2014 - Eurasia Dialogue: Third edition, Moscow
A co-production with the Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO).
On the 11th of December 2014, European and Russian partners of Energy Delta Institute (EDI) were brought together at the IMEMO Conference Hall in Moscow for the prominent event - Eurasia Dialogue. During this event, EDI connected businesses, academia and research institutions from West European and Russian oil and gas sectors, in order to exchange their knowledge and experiences on the most highly-debated topics within the energy industry. Moreover, this event offered to its participants a unique opportunity to debate on a number of energy issues from both, West European and Russian perspectives.
After two very successful editions in 2012 and 2013, we were honored to organize the third edition of Eurasia Dialogue with the theme: Global Gas Trends. This year, more than 200 people have been registered for this event. The event covered three topics within the theme of Global Gas Trends, which were addressed by our distinguished key speakers.
Role of gas in the Energy Mix and the Security of gas demand
Simon Blakey – Senior Associate at IHS, former Special Envoy for Eurogas
Tatiana Mitrova - Head of Oil and Gas sector development Department for Russia and the World, The Energy Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences
From the West European perspective, Simon Blakey took the participants back to the times of the Cold War and what role natural gas played at that time in securing supply and demand of natural gas in Europe. In addition, a number of current gas issues have been raised, such as confused European customers, declining gas demand in Europe as a result of the growing role of renewables and the role of geopolitical relations between West Europe and Russia, as well as the role of specific EU member states in the current energy market conditions. From the Russian side, Tatiana Mitrova, on the other hand, provided a number of energy outlooks and scenarios on the demand for natural gas in Europe and worldwide from both, pessimistic and optimistic economic perspectives. Interestingly, despite the currently challenging relations between the EU and Russia, the South Stream project was lively discussed by the group. To provide another side of the story, the representatives from Turkey providedthe latest developments of the possibly new pipeline project through Black Sea from Russia to Turkey.
Ad van Wijk - Professor 'Future Energy Systems' at TU Delft
Alexei Mastepanov -Head of Center for Energy Policy and Security, Member of the Board, Institute of Energy Strategy
In his presentation on Energy Innovation, professor Ad van Wijk debated that, although nowadays it is a big challenge to transform our energy system into a sustainable energy system, with the help of solar energy we can achieve this successful energy transition. Moreover, Ad van Wijk presented ratherfuturistic and high-tech ideas, for example, our cars overtaking power plants on a large scale in the world, and that with the help of fuel cells. Very fascinating and revolutionary ideas! Alexei Mastepanov, on the other hand presented a more traditional approach on energy innovation. In his presentation, he discussed the future role of gas hydrates and their effects on changing gas markets.
The latest trends in the global LNG Market
Thierry Bros - Senior European Gas and LNG Analyst for Société Générale
Vitaliy Yermakov – Director Russian and Caspian Energy, IHS CERA
Thierry Bros discussed the upcoming challenges in the global LNG market from a supply point of view. In his presentation, topics including the transition from long-term to shorter-term contracts, new risks and price implications for the LNG market from 2020s onwards were discussed in detail, followed by an active discussion from the participants. Vitaliy Yermakov, presented his ideas on the strategies of Russian LNG, diversification plans to the East and its role in the global energy market. However, both speakers, yet from different sides have agreed on a number of points during the discussion part.
To sum it up, we are very pleased that also this year EDI succeeded in organizing such an eminent event. Without a doubt, we can look back on a very inspiring and meaningful day filled with some of the best key speakers from the gas industry, knowledge partners and enthusiastic participants, to whom we offered a unique opportunity for a debate from both European and Russian perspectives. After the official programme, participants joined an exciting networking opportunity in the centre of Moscow. The evening was filled with drinks, delicious food and live music. The conference was another step to increase EDI’s presence and recognition in Russia and to assist in improving the business existing relationships between European and Russian parties in the energy sector. We aim to share knowledge and help to improve business relations and we are looking forward to organizing the 4th edition of Eurasia Dialogue!