Deputy Chairman of Gazprom's Management Committee Alexander Medvedev has been named as the Russian Federation's candidate for the Presidency of the International Gas Union (IGU) for the next three-year term, from 2018 to 2021. This was announced in a report on the official Gazprom website.
Elections for the new President of the IGU will be held in October 2014.
The report states that Alexander Medvedev's many years' experience at Gazprom have given him an objective understanding not only of the unique significance of the International Gas Union, but also of the challenges posed by the accumulation of issues that affect the sector, and ways of meeting them. The candidate bases his ideology on the promotion of natural gas as a 21st century fuel, broadening its applications and introducing new technologies.
At Gazprom it is hoped that "based on the positive contribution made by the French and US three-year presidency" the Russian candidate's victory would contribute greatly to the IGU's development in Russia.
"The government of Russia and St. Petersburg, represented by the Chairman of Gazprom's Management Committee Alexey Miller, confirmed Russia's readiness to host the 28th World Gas Conference and Exhibition in June 2021 in St. Petersburg. If Alexander Medvedev wins the vote, Gazprom is ready to sign the corresponding agreement with the International Gas Union,” the report states.
The Russian Federation, represented in the IGU by Gazprom, has been collaborating with the organisation since 1958. In 2007, to organise interaction with the IGU, Alexey Miller ordered the Coordination Committee to be set up. Gazprom currently has almost 100 representatives in the IGU.
"What makes the International Gas Union special is that each of us, contributing a little bit of our own experience, draws on the global practice of the gas industry for the good of our own countries. For us, it is extremely important that all sectors of the gas industry grow homogeneously. And not only the narrowly specialised sectors, but also staffing, environmental and marketing areas, along with the promotion and popularisation of natural gas," said Alexander Medvedev.
The International Gas Union (IGU) is a non-governmental, non-profit-making organisation and the main global centre for the collation and analysis of international practices in the gas industry.
The IGU was established in 1931 to develop the gas industry on a global scale. The organization is registered in Vevey, Switzerland, and its secretariat is located in Oslo. It is ruled by the Council which comprises a representative of each Charter Member country, and also has Executive and Coordination Committees.
Currently, the Union brings together gas companies and associations from 83 countries whose representatives hold Charter Member status. They are responsible for 95% of the global natural gas yield. There are another 42 Associate Member countries in the IGU.
Every three years, the IGU holds a World Gas Conference where the results of research conducted by working and project committees are presented. At the same time, the World Gas Exhibition is held, a display of the latest technologies and products of the power and other related industries.
The World Gas Conference is held in the country of the next elected IGU president. The first was held in London. Since then, the world's gas producers have been welcomed by countries including Switzerland, France, the USA, the Netherlands and Germany. In 1970, the conference was held in Moscow.