Transforming the future of LNG together

The S&P Global Platts 20th Annual LNG Conference is the meeting place for energy professionals to tackle crucial issues impacting the markets. We are gathering the industry to discuss navigating the global pandemic and the associated risks, the ongoing transition of the global energy economy, policy implications of the 2020 U.S. election and more.

This is a must-attend event for LNG producers, buyers, traders, shippers, investors and financiers looking to stay competitive and transform the future of LNG. While the event will be taking place virtually, we’ll have the high-caliber content and speakers the industry has come to expect. The 5-hour program packs in content-rich panel discussions, breakout sessions, interactive real-time Q&A, networking opportunities, and more.

Topics of discussion will include:

  • — What is the short and long-term global outlook for LNG –emerging markets, demand forecasts, infrastructure, policy, pricing and trade?
  • — What role will LNG play in the era of renewables? A transition fuel or trusted partner through 2030? 2050?
  • — How can we reduce LNG’s carbon foot print to become more sustainable?
  • — What are some disruptive strategies and technologies we can leverage to transform LNG?


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Thursday, March 25, 2021
  • 10:00 am Chair’s Welcome & Opening Remarks Vivek Chandra, Founder and Chief Executive Officer,
    Texas LNG
  • 10:10 am Keynote Fireside Chat: In Conversation with Tellurian On the Evolution of LNG for a Sustainable Future
    Moderator: Inosi Nyatta, Partner,
    Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
    Octávio Simões, President and Chief Executive Officer,
  • 10:40 am Essential Exchange: The Role of LNG in the Energy Transition
    — How can LNG transition to a more sustainable growth path?
    — LNG as a transition fuel or a true partner in the energy transition?
    — Policy update on U.S. LNG exports and natural gas
    — Vital role of LNG in future energy mix
    — Clean LNG and carbon neutral LNG

    Moderator: David Wochner, Practice Area Leader - Policy & Regulatory,
    K&L Gates  
    Charlie Riedl, Vice President, Center for LNG,
    National Gas Supply Association
    Eric Festa, Vice President LNG Assets,
    Mujeeb Qazi, Head of Energy Infrastructure,
    Abu Dhabi Investment Authority
    Franck Neel, Member Board of Directors,
    OMV Petrom
  • 11:40 am Platts Analytics: Global LNG Market Outlook
    — Winter 20-21 roundup
    — Summer 2021 outlook
    — US LNG netbacks and exports

    Ross Wyeno, Lead Analyst LNG Analytics, Americas,
    S&P Global Platts
  • 12:10 pm Networking Breaks
  • 12:25 pm Project Spotlight: Sempra LNG ECA Liquifaction Project
    Examine the challenges, risks, and uncertainties faced in pushing the project forward. Fireside chat will also look into the expected economic impact, job growth possibilities, and impact to Asian markets once complete. We will also cover the latest developments and what’s ahead for ECA LNG phase 2.

    Moderator: Harry Weber, Senior Natural Gas Writer,
    S&P Global Platts
    William Gurrola, Director LNG Marketing & Commercial  Development,
    Sempra LNG
  • 12:55 pm Opportunities at Sea: Reshaping Flows and Demand Creation for Maritime LNG
    — How is the shipping landscape evolving?
    — How are contract structures changing and considerations for US producers?
    — What are some impacts to consider on tolling costs and cargo pricing?
    — What is the future of LNG as a bunker fuel?

    Sam Eckett, Managing Editor Freight Markets,
    S&P Global Platts
    Piers de Wilde, Senior Pricing Specialist Atlantic  Basin,
    S&P Global Platts
  • 1:40 pm Networking Break
  • 1:55 pm Platts JKM: A Volatile Year In LNG With Record Lows and Record Highs
    — Historic highs and lows in a single year: Price developments in 2020
    — Volatility in cargo pricing
    — Dissecting the historic spike of $32.50/MMBtu on Jan. 13

    Desmond Wong, Managing Editor, European and Atlantic Basin LNG,
    S&P Global Platts
  • 2:25 pm MiQ Case Study: Certified Methane Abatement In LNG
    — How does the new MiQ certification help transform LNG into a cleaner and transparent fuel?
    — What are the expectations and opportunities for LNG market to adopt a standardized global methodology for measuring methane emissions?
    — How can gas suppliers differentiate themselves by offering gas with proven lower methane intensity?
    — How is MiQ working with producers in 2021 to prove the viability of the new certification system?

