SMi is proud to annouce the 5th Annual 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 developments in gas storage in areas such as: engineering, commercial prospects, development of infrastructure, regulation and the energy supply outlook.
In its 5th Year, SMi's annual Gas Storage conference is a must attend event for anyone working in the Gas Storage markets, and is unique in the sense that it focuses purely on gas storage issues.
Join experts at the 5th annual Gas Storage conference for interactive debate and in-depth discussion of the most pressing issues facing the industry.
Key topics to be addressed:
  • The market dynamics and future of gas storage
  • Challenges and benefits of UGS
  • Developing storage potential through facilities improvement
  • Regulatory considerations including regional approaches
  • Storage investment in the current economic climate
  • Financing the security of supply and funding long term gas shortage
  • Market mechanisms and trading perspective
  • The LNG angle

SMi is also delighted to annouce to addition of a drinks reception to the agenda! Due to unprecedented demand we are upgrading to a larger venue within the Millenium Gloucester and have a dedicated exhibition area. Exhibition, marketing and sponsorhip opportunites are still available - please email sponsorshipdept@smi-online.co.uk for more information!


Gas Storage 2011 is Sponsored by:


Amor Group        PB Energy Storage            Honeywell



Who Should Attend Gas Storage 2011?

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




Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Howard Rogers

Howard Rogers, Senior Research Fellow, Oxford Institute for Energy Studies

9:10 OFGEM KEYNOTE: Storage Development and Investment in the Current Economic Climate

Giuseppina Squicciarini

Giuseppina Squicciarini, Head of Regulatory Economics, Ofgem

·          The risks and opportunities

·          Regulation and its impact on the investment

·         Market related prerequisites for facilitating investment

·         What makes storage competitive?

9:50 Gas Storage – the Global View

Thierry Rouaud

Thierry Rouaud, General Secretary, Cedigaz


·          Global trends

·          Global Facilities in operation

·          Future projects by region:

o    Europe

o    Asia-Pacific

o    Former Soviet Union

o    The Americas

·          Projected industry developments

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 Flexibility in the Power Markets and the Future Role of Gas Storage

Willem Coppoolse

Willem Coppoolse, Head of Capacity Development Transmission Storage and LNG Terminals, GDF Suez

·          State of the current storage market

·          Long term storage capacity

·          Increasing flexibility in the relationship between the power markets and storage

11:40 European Supply & Regulatory Update

Cristina Barassi

Cristina Barassi, Senior Manager Legal and Regulatory Affairs, Eurogas

·          Supply flexibility and market liquidity

·          Regulatory developments

·          Central European regional regulatory initiative

·          Ensuring compliance

·          Moving into the open gas market

12:20 Outlook for Subsurface Gas Storage in the United States

Roger K Rodiek

Roger K Rodiek, Business Development Manager , PB Energy Storage Services Inc

An overview and outlook for sub surface storage facilities in North America

12:40 Networking Lunch - Kindly Sponsored by Storengy

13:40 Leveraging Technology Trends to Improve Safety, Reliability and Efficiency of Gas Storage Facilities

Pradyumna Pandit

Pradyumna Pandit, Global Business Director - Gas Solutions, Honeywell

  • Unique challenges of UGS operations and availability
  • Operational flexibility in the storage facilities and profitability
  • Integrating information systems with real time and predictive asset performance management
  • Cyber and physical security measures, remote monitoring, control technologies and reducing operation costs
  • Technical considerations and trends
  • 14:20 Panel Discussion – The Role of Gas Storage in Security of Supply

    ·          Future supply and ability to fulfil demand

    ·          Seasonality and effect on gas  storage

    ·          Increased use of storage in trading

    ·          LNG vs. UGS as a means of securing supply

    Matthew  Monteverde

    Matthew Monteverde, Editor, European Gas Markets, Argus Media

    Adri Pols

    Adri Pols, Commercial Manager - Bergermeer Gas Storage, TAQA

    Keith Bainbridge

    Keith Bainbridge, Partner, RS Platou LLP

    Howard Rogers

    Howard Rogers, Senior Research Fellow, Oxford Institute for Energy Studies

    15:00 Afternoon Tea

    15:20 Joint Presentation and Case study: The Rivara Project Moves Ahead

    ·          Market dynamics: The Italian energy land-bridge

    ·          Merchant Storage: Value and Performance is crucial

    ·          The future of Rivara

    Grayson Nash

    Grayson Nash, Executive Chairman, Independent Resources plc

    Simone Ferrari

    Simone Ferrari, Gas Business Development Manager, Independent Resources plc

    16:00 Legal Aspects of Gas Storage in a Changing Environment

    Thomas Starlinger

    Thomas Starlinger, Attorney at Law, Fiebinger Polak Leon And Partners


    ·          Developments in European gas storage legislation

    ·          Update on storage contract law

    ·          How the third package will affect European operators

    16:40 LNG, Unconventional Gas and European Gas Markets

    Joseph Dutton

    Joseph Dutton, Analyst, Douglas-Westwood

  • Development of unconventional gas and new LNG projects in Europe  
  • Future role of new sources in European gas markets
  • Impact of new sources upon gas European storage markets
  • 17:20 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Howard Rogers

