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Join fellow industry leaders for SMi’s inaugural Gas Storage conference. With the importance of securing reliable energy sources the value attached to gas storage facilities will continue to rise. The focus of this conference will allow you to gain an understanding of the key gas storage developments in engineering, commercial prospects, development of infrastructure, regulation and the energy supply outlook.

This event is tailored for all those involved in this exciting and developing industry. Whether you are from the energy and power industries, involved in gas transport and storage, work for organisations looking to develop storage facilities, are regulators, engineers or business analysts, this is the chance for you to hear about the most important developments in your industry.

By attending you will:

Learn from Wingas about the future role of seasonal storages
Gain valuable insight into how the current and future gas storage regulation from DTI, CRE, CREG and more
Listen to Gas Storage Europe and CRE share different points of view on the GGPSSO
Discover how infrastructure is going to be developed
Benefit from excellent networking and information gathering opportunities

At this event you will hear from speakers including:

Klaus-Dieter Barbknecht, President, Gas Storage Europe (GSE)
Thomas Lehmann, Gas Storage Division, Wingas GmbH
Hermann Spreckels, Head of Gas Storage Facilities, E.ON Ruhrgas
Sonia Youd, Commercial Director, Centrica Storage
Leendert Florusse, Vice President, Mid and Downstream, EDF
Mogens Houe, Vice President Gas Storage and Distribution, Dong Energy
Niels Dijksman, Groningen Asset Reservoir Engineering Leader, Nederlandse Aardolie Maatschappij
Pierre Marie Cussaguet, Co-Chairman, ERGEG Gas Storage Task Force, CRE
Jean-Paul Pinon, Gas Director, CREG
Michael Schmöltzer, Gas Director, E-Control
Ruth French, Project Leader, Gas Supply Infrastructure, Department of Trade and Industry (UK)

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Luc Meesters

Luc Meesters, Senior Commercial Advisor, Shell

9:10 THE DEVELOPMENT OF TPA STORAGES IN EUROPE

Klaus-Dieter  Barbknecht

Klaus-Dieter Barbknecht, President, Gas Storage Europe

  • Legal framework
  • GGPSSO vs. regulation
  • Regulation vs. market competitiveness
  • Strategic stocks vs. Security of supply
  • Investment climate
  • 9:50 THE ROLE OF SEASONAL STORAGES

    Thomas Lehmann

    Thomas Lehmann, Gas Storage Division, Wingas GmbH

  • Demand/supply issues
  • Seasonal vs. peak shaving storage
  • Key requirements for new gas storage
  • What can Germany and the UK learn from each other
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 GAS STORAGE FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF A GLOBAL ENERGY PLAYER

    Leendert Florusse

    Leendert Florusse, Vice President, Business Development, EDF

  • Gas Storage value drivers in developing European market
  • Gas Storage regulation
  • National regulation and value
  • National regulation and investment opportunities
  • A portfolio view
  • 11:40 DEVELOPING AND RUNNING STORAGE ASSETS IN THE UK

    Sonia Youd

    Sonia Youd, Commerical Director, Centrica Storage

  • How the use and value of storage has changed as the UK market has developed
  • Does the market need more storage?
  • What will fill the flexibility gap?
  • Are the signals there for investment?
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 GAS STORAGE: KEEPING PACE WITH CHANGE

    Ruth French

    Ruth French, Project Leader, Gas Supply Infrastructure, DTI

  • The gas challnege and the place of storage
  • New government proposals
  • Potential impact on storage developments
  • 14:30 GAS STORAGE: ESSENTIAL FACILITY OR COMMODITY

    Jean-Paul Pinon

    Jean-Paul Pinon, Director, Gas Market, Commission for Electricity and Gas Regulation (CREG)

  • The role of storage among the operational reserves
  • Public service obligations
  • The choice between regulated TPA, negotiated TPA and exemptions
  • Fostering investments: the issue of long-term contracts
  • Integrated regulatory approach: starting with exploration licences
  • 15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 IMPORTANCE OF ACCESS TO GAS STORAGE IN AUSTRIA