    Georges Tijbosch, Senior Advisor,
  • 2:55 pm Essential Exchange: New Supply, New Demand & Evolving Trends in LNG Contracting
    — Opportunities and challenges for new liquefaction projects
    — Where is new demand coming from and in what form?
    "— Update on LNG contracting
    - Where can we expect new LNG SPAs? tenure of SPAs
    - Will there be continued pressure on buy-side?
    - Project financing considerations
    Moderator: Jean Lee, Partner, Global Projects, Energy, Natural Resources and Infrastructure,
    Allen & Overy
    Michael Stirling, Founder and Chief Executive Officer,
    Stirling Infrastructure Partners
    Alan Townsend, Principal Industry Specialist LNG,
    International Finance Corporation- World Bank Group
    Vivek Chandra, Founder and Chief Executive Officer,
    Texas LNG
  • 3:40 pm Chair's Closing Remarks Vivek Chandra, Founder and Chief Executive Officer,
    Texas LNG
  • 3:00 pm Close of Conference

Octavio Simoes 150.jpg Octávio Simões
President and Chief Executive Officer, Tellurian

Octávio brings 38 years of impressive energy industry experience to Tellurian’s remarkable infrastructure team. Previously, he was President and CEO of Sempra LNG & Midstream where he was responsible for all LNG and natural gas midstream activities in Sempra’s efforts to develop, build and operate liquefied natural gas (LNG) receipt terminals, liquefaction facilities, natural gas pipelines and storage facilities. He led the company’s efforts at Cameron LNG, Energia Costa Azul LNG and Port Arthur LNG, where he focused on reliability of deliveries to customers, safety and gas sourcing strategies that assure reliable production of LNG. Octávio has deep relationships in the LNG market and an unmatched tenacity for developing new projects.

Prior responsibilities include business development, acquisitions, engineering and construction, operations and asset management in power generation, as well as financial and strategic planning, Activities covered various markets in all continents. Simões has degrees in mechanical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and from the University of Massachusetts – Dartmouth. He is a registered professional engineer in the state of Massachusetts. Simões is a native of Lisbon, Portugal.

Vivek Chandra 150.jpg Vivek Chandra
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Texas LNG

Mr. Chandra is a recognized international LNG and gas expert, published author (Fundamentals of Natural Gas: An International Perspective, published by Pennwell of Oklahoma, USA), and consultant in the fields of gas and LNG commercialization, pricing, project development, training, acquisitions and divestments, fiscal regimes, and engineering. He has over thirty years of global natural gas and LNG technical, financial, commercial and legal experience. His first LNG position was with ARCO Alaska as Commercial Manager for the Alaska LNG project in 1996. He is a US Citizen.

Mr. Chandra has served in executive positions with Nexus Energy (Australia), Dubai Energy and Dolphin Energy (both in UAE), ARCO International Oil and Gas Company (Alaska, California and Texas, USA), and Schlumberger Overseas (USA, Middle East and SE Asia). Mr. Chandra holds a BSc. degree in Geophysical Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines, a MSc. in Petroleum Energy Management and Policy from the University of Pennsylvania, a Diplome D'Ingenieur in Petroleum Economics from the French Petroleum Institute (IFP), and a Masters in Commercial Law from Deakin University, Australia.

He is a Fellow at the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators (FSIArb) and an active member of Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN). He also runs the Melbourne Petroleum Club.

