In April, ETEI hosted a group of visiting officials and business leaders associated with the natural gas transmission and distribution business in Turkey. Organized by the U.S. Trade and Development Agency and led by Daniel Stern, Regional Director for Europe and Asia for the USTDA and Dr. Sami Demirbilek, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources for Turkey, the group spent four days in Louisiana before departing for additional meetings in Washington, DC and New York.
During their stay in Louisiana, they were based out of the Freeman School and took part in a series of workshops designed to brief them on the infrastructure and practices of the natural gas industry in the US. Speakers included Eric Smith of the Freeman school; Benjamin Schlesinger of BSA Associates, a Washington based consultancy; Peter Tuminello of Sequent Energy Management; Brian McManus, the chief economist for the Louisiana Public Service Commission; and Del Blom, Rich Cain, Bob Guenther and Brian Lamb, all of Chevron who discussed operations at the Henry Hub. In addition to the workshops, the group also traveled to Lake Charles to view two LNG receiving terminals, the Trunkline terminal which was operating at peak capacity during the visit, and Cheniere's new Sabine Pass facility which when completed will be the largest LNG import facility in the US. In Washington, the delegation spent time with API, the EIA, and FERC. They completed their US visit with a stopover at NYMEX and visits to two of the large trading operations.
More pictures from this event may be seen at ftp.gmc-ideas.com
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