19th Annual BBSPA Conference – Agenda

19 Annual BBSPA Conference

April 17-18, 2013, The Marriott Hotel, Vienna

 Media Partners: Argus Media

12:00 – 14:00 Welcome Coffee and Registration


Session chairman: Mr. Hans Hutta, General Manager, Petroleum Management Academy

  • Conventional and unconventional oil & gas developments in Europe and the BBS region
  • Hydrocarbon potential of the Balkans and Black Sea area
  • Shale gas projects update
  • Innovations and new techniques in exploration and production

13:55 – 14:00 Chairman’s welcome and introduction
14:00 – 14:20 Ms. Heather Nicolson, Research Analyst, Wood Mackenzie
The Outlook for Central and Eastern Europe’s Upstream Sector
14:20 – 14:40 Dr. Gabor Tari, Group Chief Scientist for Geology, OMV Exploration and Production
Deepwater Play Types of the Black Sea: an Overview

  • Current acreage dynamics in the Black Sea
  • Subdivision of deepwater play types
  • Deep water exploration targets drilled to date
  • Untested deep water play types and targets
  • Next steps and future trends

14:40 – 15:00 Mr. Andras Jenei, Advisor to the CEO, TXM Oil and Gas Exploration Ltd/Falcon Oil & Gas, Advisor to the Ministry of National Development of Hungary
Shale Gas in Europe
15:00-15:30 Coffee break

Legal and Regulatory Session

  • Legal, regulatory and institutional frameworks of upstream activities
  • Concession agreements and production sharing agreements
  • Investment protection
  • Development of Regulatory & Legal Framework of Shale Gas Exploration & Production in Romania and Europe

15:30-15:50 Dr. Irina Paliashvili, Managing Partner of RULG – Ukrainian Legal Group
Regulatory Upstream Update in Ukraine
Opportunities to convert an existing subsoil license into a PSA
15:50-16:10 Mr. Laurentiu Pachiu, Managing Partner, Pachiu & Associates Attorneys at Law, Development of Regulatory & Legal Framework of Shale Gas Exploration & Production in Romania and Europe

  •  The reasons for which the production of shale gas must be part of any credible and sustainable energy mix at the European level
  •  The existing legal and political initiatives at the EU level that can influence the debate around shale gas
  •  A case study on the Romanian relevant legislation, regulatory framework and public awareness in the case of shale gas
  •  A series of recommendations that could contribute to Romania attaining a higher degree of economic and energy security

Infrastructure, Markets and Prices – Oil

  • Refining in South-East Europe
  • Oil demand and supply overviews and scenarios
  • Country markets – overviews
  • Oil prices trends

16:10 – 16:30 Mr. Arsenije Dusanic, Energy Market Analyst, JBC
Energy Downstream Developments in the BBS Region

16:30-16:50 Mr. Matthew Monteverde, Senior Analyst, Argus Media
20:00 Networking cocktail reception

Infrastructure, Markets and Prices – Gas

Session chairman: Mr. Julian Bowden, BP Gas and Power

  • Gas prices trends
  • Investing in gas infrastructure
  • Gas demand and supply scenarios
  • Gas markets outlook
  • Demands/ supply overview
  • Russian and Caspian gas supply pipeline projects update
  • Diversification of routes and sources of gas supplies: gas pipeline projects update, relationship between gas interconnections, gas storage and major supply routes
  • Spot and long term gas supplies
  • Gas storage and hub developments in Europe
  • Market opening and liberalization
  • Capacity trading, reservations and tenders, interruptible capacities
  • Congestion management
  • Merging of balancing zones and economy of scale
  • Common grid rules and network codes
  • Achieving Internal Energy Market

08:55 – 09:00 Chairman’s welcome and introduction

09:00–09:20 Janez Kopač, Director, Energy Community Secretariat
Southern Energy Corridor
09:20–09:40 Dr. Giorgi Vashakmadze, Director, Corporate Development, White Stream Consortium
Trans-Caspian Gas Pipeline And WS Across The Black Sea – Essential

  • Components Of The Full-Scale Southern Gas Corridor
  •  Caspian gas is critical for achieving the desirable energy mix in the EU
  •  Trans-Caspian Pipeline is a crux for making the Southern Corridor valuable for the EU
  • Southern Corridor requires two entry points
  • into the EU to reach the needed strategic magnitude
  •  Complementarities and mutual reinforcement of the routes via Caucasus – Black sea geographical corridor and Caucasus Turkey geographical corridor

09:40–10:00 Dr. Liana Jervalidze, Research Fellow, the International School of The Caucasus Studies, Ilia State University
Energy policy priorities of new Georgian leadership

  • Current state of transit projects, Southern Gas Corridor
  • Update on LNG-AGRI project
  •  Update on negotiations with multilateral bodies: EC and EU Commission on Association Agreement with focus on energy transit

10:00–10:20 Ms. Zeynep Dereli, Managing Director, APCO Worldwide
Role of Turkey for Gas Transit and Supply

  • Turkey’s importance in gas
  • Turkey – located between big energy producers and the EU market – can make a substantial contribution to Europe’s energy security.
  • Turkey is different from other countries currently queuing for EU entry: it is big, fast-growing and strategically placed. The internal demand is increasing and making Turkey an important gas market on its own.
  •  Due to its strategic location Turkey can be the trading hub for gas.

