We’re getting excited for the upcoming Western States and Tribal Nations Asian LNG Forum in Grand Junction, CO, on Dec. 12. WSTN President Andrew Browning spells out the details in the invitation below:

The Governors and Tribal Chairs of the Western States and Tribal Nations Natural Gas Initiative (WSTN) invite you to a forum examining the prospects for LNG exports to Asia from North America’s West Coast, and how and natural gas from states and sovereign tribal lands in the U.S. west can meet surging Asian demand.

The worldwide dynamics of LNG exports have changed radically post-Ukraine, and the need for more cargoes to reach Asia faster and more cost-competitively is growing, given the region is expected to account for 70% of global demand through 2040. The forum will look at one of the most viable new routes which could make that happen, generating economic development in the American West, Tribal Nations, and Mexico, while fueling economies and lowering emissions in Asia.

Confirmed speakers include Takeshi Soda, Director of the Oil & Gas Division for Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) who will offer his outlook on Japan’s energy present and future. Additionally, Sempra Infrastructure Partners will provide a closer look at Sempra’s liquefaction portfolio development plans with a specific focus on additional LNG capacity at Energia Costa Azul in Ensenada, Mexico.

Confirmed Sempra attendees include:

  • Andrew Scull,  VP Commercial Optimization
  • Juancho Eekhout, VP Business Development, LNG and Net Zero Solutions
  • Jim Diemer, Director, Commercial and Strategic Analytics
  • Melissa Simpson, Director, Global Government Affairs

Other invited guests include the Japan Bank of International Cooperation (JBIC), Japan Oil, Gas & Metals National Corporation (JOGMEC) and government and LNG representatives from South Korea, Taiwan, and other Asian nations that import LNG. A panel of leaders from energy-producing tribal nations are also invited.

The forum will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 12, 2022, at Colorado Mesa University’s Meyer Ballroom in Grand Junction, CO, located in the natural gas-rich Piceance basin and within a 3-hour drive of the Uintah, Green River and San Juan natural gas basins.

WSTN has been working to highlight the advantages of Rockies natural gas to help meet the soaring energy needs of Asian nations and this will provide an excellent opportunity for our members/stakeholders to meet with Asian LNG stakeholders to better understand the progress of Energia Costa Azul and the export potential of Rockies gas.

Please register here and to receive updates on the forum in the days and weeks ahead.

Andrew Browning
President, Western States and Tribal Nations