For immediate Press Release

Date: October 25, 2012

Inaugural Meeting of Global Gas Council Brings International Energy Leaders Together

Washington, DC: On October 25, 2012, the Embassy of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Washington, DC, hosted the Inaugural Meeting of the Global Gas Council at the Organization of American States (OAS). The purpose of the meeting was to create a dialogue between government and the private sector by engaging Diplomatic representatives from major gas producing and consuming countries and senior industry representatives for an in-depth discussion about the major issues and trends facing the global gas market. The initiative reflects Trinidad and Tobago’s strong commitment to encouraging discussion involving the energy industry and its future prospects.


His Excellency Dr. Neil Parsan, Ambassador of Trinidad and Tobago to the United States (far left) welcomes participants to the Inaugural Global Gas Council Meeting along with (from left to right) Mr. David Sweet, President of the Natural Gas Roundtable, the Honourable Kevin Ramnarine, Minister of Energy and Energy Affairs of Trinidad and Tobago and His Excellency Mohamed Bin Abdulla Al-Rumaihi, Ambassador of Qatar to the United States
The meeting was attended by representatives from over 30 Countries involved in the production and use of natural gas, senior officials from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the U.S. Department of State, the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago, the Petroleum Company of Trinidad and Tobago, Qatar Gas, and numerous other global natural gas industry organizations. The meeting was Chaired by His Excellency Dr. Neil Parsan, Ambassador of Trinidad and Tobago to the United States, and included remarks from Senator the Honorable Kevin Ramnarine, Minister of Energy and Energy Affairs of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, and the Honorable Christopher Smith, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Oil and Natural Gas, DOE.


Mr. Jabor Al Mesallam (far left) Managing Director, Qatar Gas, in discussions with (from left to right) the Honourable Kevin Ramnarine, Minister of Energy and Energy Affairs of Trinidad and Tobago, His Excellency Dr. Neil Parsan, Ambassador of Trinidad and Tobago to the US and Mr. Khalid Hassanali, President of PETROTRIN
In his address, the Honorable Minister mentioned Trinidad and Tobago’s unique experience in the Atlantic Basin LNG trade, highlighting the fact that in 2005 more than 80 percent of Trinidad and Tobago’s LNG exports went to the United States. In 2012, this number has decreased significantly to 19 percent. In response to the changing dynamics in the U.S. market, Trinidad and Tobago has diverted its export portfolio to include Chile, China, the Dominican Republic, Italy, Kuwait, Netherlands, Portugal, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, Argentina and Brazil.

According to Ambassador Parsan, “the Global Gas Council will play an important on-going role in creating a dialogue among developed and developing nations involved in natural gas production, use and trade. This is indeed the golden age of natural gas and the Council can assure that this incredible resource base is developed as efficiently as possible.”

For more information about the Global Gas Council please contact the Office of the Secretariat below:

Contact: David Sweet, Secretary General
Phone: +1 202 667-5600
Email: secretariat@globalgascouncil.org