The European Gas Conference celebrated its tenth anniversary amid an air of increasing optimism following considerably shifting markets in the last few years.
343 delegates joined 79 speakers to discuss the critical issues surrounding Europe’s gas market. Featuring major stakeholders including Gazprom, OMV, the European Commission, Nordstream 2, Snam and Total, attendees benefitted from conversations, debates and detailed presentations around topics including the future of Europe’s gas supply from established routes and planned supply lines, LNG’s role in Europe’s energy future, gas’s position in the shifting energy mix and addressing the future of gas pricing.
With increasing supply options and the ever-increasing potential for gas to partner with renewables for a lower-carbon future, EGC 2017 through its interactive formats and expert speaker line-up, provided a vital platform for dialogue to drive the long-term future of gas in Europe. The Energy Exchange would like to thank all attendees, speakers, sponsors and partners for making the 2017 conference a great success, and we look forward to seeing you all back in Vienna in 2018!
Here are a selection of highlights from the 2017 agenda at the European Gas Conference 2017:
16 hours of formal and informal networking to cement those new and existing business relationships – annual highlights include Speed Networking allowing an opportunity to meet and exchange business cards with all the delegates in 30 minutes, as well as the Gala Dinner and the Awards evening
Keynote Panel Debate on the competitiveness of Natural Gas and understanding how the EU’s “aggressive” targets for renewables and CO2 emissions’ reduction will impact future gas demand with Keynote Panellists including H.E. Seyed Mohammad Hossein Adeli Secretary General, Gas Exporting Countries Forum
Networking with OMV senior executives including:
– Manfred Leitner, Member of the Executive Board, Responsible for Downstream, OMV AG
– Reinhard Mitschek, SVP Gas Transport International, OMV
– Andy Williamson, Head of Supply, LNG, Commercial Operations & Trading – Market Access, OMV Gas Marketing & Trading GmbH
– Erich Holzer, Managing Director – Gas Storage, OMV
Networking and the opportunity to hear from Europe’s biggest gas supplier, Gazprom. With over 20 executives including Viktor Zubkov, Chairman, Gazprom Board of Directors, Russian Special Presidential Representative for Cooperation with Gas Exporting Countries Forum and Alexander Medvedev, Deputy Chairman of the Management Committee, Gazprom.
We offered the chance to take part in our Executives Roundtable on ‘The role of gas after the Paris Agreement’ to assess COP 21 objectives and COP22 outcomes; discussing the way forward to set up gas as the best partner for renewables; and find out how renewables will impact on the role of gas.
Paul Corcoran, Chief Financial Officer, Nord Stream 2 took part in a panel discussion addressing the importance and benefits of Nord Stream 2 to the region’s gas supply