GIIGNL is a non-profit organisation whose objective is to promote the development of activities related to LNG: purchasing, importing, processing, transportation, handling, re-gasification and its various uses.
The Group constitutes a forum for exchange of information and experience among its 94 members to enhance safety, reliability and efficiency of LNG imports activities and the operation of LNG imports terminals in particular.
GIIGNL has a worldwide focus and its membership is composed of nearly all companies in the world active in the import and regasification terminalling of LNG
GIIGNL was founded soon after the birth of the LNG Industry by a small group of companies importing LNG to share information to facilitate the development of LNG imports and support the growth of the LNG industry.
Beginning with 19 member companies in 1971, GIIGNL has grown to 94 Full and Associate members from 29 different markets around the world (Asia, Europe and Americas), representing virtually every LNG import terminal as well as other aspects of the LNG trade. In line with the development of the LNG industry, the GIIGNL membership is now composed of gas and power companies, infrastructure companies and most of the major oil companies active in the LNG business.
What we do
GIIGNL provides its members with overviews of the general economic condition of the LNG industry and current, state-of-the art LNG technology, operations and best practices. This information enhances facility operations, diversifies contractual techniques, and supports industry positions with international agencies.
To this end, GIIGNL members share information about commercial and technical developments in LNG, including safety incidents at member facilities.
Activities of shared interest to GIIGNL members include: LNG purchasing, importing, processing, transportation, handling, re-gasification and uses of LNG around the world. GIIGNL does not exchange information on the economic activities of its members, their employees and host governments unless such information is available publicly, nor does it make recommendations for specific products and services.
GIIGNL has two Standing Study Groups which publish studies of common interest to the LNG industry.
Both groups meet at least twice a year.
Technical Study Group (TSG)
The Technical Study Group comprises some 20 technical specialists drawn from the most-experienced GIIGNL Member Companies. These specialists have a broad range of skills and include design engineers, researchers, safety managers and operations managers. The group gathers information on technical and operational subjects of interest to the whole GIIGNL membership and prepares definitive reports and recommendations for the whole GIIGNL membership. For studies where the expertise is considered to be not strong enough within the group, other specialists are temporarily co-opted into the group and consultants may be employed.
Commercial Study Group (CSG)
The Commercial Study Group comprises some 30 commercial specialists drawn from the most-experienced GIIGNL Member Companies. These specialists have a broad range of skills and include commercial managers, analysts, negotiators and contracts specialists. The group gathers information on commercial trends and international developments in the LNG Industry and prepares definitive reports and recommendations for the whole GIIGNL membership. For studies where the expertise is considered to be not strong enough within the group, the support of other specialists is obtained.
GIIGNL supports the exchange of information and relevant studies with other organisations that have similar interests and that undertake similar activities in order to benefit the LNG industry. Sharing best practices through non-profit trade organisations has served to strengthen the safety environment of the entire industry. The activities of the key organisations are described on their websites.
- CLNG – Center for Liquefied Natural Gas
- GLE – Gas LNG Europe
- IGU – International Gas Union
- MARCOGAZ – Technical Association of the European Gas Industry
- NGVA Europe- Natural and bio Gas Vechicle Association
- SGMF – The Society for Gas as Marine Fuel
- SIGTTO – Society of International Gas Tanker and Terminal Operators