SMi are pleased to present the 6th annual gas storage conference, the last few years have been very important for those involved in gas storage and this informative 2 day conference will allow recent developments and operations to be discussed in the context of a shifting global energy market. Global gas storage projects will provide a vital resource throughout the year and will play a central role in helping to provide secure gas supplies, however will regulation and the current economic climate affect the future of this industry?

Recent development of unconventional gas resources are driving the need for more storage capacity worldwide, and as a result research is being conducted to identify new efficient and economical methods of gas storage. With increasing pressures on the energy market and focus on energy prices, gas storage is facing new challenges to increase efficiency and capacity throughout the seasons. Gas Storage facilities are necessary to maintain a steady supply during changing patterns of usage and allows for countries to rely less on importing gas during times of high demand.



  • Head of Sales
  • Sales and Marketing Manager
  • Engineer
  • Manager
  • Marketing Communications Manager
  • VP Process Automation UK
  • Assistant to the General Director
  • General Director
  • Sales Engineer
  • Business Analyst
  • Analyst Oil & Gas
  • Marketing Director
  • Head of Sales And Contracts
  • Account Sales Manager Eqt and Gas Processing
  • Business Development Manager Gas Processing
  • Business Development Manager, Hydrocarbons and Chemicals
  • Analyst Business Development
  • Corporate Strategist
  • Storage Reservoir Engineer
  • Executive Vice President
  • Account Manager
  • Reservoir Engineer
  • Developement Manager, New Energy
  • Senior Referent, Natural Gas Storage/Business Development
  • Commercial Director
  • Head of Unit
  • Partner
  • Sales Manager Storage
  • Group Corporate Communications Advisor
  • Unit Director
  • Gas Storage
  • Business Development Oversight
  • Business Development Manager
  • Business Development Analyst
  • BD Manager, Energy Services
  • Consultant
  • Projects Director
  • Director
  • Commercial Operations Manager
  • Sector Director
  • Senior Process Engineer
  • Base Manager
  • Economist
  • Legal Commercial Specialist
  • Principal Consultant
  • Services Manager
  • Managing Director
  • Head of Finance
  • Staff Reservoir Engineer
  • Project Development
  • General Manager
  • Sales Director
  • Editor
  • Gas Storage Venture Advisor
  • Commercial Analyst



Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Chris N Le Fevre

Chris N Le Fevre , Owner, Le Fevre Consulting Ltd

9:10 Regulatory issues for storage: an NRA view

Pamela Taylor

Pamela Taylor, , Ofgem

·         The Storage Market in GB
·         Investment and Access in Storage: Regulatory Issues

9:40 Overview of UK gas storage: the geology behind the methods and schemes

David  Evans

David Evans, Geologist , British Geological Survey

• UK gas storage volumes and predicted requirements
• Summary of types of geological storage available
• Geological constraints on the location of UK gas storage facilities
• Operational UK salt cavern projects, both on- and offshore
• Operational UK depleted fields projects, both on- and offshore
• Consented salt cavern projects, both on- and offshore
• Planned onshore projects, both depleted fields and salt cavern facilities

10:10 Morning Coffee

10:30 Dealing with volatility: Storage or...Storage

Bruno Leray

Bruno Leray, Managing Director, Storengy UK

• The Stublach project
• Which challenges for the next decade?: balancing the gas system in a volatile market
• How to mitigate the risks?

11:10 Delivering the gas flexibility Britain needs

Jo Vizor

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

11:40 Opportunities for Subsurface Energy Storage Development in Poland

Roger K Rodiek

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

  • Polish shale gas production in 2015 (175 billion cubic feet or 4.9 billion cubic meters in 2015) could approach 83% of the total domestic production from conventional natural gas in 2009.
  • The existing subsurface gas storage system will require extensive expansion to accommodate the new production.
  • There is currently 56.4 billion cubic feet (1.6 billion cubic meters) of gas storage in six subsurface storage facilities in Poland delivering a peak day flow of 1.2 billion cubic feet (34 million cubic meters) per day into the pipeline system.
  • This capacity would need to be expanded by an order of five times the existing capacity from 56.4 BCF (1.6 billion cubic meters) to almost 300 BCF (8.5 billion cubic meters) at a cost of around $7 billion. 
  • If the shale gas program discovers significant amounts of liquid hydrocarbons (crude oil and/or natural gas liquids), a storage program will also need to be developed in salt caverns and/or hard rock caverns for this liquid at a cost similar to the natural gas storage costs mentioned above.
  • 12:10 Networking Lunch

    13:20 European gas dynamics: Storage as a price driver

    Michael Hsueh

    Michael Hsueh, Commodities Research , Deutsche Bank Ag

    • High storage levels in Q1-2012 presaged a further fall in spot prices
    • However, lower supplies from domestic and LNG sources received less attention
    • Volume concessions under long-term contracts also lended spot-market support

    13:50 Future gas systems and their role alongside renewable energy

    Hans-Age  Nielsen

    Hans-Age Nielsen, Team Leader Gas Storage, Energinet.dk

    • How electricity fluctuation causes a need for storage
    • Facilities are established with the purpose of functioning as supply backup in case of supply failure
    • Managing load equalisation

    14:20 Underground Gas Storage In The Republic of George: A Case Study of Technical and Economic Feasibility

    Michael  King

    Michael King, Principal, Hydrodynamics

    • The Republic of Georgia’s natural gas supply is primarily from tarrify gas from the South Caaucasus Pipeline (SCP) and a Russian pipeline to Armenia.

