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Australia to host world’s largest LNG Conference in 2016

Australian Gas Industry Trust Chairman, Ian Little, said the LNG conference Steering Committee’s decision to hold LNG-18 in Australia in 2016 reflected the international gas industry’s esteem for Australia.

“In 2016, Perth will host more than 5,000 international representatives and exhibitors from the global LNG industry,” Little said. “In building on Australia’s success in hosting LNG-12 in 1998, I have no doubt that LNG-18 will be the most successful LNG conference yet.”

The LNG conference is held every three years and alternates between producing and consuming countries. The next LNG conference is scheduled for Houston, Texas in 2013.

The Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association (APPEA) says the international gas industry’s decision to host LNG-18 in Australia reflects the growing global importance of Australia as an LNG producer.

APPEA’s Chief Executive, Belinda Robinson, said: “Australia is already a world class LNG exporter and we have the most ambitious and most innovative LNG expansion plans of any country in the world.

“We will be the first country in the world to develop a coal seam gas-based LNG sector and we are a strong contender to host the world’s first floating LNG project. By 2016, we will be well on our way to becoming the world’s top LNG producer.”

Little said LNG-18 provides a great opportunity to showcase Australia’s LNG industry and share its enthusiasm and achievements with the rest of the world.

“In bringing thousands of business leaders to Australia, LNG-18 will not only be good for LNG business but will deliver a significant boost to Perth’s local economy and tourism,” he said.

Representatives of the Australian natural gas industry in Houston to promote Australia’s bid include Ian Little, Managing Director, Envestra; Belinda Robinson, CEO of APPEA; Grant King, Managing Director, Origin Energy and Chairman of the LNG-18 Bid Advisory Committee; and Anne Nolan, Director General of the WA Department of State Development. The bid was supported by Australia’s leading LNG operators – Woodside Energy, Chevron Australia and ConocoPhillips.

The bid to host LNG-18 was put forward by the Australian Gas Industry Trust, an organisation dedicated to providing education, professional development and research to support the natural gas industry, and supported by the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association.

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