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12th Middle East Gas Insiders (MGI) Briefing 2018

FGE Client and Team Discounts Available 

The Middle East’s growing gas market & implications for global gas trade.

The Middle East Gas Insiders (MGI) briefing is a premier briefing to help executives build successful strategies in the LNG and natural gas business. MGI will share the latest insights on key developments in the global natural gas and LNG business with an in-depth review of the Asia and Middle East markets.

The intensive two-day briefing will provide a great level of detail on regional and intra-regional gas/LNG trades and highlight key issues on how LNG/gas markets are evolving over the longer term. In addition, a special session on Iran postsanctions will discuss potential business opportunities in this re-emerging energy superpower. Participants with background of business development, corporate strategies, investment, market analysis, gas/LNG marketing and sales will benefit from this briefing.


MGI will be taking place during the Middle East Petroleum and Gas Conference 2018 week of events. FGE's 25th Middle East Petroleum Insiders (MPI) Briefing will be taking place on April 21-22, 2018.


  • Day 1: AM Sessions
    Agenda April 25, A.M

    Session 1: Setting the Scene—Oil & Gas/LNG Markets

    • Dr. Fesharaki shares his views on the key issues confronting the global oil and gas business.


    Session 2: Global LNG Market Outlook: Supply Growth Accelerates

    • Snapshot of LNG market in 2017: How much LNG was supplied in 2017 and what are the short-/long-term supply/demand prospects? How much supply will the projects under construction add and by when?
    • FIDs on new capacity are being delayed by buyers’ reluctance to enter into binding off-take agreements.
    • The end of Qatar’s moratorium adds to the competition for new supply commitments.
    • How will developers respond to buyer demands for shorter-term and more flexible contracts?
  • Day 1: PM Sessions
    Agenda April 25, P.M

    Session 3: Round Table Session: Emerging New Norms Amidst Shifting LNG Market Dynamics

    • Topics may include: How have pricing and non-pricing terms in LNG contracts evolved in the past? What are the types of creative deal structures in the market? What would you pick as a short/mid-term index? Brent, JCC, JKM, NBP…? Can emerging buyers save the LNG market? Future potential for LNG bunkering: when, where, and how? Which European terminals are accessible for swap arrangements with Asian and Middle Eastern buyers?


    Session 4: MENA Gas Market: How the MENA Gas Market is Evolving

    • How will MENA domestic gas demand grow in the future? Will renewable energies and efficiency gains slow down the gas demand growth?
    • How price reforms can change the consumption patterns in the MENA countries.
    • Why is there a gas supply shortage? What is the prospect of conventional and/or unconventional gas supply in the region?
    • Will the MENA gas supply shortage remain a permanent phenomenon?
    • Lifting gas moratorium from North Field: Regional and global implications.
  • Day 2: AM Sessions
    Agenda April 26, A.M

    Session 5: LNG Market Outlook in Asia: Where is the New Demand

    • Japan: JERA’s strategy—What is preventing JERA from renewing expiring contracts and signing new contracts? What options would Japanese buyers choose when 35 mmtpa of the existing contracts expire over 2019-2025?
    • Korea: The role of gas in power generation given the new government. Outlook for gas balance, for new buyers, and LNG pricing.
    • Taiwan: Independent LNG procurement—when will it take off? What is the realistic picture for Taiwan’s future power generation mix amidst a potential power shortage?
    • China: Long-term outlook for LNG imports: Huge potential for growth? Emerging LNG importers: How do they affect the gas market?
    • India: What does LNG demand look like without government subsidies in the power sector? Can industrial and commercial sectors carry the weight? LNG terminal outlook.
    • New and upcoming LNG importers in Asia: Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan, Vietnam, Bangladesh, and the Philippines. What are the drivers for gas/LNG demand? Who can buy LNG, and how much can they buy?


    Session 6: Gas Trade in the MENA Region: Will There be a Breakthrough on Regional Trade?

    • Will Iran play a significant role as a regional and international gas player? What are the implications for other gas suppliers in the Middle East Gulf?
    • A review of intra-regional gas trade by pipeline: Will pipeline gas eliminate MENA incremental LNG imports in the future?
    • Fundamental shifts in the MENA LNG market: Who are the existing LNG buyers? When can we expect more LNG importers? What is the long-term outlook for LNG imports in Kuwait, the UAE, Bahrain, Egypt, and others?
    • MENA LNG export outlook: When will long-term contracts expire and how will MENA LNG suppliers adapt themselves to the new market environment?
    • What will be the role of MENA gas/LNG exports in the global markets?


