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Recent events have highlighted the crucial role Gas Storage plays in ensuring secure, flexible energy supply.  Join experts at the 3rd annual Gas Storage conference for interactive debate and in-depth discussion of the most pressing issues facing the industry. 

Speakers drawn from energy companies, regulatory bodies, project developers and financiers will address key issues affecting the development of the sector.  Attend this popular event to receive a comprehensive overview of policy developments, market conditions and funding issues.  Gather information, build contacts, enhance your business.

Key topics include:

      • Access to gas storage: what's new under the third package?
      • Regulated or negotiated access?
      • Developing European gas storage projects - moving forward in a changing environment
      • Future of gas imports into European markets
      • Planning Consent - progress or hit-and-miss?
      • Is there a role for seasonal storage, or are high-cycle facilities the answer?
      • Evaluating storage against alternative sources of flexibility
      • Trends in market liquidity and the implications for storage investment
      • Landscape of funding requirements for gas storage projects
      • Market dislocation or significant investment opportunities?

SMi's Gas Storage conference offers an unparalleled opportunity to learn about developments in European Gas Storage markets. 

Hear from a number of project operators and share information and ideas
Receive updates on regulation, legislation and policy
Assess the value of storage in security of supply
Participate in stimulating debate and interactive discussion
Understand market conditions and hear from investors and financiers
Gather information vital to the success of your business
Enjoy excellent networking opportunities with industry colleagues

Feedback from SMi’s 2008 Gas Storage conference:
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“Interesting conference”
Marielle Lacoste, Development and Regulation Manager, Gaz de France
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“In general very interesting especially what is related to storage development”
Alejandra Matus, Commercial Manager – Gas Storage, Centrica
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“Most interesting and helpful conference in understanding wide ranging issues which influence the Gas Storage Market”
Richard Hughes, Sales Director, Amec Group Ltd

 

 

  • CEO/Managing Director
  • Project Manager/Project Director
  • Head of Regulation
  • Commercial Director
  • Gas Traders
  • Natural Gas Analysts
  • Head of planning/infrastructure/strategy
  • Business Development Manager

SMi's 2008 Gas Storage conference attracted over 100 attendees from organisations including:

Advantica Ltd ~ Amec Group ~ Baker ~ Baker Hughes ~ BP Oil International Limited ~ Centrica Plc ~ Centrica Storage ~ CERA ~ ConocoPhillipsCostain Oil Gas & Process Ltd ~ Croatian Energy Regulatory Agency ~ Deloitte ~ Dong Energy A/S ~ E N I UKE.ON AG ~ E.ON Ruhrgas AG ~ E-Control ~ EDF ~ Energinet.dk ~ Eni ~ ESCAL UGS ~ Eurogas ~ European Commission ~ FMC Technologies ~ GDF Britain Ltd ~ Gas Strategies Group ~ GasTerra B.V.Gaz De France ~ Gazprombank ~ GDF Storage ~ Genesis Oil & Gas Consultants ~ GSA Energy Company  ~ Hungarian Energy Office ~ IHS Energy ~ INA Oil and Gas Production ~ Merhav (M N F) LtdMerrill Lynch Financial Centre ~ NV Nederlandse Gasunie ~ Nafta A S ~ Nexen Energy Marketing London Ltd ~ Petro-Canada ~ Petro-Canada UK Ltd ~ Plurigas SPA ~ Portland Gas plc ~ Poyry Energy Consulting ~ RWE AG ~ RWE Systems AG ~ Schlumberger ~ Scottish Power ~ Shell ~ Shell Energy Europe ~ Star Energy ~ Statoil UK Ltd ~ StatoilHydro Deutschland GmbH ~ STOGIT ~ Suez - Tractebel S A ~ Swissgas ~ TAQA ~ TEBODIN ~ Tullow Oil Plc ~ Venture Production Plc ~ Vopak Chemicals Logistics Europe & Africa B V ~ Wingas Gmbh ~ Wood Macenzie Ltd

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Margot Loudon

Margot Loudon, Deputy Secretary General, Eurogas

9:10 WHAT DOES EUROPE REALLY WANT?

