The largest global natural gas and LNG event in 2013 will be held in Houston, Texas, and will be hosted by the American Gas Association.
One year from now, the 17th International Conference and Exhibition on Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG 17), will bring strategic and commercial leaders and technical experts together in the US city.
LNG17 will consist of four days of sessions, workshops and tours of the new US world-leading LNG facilities being built on the US Gulf coast in Louisiana and Texas.
"LNG trade has grown by more than 300 percent in the past 20 years and the industry continues to grow at seven to 10 percent per year globally," said Dave McCurdy, president and CEO of AGA.
"LNG is proving to be a critical factor in helping economies around the world continue to grow in a carbon-friendly manner.
"As the largest producer and consumer of natural gas in the world, this event provides the United States the opportunity to demonstrate to leaders around the world why we are on the forefront of the industry," McCurdy said.
The more than 5,000 industry professionals attending from 80 countries will hear from top-level speakers, visit with over 200 exhibitors and have a variety of networking opportunities, AGA said.
"With a number of senior level global gas industry executives already confirmed to speak, LNG 17 will offer attendees insights into the continuing globalization of the natural gas industry, and significant strategic, commercial and technical opportunities.
"Additionally, LNG 17 will address such timely and topical issues as LNG as a transportation fuel, unconventional gas as a resource for LNG, the role of LNG in assisting developing economies, and the potential for North America as an exporter of LNG," it added.
The principal sponsor of LNG 17 will be Shell and the second sponsor list includes international LNG and energy law firm, Baker Botts LLP.
The international sponsoring industry organizations are the International Gas Union, the Gas Technology Institute and the International Institute of Refrigeration.