Posted on January 12, 2013

Global gas-to-liquid (GTL) leaders from the US to Japan, and in between, have descended in Qatar to initiate a new course of direction for the promising industry at the inaugural World GTL Congress, which gets underway today at the St. Regis Doha.

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), the congress promises to be a premium platform to spawn fresh dialogue with a rich conference agenda, side events and an exciting exhibition over the next three days.

Organised by IQPC (the International Quality & Productivity Centre), with QP hosting the world’s largest such assembly to date, the congress is stealing the industry spotlight at a time when GTL is fast cementing its position as a revolutionary novel technology with potential to power such wide-ranging industries as aviation, vehicle engine manufacturing, fuel companies, lubricant manufacturing and petrochemical plants.

“The first-everWorld GTL Congress has attracted the attention of many top figures of the oil and gas world to discuss the future of the industry. The diverse variety of sessions will give a complete overview of GTL, technologies, innovations, and market, in context with a view towards the future,” said Leila Masinaei Al-Marzouqi, Divisional Director, Oil and Gas from IQPC Middle East.

During the event, more than 500 attendees from 30 countries, representing a broad sweep of industries from education and research to national oil companies, will utilise the enormous opportunities on the side lines of the conference and break out workshop sessions to network, exchange ideas, gain knowledge and foster a formidable new circle of business partnerships.

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“We find it apt that an event of this scale for the global GTL industry is taking place in the ‘GTL capital of the world’, and we look forward to continue contributing to Qatar’s leadership role in GTL,” added Al-Marzouqi.

After the official opening ceremony, scheduled for 9.00am (+3 GMT), by an opening address and keynote by Hamad Rashid Al Mohannadi, Managing Director, RasGas Company Limited, followed by more insightful keynotes by Akbar Al-Baker, Chief Executive Officer, Qatar Airways; Wael Sawan, Managing Director and Chairman, Qatar Shell; and Saad Al-Kuwari, Chief Executive Officer, Qatar International Petroleum Marketing Company (Tasweeq).

Today’s conference agenda focuses on the present and future state of the GTL industry, as well as GTL financing and GTL plants operations technology.

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).

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