    Session 7: LNG Short-Term Trading

    • How is short-term LNG priced? What are the market dynamics that affect this price?
    • Recent trends in spot/short-term LNG trading and prices.
    • What role does short-term trade play in the East of Suez market?
    • What is the outlook for spot/short-term trading in Asia?
  • Day 2: PM Sessions
    Agenda April 26, P.M

    Session 8: Natural Gas Liquids: Looking Ahead

    • Will US exports continue to drive the LPG market?
    • Are there any big demand side surprises on the horizon?
    • LPG in bunkers, LPG in power, US ethane for petchems: What is the potential?
    • What can LNG markets learn from LPG?
    • Condensate production and price outlook.


    Session 9: LNG Shipping, Floating Regasification, and Liquefaction

    • Will the increase in LNG production bring the shipping market into balance and result in higher charter rates?
    • What is, and will be, the impact of the Panama Canal on the LNG shipping market?
    • Floating storage and regas units (FSRUs) in operation and on order.
    • How many new import projects will be developed using FSRUs?
    • Is floating liquefaction a niche technology?

Meet our Speakers

Ff Website
Dr. Fereidun Fesharaki
Chairman, FGE

Dr. Fereidun Fesharaki is the Founder and Chairman of FGE. FGE is a leading consulting group focusing on the oil and gas markets East of the Suez, Europe, and the United States, with offices in London, Singapore, Tokyo, Beijing, Tehran, Dubai, Honolulu, California, and Mumbai. 

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Jeff Brown Website
Dr. Jeff Brown
President, FGE

Dr. Jeff Brown, as President, leads FGE’s oil and gas consulting teams. He is based at our Asian headquarters in Singapore, working closely with FGE consultants in Europe, the Middle East, and North America.

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Shasha Fesharaki Website
Mr. Shasha Fesharaki
President, FGE

Shasha holds an MBA with an emphasis on International Business. He specializes in LNG marketing and pricing, and is responsible for providing buyers and sellers with sourcing and placement strategies for LNG, participating as well in bi-lateral negotiations for LNG Sales and Purchase Agreements.

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Siamak Website
Mr. Siamak Adibi
Principal Consultant & Head of Middle East Gas Team, FGE London

Siamak, born in Iran, specializes in the natural gas/LNG business with a focus on the Middle East, North Africa, and CIS countries. He has extensive analytical experience and insights as well as practical experience in the Iranian oil and gas sector for over a decade.


Iman Website
Dr. Iman Nasseri
Acting Managing Director - Middle East, FGE London

Dr. Iman Nasseri, Acting Managing Director – Middle East, is based in London and specializes in both oil and gas aspects of the business. Before joining FGE London in 2014 as full time consultant, Iman was associated with FGE Hawaii for four years as part-time consultant. At FGE, he works closely with the Middle East gas and NGL teams, with his primary focus being NGLs, downstream oil, and natural gas/LNG.



  • How do I register for this event?

    You can register for this event in one of two ways:

      1. Complete the registration form on the back of the brochure and email it to [email protected]
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  • Are FGE clients entitled to a discount on registration fees?

    Yes, FGE clients are entitled to a discount on registration fees. Further details of such discounts can be found in the 'Registration Fees' section or the brochure.

  • Are members of the press/media allowed to attend?

    Unfortunately, members of the press/media are not allowed to attend FGE briefings. If there is anything specific you would like to discuss with FGE, including insights on market developments, please contact [email protected].

  • Will I receive a copy of the presentation files? If so, when?

    All attendees will have access to electronic copies (PDF) of the presentation materials. Details of how to access the materials will be provided to attendees one/two days before the event takes place. We advise attendees to take a tablet or laptop with them to our briefings, so they can access the materials there and then.

Event Details

  Where & When

Jumeirah at Etihad Towers,
West Corniche,
P.O. Box 111929,
Abu Dhabi, UAE

 +971 2 811 5555

Date: April 25-26, 2018

  Registration Fees

FGE Clients: (use promo code FGEJV181 when registering online)

Full Fee - $3,300
Team Fee - $2,950**


Full Fee - $3,900
Team Fee - $3,300** 

MGI Joint Attendance with MPGC:

Non-FGE Clients - $3,600***


**Team Discounts available for second & subsequent delegate from the same company with the same billing address after 1st March 2018.
*** Only for non-FGE Clients

Fees are in USD.

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  Organiser Details

This event is organised by:

The Conference Connection Inc.
P.O. Box 1736, Raffles City
Singapore 911758

 +65 6338 0064

Further Information

If you require additional information on this or any FGE service, including requesting a trial, or you would like to discuss ways in which FGE can assist you further, please contact a member of our sales team:

Mr. Robert Beckmann - London

Head of Business Development
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7726 9570

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Business Development Manager
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Mr. Farhan Sulaiman - Singapore

Business Development Manager
Tel: +65 6222 0045

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Ms. Iren Naseri - Dubai, UAE

Business Development Manager
Tel: +971 4 457 4270

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Mr. TJ Braziel - Houston, TX

Business Development Manager
Tel: +1 (281) 819 1983

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