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Members welcomed at the UKLPG Annual Conference 2015

The UKLPG Annual Conference was held at Manchester Town Hall on Thursday 10th September. UKLPG was delighted to see more members at the conference than in previous years and feedback from delegates declared that the programme was enjoyable, interesting and beneficial to their businesses.


Members were welcomed at the start of the day with refreshments and a chance to network with other colleagues and stakeholders in the LPG industry. The first item on the agenda was the AGM which was opened by UKLPG Chair Lee Gannon from Flogas Britain Ltd and facilitated by Rob Shuttleworth.

Delegates then had the option of attending a selection of workshops covering topics such as LPG Cost Perceptions and Heating, Technical Standards and their Impacts, Cathodic Protection Testing Regimes and Information Requests from Members.

After a networking lunch, the afternoon session was opened by Lee Gannon who welcomed all delegates to the event. UKLPG invited a number of individuals from a cross section of industry to present varying topics and issues for the rest of the afternoon session.

Rear Admiral (retd) Paul Thomas, Chair of The Hazards Forum and The Process Safety Forum gave a thought-provoking presentation on safety in other high risk industries. Holly Jago, Corporate Affairs Manager at Calor Gas Ltd, presented on the future opportunities for Autogas, and Alison Abbott, Communications Director at the WLPGA, gave a presentation on changing the face of the LPG industry, sharing information on the new Women in LPG ‘WINLPG' initiative.

A highlight of the afternoon was the panel session on ‘Heating: how can the LPG industry ensure it remains relevant, innovative and progressive'. James Higgins, Partner at Ecuity Consulting, chaired the session and introduced the speakers. The first panellist was Neil Schofield, Head of External Affairs at Worcester Bosch who presented on government policy in the energy industry, followed by Mike Foster, CEO of EUA who challenged delegates with the question of where the power lies between consumers and politics. The next panellist was Professor Nigel Scrutton from the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology who talked about future opportunities with biopropane. Nick Black, Principal LPG, gave a stimulating presentation on the future opportunities in the global LPG marketplace.

The final presentation was given by Nikos Xydas, WLPGA and Andrew Ford, SHV Energy on ‘LPG: Exceptional Energy' and discussed the many applications for LPG, challenging delegates to make these opportunities work for them.

Rob Shuttleworth wrapped up the conference by thanking all the speakers and sponsors, and announced that the 2016 UKLPG conference will be held in Edinburgh on 26th May. The UKLPG team sincerely hopes that all delegates enjoyed the conference and found it worthwhile. We look forward to seeing you in Edinburgh!

The presentations are available for viewing by UKLPG members by visiting the Members Lounge on this website. Please click here to access the Members Lounge.