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The half-day workshop shall touch, among others, on the following subjects:

• Modeling Supply & Demand Fundamentals and Price Forecasting
• Investment planning for Gas Storage and Pipelines in such volatile market
• Evaluation and modeling of Gas storage and Cross-Border transmission systems
• Flexibility requirements for short-term and real-time trading


  • Learn the essentials of mathematical programming and optimisation basics
  • Explore the European gas market target model and gas markets’ fundamentals
  • Perfect your knowledge of the Interactions of global and European gas markets with other energy and related markets
  • Discover how to use PLEXOS integrated energy modeling and energy assets portfolio co-optimisation


Directors, Chiefs, Heads, Principals, Managers of:

• Gas Storage
• Gas Sales
• Gas Pricing
• Regulatory Affairs
• Business Development
• Grid Access
• Gas Trading
• Capacity
• Contract Management

From gas storage operators, gas producers, gas wholesalers, gas TSO, gas trading companies and regulators




Workshop LEADER


Christos Papadopoulos

Regional Director Europe, Energy Exemplar

Dr Papadopoulos has more than 25 years Full Research & Academic experience accompanied with a related multiyear Industrial and Business Development experience in the wider Energy Technologies & Energy Markets’ Sectors. His key skills and specialties are in the fields of Oil, Natural Gas, Alternative Fuels, Thermo-Fluids & Power and in particular in relevant Technology Management and Economics, Uncertainty & Risk Analysis, Modeling and Data Quality Management, Measurements’ Management (Smart-Intelligent- Complex), Applied Engineering Mathematics & Computing and Demand Forecasting & Response, where he has made a number of relevant publications that have received up to date and several citations.He is currently Managing the Administration of Energy Exemplar’s European Business Operation and Business Development, while he is also actively involved in the application and use of PLEXOS® in European Energy Systems and Markets Integrated Resources’ and Investments’ Strategic Analysis, Planning and Optimisation.

Energy Exemplar

 Energy Exemplar® develops and supports PLEXOS®: the best-in-class integrated gas/electric/heat/water simulation software with a global customer base and a history of success spanning more than 15 years. Our dedicated and highly skilled ISO 9001:2008 certified development team ensures that the PLEXOS® Integrated Energy Model software delivers the latest technologies and is developed to the highest standards while remaining a highly transparent and open system.

Workshop programme

13:30 Registration

14:00 Introduction to Energy Exemplar and PLEXOS Modelling

Christos Papadopoulos

Christos Papadopoulos, Regional Director Europe, Energy Exemplar
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  • Energy Exemplar and PLEXOS
  • Introduction to gas markets’ fundamentals 
  • Mathematical programming and optimisation
  • 14:40 European gas market target model and global gas market

    Christos Papadopoulos

    Christos Papadopoulos, Regional Director Europe, Energy Exemplar
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  • Energy Union: The European gas market target model
  • Investment planning in such a volatile global gas market
  • LT gas supply contracts vs ST hub pricing
  • Modeling gas systems/markets’ and supply/demand fundamentals    


  • 15:30 Networking Afternoon Tea

    16:00 PLEXOS for gas – modelling features and timeframes

    Christos Papadopoulos

    Christos Papadopoulos, Regional Director Europe, Energy Exemplar
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  • Investment planning for gas fields, pipelines, storage and LNG infrastructure
  • Evaluation and modeling of gas storage and cross-border transmission systems 
  • Modeling gas contracts and external markets
  • Flexibility requirements for short-term and real-time trading and balancing   
  • 16:40 Gas portfolio assets optimisation - Why integrated energy modelling?

    Christos Papadopoulos

    Christos Papadopoulos, Regional Director Europe, Energy Exemplar
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  • Gas portfolio asset optimisation – physical and financial portfolios
  • Why integrated energy modeling and optimisation
  • Gas/power/emissions/heat/water modeling - co-optimization


  • 17:20 Closing Remarks

    Christos Papadopoulos

    Christos Papadopoulos, Regional Director Europe, Energy Exemplar
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    17:30 End of workshop


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    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.


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