Committee for Cooperation Agreement with IGU and preparatory committee for XXIII WGG hold joint meeting

The Coordinating Committee for Cooperation between Gazprom & the International Gas Union (IGU) and Gazprom’s Steering & Preparatory Committee for the XXIII World Gas Congress (WGC) have held a joint meeting at Gazprom’s Headquarters.

Chaired by Alexander Ananenkov, Deputy Chairman of Gazprom’s Management Committee, the meeting addressed the progress in Gazprom’s preparations for the XXIII WGC and World Gas Exhibition (the corporate exhibition stand management inclusive).

The parties scrutinized matters in regards with Gazprom’s initiative to hold the XXV WGC due 2012 in Russia, emphasizing that Gazprom as the world’s largest gas firm deeply involved in IGU’s activities had all the necessary prerequisites to become the XXV WGC host.

The meeting also explored in depth the conclusions drawn up by the IGU Coordination and Executive Committees meetings conducted in Warsaw between 14 and 15 April 2005 and IGU Council’s online session held over 26 April to 10 May 2005.


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 industry’s experience.

IGU is mainly focused on the continuous experience sharing, 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 the Russian Gas Society along with Independent Gas Producers’ Union being IGU Charter Member and Associate Members, respectively.

The World Gas Congress (WGC) is IGU’s most crucial forum. In June 2003, Tokyo hosted the XXII WGC and the 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.

Gazprom’s representatives are involved in the activities of the 5 Working and 4 Programme Committees of IGU. Responsible for the identification of underground gas storage development prospects and trends, the Underground Gas Storage Committee (founded in 2000) is chaired by Sergey Khan, Head of Gazprom’s Underground Gas Storage Division.

In April 2005, Moscow hosted sessions of IGU Working Committees for Underground Gas Storage, Gas Transmission and Gas Distribution.

Information Directorate, OAO Gazprom

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