Natural Gas and LNG in Shifting Markets: Event Summary

Access for Women in Energy (AccessWIE) and Petronas co-organised a seminar on Natural Gas and LNG. The event was held at Petronas London office on 5 October 2017.

The seminar provided an overview of timely developments shaping gas markets, LNG supply and demand growth as well as price trends. Examples of major LNG projects were presented, showcasing ways of meeting future demand using new business models.

AccessWIE Chairman, Director and Management Committee, along with co-organiser Petronas and speakers

The discussion started with welcoming remarks from Mr Ziaril Zakaria, CEO Petronas LNG UK, who showed a brief video of Petronas impressive Floating LNG, the first in the world. It was followed by complementary presentations from leading gas experts, including:

  • Ms Maggie Stretch, VP Marketing & Origination at Cheniere, showcased the drivers behind the US successful experience of reversing its position from a LNG importer to exporter within a short period and driving the evolution of global LNG trade dynamics;
  • Mr Giles Farrer, Director LNG & Global Gas Research at Wood Mackenzie, raised concerns about excess in LNG supplies and discussed whether the market can absorb them; and
  • Mr Benjamin Klooss, Programme Manager for Oxford Policy Management, shared the experience of Ghana, a new LNG comer and commented on the African nation’s rationale behind turning to LNG.
The speakers (from left to right): Mr Giles Farrer, Ms Maggie Stretch and Mr Benjamin Klooss

Lord Howell, Co-Chair of AccessWIE and Chairman of the House of Lords International Relations Committee, commented on the presentations, adding the all-important political dimension which continues to drive many gas deals and investment decisions.

Dr Carole Nakhle, CEO of Crystol Energy and President of AccessWIE, chaired the discussion. She highlighted, among others, that, unlike the global oil market, gas markets are fragmented though LNG is gradually globalising gas trade, adding that with the increasing sophistication in LNG projects, it is hard to believe that the end of the oil and gas era is near.

Mr Fasluddeen Hadi, CEO Petronas Energy Trading, also representing the host, concluded the discussion with the main takeaway that the oil and gas industry is going through major changes but it is not wasting a crisis: it is putting up a fight and technology is key.

To read the summary of the discussion, click here.

The audience
The Q&A session
The networking reception

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