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Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Stirling Infrastructure Partners

Michael Stirling has a proven and professional track record in advising both institutions and asset managers. As an experienced professional service firm adviser he has worked for investment banks, City law firms and within the corporate finance department of a major accounting firm. He advises government agencies, listed and unlisted companies and institutional investors. Michael was elected and served for a number of years on the Institute of Directors ‘Economics and Taxation Committee’, which makes policy recommendations to the UK Government and Treasury. He is an experienced lawyer and was also elected to the London committee for the Milken Institute. Michael is an experience advisor on infrastructure investments. Stirling Infrastructure Partners enables institutional investors and asset owners to work together to make responsible investments that generate stable, lower risk returns within the infrastructure sector. He has long-standing relationships with governments, investment banks, institutional investors and industry executives internationally. Michael’s opinions are regularly published in the business press, in publications including The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, The Economist and other business journals. In addition to advising institutional clients he has also been retained by a number of Champions League football clubs to advise the club on obtaining investment.

Eric Festa 150.jpg Eric Festa
Vice President LNG Assets, Total

Eric Festa oversees TOTAL’s gas and LNG midstream assets worldwide. This includes gas liquefaction facilities in North America, joint ventures in India for regasification and marketing, as well as LNG terminals and gas-to-power assets in Europe and the Middle-East. In his career at TOTAL, he held various overseas positions in upstream business development, operations, engineering, project development and general management. He was recently Vice President M&A Upstream and Vice President Corporate Strategy. Eric received a MEng. in Energy from French engineering school Centrale-Supelec and subsequently obtained a Master from the French Petroleum Institute (IFP School) in Paris. He was a scientist in the Energy Lab at MIT for two years before joining TOTAL.

Franck Neel 150.jpg Franck Neel
Member Board of Directors responsible for Downstream Gas, OMV Petrom

Franck studied Energy at the University of Rouen and received an Engineer Degree and then followed a Master of Mechanical Engineering at Cranfield University in United Kingdom. Later on, he earned an Executive Degree from the London Business School. Franck spent 25 years working for the Group Engie. Thus, he started his career at Gaz de France in the engineering department for 7 years and then moved to the Marketing and Sales with different functions in different countries such as France, Czech Republic, Hungary, Netherlands, Italy and UK before joining OMV Petrom. He was appointed member of the OMV Petrom Executive Board as of July 1, 2018.

Jean Lee 150.jpg Jean Lee
Partner, Global Projects, Energy, Natural Resources and Infrastructure, Allen & Overy

Jean Lee is a partner in Allen & Overy’s Global Projects, Energy, Natural Resources and Infrastructure practice and co-leads the firm’s Washington-based Agency Finance group. Jean has represented export credit agencies, development finance institutions and commercial lenders as well as sponsors in complex project financings around the globe in a variety of sectors, including LNG. She also served as internal counsel at a global solar energy services company, where she focused on expanding the company’s operations outside the United States. Jean recently spent several years in A&O’s Seoul office, where she worked on a broad range of cross-border projects.

Inosi Nyatta 150.jpg Inosi Nyatta
Partner, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

Inosi Nyatta is a partner at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, where she acts as co-head of the Firm’s global Project Development & Finance practice. Inosi regularly works with a variety of sponsor, financial institution and corporate clients in LNG, oil and gas, and other energy and natural resources sectors worldwide. She has advised the sponsors in the financings for many landmark LNG projects, including Energía Costa Azul LNG, Cheniere Corpus Christi LNG, Cameron LNG, Port Arthur LNG, Rovuma LNG and Australia Pacific LNG. Ranked Band 1 in Chambers USA’s Projects: LNG edition, she also was recently named a “Dealmaker of the Year” by The American Lawyer.

Charlie Riedl 150.jpg Charlie Riedl
Executive Director, Center for LNG and Vice President, National Gas Supply Association

Charlie Riedl is the Executive Director for the Center for Liquefied Natural Gas (CLNG), focused on effectively advocating on behalf of the LNG industry. As Executive Director, Riedl works with CLNG member companies, regulators, legislators and other key stakeholders to provide credible and educational information about the economic and environmental benefits of LNG. Charlie has testified in both chambers of the United States Congress on the importance and benefits of LNG exports. Prior to joining CLNG, Charlie worked at America’s Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA) and at a major exploration and production company in various roles focused on natural gas market development and government relations. Charlie’s experience in the natural gas industry includes regulatory, upstream production, downstream and pipeline development projects, as well as natural gas as a transportation fuel.

