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Benefit from a unique opportunity to gain practical insight and hard advice from an outstanding panel of speakers who will deliver vital information on all the latest issues concerning natural gas in Central & Eastern Europe. On the eve of entry into the European Union, this conference will examine the significant changes being implemented by both market forces and the EC’s desire for market based competition.

In addition to this, the underlying theme is storage and transportation. Traditionally, Europe’s natural gas was imported from Russia, however most Central & Eastern European countries are now in the process of diversifying their supplies to prevent over reliance. The conference will focus on the current measures being undertaken to improve the transportation of natural gas within the region, along with storage facility upgrades and developments.

Conference programme

8:30 Registration and Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Ian Thomson

Ian Thomson, Consultant, Oakwood Consultants

9:10 THE PROGRESS TO GAS MARKET LIBERALISATION

Eric Harrison

Eric Harrison, Consulting Director, Energy & Utilities, Sema Group

  • A liberalisation of the gas market and harmonisation of laws
  • The impact gas liberalisation could have on the future of Eastern European gas markets
  • The European Commission’s guidelines encouraging Europe-wide co-operation to create a competitive internal gas market
  • Regulating market liberalisation - is a common regulatory framework required?
  • Examination of the current market forces instigating change in the Eastern European gas market
  • 9:40 SECURITY OF SUPPLY

    Radu Berceanu

    Radu Berceanu, Minister, Ministry of Industry & Trade, Romania

  • Security of supply to Romania - dealing with technical, economic and political problems
  • 10:20 CASE STUDY

    Oldrich Petrzilka

    Oldrich Petrzilka, Director, Gas Industry & Liquid Fuels Department, Ministry of Industry & Trade of the Czech Republic

  • The Governments task of ensuring gas sources for the increasing demand
  • Ensuring the security and continuity of supply
  • The existing gas transit system, construction of new pipelines
  • Underground storage developments - the Pribram rock cavern storage facility
  • The Czech Republic as an importer of Norwegian gas
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 YAMAL PIPELINE AND EUROPE

    Matthew Sagers

    Matthew Sagers, Director of Energy Service, PlanEcon (USA)

  • Connecting Yamal to the European grid - the potential for further growth
  • Higher cost input - will the price of gas rise in the competitive environment or will intensifying gas-on-gas competition reduce prices?
  • Complex transit issues across the transition countries
  • Gazprom’s position in the European market
  • Supply security - the best ways to achieve it?
  • 12:00 CASE STUDY

    Oleg Salmin

    Oleg Salmin, Member of the Board, Head of Investment Department, Naftogas

  • The failure of the gas market mechanism and subsequent recovery strategies
  • Alliances with Russia on exports to the West - the ten year accord
  • The investment and upgrade of infrastructure to cope with demand
  • The Dzhankoy-Kerch gas pipeline and the Crimea region
  • The Ukrainian gas market into 2000 - future policies & developments
  • 12:40 Lunch

    14:00 PIPELINES

    Michael Kreuz

    Michael Kreuz, Gas Project Development Manager, OMV

  • Needs for transportation and transit in Austria and its neighbourhood
  • Increasing the efficiency of the existing structure and bringing it in line with the EU
  • The competition amongst the domestic gas distribution companies
  • Pipeline projects for the future
  • 14:40 DISTRIBUTION IN THE CZECH REPUBLIC

    Libor Martinek, Managing Director, and Stanislav Plachý

    Libor Martinek, Managing Director, and Stanislav Plachý, Marketing Head, Jihomoravska plynarenská

  • Purchasing natural gas for supply to maintain regional markets
  • Coping with the ever disproportion in consumption of natural gas throughout the year
  • Getting ready and in line with EU energy policy and regulation - is there room for liberalisation ?
  • The competition amongst domestic suppliers - the importance of liberalisation and modernisation
  • Future direction of the Czech gas market and infrastructual changes to come
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 DISTRIBUTION IN BULGARIA

    Kiril Gegov

    Kiril Gegov, Executive Director, Bulgargas

  • The reduction in gas prices and its effect on the market
  • The current reliance on Russian supplies and plans for diversification
  • The competition amongst domestic suppliers
  • Pricing strategies and mechanisms within Europe and the influences of the West since the opening of the interconnector
  • The national grid distribution
  • 16:20 COMPETITIVE GAS TRANSPORTATION

    Neil Barton

    Neil Barton, Senior Consultant Engineer, Gas Technology Limited

  • Development of competition
  • Legislative framework
  • Role of market participants
  • Regulations and safety procedures
  • How competitive transportation works
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Re-registration and Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Michael Clegg

    Michael Clegg, Consultant, Cambridge Energy Research Association

    9:10 A CHANGING MARKET FOR GAS

    Franciszek Krawczynski

    Franciszek Krawczynski, Director of Department, Ministry of Economy - Poland

  • Economic transformation and changing gas sector in the nineties
  • The role of gas in CEE
  • Development of the gas market
  • 9:40 Gas storage in Europe

    Ian Thomson

    Ian Thomson, Consultant, Oakwood Consultants

  • Overview of existing facilities
  • Policy issues in a liberating market
  • Opportunities / risks for investors
  • Development for gas market centres
  • Lessons from the US and the UK
  • 10:20 STORAGE ISSUES & CAPACITIES

    Adrian Twomey

    Adrian Twomey, Manager, KPMG

  • The forecast in growth for demand of storage capacity
  • Using storage to balance risk in gas prices
  • Winter peaks in gas demand - the effect on short term gas prices
  • How increased competition in storage will affect gas trading
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 A CHANGING MARKET IN EASTERN EUROPE

    Vladimír Stepán

    Vladimír Stepán, Partner, ENA

  • The decline of domestic reserves and the growing dependency on Gazprom
  • Identifying and calculating market risk and investment for foreign entrants into Slovakia
  • Prospect for EU entry and finding a successful working scenario - what will the development plans be?
  • Strategies for entry into the Economic Union
  • Raising funds using multilateral agencies
  • 12:00 The potential role of Slovakia in the European gas industry

    Lubomír Selc

    Lubomír Selc, Head of International Business Development & Acquisitions, Slovensky Plynárensky Priemysel - SPP

  • The Slovak Republic - the gas pipeline vein and cross-road of Central Europe
  • Prospects for transmitting natural gas from Russia to Central and Western Europe
  • Gas storage vs. diversification of supply
  • Growing natural gas demand - the basis for new development activities
  • Position and role of Slovakia as a part of the Central European gas hub - foreign investment opportunities
  • 12:40 Lunch

    14:00 GAS DEMAND

    John Noon

    John Noon, Gas Supply Manager, PowerGen

  • The precise content of this presentation is not yet finalised
  • 14:40 RISK ASSESSMENT

    Tassos Nicolaou

    Tassos Nicolaou, Senior Associate, Strategic Decisions Group

  • The concept of decision quality
  • Strategy development
  • Minimising risk
  • Ensuring alignment within partnerships
  • Applications/examples of decision quality on natural gas decisions
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 LEGAL ASPECTS OF FINANCING CROSS-BORDER GAS PIPELINES

    Bruce Johnston

    Bruce Johnston, Partner, Project Finance Group, Wilde Sapte

  • Bi-national and multinational pipelines
  • Legal and political structures
  • Bankable projects
  • Consortium structures
  • Energy Charter Treaty
  • 16:20 LEGISLATION

    Marek Czarany

    Marek Czarany, Partner, Clifford Chance - Poland

  • Regulatory framework
  • Privatisation plans
  • Licensing requirements
  • Third party access
  • Tariffs
  • 17:00 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

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