Energy Safety & Security Under the Spotlight as Gas Leaders Debate Future

By Gastech 2011, PRNE
Tuesday, March 15, 2011

LONDON, March 16, 2011 - As the unfolding crisis in Japan raises debates about the future for
nuclear power and as Middle Eastern political unrest destabilises petroleum
markets, the energy industry faces many considerable challenges as it heads
to a flagship industry gathering being held on 21-24 March in Amsterdam, the

On the morning of Monday 21st March at Gastech (
) - the international gas industry's flagship event - a formidable panel of
leaders will debate these challenges and discuss the role that gas will
likely play in the rapidly-changing and politically-driven future energy mix.
As the European Union's Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger called for a
"stress testing" of Europe's nuclear power facilities, many have begun to now
question which sources will deliver not only efficient and clean power, but -
above all else - safe energy.

Leading the debate is Shell's global head of upstream international,
Malcolm Brinded CBE (, who is driving
Shell's developments of natural gas as a primary aspect of their energy
portfolio - around half of all their hydrocarbon production by 2012. Joining
Mr Brinded will be key influencers including Sheikh Khalid Al-Thani, Chief
Executive Officer of Qatargas, Hans-Peter Floren, Member of the Board of
Management at E.ON Ruhrgas, and the Deputy Prime Minister of the Netherlands,
Maxime Verhagen.

With new uncertainties raised about the role for nuclear power, and
uncertainty over Middle Eastern oil supply, the potential role that gas now
plays in any future energy mix is now a critical topic to understand. Deputy
Prime Minister of the Netherlands, Maxime Verhagen, remarks that gas is
critical to this fuel mix as we make the complex evolution towards
lower-carbon output, whilst ensuring economic growth remains unstifled:

"For many decades to come, gas will remain critically important to the
energy mix worldwide. In our effort to move to an efficient and low carbon
economy, natural gas as the cleanest of fossil fuels is indispensable. The
aims to contribute to this transition by serving as a gas hub to
North-West Europe."

Growth of natural gas use in power generation has being projected at an
average of 2% per year, or just under 50% by 2030. The revolution in
unconventional gas development in the United States, for example, is also
expected to spread to other regions around the globe and spur major new plays
in a fuel that is regarded by many as the cleanest and least carbon-intensive
fossil fuel.

John Bates, Marketing Manager, +44-(0)203-180-6579,

John Bates, Marketing Manager, +44-(0)203-180-6579, johnbates at

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