William Gurrola 150.jpg William Gurrola
Director LNG Marketing & Commercial Development, Sempra LNG

William Gurrola is director of LNG marketing and commercial development, responsible for advancing the development efforts of Sempra LNG’s natural gas liquefaction projects: Port Arthur LNG in Texas, Energía Costa Azul in Baja California, Mexico and the Cameron LNG expansion in Louisiana. Sempra LNG, a subsidiary of Sempra Energy, develops and builds natural gas liquefaction facilities in North America with a goal of delivering 45 million tonnes per annum of clean natural gas to the largest world markets.


Most recently, Mr. Gurrola was senior project director of the ECA LNG phase 1 liquefaction project, leading project development and commercial activities. ECA LNG declared a positive final investment decision (FID) in November 2020. Previously, Mr. Gurrola was director of commercial development for Sempra LNG where he held key commercial roles in the Cameron LNG liquefaction export project and Energía Costa Azul regasification terminal. Prior to joining Sempra LNG, Mr. Gurrola held diverse commercial and financial positions for NRG Energy, Enron, and Unocal.


Mr. Gurrola holds a master’s in business administration from Tulane University in New Orleans and a bachelor’s degree in economics from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de Mexico (ITAM) in Mexico City.

Mjeed Qazi Abu.jpg Mujeeb Qazi
Head of Energy Infrastructure, Abu Dhabi Investment Authority

Biography coming soon.

Alan Townsend 150.jpg Alan Townsend
Principal Industry Specialist LNG, International Finance Corporation - World Bank Group

Biography coming soon.

Georges Tijbosch 150.jpg Georges Tijbosch
Senior Advisor, MiQ

Georges Tijbosch is a Senior Advisor at SYSTEMIQ, working in partnership with RMI to develop a market-based solution for methane-certified and differentiated gas. He is the former Director of Origination at Centrica, where he managed the team responsible for Centrica’s large gas and power transactions. These included strategic gas supply deals, a €200m acquisition of Danish power trader NEAS Trading, and European green certificate power deals. Before that, Georges was a director for ten years at London investment bank commodity trading desks. Positions included Director of Energy Sales at Goldman Sachs, Head of EMEA Energy Marketing at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, and Head of EMEA Commodity Finance at JP Morgan. Georges began his career in 1996 at BP Benelux as Sales and Marketing Manager for fuels and lubricants, and joined BP’s London trading floor in 2000 as Senior Marketer, Oil Derivatives. Georges holds a Masters in Chemical Engineering from the Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium.

Ross Wyeno 150.jpg Ross Wyeno
Lead Analyst LNG Analytics, Americas, S&P Global Platts

Biography coming soon.

Desmond Wong 150.jpg Desmond Wong
Managing Editor, European and Atlantic Basin LNG, S&P Global Platts

Biography coming soon.

Harry Weber 150.jpg Harry Weber
Natural Gas Writer, S&P Global Platts

Harry Weber has spent more than 20 years as a journalist across major news organizations, focusing on energy markets, airlines and transportation, retail, legal affairs and politics. He has won numerous awards for his work, including coverage of the 2010 rig explosion and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. A graduate of the Columbia University School of Journalism, he began his career at daily newspapers in the Boston area, later moving to The Associated Press, Houston Chronicle and Bloomberg News before joining Platts in 2016.

Sam Eckett 150.jpg Sam Eckett
Managing Editor Freight Markets, S&P Global Platts

Biography coming soon.

Piers de Wilde 150.jpg Piers de Wilde
Senior Pricing Specialist Atlantic Basin, S&P Global Platts

Biography coming soon.


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