Record number of EASEE-gas members gather in Porto for the annual meeting of the European gas industry - 28 March 2019
(BRUSSELS, 28 March 2019) The European gas industry held its annual GMoM (General Meeting of Members) in the charming city of Porto, Portugal, from 20 to 21 March. Over 65 participants representing the whole gas value chain from producers to end-users were present in the two days of internal meetings and networking.
As usual during the GMoM the 2018 activities of the association (download 2018 Annual Report here) were presented to the audience as well as the Work Plan for 2019. Members approved the 2018 annual accounts and the 2019 budget. Some governance aspects were also on the agenda of the GMoM including some amendments to the Articles of Association. In terms of elections, Jorge Urbano (Naturgy) was elected to the Executive Committee and three new members were elected to the Board: Peter Meeuwis (GasTerra), Bart Cornelis (Eni) and Luis Ignacio Parada (Enagas).
This year’s panel discussion with external speakers included two presentations and a demonstration. Pim van der Eijk (Sonnenglanz) and Wim de Olde (Gasunie Transport Services) spoke about AS2/AS4 messaging configuration parameters and the new service that EASEE-gas is setting-up: EASEE-Connect. Wim de Olde gave a small demo about the functionalities of this new service. The plan is to go live with it still this year. EASEE-Connect will become the single European repository for AS2/AS4 profile information. Kristofer Hetland (Equinor), gave a presentation about the role of gas as an enabler to a carbon neutral energy system. He gave concrete examples of projects Equinor is investing including on carbon capture and storage and hydrogen in various sectors ranging from maritime, to heat and power generation.
This was the last GMoM for Rudy Van Beurden (Fluxys LNG) as chair of the association. The new chair of EASEE-gas will be announced soon. Members thanked Rudy for his contribution to the association since its creation and his engagement in the different roles he served within the Working Groups, Executive Committee as well as in the Board.