Awards recognise Australia’s LNG innovators

The innovators driving Australia’s fast growing, $200 billion liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry will be recognised in a new awards program to be held as part of the Australian Gas Technology Conference & Exhibition (AGT).

AGT organisers today announced the launch of the Australian Gas Innovation Awards, which will acknowledge innovation excellence in Australia’s gas industry and support innovative technology and services.

Heralding the scope of innovation taking place in the LNG and wider gas industry, the awards include a commercial category for innovations developed by Australian companies and a research category recognising the next generation of innovators.

Exhibitors at the conference, at which the awards will take place,  include suppliers of product and services to Australia’s LNG industry in the areas of:

  • Gas processing
  • Engineering & construction
  • Gas storage
  • Instrumentation & controls
  • Health, safety & environment
  • Logistics & materials handling
  • Inspection, maintenance & repair
  • Pipeline technology
  • LNG shipping & export terminals
  • Research & development
  • Training, education & recruitment

AGT event director, Bill Hare said the awards were an opportunity to profile and acknowledge people and companies with a commitment to fostering change within the Australian gas industry.

“The awards aim to raise awareness of innovation as a driver of economic and technological change and to maximise the commercialisation of ideas by building links between industry, research and learning,” Hare said.

“Australia is poised to become the world’s leading LNG exporter by 2020 and this growth is driving an extraordinary range of innovative products, projects and technologies.”

The Australian Gas Innovation Awards are now open and entries will be judged on a number of key criteria, assessing the originality, impact, practicality and marketability of the innovation.

The deadline for entries is 15 May, with the winners to be announced during the Australian Gas Technology Awards Dinner in Perth on 26 July 2012.

Finalists will also have the opportunity to present their innovation at the innovation session of the AGT Conference.

Launched by the organisers of the Australasian Oil & Gas Exhibition & Conference, AGT is a unique event for Australia’s gas industry that is expected to bring up to 150 exhibitors and 3500 visitors to Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre from 25-27 July 2012.