Virus worries lead to energy conference cancellation in Houston

CERAWeek organizers canceled the upcoming conference in Houston for the first time ever, citing concerns over the coronavirus outbreak, according to POLITICO’s Morning Energy Report.

The spread of COVID-19 caused IHS arkit to cancel the conference — one of the biggest energy conferences in the world — for the first time in the event’s nearly 40-year history, according to IHS spokesperson Jeff Marn. The gathering has regularly featured heads of the world’s major oil and gas companies, international energy ministers and others and was set to begin March 9.

Our number one concern is the health and safety of delegates and speakers, our partners, our colleagues and vendors,” IHS Markit said in a statement Sunday. “We have spent the last several weeks focused on this question, established a medical partnership with Houston Methodist Hospital, have been in continuing dialogue with experts on infectious disease and established an extensive protocol. But the spread of COVID-19 is moving quickly around the world.”

Source: POLITICO’s Morning Energy Report