During three days, more than 600 participants from 20 countries in Europe and throughout the world visited the international gas conference and exhibition in South-Eastern Europe. The gathering was attended by gas and energy experts, managers from European energy companies, scientists from Croatian and European universities, representatives from gas transporters, suppliers, producers and distributors, as well as representatives from large industrial gas consumers including producers and representatives of gas equipment from Croatia and from abroad. A total of 240 various gas and energy businesses and organisations (of which 95 came from abroad) and 47 exhibitors of equipment (of which 95 came from abroad) participated. 15 journalists from 10 media outlets covered the gathering.
The main sponsor of the Meeting was the Ministry of Environment and Energy of the Republic of Croatia. The organisation of the event was supported by the perennial and main partners for this conference and exhibition, specifically by the company Siemens d.d. and different other sponsors: INA – Industrija nafte d.d., Prvo plinarsko društvo d.o.o., Plinacro d.o.o., MET Croatia Energy Trade d.o.o., MEĐIMURJE-PLIN za opskrbu plinom d.o.o., Powernext SA, Hrvatska elektroprivreda d.d., SC Eurogas Systems Ltd., IP Systems Ltd., and the co-organiser was the company Podzemno skladište plina d.o.o.
During the three days of the event, 48 scientific and expert papers were presented. At the opening of the gathering, the president of the Croatian Gas Association, Prof Dr Miljenko Šunić, emphasised the important and essential role of natural gas in future strategic documents for the country as the cleanest fossil fuel in the transition towards renewable energy source.
Introductory talks were given by Mladen Fogec, President of the Siemens Management Board as the main partner, followed by Tvrtko Perković, chief operations director of the Corporate Centre at the company INA – Industrija nafte d.d., Ivica Arar, President of the Management Board at Plinacro d.o.o., and Pavao Vujnovac, President of the Management Board at the company Prvo plinarsko društvo d.o.o. as the main sponsors. Due to the importance of the project for the gas industry in the Republic of Croatia, a brief talk was given by Goran Frančić, director of the company LNG Croatia.
(Source: CROATIAN GAS CENTRE Ltd.)