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The Middle East holds the over 30% of the world’s natural gas reserves. As global demand for gas increases, the Middle East looks set to retain its dominance of hydrocarbon production well into the future. The challenge for the future will be the transference of financing and project expertise from oil into gas.

As a senior gas industry executive, you will be aware of the importance and potential in this field. We would therefore like to invite you to register for SMi’s first Middle East Gas conference. As you will see from the brochure, key speakers include representatives from global and domestic energy companies. Foreign research establishments and consultancies will also be contributing to the conference. The conference will address key issues such as the development of Oman's gas reserves and the Iranian buy back situation. We are also delighted to welcome a speaker from the Dolphin project, which is a leading light in gas project operation.

Middle East Gas is organised and produced by SMi; we specialise in providing senior executives with timely, strategic and focused up to date information. SMi conferences are leading-edge business events offering delegates the opportunity to meet senior industry figures and seek their advice and opinions.

Do not miss this ideal networking opportunity in order to maximise your knowledge and ability in the Middle East Gas Industry.

Space at this event is limited so register now to reserve your place at this event.

Conference programme

8:30 Registration and Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Jon Marks

Jon Marks, Editor, Financial Times Middle East Energy and African Energy

9:10 OPENING ADDRESS

Dr Manoucher Takin

Dr Manoucher Takin, Senior Petroleum Upstream Analyst, Centre for Global Energy Studies

  • A move from traditional fuels to a more efficient energy source
  • Addressing the current supply/demand imbalance, the search for new reserves
  • The exhaustion of current energy sources
  • Reserves and possible production capacity in the Middle East
  • Political changes provide environments for foreign investment and trade
  • Gas production in the United Arab Emirates
  • 9:40 THE MIDDLE EAST GAS MARKET

    Edward Walshe

    Edward Walshe, Senior Vice President LNG, BG International

  • Importance of Middle East Gas in Asian Markets
  • Existing arrangements
  • Future markets in Asia and Europe
  • Competition for those markets
  • Challenges in accessing future markets
  • Keys to success for Middle East producers
  • 10:20 THE VIEW FROM SAUDI ARABIA

    Babul Parikh

    Babul Parikh, Senior Associate, White and Case

  • Overview of Saudi Arabia’s gas investment initiative
  • Foreign investment regulatory regime
  • New foreign investment law
  • Recent amendments to tax law
  • Case Study: Saudi Chevron Petrochemical project-Saudi Arabia’s first true limited recourse project financing
  • Issues to be resolved
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 FINANCIAL ASPECTS OF GAS PROJECTS

    Alessandro Castellano

    Alessandro Castellano, Managing Director, Mediocredito Centrale

  • Finance methods and their evolution
  • Challenges of creating a secure legal framework
  • Syndicated loans and capital markets
  • Transfer of operational rights
  • Overcoming the difficulties of limited recase financing
  • 12:00 LEGAL ASPECTS OF CROSS BORDER PIPELINES

    Susan Farmer

    Susan Farmer, Senior Partner, Denton Wilde Sapte

  • Bilateral and multinational pipelines
  • Legal, commercial and political issues: accommodating the interests of governments (including transit states), producers, offtakers and other private investors
  • Structuring the project vehicle: consortium v. company
  • International treaty issues: Law on the sea, energy charter, GATT/WTO, other
  • Tariff Structures
  • Project Finance
  • 12:40 Lunch

    14:00 IRAN’S ROLE IN MIDDLE EAST GAS PRODUCTION

    Dr Peter Wells

    Dr Peter Wells, Managing Director, Middle East, Lasmo

  • The economic situation in Iran
  • Overview of current projects
  • Reserves located in Iran
  • Possible production capacity
  • The commercialisation of Iran’s gas resources
  • Increasing domestic and foreign demand
  • 14:40 BUYBACK AGREEMENTS

    Micheal Masberg & Hartwig Schuen

    Micheal Masberg & Hartwig Schuen, Director & Senior Product Manager, Westdeutsche Landesbank Girzentrale

  • Principals behind buyback agreements
  • Companies affected by buyback agreements
  • The shortcomings of buyback contracts
  • The future prospects for buyback dealings
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 CONSULTANTS IN THE GAS INDUSTRY

    Bob Peake & Neil Macleod

    Bob Peake & Neil Macleod, Head of International Tax Services, Middle East & Senior Tax Manager, Arthur Andersen

