The global energy demand is growing exponentially and there seems to be no stopping it. In 2018, this demand rose at its highest rate in the last decade, increasing 2.3 percent year-on-year. Global use of crude oil, which in 2018 averaged 99.2 MMb/d, should hit 100.6MMb/d by the end of 2019. Yet the energy industry, and oil and gas in particular, faces a gap in talent that puts world energy security at risk.

In the US, this looming problem has a name. In 2015, the “Great Crew Change” was the name given to the great swathes of approaching retirements as almost 50 percent of the industry’s workforce was due to retire in following five to seven years.

The situation in similar in Mexico, where almost 40 percent of PEMEX personnel retired in the past six years. Meanwhile the Energy Reform and a renewed push for oil production has generated a level of activity unseen on Mexican shores for many years.

A modern workforce is needed to meet both the global and Mexican energy demand, and to confront the changes that the industry is going through. The position of women is of particular importance. According to a study from the World Petroleum Council, women represent only 20 percent of the energy sector’s workforce, substantially less than almost every other major industry.

Diversifying the workforce is at the center of meeting future energy. By introducing personnel that possess a wide range of skillsets and come from various backgrounds, companies bring new ideas to an industry that is striving to keep up.

Gastech, a leading global conference and exhibition provider of the energy, gas and LNG sectors, has announced that its Gastech2019 conference will take place at the NRG Center in Houston, Texas from September 17-19, and it will place a spotlight on diversity and inclusion in the energy industry.

As part of the conference, ExxonMobil established the Power Play Awards. The Rising Star Award will celebrate a woman under 35 who excels within the LNG sector, the Vanguard Award will celebrate a person who inspires others through their words, attitude or action, while the Rainmaker Award will bring to light a female who has delivered outstanding business results in the LNG sector.

To register for this superb opportunity, visit the Gastech website at:

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