International Gas Value Chain Course

Discover dynamic gas markets 

Highlights of the gas training course:

  • 5 days - Vilnius, Lithuania
  • Examine the core processes and dynamics of the gas value chain
  • Differentiate the roles of various stakeholders in the gas industry
  • Analyse the international commercialisation strategies of natural gas resources

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Key benefits of this gas training

What's in it for you?

Upon completion of this gas training course, the participants will be able to: 

  • Identify key aspects of gas exploration, production, transmission and commercialisation
  • Understand the current energy market dynamics and their implications on your business
  • Recognise the evolving business models for pipeline gas and LNG
  • Assess the role of gas in a low-carbon economy


Which topics are addressed during this gas training course?

  • Characteristics and developments of natural gas business
  • Gas exploration and production
  • Pipeline transmission, distribution and storage
  • LNG industry: technical and commercial issues
  • Liberalisation and regulation activities, the EU energy policy
  • Gas pricing and contracting
  • Natural gas portfolio management and trading
  • Changing business models
  • Global gas market outlook
  • Role of gas in renewable energy generation


Participant's profile

At whom is the International Gas Value Chain training course targeted?

This five-day introduction programme is designed for participants who are relatively new to the gas business and would like to have a comprehensive overview of all elements in the gas value chain:

  • Graduates with newly acquired roles in energy companies (e.g. traders, business developers)
  • Young professionals
  • Experienced professionals moving into the gas industry
  • Technical and/or operational staff moving into commercial roles
  • Legal and finance professionals working in the gas industry


Jean Vermeire graduated with a degree in electro-mechanical engineering from the University of Ghent (Belgium) and a Master of Business Administration from the University of California (Berkeley).
He joined Distrigas, the Belgian-based natural gas company, in 1989 as Commercial Director, responsible for sales, supply and transit of natural gas. Appointed General Director and CEO of the new gas merchant company Distrigas as of 1st December 2001 after the unbundling of the former Distrigas. Retired from this position in January 2005. Member of the Board of Directors from May 2003 to March 2012 and Chairman of the Board from October 2008 to March 2012.
Previously with the Chevron Corporation for 17 years with various managerial assignments in commercial, finance and planning in the oil and gas activities of the corporation, with postings in Belgium, Italy, UK, USA and Australia.
Now active as independent consultant on commercial matters in the gas industry.
Member of the Supervisory Board of the Nederlandse Gasunie N.V. and Honorary President of the Paris-based International Group of LNG Importers (GIIGNL).
Senior fellow at the Energy Delta Institute in Groningen.

Andrej Pustisek studied Geophysics and Economy and holds a PhD in Geophysics from the University of Vienna, Austria and a PhD in Economy from the University of Münster.
Working for Wintershall AG, Germany and then WINGAS in the 1990s he had responsibilities in international natural gas purchasing, transportation, storage and optimization. After changing to E.ON Ruhrgas in 2002 he led as Senior Vice President International Natural Gas Sales and then, from 2008 to 2011 Portfolio Management. In this function he also headed the E.ON team during the January 2009 supply interruption (“Ukrainian crisis”). He currently consults international natural gas and energy companies, conducts international courses on natural gas for HOT Engineering, Leoben and  teaches energy economics at the University of Applied Science, Stuttgart and at the University of Karlsruhe.


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International Gas Value Chain Course

15 May 2017
19 May 2017
€ 4.450 (accommodation costs and VAT excluded)
Vilnius, Lithuania
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The programme fee is € 4.450 (accommodation costs and VAT excluded).


Participants of the International Gas Value Chain course will receive a certificate on behalf of the University of Groningen.

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