The Gastech Virtual Summit 2020 took place on 7-11th September. Whilst COVID-19 continues to redefine our everyday lives, there is still much to discuss about the evolving energy landscape and the role that LNG will continue to play.
Despite the continuing challenges of travel and face-to-face meetings, ExxonMobil LNG Market Development Inc., participated in the summit to discuss the latest developments for natural gas and the energy sector. We discussed how the energy industry can engage as we adapt and respond to a post-pandemic landscape and new market dynamics.
ExxonMobil LNG Market Development Inc., participated in a number of sessions and the links to read the presentations are outlined below.
Alex Volkov, Vice President, Global LNG Marketing, ExxonMobil Upstream Oil & Gas Company
The role of natural gas in the energy transition – How will the industry respond to the post-pandemic environment? What does the industry need to regain control of the narrative?
Alex Volkov, Vice President, Global LNG Marketing, ExxonMobil Upstream Oil & Gas Company was joined by Laurent Vivier from Total, Mike Sable from Venture Global LNG and Jerome Schmitt from the Oil & Gas Climate Initiative to discuss the role of natural gas in the energy transition – How will the industry respond to the post-pandemic environment? What does the industry need to regain control of the narrative? The panel session was moderated by Senior Research Scholar Christof Rühl from the Center on Global Energy Policy, Columbia University. The panelists discussed the energy transition as well as the strategies that the natural gas industry could implement to play an active role in supporting the aims of the Paris agreement.
A summary of Alex Volkov’s presentation can be read here.
Irtiza Sayyed, President, ExxonMobil LNG Market Development, Inc
Will weaker global gas demand and a more assertive environmental agenda threaten the development and growth opportunity of new LNG markets?
Irtiza Sayyed, President, ExxonMobil LNG Market Development Inc., was joined by Jane Liao from CPC, Hiroki Sato from JERA, Jun Nishizawa from Mitsubishi and Steve Hill from Shell to examine if weaker global gas demand and a more assertive environmental agenda threaten the development and growth opportunity of new LNG markets. The discussion also explored how for many developing economies, the early adoption of natural gas and LNG has the potential to deliver early energy access to unelectrified communities and an accelerated path to lower carbon energy. But as the conversation shifts from cleaner burn energy to improving the industry’s carbon footprint, what impact will environmental activism have on the emerging growth opportunities for the industry?
A summary of Irtiza Sayyed's presentation can be read here.
Tracy Lothian, Senior VP Rovuma LNG Marketing, ExxonMobil Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd
Bringing diversity and inclusion to the forefront during times of crisis
Tracy Lothian, Senior VP Rovuma LNG Marketing, ExxonMobil Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd., was joined by Lisa Glatch from Sempra (2020 LNG Power Play Rainmaker Award finalist), Julie Mayo from Norton Rose Fulbright ( 2019 LNG Power Play Vanguard Award winner) and Maria Sferuzza from Baker Hughes to discuss how to bring diversity and inclusion to the forefront during times of crisis.
While discussing how companies can press forward with achieving truly inclusive workforces, this panel examined the setbacks 2020 has brought about for the industry’s journey towards equality, as well as answered the question – was change happening fast enough before the pandemic?
Power Play Roundtables
The Power Play programme, presented by ExxonMobil, is setting the agenda for connecting women from across the energy business and celebrating lifetime contributions, recognizing the industry’s movers and shakers and inspiring and nurturing new talent. The Power Play Roundtables showcased this year’s Power Play Award Finalists who shared their inspiring stories and strategies for nurturing your own career.
Listen to the views of this year’s LNG Power Play Awards finalists on the future of the industry and how it felt to be nominated.