    Howard Rogers, Senior Research Fellow, Oxford Institute for Energy Studies

    17:30 Evening Drinks Reception

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Howard Rogers

    Howard Rogers, Senior Research Fellow, Oxford Institute for Energy Studies

    9:10 Keynote Presentation: Gas Storage Development and Opportunities in Europe

    James Lawson

    James Lawson, Head of Sales & Marketing, Centrica Storage

  • European gas storage market, an overview
  • Gas storage development and opportunities
  • European legislative framework
  • European gas storage market, the main issues 
  • 9:50 Developments in the Bergermeer Gas Storage Project

    Adri Pols

    Adri Pols, Commercial Manager - Bergermeer Gas Storage, TAQA

    ·          Background and update on developments

    ·          Bergermeer trading products offering explained

    ·          Projected storage capacity and impact on European stocks

    ·          Importance of strategic partnerships in project development

    10:30 Morning Coffee

    10:50 Gas Storage, Economics and Regulation

    Bruno Leray

    Bruno Leray, Managing Director, Storengy

    ·          The Storengy experience - gas storage developments

    ·          Technical and engineering considerations

    ·          The wider economic focus

    ·          Regulatory considerations

    11:30 Use of EOR Technology in Subsurface Energy Storage to Enhance Project Economics

    Liaqat Ali

    Liaqat Ali , Reservoir Engineering Manager, PB Energy Storage Services Inc

    A look at the use of EOR technologies in subsurface energy storage

    12:00 Structured Finance in Gas Storage Projects

    Jean-Phillipe Claude

    Jean-Phillipe Claude, Associate Director Oil and Gas, Lloyds

    ·  Asset valuation -four linked aspects

           Decision model Cash-flow model

           Uncertainty model

           Valuation model

    ·  State pricing + MBV

    ·          Gascom case study

    ·          Static DCF vs. MBV


    12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:30 Panel Debate Discussion: The Economics of Storage

    Some questions that will be addressed:

  • Availability of finance?
  • Cost implications of sub salt caverns vs. reservoir storage?
  • Is there a need for government support?
  • What makes a succesful gas storage project?
  • Is market pricing affecting the financing of storage projects?

    Roger K Rodiek

    Roger K Rodiek, Business Development Manager , PB Energy Storage Services Inc

    Andrew Petry

    Andrew Petry, Partner and Head of Energy & Infrastructure Finance, Addleshaw Goddard

    John Hanna

    John Hanna, Vice President, Balfour Beatty Infrastructure Partners

    14:10 Case Study: The development of Loenhout UGS

    Eric Amantini

    Eric Amantini, Head of Sub Surface Technologies, Geostock

    • Presentation of Loehnout UGS in Belgium Gas Grid
    • Historic overview of the facility
    • Example of new production wells drilled underbalanced under gas
    • Future development

    14:50 The Future of the LNG Markets

    Christopher  Bergsland

    Christopher Bergsland, LNG Commercial Advisor, RS Platou LLP

    ·          Current European infrastructure projects

    ·          New liquefaction and regasification capacity for the next decade

    ·          Benefits and flexibility of LNG over UGS

    ·          Global trends in LNG Market

    ·          Future of LNG and security of supply

    15:30 Afternoon Tea

    15:50 Future Demand for Gas Storage in Central and Eastern Europe: Factoring in Markets, New Pipelines and Security of Supply Policies

    Daniel  Urban

    Daniel Urban, Manager Regulatory Affairs, RWE Gas Storage

    ·          How will the increasingly liquid gas markets and new ways of transporting gas to Europe influence demand for and investment in gas storage in CEE?

    ·          Stimulating demand by making gas storage more attractive to users

    ·          What will be the impact of the EU’s new security of supply framework?

