Some 35,000 attendees are expected to gather in Houston 17-19 September at the Gastech 2019 conference and exhibition for what SIGTTO’s Andrew Clifton expects to be a fascinating event
As co-chair of the technical part of the conference, many months of preparation have gone into creating a very packed agenda, highlighted by 150 strategic and technical sessions and 16 ministerial and leadership panels. Working together, the Gastech team at DMG Events, the co-chairs and the governing body reviewed and assessed all the 1,100 abstracts submitted for the event. In the end only a few abstracts were selected for the programme, with each slot oversubscribed by a ratio of 8 to 1. The end result is a portfolio of extremely high quality, relevant and original presentations that will provide broad insight and perspective on the global LNG market.
If your abstract wasn’t selected for this year’s Gastech, don’t be discouraged. Those who have been unsuccessful for the Houston event can resubmit their paper for next year; the call for papers for Gastech 2020 in Singapore opens during the Houston event.
SIGTTO has a long and rich history of participation at Gastech, signing the first inter-industry contract between the event and an industry organisation many decades ago. The first technical slot has traditionally been the shipping session, which is chaired by the SIGTTO general manager; this slot is often referred to as the ‘SIGTTO session’. On 17 September during the shipping session, LNT Marine chief executive officer Kjetil Sjolie Strand will discuss the development of the LNT A-box cargo containment system during his presentation, ‘A new containment system for LNG from concept to reality’.
Following Mr Strand, Aker Arctic Technology Inc chief executive Reko-Antii Suojanen will discuss ‘Arctic LNG carriers – key technology to overcome ice challenges’. Mr Suojanen will discuss the technical challenges overcome in developing one of the largest ice-breaking vessels ever conceived, making the Yamal LNG project a commercial success.
Finally, US Coast Guard (USCG) lead chemical engineer Cynthia Znati will round out the session with her presentation, ‘Implementation of the IGC code by the US Coast Guard’. Driven by the shale gas revolution, the US has emerged as the world’s third largest LNG exporter, necessitating an increase in internationally flagged LNG carriers calling at US ports. How is the USCG working to harmonise US regulations with the 2016 IGC Code? You’ll have to attend Ms Znati’s presentation to find out.
I first attended Gastech in Bilbao, Spain in 2005 and I have not missed one since. I have chaired or spoken at them all, except for Bangkok in 2008 when I was just a delegate!
In SIGTTO’s library in our London office, we have hard copies of all past Gastech papers. It’s interesting to review the older papers and see how far off the mark or spot on some predictions were!
We also have many other past conference papers, numerous operating manuals, including the original Methane Princess operating manual, and a whole host of historical publications and documents related to gas shipping and terminals. We have had students researching a dissertation ask to access the library and we certainly encourage our members to use it as it is most certainly a benefit of membership.
We have all of the library on a database and a keynote search of something quite innocuous like “ship/shore link” can find hundreds of hits. Some of the transcripts on file from the likes of Bob Lakey and Roger Ffooks are remarkable for their technical knowledge of such a new (at the time) concept.
We are looking forward to celebrating 40 years of SIGTTO during our special event in London in September.
Andrew Clifton is general manager and chief operating officer of SIGTTO (The Society of International Gas Tanker & Terminal Operators Ltd)