was created in 1961 by representatives from European oil
and gas companies, who recognized very early the importance of natural
gas for the future. At that time, this was certainly a remarkable
vision. Likewise, specific information on gas did not yet exist
and was often buried in vast literature. It was thus important to
create a structure for the gathering and exchange of information
about natural gas. This information could come from the companies
themselves and from the petroleum literature. From the beginning,
one of essential features of the way CEDIGAZ operated was the pooling
by its members of the greatest possible share of their potential
with regard to action and information. This is what makes CEDIGAZ
original and different from an organization providing services and
which subscribers consult but do not animate.
CEDIGAZ quickly became international,
receiving its present name in 1966, meaning “International
Information Center for Natural Gas and Gaseous Hydrocarbons”,
and in French "Centre International d'Information sur le Gaz
naturel et tous Hydrocarbures Gazeux".
This internationalization of CEDIGAZ
has been accompanied by a spectacular jump in the number of members
in these forty years, growing from 26 members in 1961, 85 in 1970,
111 in 1980, 138 in 1990 and 140 today, in 44 countries. This international
membership is a vital asset for CEDIGAZ, at a time when the gas
economy is itself becoming more and more global.
Over the years, CEDIGAZ has widened its
scope through the entire gas chain, with surveys covering the gas
market players in Europe, LNG trade worldwide, underground gas storage,
pipeline transport and gas use in power generation. Everything we
know about the growth of natural gas as an energy source, as a feedstock
for chemicals, and for the synthesis of engine
fuels, makes us very confident of the future. Natural gas has an
increasing role to play in the coming years, and this means that
the services of CEDIGAZ will be enlisted more and more.