Dear Colleagues

In 2002, when Argentina was chosen to chair the International Gas Union (IGU) for a triennium starting in 2006, and to organise the World Gas Conference in Buenos Aires at the end of the Presidency, we were positive that the WGC2009 would be a key opportunity to showcase Argentina to the most important global leaders of the gas industry.

We are looking forward to welcoming you on this exciting occasion. The fact that this is the first WGC to be held in the Southern Hemisphere clearly demonstrates that the gas industry is becoming more and more global, and shows that the IGU decision to organise the 24th WGC in Argentina has undoubtedly been strategic. We at the National Organising Committee are proud to take on the responsibility and commitment of hosting this important event.

We have been working hard to develop an ambitious and stimulating programme, covering a wide range of the gas industry’s interests and challenges. It is well known that the World Gas Conference has become the most important globally-represented meeting, reflecting the cultural and social diversity, economic relevance, and environmental impact of the gas industry.

A number of the world’s most influential players in the gas industry have already confirmed their participation as keynote speakers. Advances in knowledge, innovative techniques, best practice, state-of-the-art lectures and new approaches will all be presented and discussed, as you will see in this Preliminary Programme.

Alongside the Conference, there will be an impressive exhibition over 17 000 m², where more than 200 of the industry’s most important companies will showcase the latest technologies, products and services.

On this occasion you and your colleagues will have the opportunity to discover Argentina, this fascinating country in the Southern Hemisphere. The month of October is pleasantly mild and you will have ample opportunities to enjoy our famous hospitality.

I am confident that it will be an outstanding event, both for you and for our country. We look forward to your participation in WGC2009 and to welcoming you to Buenos Aires.