Day Two of Gastech began with a thought-provoking keynote address from Lorenzo Simonelli, President & CEO, Baker Hughes, a GE company who addressed the importance of innovation in driving market growth.
This was followed by a lively Ministerial panel discussion involving senior government officials from major energy markets, including His Excellency Cesar Abi Khalil, Minister of Energy and Water, Government of Lebanon, Neil Chatterjee, Commissioner, US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), and Dave Nikolejsin, BC Deputy Minister, who talked about the economic transformation they expect from gas and its humanitarian potential.
Day Two of the inaugural GPEX focused on themes including financing the future of the energy transition and new business models. Joel Prohin, Head of Portfolio Management for the French sovereign fund Caisse Des Depots, Graham Taylor, Vice President, Moody’s Investor Service, Salman Khan, Senior Power Market Analyst, Genscape, and Carlos Rey Micolau, Director of Foresight Group, discussed mechanisms for funding and encouraging the uptake of clean energy. The question of the efficiency of carbon pricing to reduce emissions created an interesting debate between speakers and the audience.
Also included in the day’s topics was a key plenary discussion on the role of gas and renewables in driving the energy transition. This was followed by a keynote address from Kristian Ruby, Secretary General, Eurelectric, who gave an insightful speech on electrification and its impact on enabling new business models.
GPEX’s morning sessions ended with a panel discussion on decentralisation between Tilman Tütken, Vice President and Head Region Europe for MAN Energy Solutions, Carmen Gimeno, Secretary Generala for GEODE, Carlota Pi, Co-founder and Executive President, Holaluz and James Johnston, CEO, Open Utility.
Both Gastech and GPEX are being held in the Fira Gran Via, Barcelona, until Thursday, 20 September.
Nick Ornstien, Vice President Energy – UK, dmg events said: “The ability to explore the future importance of a range of energy sources from different angles is why Gastech and GPEX are among the most important events on the energy industry calendar.”
The events will include two more days of panel discussions and presentations from the industry’s key global leaders, addressing the most current gas and LNG issues, whilst also looking to the future.
For more information visit: www.gastechevent.com
18th September 2018