Gastech has become the latest stalwart global industry conference to be impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, with the Singapore event postponed until next year.

The exhibition and conference was due to be held in the Lion City in September but has now been put off until the same month in 2021, organiser DMG Events said on Thursday.

It will take place between 13 and 16 September next year, although a virtual conference will still go ahead this September, DMG said.

"We have made this collective decision based on the current global pandemic and concerns over accessibility and of course the wellbeing of our speakers, delegates, exhibitors and visitors," the organiser said.

"The postponement of Gastech gives the gas, LNG [liquefied natural gas] and wider energy industries the opportunity to assess the impact of Covid-19 on energy demand and identify market growth opportunities.

"As the world moves towards a carbon neutral energy landscape, the pressure is increasing to solve the technical and engineering challenges of emissions reduction and decarbonisation. Gastech 2021 will help shape a roadmap for collective and individual responses to these challenges through its strategic and technical conferences and exhibition floor."

DMG said the virtual 2020 event will include strategic and technical conference content streamed online.

"In addition to September’s virtual conference and to ensure Gastech continues to play a crucial role at the heart of the global gas industry, Gastech will produce a series of webinars, industry newsletters and unique networking opportunities to deliver insightful and relevant content to connect the industry with the challenges and opportunities shaping the carbon neutral agenda," DMG added.

Global events fall to Covid-19

Gastech 2020 is just one of a plethora of core oil and gas industry events that have been either postponed or cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Earlier this month, the Rio Oil & Gas exhibition and conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil — which was also set to be held in September — was postponed.

Brazil's Petroleum, Gas and Biofuels institute said that travel restrictions were among the challenges faced by the event.

Earlier this month, organisers of the World Petroleum Congress, planned for Houston in December 2020, said it would be postponed by a year to December 2021.

In late April, the biennial ONS conference in Norway, scheduled to begin in late August, was cancelled.

The news followed an announcement that the annual Offshore Technology Conference in Houston, which was set to open on 4 May, was cancelled. In mid-March it had been postponed until the third quarter.

In early March, the Houston oil capital also saw the cancellation of IHS Markit's CERAWeek conference, which was due to be held from 9 to 13 March.

In mid-February, organisers of this year’s China International Petroleum & Petrochemical Technology & Equipment Exhibition, or Cippe2020, postponed the Beijing event because of the coronavirus outbreak. The event, due to be held on 26 to 28 March, is now scheduled for 3 to 5 July.