Global association IGU chooses the Sultanate of Oman for the IGRC in 2020

Press Release
Muscat, Oman 20 February 2019

The Sultanate of Oman has been selected to host the prestigious International Gas Union’s 16th International Gas Research Conference (IGRC) in 2020 in collaboration with Oman LNG and the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre (OCEC).

The IGRC is a triennial event organised by the International Gas Union (IGU) that highlights the research, development and innovation aspects of the ever-growing gas industry. Additionally, the esteemed event will bring enormous socio-economic benefits to Oman and will leverage the Sultanate’s strategic location and enhance the country’s profile as the preferred destination to hold conferences, exhibitions and events.

Harib Al Kitani, CEO of Oman LNG LLC said, “We are very grateful and humbled by being able to bring such a prestigious event to Oman. IGRC 2020 will bring over 1000 senior leaders, partners and experts in the gas industry together to share invaluable insights into the role of natural gas today and in the future. The competition was very intense and the voting decision by 30 members of the IGU Executive Committee marked Oman as the next destination for such a prestigious conference. Such outstanding success is attributed to the on-going cooperation between the International Gas Union and Oman LNG with the support of the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre.”

The Sultanate of Oman is widely recognised as a global leader in enhanced recovery technologies. This is largely thanks to the country's focus on research and the key reason behind Oman’s application to host IGRC 2020 was to further Oman’s ambition of becoming a knowledge economy and to transform the commodity reliant country into one that helps shape the world’s thinking. The congress will help Oman realise its vision and help contribute to disseminating the best practices and research in enhanced oil and gas recovery.

Rodney Cox, Events Director of the International Gas Union stated "The International Gas Union (IGU) is very pleased to welcome Muscat, Oman as the Host of IGRC 2020. IGU Charter Member, Oman LNG, has been an active contributor to IGU and hosting IGRC 2020 builds on this ongoing support. We look forward to an outstanding conference that supports both IGU's global objectives as well as a legacy for the natural gas industry in Oman and the region".

Said Al Shanfari, CEO of the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre (OCEC) added, “It is a privilege to be able to showcase Oman and OCEC as the leading venue of choice in the Arabian Gulf and we will be honoured to host the 2020 IGRC Conference. OCEC has now won 22 international and regional conferences that will be hosted in the Sultanate over the next few years contributing over 24.5 million OMR (63.5 million USD) and we look forward to welcoming the IGRC delegates in February 2020".

The world-class OCEC has been built to attract and accommodate international events. It includes a 3,200-person theatre, 22,000 sq. metres of pillar-less exhibition space plus 55 other meeting and reception spaces. The centre also offers two ballrooms (including the largest ballroom in Oman). The Al Ansab Ballroom can accommodate 540 guests for a banquet or 700 guests theatre style while the Al Irfan Ballroom can seat 1,200 people for a sumptuous dinner or can be subdivided into 7 breakout areas for a convention. Both ballrooms feature column-free space with subtle Omani design details as well as the very latest in audio-visual support. Moreover, OCEC has a multi-storey car park with a capacity for more than 4,000 vehicles.



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About OCEC

The Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre is located in its own fully integrated precinct only four kilometres from Muscat International Airport. The design of the Centre ensures a flow of the meeting spaces to suit the most discerning conference and exhibition organisers. It also incorporates expansive concourse areas to enable ease of large delegations with floor to ceiling windows overlooking landscaped gardens and water features.

The Centre features two tiered auditoriums to seat 3,200 and 450, while the five exhibition halls feature 22,396 square metres of column-free exhibition space. Hall 1 acts as a multi-purpose space for plenary sessions, concerts, performances and gala dinners on a larger scale. Halls 1 & 2 combined can seat over 10,000 seated in theatre-style.

The Centre also includes an additional 20 meeting rooms for 25-360 delegates, Al Irfan Ballroom to seat up to 1,200 guests, A` Narjis Ballroom to seat up to 540 guests for a banquet, 10 hospitality suites, and a VIP Pavilion. In total the Centre offers over 55 meeting space options plus a multi-storey car park with a capacity for 4,000 vehicles.

The Precinct provides the infrastructure necessary to host successful international, regional and local events and is there for the enjoyment of delegates, visitors and the local community. The precinct includes a JW Marriott Hotel (five star) linked to the Convention Centre, Crowne Plaza Hotel (four star). A business park, surrounded by a nature reserve, which is a haven for Oman’s exotic birdlife, together with parklands and a wadi (valley), are also part of this picturesque precinct.

About Oman LNG LLC

Oman Liquefied Natural Gas LLC (Oman LNG) is a joint venture established by a Royal Decree in 1994 and operates under the laws of the Sultanate of Oman. The joint venture has a shareholding structure comprising the Government of Oman (51%), Shell Gas B.V (30%), Total S.A. (5.54%), Korea LNG (5%), Mitsubishi Corporation (2.77%), Mitsui & Co. (2.77%), Partex (Oman) Corporation 2%, and Itochu (0.92%).

The Company engages in the business of producing and selling Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and its by-product, Natural Gas Liquids (NGLs). Oman LNG undertakes project operations and related activities essential to liquefy, store, transport and market Oman's natural gas and to deliver LNG to customers. The Company's activities contribute to the Government of Oman's objectives of diversifying the economy. Oman LNG's Liquefaction Plant is located on the coast at Qalhat near Sur in the South Sharqiyah Governorate and its head office is in Muscat. The Company operates three liquefaction trains at its site in Qalhat near Sur with a nameplate capacity of 10.4 million tonnes per annum (mtpa). As of September 1, 2013, Oman LNG and Qalhat LNG integrated to form a single entity operating under the name of Oman LNG. Oman LNG has an ambitious vision and dedication towards Corporate Social Responsibility as indicated by the launch of Oman LNG Development Foundation.

Oman LNG was recognised by the Council of Ministers of Social Affairs for the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) as the best company in corporate social responsibility (CSR) in Oman. The recognition to Oman LNG by the council was supported by Oman’s Ministry of Social Development and underlined the company’s many contributions to the spread of social infrastructure in Oman and the benefits the social programmes have had on the people.

About AEG Ogden

AEG Ogden is part of AEG Facilities of the United States, a division of AEG, the world’s leading sports and live entertainment company. AEG Ogden manages venues throughout the Asia Pacific and Middle East, including convention and exhibition centres in Brisbane, Cairns, Darwin, Kuala Lumpur, Oman, and the ICC Sydney; Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane; and arenas including the Brisbane Entertainment Centre and adjacent Sports Centre, Sydney’s Qudos Bank Arena, the Newcastle Entertainment Centre, Perth Arena, and Dubai Arena (opening April 2019). AEG Ogden is also the owner of National Basketball League (NBL) team, the Sydney Kings. More information In addition, AEG Facilities operates the Los Angeles Convention Centre, Hawaii Convention Centre, and Puerto Rico Convention Centre. More information


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About International Gas Union (IGU)

The International Gas Union (IGU) is a worldwide, non-profit organization promoting the progress of the gas industry. Through its many member countries representing approximately 97% of global gas sales, IGU covers all aspects of the natural gas industry. As the global voice of gas, IGU seeks to improve the quality of life by advancing gas as a key contributor to a sustainable energy future.