Gill Campbell

Gill Campbell, Assistant Director, European and Energy Policy Directorate, DECC

  • Where were we?
  • What has changed?
  • Where are we going?
  • 9:50 THE EUROPEAN REGULATORY FRAMEWORK FOR GAS STORAGE

    Csilla Bartók

    Csilla Bartók, DG TREN, Electricity & Gas Unit , European Commision

  • Access to gas storage: what's new under the third package?
  • Regulated or negotiated access?
  • The investment climate for gas storage
  • The value of storage in security of supply
     
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    10:50 GAS STORAGE DEVELOPMENT AND OPPORTUNITIES IN EUROPE

    James Lawson

    James Lawson, GSE Vice President , Centrica Storage

  • European gas storage market - Overview
  • Gas Storage development and opportunities
  • European legislative framework
  • European gas storage market: main issues
  • 11:30 THE GALATA GAS STORAGE SCHEME - OFFSHORE BULGARIA

    John  Naismith

    John Naismith, Technical Manager, Melrose Resources Plc

  • The Bulgarian gas market
  • Current gas storage capabilities and requirements
  • The regulatory environment
  • The Galata gas storage scheme
  • Future market developments
     
  • 12:10 Networking Lunch

    13:40 STORAGE DEVELOPMENTS IN EUROPE

    Jo Vizor

    Jo Vizor, Managing Director, E.ON Gas Storage UK plc

  • Future of gas imports into European markets
  • The implications for storage demand
  • The contribution of E.ON Gas Storage, a European Storage Business
     
  • 14:20 DELIVERING A MULTIPLE ASSET MULTIPLE PRODUCT STORAGE BUSINESS IN THE UK

    Sonia Youd

    Sonia Youd, Commercial Director, Centrica Storage

  • Existing Centrica Storage services  
  • Understanding your customers storage requirements
  • Delivering the right combination of assets and new storage products

     

  • 15:00 Afternoon Tea

    15:20 LIFE CYCLE COSTING COMPARISON OF DIFFERENT COMPRESSOR TRAIN CONCEPTS

    Matthias Grapow

    Matthias Grapow, Head of Sales Gas Storage + Transport – HPI , MAN Turbo AB Switzerland

  • General comparison of different compressor train concepts
  • LCC definitions and case study  on a reference gas storage site
  • MAN Turbo product development to improve life cycle costing
  • 16:00 STAR ENERGY’S STORAGE DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS

    Roger Pearson

    Roger Pearson, MD Gas Storage, Star Energy

  • Overview of Storage activity
  • Challenges in storage development
  • Commercial outlook

     

  • 16:40 DEVELOPING EUROPEAN GAS STORAGE PROJECTS - MOVING FORWARD IN A CHANGING ENVIRONMENT

    Ian Jordan

    Ian Jordan, Senior Referent, Natural Gas Storage/Business Development, Wingas Gmbh

  • Planning Consent - progress or hit-and-miss?
  • Regulation - are there improvements and who benefits from it?
  • Costs - a factor on a roller coaster ride
  • Time schedule - always expect the unexpected
  • Products - what to offer nowadays?
     
  • 17:20 INDEPENDENT RESOURCES’ RIVARA UGS PROJECT

    Grayson Nash

    Grayson Nash, Executive Chairman, Independent Resources plc

  • Site characteristics
  • Relative value
  • Market aspects

     

  • 18:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    18:10 Drinks Reception Sponsored by Centrica Storage

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Andrew Morris

    Andrew Morris, Director, Pöyry Energy Consulting

    9:10 REGULATORY VIEW OF THE GB STORAGE MARKET

    Ian Marlee

    Ian Marlee, Director, Trading Arrangements, Ofgem

  • Overview of the GB storage market
  • Regulatory requirements for storage operators
  • Future provision of storage in the GB market
  • 9:50 THE FUTURE OF UK GAS STORAGE IN AN INTERMITTENT WORLD