    • Disruption in the Russian gas supply provided the need for strategic natural gas storage.

    • Hydrodynamics identified the Rustavi and Ninotsminda gas and oil fields as primary natural gas storage reservoirs.

    • The Rustavi gas field was designed to support 300 MCM of seasonal storage service from the SCP pipeline.

    • A Republic of Georgia gas storage facility could save the County approximaely $120 million over 20 years, and will provide a strategic natural gas supply during winter gas demand periods.

    14:50 Afternoon Tea

    15:20 LNG Supply Disruption

    Francisco De La Flor

    Francisco De La Flor, Director Of Regulation, Enagas S A

    • Is LNG a feasible source for Europe?
    • The important infrastructure that should be designed to cope with LNG Disruption scenarios
    • The effects of Long term commitments versus the short term trading trends.

    15:50 Financing LNG Storage and Regas terminals

    Andrew Petry

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

    • Structuring the transaction
    • Challenges and solutions

    16:20 The Value of Flexibility in NW European Gas Markets - A Commercial Consultants Perspective

    Steffan Tenner

    Steffan Tenner, Energy Advisor, PWC

    • What are the sources of flexibility?
    • What are the flexibility requirements of customers in NW Europe?
    • What are the value drivers for flexibility?
    • How does this affect the business of flexibility providers such as SSOs?

    16:50 Gas storage: Investment & Regulation. An economic analysis

    Edmond  Baranes

    Edmond Baranes, Professor of economics, University Of Montpellier / C N R S

  • Session details to be confirmed
  • 17:20 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Chris N Le Fevre

    Chris N Le Fevre , Owner, Le Fevre Consulting Ltd

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Chris N Le Fevre

    Chris N Le Fevre , Owner, Le Fevre Consulting Ltd

    9:10 The Effects of Liberalisation on Gas Storage Facilities

    Hans Plaat

    Hans Plaat, Consultant, H P Petroleum Engineering Services

    • The Effects of Liberalisation on Gas Storage Facilities
    • New storage purposes have emerged due to the liberalisation process
    • The demands made on storages have changed.
    • The functionality and technical specifications of UGs are changing
    as a consequence

    9:40 Selling Storage Capacity in a Shifting Market: Challenges and Opportunities

    Daniel  Urban

    Daniel Urban, Manager Regulatory Affairs, RWE Gas Storage

    • Current market trends, flexibility needs and their impact on gas storage
    • Value of storage: looking beyond the seasonal spread
    • Can new storage products and services make a difference?

    10:10 Morning Coffee

    10:40 Gas Storage: Does it have a future in the UK

    Tamsin Lishman

    Tamsin Lishman, Head of Business Development , Centrica Storage Ltd

  • Security of supply and the role of storage
  • Is LNG a substitute for gas storage
  • The investment challenge
  • 11:10 Expansion of Slovak UGS supporting Central European trading markets

    •         Gas industry in the region
    •         Storage role in Slovak gas business
    •         Development of UGS capacities in Slovakia
    •         New storage products supporting gas trading activities

    Martin  Holly

    Martin Holly, General Director, Nafta a.s.

    Peter  Kucera

    Peter Kucera, Director of sales and marketing , Nafta a.s.

    11:40 Is Your Project Business Ready?

    Andrew Groves

    Andrew Groves, Business Development Manager, Honeywell

    • Concepts of business and operational readiness
    • Top down project planning
    • Harnessing technology to improve project ROI
    • Contacting strategies to provide flawless start-up

    12:10 Networking Lunch

    13:20 Latest trends in Integrated Operations for local and remote control and management of gas storage assets

    Ken  Hawkins

    Ken Hawkins, Lead Engineer , ABB Limited

  • Improved asset management of automation, electrical and process aspects reducing shutdowns
  • Reducing energy usage through better operator visibility
  • Reducing the need for personnel working in hazardous locations, as well as cost
  • Access to global support personnel by remote secure interfaces
  • 13:50 Policy initiatives for Gas Storage

    Keith  MacLean

    Keith MacLean, Policy and Research Director, SSE

  • Do we need new policy initiatives for additional gas storage?
  • How can a market approach to gas storage be maintained?
  • Should any intervention be market wide or targeted?
  • What unintended consequences are likely to arise and how can these be managed?
  • 14:20 Afternoon Tea

    14:50 The contribution of fast-cycle gas storage to UK energy security

    Keith Budinger

    Keith Budinger, Chief Executive, Halite Energy Group

    • Need for adequate gas storage to mitigate UK energy supplies against price spikes and supply shocks
    • Remaining onshore sites in the UK left to be developed for gas storage
    • Need for salt cavern ‘quick-in, quick-out’ storage for meeting the UK’s specific energy needs

    15:20 Gas Storage in the Cheshire Salt Deposits

    Mark OBrien

    Mark OBrien, Managing Director, King Street Energy

    • King Street project overview
    • Why chose Cheshire for gas storage
    • Project and development lifecycle
    • Where do we go from here?

    15:50 Storage Auction Design

    Alan Holland

    Alan Holland, Senior Research Fellow, University College Cork

    • For SSO’s understanding valuation methodologies of leaseholders matters
    • How to structure products in reaction to such risk attitudes
    • Impatient traders can harm value
    • How to incentivise patient trading.

    16:20 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Chris N Le Fevre

    Chris N Le Fevre , Owner, Le Fevre Consulting Ltd


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    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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