2015 - Eurasia Dialogue, Moscow
On the 10th of December Energy Delta Institute organised together with the Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO) the fourth edition of the Eurasia Dialogue. In the presence of approximately 160 participants the ‘New Players in the Energy Industry’ were discussed.
The continent of Africa was the front runner in the discussion. Eng. Khaled Abubakr, the chairman of TAQA Arabia and the Egyptian Gas Association, as well as the regional coordinator of the IGU for the Middle East and Africa, discussed the developments within the continent of Africa related to the gas industry. New discoveries are made in East Africa and the East Mediterranean that create new opportunities and challenges for these regions. Eng. Abubakr ended with an request for the COP21 concerning Africa: “It would be unethical for rich nations to demand that the world’s poor should bear the burden of lowering carbon emissions. It’s not the cooking of the poor that threatens the climate, it is you and me who are. So lets help these families to connect to gas for a better quality of life.”
The political developments in Iran also impact the gas industry. Ms. Kalina Damianova of the European Centre for Energy & Resource Security (EUCERS) and Mikhail Krutikhin of RusEnergy explained how, from their point of view, will the Iranian gas market develop in the future. Ms. Damianova's research shows that the priorities for Iran are the development of South Pars gas field and gas exports to regional markets.
The third region, which could become a new player in the energy industry, is Central Asia and Azerbayan, discussed by Alexei Grivach, Deputy Director Gas of Russia's National Energy Security Fund (FNES). This region posses large resources, but also great risks, due to political reasons. According to Mr. Grivach, this currently prohibits the region to be a game changer in the global gas market.
The interactive day was concluded with a round table debate. The panel was formed by six experts: Ulco Vermeulen (Gasunie), Natalia Gryb (Gazprom Energo), Maria Belova (Vygon Consulting), Bert Stuij (EDI, the Netherlands Enterprise Agency), Valeriy Nesterov (Sberbank CIB) and Nikolay Ivanov (Institute for Energy and Finance). Catrinus Jepma, Professor of energy and sustainability at the University of Groningen, was the moderator of the debate.
We believe it was a very informative and interactive day, thanks to IMEMO, the speakers and the participants.