2017 - International Scientific & Expert Meeting of Gas Professionals

On May 3-5 several hundred representatives from the gas industry gathered at the annual International Scientific & Expert Meeting of Gas Professionals in Opatija, Croatia.

The annual conference is one of the biggest of its kind in South East Europe, in particular for the former Yugoslav republics. If attention for gas related conferences and events in other parts of Europe, such as North West Europe, has been gradually declining in recent years, this event has seen a steady rise in the number of participants. It is perhaps a sign that this is an industry that has not only been growing, but still has quite some more room for expansion and development. In particular, if we consider that South East Europe still has a lot of coal in its energy mix.

In addition to being a meeting ground for representatives from the gas industry, the annual event is also an opportunity for scientists and experts to share the outcomes of their research and present on their latest findings. EDI too, which attended the conference for the second year in a row, contributed with presentations.

EDI President, Marcel Kramer, presented on ‘The Liberalization of the Gas Market in the Netherlands and Elswehere in Europe - Experiences, Impact and Lessons’. One of his main conclusions about the liberalisation of the European gas market was that although regulation certainly did establish a framework for it, the impact of commercially driven investments on liberalisation should not be underestimated.

Marcel Kramer - Gas Market Liberalisation

Senior Energy Analyst at EDI, Andrej Tibold, in his presentation on ’LNG as a Fuel for Maritime Transportation in Northwest Europe: Developments and Best - Practice Example’ shared some key insights on the drivers behind LNG as a maritime fuel and valuable experiences on establishing an energy value chain for small scale LNG, thereby minimalising costs. In the coming years Croatia, just like in the North and Baltic Sea, too will most likely see the implementation of an Emission Controlled Area (ECA) in the Adriatic Sea. This will generate an opportunity for LNG to be introduced as a clean fuel for maritime transportation and the creation of a new value chain.

Not surprisingly, interest for LNG in Croatia is growing. The company Croatia LNG that initially planned to build an onshore LNG-terminal on the island of Krk, is now considering investing in a floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU). In light of this growing regional interest for the opportunities that LNG offers, together with the University of Zagreb, EDI will organise a joint workshop on LNG at the Petroleum Engineering Summer School in Dubrovnik on 12-16 June. More information on the Summer School can be found here

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