In 2016, the 19th Annual General Meeting of the Congress was held for the first time in the international format. The event was attended by representatives of 96 companies from 27 countries, including representatives of companies from China, Bolivia, and Vietnam.

The organization of the forum was supported by the Senior sponsoring member, Gazprom and held in the famous Tavrichesky Palace in St. Petersburg on May 26-27, 2016. The opening ceremony was attended by Mr. G. Poltavchenko, mayor of the city.

The grand opening of the auto rally “Blue Corridor – 2016: Amber Route” organized in the framework of the IBC project “LNG in transport in Eastern Europe” took place during the first day of the forum and lasted from May 26 to June 10, 2016 around the Baltic Sea through the territories of Russia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Finland. As part of the rally, roundtables on “Using LNG as Fuel for Ship Bunkering” were held in the cities of Tallinn, Gdansk, Rostock, Copenhagen, Stockholm and Turku. Mr. Sergey Kogogin, General Director of Kamaz and Mr. Fernando Dario Salinas Fernandez, Director of the Executive Body for NGV Fuel under the Ministry of Hydrocarbons and Energy of Bolivia participated in the opening ceremony of the rally.

The international conference on “Cooperation in the Energy Sector as a Stabilizing Factor for the Global Economy” was chaired by Dr. Alexander Medvedev, Deputy Chairman of the Management Committee of Gazprom. The conference was opened by Dr. A. Miller, Chairman of the Management Committee of Gazprom and President of the IBC. He briefly outlined the current situation in the global energy sector and stressed the importance of cooperation in this area. Mr. Paul Corcoran, CFO of the Nord Stream 2 AG, Mr. K. Schaefer, Chairman of the Management Board of Uniper SE, Mr. K. Blum, Executive Vice President of Schneider Electric Industries SAS, Mr. Aiden Wu, Director General of Huawei Russia spoke at the conference.

In 2016 the IBC launched the new project: “Youth Day: Dialogue of Generations”, which continues successfully developing up today. The project was presented by thee “Human Resources”.Working Committee. This project offers an informational and educational platform to transfer current knowledge about energy business; its purpose is to unite representatives of major energy companies and the students from leading universities in different countries to organize a direct dialogue and discuss the prospects of the gas industry.

An important event in 2016 was the establishment of the eighth Working Committee “Modern Technologies and Perspective Oil and Gas Industry Projects” chaired by Dr. V. Markelov, Member of the Board of Directors, Deputy Chairman of the Management Committee of Gazprom. The task of the new Working Committee is to identify priority technologies and develop advanced approaches to uniquely complex and significant projects.

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A grand opening of the auto rally “Blue Corridor – 2016: Amber Route”