Get to know all the essentials of a European transmission system operator and what the energy transition means for them

Europe’s natural gas transmission system operators (TSO) are the vascular system of the continent’s gas value chain. Thanks to them natural gas can flow between European countries and play an important role in the European energy mix. What is often taken for granted and considered as a basic service, in reality is a complex activity that is subject to many dynamic regulatory, business and environmental changes.

A two-morning virtual programme has been envisioned to introduce the participants to the essentials of European gas TSOs and the dynamic regulatory and business environment they find themselves in. It will give the attendee an understanding of all responsibilities and capabilities of a TSO while experts from both the industry and academia institutions share their insights on the tasks of TSOs and how this is affected by the energy transition.

Furthermore, participants will gain an understanding of the wider European TSO context and its stakeholder landscape. The programme also deals with the consequences for TSOs of changing domestic gas production patterns, the increasing role of LNG, liquid spot markets, the introduction of sustainable gases and balancing issues.

How you benefit

  • Understand basics of European gas transmission system operations
  • First-hand knowledge from experts in the field
  • Assess impact of energy transition on gas transmission in Europe

About the program

This course introduces you to the essentials of European gas transmission system operations and the dynamic regulatory and business environment they find themselves in. It will give you an understanding of all responsibilities and capabilities of a gas TSO. Experts from the industry and relevant regulatory agencies will share their knowledge and discuss how their work is impacted by the energy transition.

The programme also looks at the relationships between TSOs and their stakeholders and at the consequences for TSOs of changing gas production patterns, the growing role of LNG, increasingly liquid spot markets, the introduction of sustainable gases into the system and balancing issues.

Topics

  • Core activities of gas TSOs: sales, transport, planning, asset management and operations
  • Regulation of Gas TSOs and the impact on the business
  • Role of TSOs in the energy transition: new tasks and responsibilities
  • The effects of declining domestic gas production and the growth of LNG on gas infrastructure
  • The landscape of international agencies and collaborative organisations and their roles, responsibilities and relevance for TSOs
  • The role of TSOs in relation to spot markets and the shift from long-term to short-term contracts
  • Increasing virtualisation of interconnection points and balancing issues

What you learn

  • Understanding of day-to-day business and operations of gas TSO
  • Understanding the impact of regulation on TSOs
  • How the energy transition is affecting the role of the TSO within the energy system
  • Overview of the European stakeholder landscape for TSOs
  • Assess consequences of changing supply patterns on gas infrastructure
  • Build a network of peers working for TSOs and related organisations

Who should attend

This is an introductory but specialised programme. It is intended for:

  • Young professionals/mid career who have recently started working for a European TSO
  • Professionals from related (national and international) regulatory organisations
  • Professionals who work at LNG terminals and gas storage facilities
  • Staff at gas DSOs who regularly deal with a TSO
  • Consultants and analysts
Module 1
  • 18 November 2020 (a half-day session)
    19 November 2020 (a half-day session)
  • Online (platform will be clarified by e-mail)
Lecturer International Gas Value Chain & Innovative European Gas TSO

Andrej Pustišek

Dr Andrej Pustišek teaches energy economics at the University of Applied Sciences, Stuttgart, Germany and at the University of Karlsruhe (KIT), Germany. He owns a consulting company providing services to international natural gas and energy companies. From 2002 to 2012, he worked for E.ON Ruhrgas, first as Senior Vice President International Natural Gas Sales and from 2008 as Senior Vice President Portfolio Management.

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