    James Cox

    James Cox, Senior Consultant, Pöyry Energy Consulting

  • 30-40% generation from renewables (mainly wind) in 2020 will fundamentally change the GB market
  • In periods with low wind, gas demand may rise sharply, as back-up gas-fired generation is switched on
  • What implications does this have for gas storage?
  • Do these changes imply a feast for gas storage, or a famine?
  • Is there a role for seasonal storage, or are high-cycle facilities the answer?
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 GLOBALIZATION OF GAS AND ITS IMPACTS ON STORAGE DEVELOPMENT

    Jean-Paul Desrochers

    Jean-Paul Desrochers, Vice President, GSA Energy Company

  • The development of LNG trade and its impact on storage development
  • Globalisation’s impact on storage development and storage demand globally
  • Impacts on storage requirements in both North America & Europe
  • Type of storage services driven by LNG imports
  • 11:40 PLANNING STORAGE, INFRASTRUCTURE AND INVESTMENT IN AN UNCERTAIN AND EVOLVING MARKET

    Bob Handley

    Bob Handley, Senior Associate, Gas Strategies Group

  • Is your business model robust to different futures?
  • Building good analytics to support decision making
  • Evaluating storage against alternative sources of flexibility
     
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 TRENDS IN MARKET LIQUIDITY AND THE IMPLICATIONS FOR STORAGE INVESTMENT

    Sean Gammons

    Sean Gammons, Associate Director, NERA Economic Consulting

  • Emergence of new gas trading hubs in Europe
  • Trends in liquidity on European hubs
  • Implications for gas storage valuation
  • Implications for investment choices
  • 14:30 FINANCING OF GAS STORAGES - FRAMEWORK AND OUTLOOK

    Volker Stein

    Volker Stein, Head Of Structured Finance, Commerzbank A G

  • Gas storage market and trends from a banker's perspective
  • Challenges
  • Financing options
  • Case Study: First project financing for gas storage in Germany
  • Outlook
  • 15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 FUNDING GAS STORAGE PROJECTS: CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES

    Alexandre Chavarot

    Alexandre Chavarot, Director, Lazard

  • Landscape of funding requirements for gas storage projects
  • Current issues facing typical funding sources
  • Market dislocation or significant investment opportunities?
     
  • 16:20 TAXATION ISSUES IN GAS STORAGE

    Paul Rogerson

    Paul Rogerson, Director, CW Energy

  • Review of the oil and gas “change of use”  consultation with HMRC and its application to gas storage
  • Problem areas and solutions proposed
  • Finance Bill 2008 changes
  • Remaining  issues
     
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

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    Workshops

    Extracting Commercial Value from Gas Storage in a Security of Supply World
    Workshop

    Extracting Commercial Value from Gas Storage in a Security of Supply World

    Copthorne Tara Hotel
    1st July 2009
    London, United Kingdom

    Copthorne Tara Hotel

    Scarsdale Place
    Kensington
    London W8 5SR
    United Kingdom

    Copthorne Tara Hotel

    The Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington is an elegant contemporary four-star hotel in prestigious Kensington, located just a two minutes walk from High Street Kensington underground station, making exploring easy. The hotel offers well-appointed and comfortable guest rooms combining Standard, Superior and Club accommodation. Club rooms offer iconic views over the city and include Club Lounge access for complimentary breakfast and refreshments. Guests can sample the authentic Singaporean, Malaysian and Chinese cuisine at Bugis Street, traditional pub fare at the Brasserie Restaurant & Bar or relax with a delicious drink at West8 Cocktail Lounge & Bar.

    The Copthorne Tara Hotel boasts 745 square meters of flexible meeting space, consisting of the Shannon Suite and the Liffey Suite, ideal for hosting conferences, weddings and social events. Facilities include access to the business centre 24 hours a day, fully equipped fitness room, gift shop, theatre desk and Bureau de Change. With ample onsite parking outside the London congestion charge zone and excellent transport links via Heathrow Airport, the hotel is the perfect location for business or leisure stays. The hotel is within close proximity to the shops of High Street Kensington, Knightsbridge and Westfield London, Olympia Conference Centre, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Palace and Hyde Park.

     

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