The jubilee 35th edition of the International Scientific & Expert Meeting of Gas Professionals will be held virtually from 21st to 23rd of October, 2020. During three days of the event 600 delegates, representing more than 200 companies and institutions, 60 respected speakers and 45 exhibitors from more than 20 countries will attend the event. Prominent gas event organized by Croatian Gas Association, member of the International Gas Union (IGU) and Croatian Gas Center Ltd. is under the high auspices of the Croatian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, Ministry of Construction and Physical Planning, the Ministry of Economy, Entrepreneurship and Crafts, the Ministry of Sea, Transport and Infrastructure of the Republic of Croatia and the Croatian Hydrocarbon Agency.
The Conference will cover 12 thematic sessions, several interactive panel discussions and a poster session on topics covering the entire natural gas chain, the application of new technologies, as well as key challenges that will determine the development of the natural gas market in the near future. The invited lectures will present the key environmental and economic role of natural gas as an integral part of a sustainable global energy system. The importance of natural gas as a geopolitical factor in the energy transition, the significance of strategic gas projects and the potential of natural gas to become the leading energy source in consumption in the world by 2050 will be emphasized.
In the second topic of the conference the emphasis will be on the key policy recommendations to ensure a modern regulatory framework that is fit for purpose to support the transition to a cost efficient and carbon-neutral energy system. An important part of the upcoming event will be the presentation of several professional papers about the history, current development and prospects of the future development of natural gas exploration and production projects in the Republic of Croatia.
The conference will show the current development and prospects of the future course of the strategic gas infrastructure development in Croatia and Europe, such as the construction of Zlobin-Omisalj, the new main gas pipeline that will provide the shipment of natural gas from the planned LNG terminal on the island of Krk to the transport system of the Republic of Croatia. More interesting presentations will present the application of smart technologies in gas and energy systems, innovations and transfer of technologies and their role in the gas and energy industry. An interesting panel discussion on the current situation and trends of the natural gas market and future challenges will be held.
Due to the great interest of energy entities, an interesting workshop on the current topic of energy efficiency obligation scheme will be held as a part of the jubilee conference and will include an introductory presentation by an expert from the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Energy and a panel discussion on the same topic.
Against the backdrop of the major shifts happening in energy markets dynamics, the workshop “Introduction to Fundamental Gas Modelling with PLEXOS” will focus on the European and regional gas supply and demand, drivers for emerging market changes (economic, technological and other) and will provide an insight into how these can be addressed with the adoption and use of PLEXOS Integrated Energy modelling platform in the region.
Since the great potential of expanding the use of natural gas is precisely in the transport sector, the conference will also discuss the importance and role of LNG in the road and maritime transport and green transport infrastructure and technology. Numerous experts will present papers on the issues of natural gas distribution and consumption from the point of view of efficiency and security of the gas system, as well as other current topics from the gas and energy industry. New developments in the legislation and technical regulations and rules of the profession for the safe and efficient use of gas and their practical application will be an important topic at the upcoming event. There will also be a poster session presenting the papers of experts from different energy sectors.
The Congress is involved in the Professional Ongoing Training Program of the Croatian Gas Association (CGA) and provides the participants with about 20 hours of professional lectures on topics related to gas, the energy industry, fundamentals of technical regulations, as well as thermo-engineering systems and facilities.
The conference will be followed by the gas equipment and technology exhibition which will bring together about 45 local and foreign exhibitors, mainly manufacturers and dealers of gas equipment, as well as many other renowned companies which will present their advanced technical solutions for the gas and energy industry.
Sponsorship of this established gas event provides a unique opportunity for companies to strengthen their position, show their expertise and new technical solutions that are needed to overcome the challenges of the gas industry.
Targeted topics and reputable speakers represent a combination of science, education, profession and business entities that actively participate in the gas industry.
Mobile application available before the opening ceremony and networking events in Opatija will secure enough time for interactive networking and new business opportunities.