Luis Bertrán Rafecas Assumes Position of IGU Secretary General
The International Gas Union (IGU)’s secretariat has relocated from Oslo, Norway to Barcelona, Spain, with Gas Natural Fenosa and Sedigas becoming the new Secretariat host organizations. The move follows the appointment of Mr. Luis Bertrán Rafecas to the position of Secretary General, taking over from Pål Rasmussen, effective 1st November.
This transition comes at a pivotal time for the global gas industry. There is increasing understanding of the unprecedented role natural gas can play in the global energy transformation. Natural gas is a vital energy source on its own and in its unique ability to enable and support the greater deployment of renewable energies.
The enhanced use of natural gas in power generation, heating and industry will not only drive economic growth, but also reduce carbon emissions as well as emissions of harmful air pollutants.
David Carroll, President IGU, said, “We congratulate Luis on his new position, and also thank outgoing Secretary General Pål Rasmussen for his leadership and contributions to the IGU over the past two years. We would also like to thank Statoil for their significant and generous contribution to the IGU in hosting the Secretariat for the past nine years, and recognize Gas Natural Fenosa and Sedigas for their willingness to host the new Secretariat.“
Luis Bertrán Rafecas, incoming IGU Secretary General commented, “I am delighted to take up the position as Secretary General and work closely with IGU President David Carroll to further advance the role of natural gas in the global energy mix.”
IGU’s 27th World Gas Conference – WGC 2018 – will be held in Washington DC, USA, from June 25-29. It is the first time ever that the World Gas Conference will be held in a country that is both the largest producer and consumer of natural gas.