It looks like a new world gas organisation coming soon

    • It looks like a new world gas organisation coming soon

      The world's top gas exporting nations will set up a formal organisation in Moscow when they meet on December 23.

      The forum's country members include Algeria, Bolivia, Brunei, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Libya, Malaysia, Nigeria, Trinidad and Tobago, UAE, Qatar, Russia, Venezuela and two observer members -- Equatorial Guinea and Norway.

      The three members of the future group - Russia, Iran and Qatar - whose combined output is more than half of global production - have agreed to set up what Moscow called a separate "gas troika", which they said would coordinate long-term investment plans.

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    • GECF not OGEC

      For a while it looked like there would be an OGEC for the Gas exporting countries.
      But apparently, it is GECF (Gas Exporting Countries Forum) with 15 member countries.

      Khatibi(Iran's OPEC governor), said officials from the forum met in Moscow this week to decide on the agenda for the summit. He did not reveal the agenda but said the forum would 'discuss some very important issues'.

      Khatibi had earlier said that the GECF would announce its secretary general in their first meeting.

      Algeria, Bolivia, Brunei, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Nigeria, Qatar, Russia, Trinidad and Tobago, the UAE and Venezuela are members of the GECF.

      Iran, Qatar and Russia -- holders of the world's largest gas reserves -- have separately created a 'gas troika' to expand trilateral gas cooperation and implement joint projects.
    • The GECF website

      The GECF website is here : <link removed>

      As of today, the website shows the following members :

      Equatorial Guinea
      Kazakhstan (observer)
      Russian federation
      Trinidad & Tobago

      Understand that the Gas Exporting Countries Forum GECF controls 85% of the LNG supply today.
    • GEC Forum ministerial meetings

      It looks like the GEC forum is not so active yet. The website shows the following meetings over 8 years. Maybe the momentum will increase :

      7th Ministerial Meeting, Moscow, Russia, December 23, 2008

      6th Ministerial Meeting, Doha, Qatar, April 9, 2007

      5th Ministerial Meeting, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, April 26, 2005

      4th Ministerial Meeting, Cairo, Egypt, March 14, 2004

      3rd Ministerial Meeting, Doha, Qatar, February 4, 2003

      2nd Ministerial Meeting, Algiers, Algeria, February 2002

      1st Ministerial Meeting, Tehran, Iran, May 2001
    • Venezuela's Chavez Promotes Organisation of Gas Exporting Countries during Tour

      During an eleven-day tour of Eurasia, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez promoted the transformation of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) into a cartel similar to the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). Chavez said the aim of his tour was to counter U.S. economic and political dominance and promote a multi-polar world.

      The GECF, which groups Algeria, Bolivia, Brunei, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Iran, Libya, Malaysia, Nigeria, Qatar, Russia, Trinidad and Tobago, the United Arab Emirates and Venezuela, was created as a formal organisation to coordinate gas policy between member countries during a meeting hosted by Russia last December.

      Chavez, who arrived in Moscow on Wednesday for a two day visit, is expected to call for the GFEC to operate more along the lines of OPEC, where member countries meet regularly to set production quotas in order to influence the price of crude oil on global markets.

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    • GECF to hold ministerial meeting in Dec.

      The Mehr News Agency quoted Mohammad-Ali Khatibi as saying that the GECF executive committee meeting will be held before the ministerial meeting, but an exact date has not yet been set.

      Noting that currently the Forum has a temporary secretary general, he added that the members will select a permanent secretary general in the upcoming meeting.

      “In case the ministerial meeting does not reach a consensus on a certain candidate, the secretary general will be appointed for a two-year term based on alphabetical order,” he added.

      The Gas Exporting Countries Forum, which has been called the ‘gas OPEC’, groups together some of the world’s leading gas producers.

      The energy ministers of the member countries attended the 7th GECF ministerial meeting in Moscow on December 23, 2008 where they approved the charter of the organization.

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    • From coal to oil, from oil to Gas Hydrates

      Gas Hydrates, the convenient bridge fuel towards a prosperous, clean energy future.

      Times are changing. A new fuel is about to replace oil. It is more abundant than oil and all commercialized gazes combined. It emits half the greenhouse gas emissions resulting from currently exploited gases and oil. Gas Hydrates appear to be the miracle solution to the energy crisis.

      First of all, it is highly convenient that we could prevent a natural disaster by using it to our advantage. Because Gas Hydrates emit half the greenhouse gas emissions produced by currently commercialized fuels and that the oil and gas industry has the resources and the infrastructure necessary to fulfill this task, it would be perfectly reasonable for the Oil industry to exploit this resource. If proper pipelines are built, Gas Hydrate Fuel prices would be comparable, if not, better than current oil and gas prices.

      For an ecologically friendly extraction, it is important to ensure that the methane will not seep into the oceans and the atmosphere once it is freed from the hydrates. Methane separates from the hydrates when it is exposed to higher temperatures. It may be separated from the sediments with the use of steam injection. Due to ocean temperature warming, the hydrates unfreeze and free the trapped gas (Methane). It is necessary that we determine when and where this gas will naturally seep into the oceans and the atmosphere, to determine what quantity of gas is expected to be released in which deposits. If we determine these factors, it would be reasonable to collect –or safely extract- the methane when –or before- it is naturally released due to ocean temperature warming.

      The oil industry has the infrastructure and the resources to exploit this abundant, clean burning fuel. Collecting and/or extracting hydrates, is essential for the survival of the human race. If we don’t have a transition fuel between oil and renewable energy, the methane will naturally seep into the oceans and the atmosphere in massive quantities due to ocean temperature warming. We may presume that –since, after the era of charcoal, came the era of oil- after the industrial era of Black Gold, shall ensue the era of Gas Hydrates, and later, of clean energy.

      Oil, what would modern civilization do without it? It's all around us, in our products. What would we do without plastics? Are we wasting all the oil in vehicles?