10:20–10:40 Mr. Christian Dolezal, Head of Corporate Communication and Public Affairs, Nabucco Gas Pipeline International GmbH
The Latest Developments of the Nabucco Pipeline Project

  • Nabucco fulfills the need of diversification in the Southern Corridor
  • Nabucco enables the interconnection of the entire Balkan
  • The unique legal framework reduces the risks for investors
  • Nabucco is the European flagship project

10:40–11:00 Lutz Landwehr, Commercial Director, Trans Adriatic Pipeline
TAP’s Gas Supply Potential for the Balkans and Western Europe

  • TAP’s concept commercial and technical strengths
  •  Beyond landfall in southern Italy: bringing gas to wider SEE region, western Europe
  • Delivering pipeline on time and spec, awaiting decision from Shah Deniz

11:00–11:30 Coffee break

11:30–11:50 Mr. Peter Arp, Vice President Sales Central/Eastern Europe, E.ON Ruhrgas AG
Gas Market and Prices Overview
11:50–12:10 Mr. Gottfried Steiner, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of the Central European Gas Hub AG, Central European Gas Hub
Gateway from East to West

  • The role of CEGH for Trading in CEE and its geographical position
  • Impact of the new gas market model on the Austrian trading system
  • The new Virtual Trading Point: conclusions after the first 3 months of operation
  •  Assessing the possibilities of market coupling between Austria, Czech Republic and Slovakia

12:10–12:30Mr. Vladimir Djurovic, Head of Development Department, Plinacro
New Interconnections and Supply Routes

  • Position of the Republic of Croatia and SEE in relation to the new supply projects
  • New supply projects – SOUTH STREAM, NABUCCO, TAP + IAP, LNG…
  • Connecting gas transmission systems in the region and their integration in the European gas flows and market

12:30–12:50 Mr. Balázs Lakatos, Sales, Marketing & General Affairs Manager, E.ON Földgáz Storage Zrt.
Regional Storage Opportunities in the Light of the Recent Infrastructure Investment Decisions
Gas Infrastructure, Trade and Hubs
12:50–13:10 Dr. Valentin Kunev, Manager, BBSPA
Introduction to the Utilization of Existing and Planned Gas Pipeline and Storage Capacities in the BBS Region

13:10–14:00 Lunch

Legal and Regulatory Aspects

Session chairman: Mr. Christian Filippitsch, Norton Rose

  • Competition regulations
  • EU oil and gas environmental regulations
  • Implementation of third-party access in gas storage and gas transit
  • Price review arbitration and gas supply agreements
  • Legal, regulatory and institutional frameworks for downstream activities
  • Implementation of third-party access in gas storage and gas transit
  • Policies for competitive markets development
  • Gas in the Energy Mix
  • Regulation incentives for investment in infrastructure
  • EU Mandate for External Energy Policies and Projects
  • Third Energy Package implementation
  • Merger control
  • Gas Target Model and Investments in New Markets
  • Long- and short-term contracts with suppliers and customers
  • Access to pipelines
  • Competitiveness and security
  • Abuse of infrastructure
  • Interplay with EU external energy policy
  • EU competition law enforcement in the gas sector
  • Cartel issues

13:55 – 14:00 Chairman’s welcome and introduction
New Infrastructure Developments and Legal Implications
14:00–14:20 Ms. Ana Stanic, Principal, EA Law
Southern Gas Corridor: Recent Developments and Legal Implications

  • The recent developments to finalise the route of the Southern Gas Corridor;
  • The legal implications of the various proposed routes;
  • Key outstanding issues which need to be addressed to ensure the viability of the project; and
  • The recent developments in EU law and their implications for the project.

14:20–14:40 Mr. Christian Filippitsch, Partner, Norton Rose
Competition Law Development and Practices in the EU

  •  Long-term contracts with suppliers and customers
  •  Access to pipelines
  •  Joint ventures on production and selling
  • Interplay with EU external energy policy

14:40–15:00Mr. Matthew Levitt, Partner, Hogan Lovells
Cartel Issues in Gas Supply and Contract Arrangements
15:00–15:20 Mr. Piotr Kuś, Director, Brussels Office, GAZ-SYSTEM S.A. Gas Transmission Operator
Regularity Approaches and the Role of Regulators
15:20–15:40 Dr. Nadia Horstmann, Head of Section International Coordination Energy, Bundesnetzagentur
Regulatory Approach in Terms of Security of Supply and the Role of the European Energy Agency
15:40–16:00 Dr. Katerina Sardi, Head of Energy Planning and International Affairs of the Energy Regulatory Authority of Greece
Regulatory Tools for Utilizing and Trading Virtual Reverse Capacity in the Balkans

16:00–16:30 Coffee break
Gas Market Models and Regimes
16:30–16:50 Mr. Oliver Altenhoff, Head of Regulatory Affairs, Open Grid Europe
Recent Developments in the Gas Market Regulatory Regime in Germany and Europe
16:50–17:10 Mr. Gerhard Siegl, Sales Distribution
Gas Connect Austria, The New Austrian Market Model

  • The Austrian gas transportation system – historic development and prevailing of transit flows
  • Implementation of the 3rd package on the transmission system
  • Implementation of the 3rd package on the distribution system

EU Energy Efficiency Directive and EU Energy and Climate Policy
17:10–17:30 Mr. Leif Christian Cropp, Head of Emerging Businesses, E.ON
Efficiency Directive – Impact and Opportunities for European Utility Companies
17:30–17:50 Ruud Wassen, EU Affairs Director, Eurogas
EU Energy and Climate Policy

  • Gas is currently in a challenging position due to incoherent EU energy and climate policies
  • A more balanced energy and climate policy is needed
  • Developments in the rest of the world are very positive for gas
  • What could be the right way forward in the EU?