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Following the success of last year’s Irish Energy conference we are once again bringing together the most experienced and powerful decision makers in the Irish energy sector, for you - to hear from and question - and to provide an unchallenged insight into this dynamic market.

Irish Energy will be an ideal forum for you to debate and discuss your ideas with peers and speakers, to achieve supreme strategic intelligence, understanding and true thinking of the Irish Energy industry in its entirety. It will keep you abreast of critical issues and latest developments which will shape the future of Ireland’s energy sector.

Be sure you don’t miss out! Put 8-10 May 2000 in your diary now.

Conference programme

8:30 Registration and Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

David Taylor

David Taylor, Director, Irish Energy Centre

9:10 OPENING KEYNOTE ADDRESS: AN OVERVIEW OF THE IRISH ENERGY INDUSTRY

Joe Jacob, T.D.

Joe Jacob, T.D., Minister of State, Department for Public Enterprise

  • Continuous increase of gas demand as an indicator of accelerated economic growth
  • Current structure of electricity supply
  • Securing energy supplies through the development of indigenous sources
  • Building up and maintaining adequate oil reserves
  • The National Energy Efficiency programme
  • Environmental considerations
  • 9:40 DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM OPERATOR IN A LIBERALISED ELECTRICITY MARKET

    Aidan O’Regan

    Aidan O’Regan, Head of Regulatory Affairs, ESB

  • Operating and maintaining existing distribution systems
  • Developing new distribution systems
  • Ensuring equal treatment to customers
  • Managing imbalances between electricity production and demands of end-users
  • Introducing a regime for shortfalls (“top-up”) and surpluses (“spill”)
  • Encouraging sustainable energy use
  • 10:20 IMPLEMENTATION OF EU GAS LIBERALISATION DIRECTIVE

    William Roche

    William Roche, Corporate Planning Manager, Bord Gais Eireann

  • Overall effect on the market and the industry
  • Regulation and competition co-operation or conflict?
  • Meeting the EU targets
  • Harmonising the outcomes is the Directive enough?
  • Gas Industry Structures
  • Opportunities for trading key to future developments
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 DEVELOPMENT OF THE IRISH UPSTREAM MARKET

    Egil Endersen

    Egil Endersen, Operations Manager for Western Europe, Statoil Exploration

  • Overview of the industry and project growth
  • Indigenous resources
  • The potential of Irish exploration
  • Tell tale signs from previous seismic surveys
  • Portfolio management and strategic planning in joint ventures
  • Future possibilities and investment opportunities
  • 12:00 EXPANSION OF THE IRISH GAS INFRASTRUCTURE

    Ger Breen

    Ger Breen, Head of Transmission, Bord Gais

  • The advantages of gas in economic development
  • Extending the gas network to new areas
  • Looking ahead construction plans and timetable
  • Gas transportation services and products
  • 12:40 Lunch

    14:00 THE ELECTRICITY MARKET OPENING A COMPETITOR’S VIEW

    Paul Browne

    Paul Browne, Director - Development, e Power

  • e Power - meeting customer needs
  • e Power - new services
  • The customer’s role
  • 14:40 FISCAL OPPORTUNITIES

    David Glynn

    David Glynn, Partner, McCann FitzGerald

  • Relevant international corporate structures
  • Use of double taxation treaties
  • Recent tax developments: Finance Acts : Energy tax?
  • Finance: Debt v Equity
  • Best tax strategy
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 THIRD PARTY ACCESS IN GAS

    Nicholas Wye

    Nicholas Wye, Senior Consultant, GTL Business International

  • Benchmarks for Pipeline System Operation
  • TPA Experiences and proposals UK, Mainland Europe and Australia
  • Good Practice in Regulation the role of the Regulator
  • Non-financial operational barriers to network access
  • Lessons to be learnt introducing competition in a cost effective manner
  • 16:20 CASE STUDY CORRIB GAS FIELD

    John McGoldrick

    John McGoldrick, General Manager, Enterprise Oil

  • New opportunities for the energy market
  • Final studies and decisions on the Corrib field
  • Improving security of gas supplies to Ireland
  • Seabed development system vs a production platform
  • Making the most of the new discovery
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    17:10 Drinks reception for delegates and speakers

    8:30 Re-registration and Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Job Langbroek

    Job Langbroek, Resource Analyst, Davy Stockbrokers

    9:10 THE GREEN PAPER ON SUSTAINABLE ENERGY

    Tom Kennington

    Tom Kennington, Principal Officer, Department of Public Enterprise

  • Analysis of energy trends in Ireland
  • Sustainable and renewable energy
  • Implementing the Green Paper
  • 9:40 POWER PRODUCTION

    David de Casseres

    David de Casseres, Commercial Director, Viridian Power Resources

  • Meeting Ireland’s growing power demand
  • Providing additional system capacity in the most cost-effective manner
  • Impact of competition on power industry
  • Benefits of gas-based electricity generation
  • Importance of flexibility
  • Examining the future of power projects
  • 10:20 FINANCING INDEPENDENT POWER PROJECTS

    Cathy Bryce

    Cathy Bryce, Associate Director, AIB Capital Markets

  • Establishing appropriate capital structure
  • Methods of mitigating project risks
  • Cost of funding
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 NEGOTIATION AND THIRD PARTY ACCESS IN IRISH ELECTRICITY

    Dr. Valerie Kohler

    Dr. Valerie Kohler, Commercial Director, Fortum Energy

  • The single buyer procedure
  • Negotiated access vs regulated access
  • Definition of eligible customers
  • The authorisation procedure
  • Development of market mechanisms
  • New entrants and factors for success
  • 12:00 IRELAND’S ENERGY LAW

    Vincent Power

    Vincent Power, Head of EU Competition and Regulatory Unit, A&L Goodbody Solicitors

  • The Irish Legal regime
  • Putting Ireland in the European context
  • Regulation versus competition; the pitfalls
  • Essential facilities
  • Pricing
  • What comes next?
  • 12:40 Lunch

    14:00 TRADING ELECTRICITY WITHIN THE OPEN MARKET

    Alan Gaston

    Alan Gaston, Managing Director, NIE Supply, Viridian Group

  • Vertically integrated industry vs diversion and dis-segregation
  • Creating new trading mechanisms and pricing structures
  • Lack of rules and regulations
  • Dealing with outsiders in a transparent way
  • Cutting the price for industrial customers
  • The future of an all-Ireland open market
  • 14:40 OPTIMISING GAS TRADING STRATEGIES

    Graham Watson

    Graham Watson, Sales and Marketing Manager, Statoil

  • New marketing opportunities
  • Overcoming technical constraints
  • Claiming access to the system
  • Effective contractual solutions
  • Future potential
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 HANDLING CUSTOMERS IN A COMPETITIVE ENVIRONMENT

    John McDonagh

    John McDonagh, Retail Director, Irish Shell

  • Ensuring protection for domestic customers in the open market
  • Benefits of competition for consumers
  • Improving customer services
  • Pricing policy as means of winning new clients
  • Developing new customer-focused skills
  • Identifying new markets and consumers
  • 16:20 THE REALITIES OF LIBERALISED IRISH ENERGY MARKETS

    James Elston

    James Elston, Senior Consultant, European Energy, Wood Mackenzie

  • Gas and electricity demand
  • Third party access for gas and the shape of the new gas market
  • Gas network capacity; what is needed?
  • Third party access for Electricity and the new Trading Arrangements
  • Status check on IPPs
  • Key criteria for success in the liberalised Irish Energy Markets
  • 17:00 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

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