  • Operating in the Middle East
  • Overview of current projects
  • New developments in methods
  • Investing in technology
  • Challenges of operating in the Middle East
  • 16:20 GAS PIPELINES FROM THE CONSTRUCTORS PERSPECTIVE

    Keith Franklin

    Keith Franklin, Business Development Manager, Brown and Root Energy Services

  • Operating in the Middle East
  • Overview of current pipeline projects
  • Technological developments
  • Construction methods
  • Challenges of operating in the Middle east
  • The future for Brown and Root Energy services in the Middle East
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    17:10 Drinks reception for delegates and speakers

    8:30 Re-registration and Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Andrew Hubback

    Andrew Hubback, Middle East Editor, Hart’s E and P

    9:10 THE FUTURE OF THE MIDDLE EAST GAS INDUSTRY

    Marie Francoise Chabrelie

    Marie Francoise Chabrelie, General Secretary, Cedigaz

  • Potential production capacity
  • Overview of future major projects in the Middle East
  • Infrastructure development to enable easier gas production
  • New markets for Middle East gas exports
  • New technologies and outlets for Middle East Gas
  • 9:40 FOREIGN INVESTMENT IN THE MIDDLE EAST

    Dr Ranald Spiers

    Dr Ranald Spiers, Regional Director for the Middle East and Africa, National Power

  • Overview of current projects
  • Typical reserve characteristics
  • Possible production capacity
  • Challenges to operating in the Middle East
  • Potential future projects
  • The future for National Power in the Middle East
  • 10:20 LEGAL ISSUES AFFECTING PROJECT FINANCE

    Roger Clarke

    Roger Clarke, Solicitor, Trowers and Hamlins

  • Laws affecting project finance
  • Implications for gas project financing
  • Possible solutions
  • The future for laws affecting project financing
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 GAS EXPLORATION AND PRODUCTION IN OMAN

    Roger Haines

    Roger Haines, Deputy Chairman, Gulfstream Resources Ltd

  • Reserve characteristics
  • Reserve quality
  • Reserve capacity
  • Exploration potential in Oman
  • Project overview
  • The market/selling to cities in the UAE via a gas hub in Sharjah
  • 12:00 GAS DEVELOPMENTS IN OMAN

    Ahmed Al-Maskari

    Ahmed Al-Maskari, Head of Public Affairs, Oman LNG

  • Geographical and economic advantages of Oman
  • Existing LNG trains
  • Production capacity and the market for gas
  • Future expansion plans
  • Possible target markets for increased production of LNG
  • Short term spot-sales value
  • 12:40 Lunch

    14:00 QATAR’S ROLE IN MIDDLE EAST GAS

    Nasser K Jaidiah

    Nasser K Jaidiah, Director for Oil and Gas Ventures, QGPC

  • The importance of gas in the economy
  • Overview of current projects
  • Reserves and capacity located in Qatar
  • Overview of possible projects
  • The domestic and industrial markets
  • Improving the infrastructure for domestic use or export
  • 14:40 GAS PROJECTS IN THE UAE

    Addulla Khouri

    Addulla Khouri, Communications Manager, UAE Offsets Group

  • Proposals from the participating companies
  • Countries in the Middle East involved in the project
  • The Offsets group
  • TotalFinaElf and Enron in partnership with the Offsets group
  • Developing upstream, midstream and downstream
  • Supplying gas-fired power plants amongst others
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 GAS PROJECTS IN THE UAE

    John Attrill

    John Attrill, Deputy Project Manager, PLE GmbH

  • Distribution of natural gas
  • New gas distribution systems
  • Case Study: Sharjah city gas distribution project
  • 16:20 JOINT VENTURES IN THE GAS INDUSTRY

    Daniel Greenwald III

    Daniel Greenwald III, Managing Partner, Greenwald Legal Consultancy

  • Reaching common ground between the joint venture partners
  • Benefits of a joint venture for the companies involved
  • Challenges faced by two companies working together
  • Restrictions of a short term arrangement
  • The future for laws regarding joint ventures
  • 17:00 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

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    Requirements For Successful Joint Ventures In The Middle East Gas Industry
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    Requirements For Successful Joint Ventures In The Middle East Gas Industry

    Venue to be confirmed
    12th January 2001
    Dubai, Saudi Arabia

    Planning The Optimum Pipeline
    Workshop

    Planning The Optimum Pipeline

    Venue to be confirmed
    12th January 2001
    Dubai, Saudi Arabia

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    PO Box 23215
    Dubai
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    Crowne Plaza Dubai

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