IGU - The Worldwide Gas Industry Network
International Gas Union (IGU) General presentation (March 2014)
The International Gas Union (IGU) was founded in 1931. It is a worldwide non-profit organisation registered in Vevey, Switzerland with the Secretariat currently located in Oslo, Norway.
The mission of IGU is to advocate gas as an integral part of a sustainable global energy system, and to promote the political, technical and economic progress of the gas industry. The more than 120 members of IGU are associations and corporations of the gas industry representing over 95% of the global gas market. The working organisation of IGU covers the complete value of gas chain from exploration and production, transmission via pipelines and liquefied natural gas (LNG) as well as distribution and combustion of gas at the point of use.
IGU encourages international trade in gas by supporting non-discriminatory policies and sound contracting principles and practices, promoting development of technologies which add to the environmental benefits of gas and further enhance safe production, transmission, distribution and utilisation of gas.
IGU has the vision of being the most influential, effective and independent non-profit organisation, serving as the spokesperson for the gas industry worldwide.
The programme towards the World Gas Conference, which takes place every three years, is implemented by Working Committees. It may vary from time to time but for the triennium 2012-2015 the areas of interest are covered by the following Working and Programme Committees and Task Forces:
- Exploration & Production of Gas;
- Gas storage;
- Transmission of Gas;
- Distribution of Gas;
- Utilisation of Gas;
- Sustainable Development;
- Strategy, Economics and Regulation;
- Developing Gas Markets;
- Marketing of Gas;
- Research, Development and Innovation
- Task Force on Human Capital;
- Task Force on Gas Advocacy;
- Task Force on Geopolitics.