GASTech World Expo 2018: Highlighting Relevance of Natural Gas as Primary Energy
Date: 21-23 February 2018
Venue: CIDCO Exhibition Centre, Vashi, Navi Mumbai

Chemtech organized the 1st Edition of GASTech World Expo during itsOil & Gas World Expo 2018 to dedicatedly highlight the relevance of Natural Gas in the Energy mix. The theme of the Conference - "Gas: Green Fuel for Sustainable Future" was conceptualized and designed to showcase the growing penetration of Natural Gas in the global energy mix and the unparalleled potential of the green fuel for India's growing energy needs. The conference largely presented into four concepts – Share of Natural Gas in Indian Energy mix, LNG Infrastructure, City Gas Distribution System in the country to deliver gas to the last-mile connectivity, and Policy & Regulatory Framework to develop Gas market in India.

The inauguration of the maiden edition marked over 100 audiences across the value chain of Gas and LNG. To mark the commencement, Rajeev Mathur, Managing Director, Mahanagar Gas Ltd, who was also the Chairman of the 1st GasTech Edition, thanked CHEMTECH for bringing the dedicate conference for Natural Gas and underlined its potential to become the primary energy source in the energy mix.

(L-R) Mr. Nitin Patil, CEO, Gujarat Gas Ltd; Dr. Ashutosh Karnatak, Director Projects, GAIL Ltd; Mr. Rajeev Mathur, Managing Director, Mahanagar Gas Ltd; & Chairman, GASTech World Expo 2018; Mr. Maulik Jasubhai, Chairman & Chief Executive, Jasubhai Group & Chemtech Foundation; and Mr. Sarthak Behuria, Executive Director - LNG & LPG, Adani Gas Ltd

In his keynote address, Ashutosh Karnatak of GAIL Ltd, emphasized the need of balance between the infrastructure developments and polices towards City Gas Destruction (CGD) System in India to increase the current share of natural gas 6 per cent to 15 per cent by 2030. He also stressed upon the infrastructure development of cross country gas pipeline, the key enabler in CGD to make the country as a gas-based Economy.

Nitin Patil of Gujarat Gas Ltd, in his keynote, said that switching to natural gas to generate power is now a prudent choice looking at the environmental impact of coal-fired plants and India’s commitment at COP 21. Simultaneously, factors such as higher availability, development of transmission and distribution infrastructure, cost savings and its eco -friendly characteristics of the clean fuel are propelling its use, he added.

(L-R) Mr. Rajesh Mediratta, Director, India Energy Exchange; Mr. Rajnish Goswami, General Manager, LNG Marketing, SE Asia, India Sub continent & Middle East, Anadarko, Singapore Pte Ltd; Mr. Sturat Anson, BDM, Shell; Mr. I S Rao, Executive Director – Natural Gas, BPCL; Mr. Nitin Patil, CEO, GSPC and Mr. A M Tambekar, Managing Director, Maharashtra Natural Gas Limited

Sarthak Behuria of Adani Gas Ltd, concluded the Inauguration Ceremony by saying that the government’s ambitious plan to increase natural gas share in India energy map is doable. While increase of LNG imports will ensure supply security for India's gas demand, development of last mile connectivity, promotion of PNG & CNG is required in boosting the gas usage in the country, he added.

The first technical session focused on 'Natural Gas Supply and Demand Dynamics'
The first session witnessed presence of eminent speakers from natural gas ecosystem. The session Chairman I S Rao of BPCL, gave the introductory note and vital inputs by saying that LNG will be the largest contributor in the Gas sector due to constraint of gas flow through Cross -country. USA, Australia will be the largest LNG supplier countries in the world, while India, China and Asian countries will be driving the LNG market as the leading consumers of it, he added.

Other speakers like A M Tambekar of Maharashtra Natural Gas Ltd, and Stuart Anson of Shell, outlined on 'Natural Gas relevance to the economic growth as well as energy sector' and 'Evolving role of Gas in global energy mix, respectively.

