Gazpromís Headquarters has hosted a meeting of Russian representatives in the Working and Programme Committees of the International Gas Union (IGU). Chaired by Bogdan Budzulyak, Member of Gazpromís Management Committee, Head of Gazpromís Gas Transportation, Underground Storage and Utilization Department and Vice Chairman of the Coordinating Committee for cooperation between Gazprom and IGU, the meeting was attended by heads and experts of Gazprom and its subsidiaries.
The meeting summed up operating results of the Working Group for the assortment of Gazpromís specialistsí reports for the XXIII World Gas Congress (WGC). At the same time, the participants explored in-depth the progress in the preparation of the Gazprom Groupís specialistsí report theses and their subsequent submission to the IGU Secretariat. As of today, there are over 70 reports dealing with all existing activities of IGU submitted.
Ultimately, the meeting looked into the possibility of conducting the 2008 IGRC in Russia.
Founded in 1931, the International Gas Union (IGU) is an international non-governmental organization representing a major center for the analysis and generalization of the global gas industryís experience.
IGU is mainly focused on continuously sharing experience, searching for new and effective methods of work, developing advanced technical ideas and original technological solutions. IGU currently unites gas associations and companies from 67 countries worldwide.
Russia became IGU member back in 1957 and is now represented in this organization by Gazprom and Russian Gas Society along with Independent Gas Producersí Union being IGU Charter Member and Associate Members, respectively.
The World Gas Congress (WGC) is IGUís most crucial forum held once in three years. The next XXIII WGC will take place in June 2006, in Amsterdam.
Gazprom has brought forward an initiative to hold the XXV WGC due 2012 in Moscow. As part of preparations for this event, Gazprom proposed to convene in Russia the 2007 IGU Council Meeting and 2008 IGRC.
Gazpromís representatives are involved in the activities of the 5 Working and 4 Programme Committees of IGU.
In April 2005, Moscow hosted a joint session of IGUís Working Committees for Underground Gas Storage, Gas Transmission and Gas Distribution.
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