really his vision and leadership that this conference has been successful, and which is proving crucial to the GTL industry in Qatar,” added Rubens.

Setting the tone for the opening day and over the next two days, the keynote speakers – representing producers to end users – explained their enthusiasm for GTL and its rapidly-expanding role in the global energy markets as all the presentations converged to indicate the arrival of the “golden age of gas”.

In his event opening keynote, Hamad Rashid Al Mohannadi, Deputy Chairman of the QP Board of Directors and Managing Director of RasGas Company Limited (RasGas), emphasised Qatar's determination to continue the industry momentum, while as one of the aviation industry’s foremost leaders, Akbar Al-Baker, CEO of Qatar Airways, highlighted the airline’s commitment to adopting the cleaner GTL.

Qatar Shell Companies chairman and managing director of Pearl GTL, Wael Sawan; ORYX GTL chief executive officer, Abdulrahman Al-Suwaidi; and Qatar International Petroleum Marketing Company Ltd. (Tasweeq) chief executive officer, Saad Al-Kuwari subsequently shared their vision of GTL as a fuel for the future.

Whilst today’s conference agenda spotlighted the evolution of the GTL industry as well as GTL plants operations technology, the discourse today focuses on the current and future GTL projects, products and markets.

The congress enjoys the expertise of some of the leading GTL experts who have extended their advice to the congress organisers. They include Dr Ramzi Salman Abdul Hussain; Senior Advisor from QP, Rob Overtoom; Technology Manager of Pearl GTL from QatarShell GTL Limited, Niels Fabricius; Senior Technical Advisor from Qatar Shell Service Company, and Abdulla Al-Naemi; Marketing Director of Refined Products from, Tasweeq.

The first edition of the World GTL Congress is supported by leading Qatar and global organisations, including: QP (Host Organisation), Shell (Host Sponsor), ORYX GTL (Lead Sponsor), Tasweeq (Diamond Sponsor), CCC (Silver Sponsor), Sasol (Official Gala Dinner Sponsor),Veolia Water Solutions, Gasal & Air Liquide (both as Associate Sponsors), Gulf Warehousing Company (Official Logistics Partner), and Qatar University (Official Education Partner).

The World GTL Congress exhibition will be open to public on Tuesday. Opening hours are 8:00 to 15:00.

(Click to read speeches of Oryx GTL CEO, Hamad Rashid Al MohannadiSaad Abdulla Al-Kuwari, Wael Sawan)

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