    16:30 Optimising and Leveraging Storage Investments

    Alan Holland

    Alan Holland, Senior Lecturer, University College Cork

    Session content TBC

    17:00 The UK Gas Market - Storage needs for Seasonality and Wind Intermittency to 2025

    Howard Rogers

    Howard Rogers, Senior Research Fellow, Oxford Institute for Energy Studies

    ·          Supply demand outlook and seasonal dynamics.

    ·          The Impact of Demand uncertainty and Global LNG availability

    ·          Seasonal Storage: new capacity vs. reliance on Interconnectors and pipeline import seasonality.

    ·          Wind Intermittency: The impact on gas generation and fast acting storage requirements

    17:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Howard Rogers

    Howard Rogers, Senior Research Fellow, Oxford Institute for Energy Studies



    Gas Storage and Structured Finance: Working Capital and Investment

    Gas Storage and Structured Finance: Working Capital and Investment

    Millennium Gloucester Hotel
    29th June 2011
    London, United Kingdom

    Millennium Gloucester Hotel

    Harrington Gardens
    London SW7 4LH
    United Kingdom

    Millennium Gloucester Hotel



    speaker image






    CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development’. It is essentially a philosophy, which maintains that in order to be effective, learning should be organised and structured. The most common definition is:

    ‘A commitment to structured skills and knowledge enhancement for Personal or Professional competence’

    CPD is a common requirement of individual membership with professional bodies and Institutes. Increasingly, employers also expect their staff to undertake regular CPD activities.

    Undertaken over a period of time, CPD ensures that educational qualifications do not become obsolete, and allows for best practice and professional standards to be upheld.

    CPD can be undertaken through a variety of learning activities including instructor led training courses, seminars and conferences, e:learning modules or structured reading.


    There are approximately 470 institutes in the UK across all industry sectors, with a collective membership of circa 4 million professionals, and they all expect their members to undertake CPD.

    For some institutes undertaking CPD is mandatory e.g. accountancy and law, and linked to a licence to practice, for others it’s obligatory. By ensuring that their members undertake CPD, the professional bodies seek to ensure that professional standards, legislative awareness and ethical practices are maintained.

    CPD Schemes often run over the period of a year and the institutes generally provide online tools for their members to record and reflect on their CPD activities.


    Professional bodies and Institutes CPD schemes are either structured as ‘Input’ or ‘Output’ based.

    ‘Input’ based schemes list a precise number of CPD hours that individuals must achieve within a given time period. These schemes can also use different ‘currencies’ such as points, merits, units or credits, where an individual must accumulate the number required. These currencies are usually based on time i.e. 1 CPD point = 1 hour of learning.

    ‘Output’ based schemes are learner centred. They require individuals to set learning goals that align to professional competencies, or personal development objectives. These schemes also list different ways to achieve the learning goals e.g. training courses, seminars or e:learning, which enables an individual to complete their CPD through their preferred mode of learning.

    The majority of Input and Output based schemes actively encourage individuals to seek appropriate CPD activities independently.

    As a formal provider of CPD certified activities, SMI Group can provide an indication of the learning benefit gained and the typical completion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the delegate to evaluate their learning, and record it correctly in line with their professional body’s or employers requirements.


    Increasingly, international and emerging markets are ‘professionalising’ their workforces and looking to the UK to benchmark educational standards. The undertaking of CPD is now increasingly expected of any individual employed within today’s global marketplace.

    CPD Certificates

    We can provide a certificate for all our accredited events. To request a CPD certificate for a conference , workshop, master classes you have attended please email events@smi-online.co.uk

    Event Title


    Read More

    I would like to speak at an event

    I would like to attend an event

    I would like to sponsor/exhibit at an event


    Sign up
    Forgotten Password?

    Contact SMi GROUP LTD

    UK Office
    Opening Hours: 9.00 - 17.30 (local time)
    SMi Group Ltd, 1 Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE1 7XW, United Kingdom
    Tel: +44 (0) 20 7827 6000 Fax: +44 (0) 20 7827 6001
    Website: http://www.smi-online.co.uk Email: events@smi-online.co.uk
    Registered in England No: 3779287 VAT No: GB 976 2951 71

    Forgotten Password

    Please enter the email address you registered with. We will email you a new password.

    Thank you for visiting our event

    If you would like to receive further information about our events, please fill out the information below.

    By ticking above you are consenting to receive information by email from SMi.
    Full details of our privacy policy can be found here https://www.smi-online.co.uk/privacy-legals/privacy-policy/.
    Should you wish to update your contact preferences at any time you can contact us at data@smi-online.co.uk.
    Should you wish to be removed from any future mailing lists please click on the following link http://www.smi-online.co.uk/opt-out