    Michael Schmöltzer

    Michael Schmöltzer, Gas Director, E-Control

  • Is there competition in storage services and prices in the European Gas Market
  • Access to storage in Austria
  • New projects in development
  • Transit and storage of natural gas in Austria
  • 16:20 ACCESS TO GAS STORAGES IN EUROPE

    Pierre-Marie Cussaguet

    Pierre-Marie Cussaguet, Co-Chair, ERGEG Gas Storage Task Force, CRE

  • The regulatory aspect
  • THE GGPSSO and their monitoring
  • The ERGEG point of view: its advice to the EU Commission of December 2006
  • The current state of play and evolution for 2007
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    17:10 DRINKS RECEPTION SPONSORED BY CENTRICA STORAGE

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Klaus-Dieter  Barbknecht

    Klaus-Dieter Barbknecht, President, Gas Storage Europe

    9:10 TECHNICAL OPTIONS AND CHALLENGES WHEN BUILDING UNDERGROUND STORAGE FACILITIES

    Niels Dijksman

    Niels Dijksman, Groningen Asset Reservoir Engineering Leader, Nederlandse Aardolie Maatschappij

  • Fundamental choice: capacity and/or volume?
  • Reservoir selection: what reservoirs and aquifers do we prefer?
  • Well selection: durability and deliverability
  • Production/injection facilities: what type of availability are we looking for?
  • Data integration and smart UGS: what data to use and how to use it
  • 9:50 RE-CONDITIONING DEPLETED RESERVOIRS

    Hermann Spreckels

    Hermann Spreckels, Head, Gas Storage Facilities, E.ON Ruhrgas AG

  • Criteria required
  • Minimising seepage
  • Recent advances that simplifies conversion
  • Decreasing your base load
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 UTILISING SALT CAVERNS FOR UNDERGROUND GAS STORAGE

    Carlos Gomez Montalvo

    Carlos Gomez Montalvo, Marketing Engineer, Géostock

  • Technical basics
  • Dimensioning of salt caverns
  • Salt caverns key role in peak demand: ensuring high productivity
  • Latest technological advances
  • 11:40 PROMOTING THE PROVISION OF CAPACITY AND INVESTMENT

    Mogens Houe

    Mogens Houe, Vice President, Gas Distribution and Storage, DONG

  • The need for EU gas storage/increased flexibility in the coming decades
  • Parameters driving the decision to build new storage capacity
  • How to promote investment in gas storage facilities
  • Who is going to invest?
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 GAS SAUSAGES

    James Cox

    James Cox, Senior Consultant, Poyry Energy Consulting

  • Possible impact of future low gas prices on gas storage
  • Influence of low summer prices necessarily on winter prices
  • High oil-indexed continental prices and a gas bubble in UK storage: dream or a nightmare?
  • Affects on swing from LNG and the UKCS
  • Or alternatively, will storage sit unused, filling up into a large underground gas sausage?
  • 14:30 CURRENT LOCALISATION AND DEVELOPMENT OF STORAGE FACILITIES

    Armelle Lecarpentier

    Armelle Lecarpentier, Economist, Cedigaz

  • Different storage facility characteristics
  • Where are there significant needs for more storage capacity
  • Reasons for requiring increased storage capabilities
  • Estimated storage capacities in Europe
  • Main ongoing storage projects in Europe
  • Developing storage alongside other gas infrastructure projects
  • 15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 DEVELOPMENT OF A FLEXIBLE GAS MARKET IN DENMARK

    Torben Brabo

    Torben Brabo, Head of Section, Customers, Energinet.dk

  • Result of EU Commission’s requirement for DONG Energy to divest storage facilities
  • Energinet.dk introducing competition in the Danish gas storage market
  • Energynet.dk is 100% ownership unbundled TSO and SSO in Denmark for full liberalisation of the power and gas markets
  • Emergency supply shortages
  • 16:20 THE SECURITY OF THE UK’S ENERGY SUPPLIES

    Robert Clay

    Robert Clay, Assistant Director, Energy Supply, DTI

  • Policy on security of supply
  • Short-term versus long-term security of supply issues
  • Energy White Paper conclusions
  • The role of gas storage
  • New arrangements for the provision of longer-term forward looking energy market information
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

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    27th June 2007
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