The gas industry witnessed significant shifts over the past years with the emergence of new supply sources including shale gas from the US, the fierce competition of coal in the power sector, the decline fall in oil and gas prices, changes in traditional trade flows, etc. At the same time, most scenarios see natural gas to play bigger role during the energy transition in the making than other fossil fuels.

EU power sector has been hit over recent years by both macroeconomic and industry-specific factors that have led to overcapacity and low prices. Such development led to a host of consequences including significant drop of utilities market capitalization (resulting in shareholder value destruction), disappearance of asset-related competitive advantages, requirement of new competencies to compete in new growth areas such as renewable energy and new downstream activities.

The 22nd International Gas and Power Summit will feature senior level executives from gas and power industry as well as non-industry stakeholders, and will address the most topical issues facing gas and power industry and look at ways and means to implement sustainable energy policies and to successfully drive natural gas demand in an increasingly carbon-constrained world.

The draft agenda is listed below.


Last updated : October 15, 2017


09h00 - 09h05

Welcome Address

Saïd Nachet*, International Gas and Power Summit Director

09h05 - 09h15

Introductory Remarks

Nordine Aït-Laoussine*, International Gas and Power Summit Chairman, President, Nalcosa -Former Energy Minister of Algeria

09h15 - 10h30

Natural Gas in the global energy landscape

A range of possible energy and environmental policies (national and geopolitical tensions, possible black swan events, ‘game changer’ technological breakthroughs, or other variables) may influence what the energy reality may look like in the decades to come.

Introduction: Didier Houssin*, CEO, IFPEN

Luis Bertran Rafecas*, Secretary General, International Gas Union (IGU)

Keisuke Sadamori*, Director, Energy Markets and Security, International Energy Agency (IEA)

Jean-Marie Dauger*, President, GIIGNL

Rannveig Sofie Stangeland, Vice President, Governmental & Regulatory Affairs, MMP Marketing and Trading, Statoil

Moderator: Didier Houssin*, CEO, IFPEN

Questions to be addressed include:

  • What are the consequences on natural gas of a long lasting low fossil fuels price scenario?
  • How do energy efficiency technologies, development of renewables and storage technology affect gas demand?
  • What does gas industry say to policy makers on the role of gas in the energy transition?


Networking Refreshment Break

11h00 - 12h30

Gas industry recent developments and prospects 

The global gas market is bound to witness a very
strong supply growth phase. Consequently, there
is a queue of LNG supply projects today waiting to
come on stream over the next few years, leading to
signifi cant shift in the gas industry outlook.

Introduction: Geoffroy Hureau*, Secretary General, CEDIGAZ

Philippe Sauquet*, President, Gas, Renewables & Power, Total

Sam White*, Director, Corporate Structuring, Cheniere

Tarek Souki*, Senior Vice President, LNG Trading and Marketing, Tellurian Inc

Rasoul Falah Nejad*, Project Director, South Pars Gas Field Development (Phase 11), POGC, NIOC

Nabila Metref*, Director, Gas Exports Division,

Moderator: François-Régis Mouton*, Chairman, Case for Oil & Gas Committee, IOGP

Questions to be addressed include:

  • What uncertainties could affect projections of future LNG capacities?
  • Will regional markets match the growing LNG capacity?
  • How industry is adjusting to lower oil prices environment when developing FIDs?
  • What are the uncertainties surrounding global gas
    demand growth?


Networking Luncheon for Delegates and Speakers

14h15 - 16h00

Reduction of the LNG chain costs; contribution of operators, contractors and equipment suppliers 

In a durable environment of low gas price, it is becoming increasingly important for the LNG industry to reduce its development costs; simplification of design, adoption of new processes, reduction of construction costs, changes in EPC contractual terms, etc. We have seen already the pace of new projects FID slowing down with a significant risk of LNG supply shortage in the near future. 

Laurent Vivier*, Senior Vice President, Gas, Total

Béatrice Prud'homme*, President, Dunkerque LNG SAS

Philip Hagyard*, Vice President LNG, TechnipFMC 

Jerome Ribuot*, Director Business Development
Floaters, Saipem

Sveinung Stohle*, President & CEO, Hoegh LNG

Moderator: Graham Hartnell*, Poten&Partners, Manager LNG & Gas Consulting

Questions to be addressed include:

  • Cost optimization in LNG projects: same solutions as for other E&P projects?
  • Role of innovation: new plant designs, new process, new equipment
  • Potential of FLNG in LNG cost reduction


Networking Refreshment Break

16h00 - 16h30

Keynote Speech 

Abderrahim El Hafidi*, Secretary General, Ministry of Energy, Mines and Sustainable Development, Morocco

"Meeting domestic energy needs while addressing energy transition: Morroco's experience"

16h30 - 18h00

Power sector: shifting patterns and rising challenges 

This session will address the numerous challenges facing the power sector; ageing generation capacity, incorporation of growing share of renewables in the electricity mix, adjusting to international and national-level climate and energy policies, moving towards a low-carbon electricity system while maintaining electricity security, etc. 

Thierry Lepercq*, Executive Vice President, Research Technology & Innovation, ENGIE

Luc Poyer*, CEO, Uniper France

Marc Bussiéras*, Director, Strategy,  EDF

Paolo Frankl*, Head, Renewable Energy Division, IEA

Moderator: Pierre Terzian*, Director, Petrostratgies

Questions to be addressed include:

  • What is the impact of electricity market liberalization on natural gas?
  • How renewables can be effectively utilized in large scale bulk electric systems?
  • Renewable Integration: what are the lessons learned for policy makers and utilities?
  • Coal in the equation in the aftermaths of USA withdrawal from COP21 agreement?


Closing Remarks from the Chairperson