Gas Industry Cooperation Workshop a Success

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The U.S.-China (Beijing) Gas Industry Cooperation Workshop was successfully held in Beijing from June 9-10, 2020. This workshop was jointly hosted by China's National Energy Administration (NEA), the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA), and the U.S.-China Energy Cooperation Program (ECP), and supported by Beijing Municipal Development and Reform Commission and the U.S. Embassy in Beijing.

Due to the global impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, this session adopted a synchronous interaction system for both online and offline audiences, sharing information with online guests and audience members through live broadcasting so as to achieve seamless communication between offline (on-site) participants, online speakers, and online audience.

By the end of the livestreamed workshop, 40 guests had participated in person each day. Impressively, the two-day workshop in Beijing accumulated an online audience numbering more than 1,100 people.

This session in Beijing is the eighth gas workshop series of the U.S.-China Gas Industry Cooperation Workshop Series following Beijing, Ordos, Guangzhou, Suzhou, Dalian, Hangzhou, and Qingdao. At the workshop, NEA representatives made specific policy interpretations on the recently published Interim Measures of Oil and Gas Project Filing and Supervision. More than ten wonderful presentations were made by experts from organizations such as Petro China, Sinopec, CNOOC, Cheniere Energy, Baker Hughes, Beijing Gas Group, Beijing Energy Group, Intel, Emerson, Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, and the Society of Exploration Geophysicists.

Through the two panels­, U.S.-China Gas Industry Cooperation New Challenges and Opportunities under COVID-19 Epidemic and Innovation in Gas Industry Cooperation, panelists shared the current status of gas industry development from different angles, reviewed some hot industry topics and work on U.S.-China gas industry cooperation in the past two years, and discussed the prospects and possible direction of innovative cooperation in the oil and gas field in the next two to three years.

Held under the constraints of the COVID-19 pandemic, this workshop served as a bridge connecting industry experts and also lead to positive results. Thanks to the contribution of ECP and partners, the ECP Gas Workshop Series completed the first stage of understanding and recognizing the oil and gas industry after two years of work. This laid a solid foundation and led to reaching a consensus on further cooperation in the entire gas industry value chain. ECP hopes to continue working with more outstanding partners to contribute to the U.S.-China cooperation in the oil and gas industry.