(L-R) Mr. Rahul Deep Singh, MD, Hazira LNG Terminal; Mr. S V Kher, Director (B & T), Shipping Corporation of India; Mr. Sarthak Behuria, Executive Director LNG & LPG, Adani Gas Ltd; and Mr.Darshan Hiranandani, Managing Director, H Energy

Rajnish Goswami of Singapore Pte Ltd, stressed on the 'New and Emerging LNG Supply Options', when Rajesh Mediratta of India Energy Exchange, put emphasis on 'Cola-to-Gas route to boost the sustainable energy alternative'.

'Gas Infrastructure Development - Infrastructure Creation vs Demand' discussed on the second technical session
The session was chaired by Sarthak Behuria of Adani Gas Ltd, and he shared his inputs with saying that CGD network is at the tail end of natural gas value chain, thus infrastructure is pivotal for the development of rest of the supply chain.

Rahul Deep Singh of Hazira LNG Terminal, highlighted the proposed LNG regasification capacity expansion up to 62.2 MPTA by 2022 at West and East coasts of India and how it will lead the infrastructure development of CGD Network in the country.

Darshan Hiranandani of H Energy, said that Natural Gas could play an key role for the clean energy future for India due its inherent qualities of efficient, easy to transport and with a high calorific value. It necessitates the development of import and distribution infrastructure including new import terminals, adequate storage and regasification facilities, and distribution networks to deliver gas to the end-customer, he added.

(L-R) Dr. Walter M. Hart, Ph.D., P.E., Vice President, Natural Gas Liquids: Mr. K. K. Gandhi , Executive Director, Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM); Mr. Prabhat Singh, Managing Director, Petronet LNG; and Mr. Claes Tigerstrand, Head - Southern Europe & Overseas, Technical Market Development & Customer Service, BA Europe, Outokumpu

S V Kher of SCI, underlined the attribute of FSRUs that enable gas companies to commence LNG imports relatively cheaply and quickly.

'Innovation & Technology' was talked on in the third session
Prabhat Singh of Petronet LNG, chaired the 'Innovation & Technology' session and stressed on the urgent need of building a strong LNG supply chain through investments in procuring/building LNG ships and laying adequate pipeline networks to connect gas fields to liquefaction plants for the transportation of gas within the country and deliver gas to the last -mile connectivity.

Dr Walter Hart of Natural Gas Liquids, said that India should make a holistic plan to adopt LNG as feedstock for power plants for its burgeoning energy demand and to match the world’s natural gas share of 15 percent in energy mix by addressing the existing challenges of inadequacy of infrastructure on supply side.

K K Gandhi of SIAM, talked on the emerging global adoption of clean vehicles accelerating by both Natural Gas Vehicles (NGVs) and Electric Vehicles (EVs).

The last session on 'Regulatory & Policy Initiatives to Shape Gas Market'

(L-R) Mr. Anish De, Partner & Head, Strategy & Operations Advisory, (Infrastructure), KPMG India; Mr. Rajesh Mediratta, Director, India Energy Exchange; Mr. D K Sarraf, Chairperson, Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board; Mr. Prabhat Singh, MD & CEO, Petronet LNG and Mr. Vivek Joshi, Executive Director, Natural Gas Society

The last session of the conference was a form of panel discussion and discussed on the policy and regulatory framework to develop and boost the Indian gas market. D K Sarraf of PNGRB, highlighted the government's plan to maximise the number of gas connections to reach the target of 25% energy consumption through natural gas by 2030.

Anish De of KPMG India, the session moderator, said that to make India a sustainable gas-based economy requires more domestic gas production by policy flexibility as well as importing larger volumes of LNG.

Vivek Joshi of Natural Gas Society, said that transport and fertilizers sectors, power plants and industrial sector are the major growth drivers of gas, and an efficient, well-functioning supply chain to match the gas demand that will increasingly become part of India's LNG import and distribution networks.