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Norwegian gas in Europe – What’s next?
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28. to 29. Oct 2020

Norwegian gas in Europe – What’s next?


Welcome to the 21st European Gas Conference
28 – 29 October 2020

Conference language: English

Due to the increasing spread of Covid-19, the Norwegian Petroleum Society (NPF) has decided to arrange this year’s European Gas Conference as a webinar.

NPF takes its precautions seriously where health and safety will always be of the highest priority. This goes for the oil & gas sector at large and we have received information from several regarding both travel restrictions and conference bans in the months to come.
It is sad not to be able to physically gather in Stavanger for both professional and social networking. The conference is one of NPF’s most popular conferences, and we know that you, like us, have been looking forward to it. NPF will nevertheless do its outmost as an organiser to ensure that this year’s conference will be just as good despite the change in format.

Natural Gas – What’s next?  

We live in challenging times. COVID-19 lockdowns and its effects have given the global economy its worst hit since the Great Depression in the 1930s.

We currently experience low prices for oil and natural gas, a potential setback for globalization and changed habits in terms of digital communication and new ways of working. Lower investments in new oil and gas exploration and postponed project developments could lead to tighter oil and gas markets in a few years than would otherwise have been the case. While European gas consumption is believed to recover at some point, domestic production is on decline, driven amongst others by the Groningen phase-out in the Netherlands. This structural decline in domestic production, combined with the expiry of several long-term pipeline contracts, opens opportunities.

We witness strong political drive to speed up the energy transition both on EU and national levels. Using the virtues of both natural gas and renewable energy sources is the fastest way to create a sustainable low-carbon economy. The smart combination of renewables and natural gas in power, heat, transport and industry can deliver early achievements, by eradicating higher carbon energy sources such as coal, lowering costs, improving energy security and increasing system resilience. In the medium to the long run, cutting-edge gas technologies such as conversion of natural gas to hydrogen accompanied by CCS may provide solutions for the low-carbon energy world of the future.

The COVID-19 pandemic has made it more difficult than ever to assess the impact on how we live, how our industry and business in general will develop, and how countries will interact. The pandemic has made energy markets forecasting more uncertain.

Knowledge sharing is a valuable component to success. The European Gas Conference intends to provide facts and predictions. We appreciate all speakers who will share their experiences and views.

On behalf of the Organising Committee I would like to welcome you to the European Gas Conference 2020!


Thor Otto Lohne
Chairman North Sea Infrastructure AS and
Chair of the Organising Committee


Confirmed Speakers: 

  • Kari Nessa Nordtun, Mayor, City of Stavanger
  • Tony Tiller, State Secretary
  • Ingrid Sølvberg, Director general, Norwegian Petroleum Directorate
  • Arne Sigve Nylund, Executive Vice President, Development & Production, Norway, Equinor
  • Catharina Sikow-Magny, European Commission 
  • Peter Zeniewski, WEO Energy Analyst, IEA
  • Ulf Heitmüller, CEO, VNG
  • Dr. Timm Kehler, Chairman, Zukunft ERDGAS
  • René van der Meer, Neptune Energy Netherlands
  • Richard Howard, Research Director, Aurora Energy Research
  • Alan James, Managing Director, Pale-Blue Dot Energy
  • Grete Tveit, Senior Vice President, Equinor
  • Esther Peiner, Managing Director, Private Infrastructure Europe, Partners Group
  • Audun Røsjorde, Gassnova
  • Marius Holm, CEO, Zero
  • Liv Monica Stubholt, Advokatfirmaet Selmer
  • Mathias Dahl Venberget – NOROG


Special Offer for Young Professionals:

Bring a colleague under 30 for half price! Participant no. 2 or more under the age of 30 from the same employer receives a 50% discount on the conference fee. Contact the project manager for registration.


Wednesday 28. October


Welcome remark

Thor Otto Lohne, Chair of the Organising Committee

Norway’s gas capital – Stavanger

Mayor Kari Nessa Nordtun, City of Stavanger

Norwegian gas in the European energy mix

Tony Tiller, State Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum and Energy



Equinor's ambition to be one of the world's most carbon-efficient oil and gas producers

Arne Sigve Nylund, Executive Vice President, Development & Production, Norway, Equinor

Coffee break


Key trends & drivers in the global gas market

Peter Zeniewski, WEO Energy Analyst, IEA

Driving change in the European gas market?

