Muscat, In 2020, the Sultanate of Oman will

host the prestigious International Gas Union’s 16th International Gas

Research Conference (IGRC 2020), in collaboration with Oman LNG.

The event will be held at Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre


The event will attract many senior level executives and

technical gas experts from the global gas industry. The Conference will

be hosted in the Middle East for the first time.

IGRC is a triennial event organised by International Gas Union

(IGU), attracting over 1000 participants representing more than 40

countries. IGRC 2020 will highlight the research, development and

innovation aspects of the ever-growing gas industry. Additionally, the

esteemed event will bring enormous socio-economic benefits to Oman

and promote the country as an important foothold to hold conferences,

exhibitions and events. It will also leverage the Sultanate’s strategic

location and enhance the country’s profile as a preferred destination for

doing business.

The event could not have come at a better time, as 2020 marks

a significant milestone in which Oman LNG will celebrate its twenty

years of existence since its start of operations in 2000. Oman LNG was

established through the visionary leadership of His Majesty Sultan

Qaboos Bin Said by a Royal Degree in 1994.

According to the IGU, Oman supplies a critical 3 per cent of

liquefied natural gas to meet demand in the international LNG trade

and its volumes are pivotal in keeping the balance of supply and

demand. With natural gas as the world’s cleanest and most efficient

fossil fuel, Oman LNG plays an important role, bringing energy to

many corners of the world, helping to diversify the country’s economy.

Oman LNG, as the longest existing IGU member in Oman, has

exerted great efforts to bring prestigious gas events to Oman, to be

able to showcase the multitude of wonders this country has in

abundance � from its strategic geographic location, well-developed

venues to the beautiful natural splendours this country boasts.

The LNG industry is a significant contributor to a steadily

increasing quality of life for citizens and residents in the Sultanate of

Oman through its execution of a wide swath of social investment

programmes through Oman LNG Development Foundation that

addresses many economic and social needs. Export of Oman’s first

cargo was in 2000 and since then, proceeds from the blossoming trade

have supported, what some observers have described, as an ambitious

diversification programme that has spurred growth in other important

sectors of the economy including tourism, agriculture and spreading

vital infrastructure that support business and daily life.

Harib al-Kitani, CEO of Oman LNG said, We are very grateful

and humbled by being able to bring such a prestigious event to Oman.

The IGRC 2020 will bring over 1000 senior leaders, partners and

experts in the gas industry together to share invaluable insights into

the role of natural gas today, amid critical gas discoveries and a

booming gas industry, and in the future. The competition was very

intense and the voting decision by 30 members of the IGU Executive

Committee marked Oman as the next destination for such a prestigious

conference. Such outstanding success is attributed to the on-going

cooperation between the International Gas Union and Oman LNG, with

the support of the Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Rodney Cox, Events Director of the International Gas Union

stated, “The International Gas Union (IGU) is very pleased to welcome

Muscat, Oman as the Host of IGRC 2020. IGU Charter Member, Oman

LNG, has been an active contributor to IGU and hosting IGRC 2020

builds on this ongoing support. We look forward to an outstanding

conference that supports both IGU’s global objectives, as well as a

legacy for the natural gas industry in Oman and the region”.

The Sultanate of Oman is widely recognised as a global leader

in enhanced recovery technologies. This is largely thanks to the

country’s focus on research and the key reason behind Oman’s

application to host IGRC 2020 was to further Oman’s ambition of

becoming a knowledge economy and to transform the commodity

reliant country into one that helps shape the world’s thinking. The

congress will help Oman realise its vision and help contribute to

disseminating the best practices and research in enhanced oil and gas


Dr. Hisataka Yakabe, General Manager of the Fundamental

Technology Institute, Tokyo Gas Co. said, “We hope that the IGRC will

meet the aspirations of all the participants, stimulate the gas business

of Oman, and provide technological insight into the industry”.

Said al-Shanfari, CEO of the Oman Convention and Exhibition

Centre (OCEC) added, It is a privilege to be able to showcase Oman

and OCEC as the leading venue of choice in the Arabian Gulf and we

will be honoured to host the 2020 IGRC Conference. OCEC has now

won 22 international and regional conferences that will be hosted in the

Sultanate over the next few years contributing over RO 24.5 million

(USD 63.5 million) and we look forward to welcoming the IGRC

delegates from April 2020″. The Director of Oman Conference Office at

the Ministry of Tourism, Khalid al-Zedjali said, “We are delighted to

share efforts with Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre (OCEC) to

promote business tourism in the Sultanate”.

The world-class OCEC has been built specially to attract and

accommodate international events such as this and includes a 3,200-

person theatre, 22,000 sq. metres of pillar-less exhibition space plus 55

other meeting and reception spaces. Also, the centre offers two

ballrooms (including the largest ballroom in Oman). A’ Narjis Ballroom

can accommodate 540 guests for a banquet or 1,000 guests theatre

style while Al Irfan Ballroom can seat 1,200 people for a sumptuous

dinner or up to 7 breakout areas for a convention. Both ballrooms

feature a column-free space with subtle Omani design details as well

as the very latest in audio-visual support. Moreover, OCEC has a

multi-storey car park with a capacity for more than 4,000 vehicles.

Source: Oman News Agency