Catharina Sikow-Magny, European Commission

German roadmap for natural gas to 2030

Dr. Timm Kehler, Zukunft Erdgas

Natural gas in current and future low carbon society

Ulf Heitmüller, CEO, VNG

UK’s roadmap for natural gas to 2030

Richard Howard, Research Director, Aurora Energy Research

Coffee break


PosHYdon project/ Hydrogen Pilot Project

René van der Meer, Project Lead for PosHYdon, Neptune Energy Netherlands

Pale-Blue dot energy

Alan James, Managing Director Pale-Blue Dot Energy

Paneldebate - The Scene for the European Gas markets

Moderator: Liv Monica Stubholt
Bartek Gurba, European Commission
Peter Zeniewski, IEA
Ulf Heitmüller, VNG
Alan James, Pale-Blue Dot Energy

End of Conference Day 1

Thursday 29. October

The role of NCS in the energy transition


Prospects for gas

Ingrid Sølvberg, Director general, Norwegian Petroleum Directorate

Voice from the future

Mathias Dahl Venberget, Lundin/ NOROG

Electrification – various projects

Marius Holm, Managing Director, Zero

Coffee break


Longship – Capture and storage of CO2

Audun Røsjorde, Senior Adviser Technology, Gassnova

Low Carbon Solutions

Grete Tveit, Senior Vice President, Equinor



How does an investor see the opportunities in gas & electricity infrastructure?

Esther Peiner, Managing Director, Private Infrastructure Europe, Partners Group

The future for fossil fuel investments in EU

Marek Woszczyk, General Manager Norway, PGNIG Upstream Norway

Panel debate – The role of NCS in the energy transition

Moderator: Chair of the day
Grete Tveit, Equinor
Marius Holm, Zero
Mathias Dahl Venberget, Lundin/NOROG
Marek Woszczyk, PGNIG Upstream Norway

Closing remarks

Timm Kehler

Chairman and CEO, Zukunft ERDGAS

Since 2013 Dr Timm Kehler has been serving as Chairman and CEO of Germany’s leading gas advocacy group “Zukunft ERDGAS e. V.”.

Zukunft ERDGAS is committed to ensuring that the potential of gaseous energy sources, such as natural gas, biogas and hydrogen, and the existing gas infrastructure is used to further drive the energy revolution, both now and in the future.

The advocacy group is the key point of contact for consumers, policymakers and market partners on gas-related matters. Since its foundation in 2013, around 130 leading companies along the gas value chain, such as importers, regional suppliers and municipal utilities, have joined the initiative. Various affiliated industry associations, heating suppliers and vehicle manufacturers support future ERDGAS as partners. To further promote the benefits of natural gas mobility on a European level Timm Kehler was appointed Senior Vice President at NGVA Europe in May 2018.

From 2009 to 2015 Dr Timm Kehler was the CEO of erdgas mobil GmbH, a service provider offering infrastructure, sales and marketing services, which are now operated by Zukunft ERDGAS. Before joining erdgas mobil, Kehler held various management positions at the BMW Group over a time period of 12 years. Among others he served as Vice President Marketing Pre-Development and Innovation, where he was responsible for the marketing innovation think-tank, telematics and online services as well as the hydrogen vehicle initiative “BMW CleanEnergy”.

Dr Kehler studied mechanical engineering and industrial design in Berlin and received his Ph.D. in production engineering from Technical University in Berlin. In 2007 he was nominated "Young Global Leader" by the World Economic Forum.

Practical information

Members of the Program Committee: 

  • Thor Otto Lohne, North Sea Infrastructure
  • Pål Rasmussen, Gassco
  • Morten Anker, Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy
  • Margrethe Snapa, Equinor
  • Jon Sandnes
  • Kristin Skofteland

Conference Chairs:

Day 1: 28 October: Morten Anker, Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy & Jon Sandnes

Day 2: 29 October: Pål Rasmussen, Gassco & Margrethe Snapa, Equinor

Conference fee:

NOK 3,900 – NPF-members (+ 25 % VAT)
NOK 5,400 – non-members (+ 25% VAT)

Special offer for young professionals: Bring a colleague under 30 years for half price! Contact project manager for registration:

Payment can be done upon registration by credit card (Master Card/Visa) or invoice. If the invoice needs to be changed due to wrong or missing information there will added a fee of NOK 150 to the total amount. All international payments must be approved before the conference starts.

Membership of the Norwegian Petroleum Society (NPF)

We offer conference participants to purchase membership of NPF together with registration and payment for the conference:

  • 1 year membership for conference participants (NOK 1,000)

Conference paper:

Presentations from the conference will be available on the Internet after the end of the conference. Delegates will be informed when available by e-mail.

Programme changes:

It is sometimes necessary to change the timing of the programme. The conference organiser will not be liable for any such unavoidable changes.


Cancellations must be received in writing by 13 October 2020 and will be subject to a cancellation fee NOK 2,000 unless a substitute delegate is offered. After this date, the full registration fee will apply, however, substitutions will still be accepted. Substitutions for registered delegates may be made at any time, but we would appreciate prior notification.

In case of cancellation of the conference by the Norwegian Petroleum Society, (NPF), the participant will be refunded the conference fee and/or the exhibition fee. Other expenses the participants may have are not refunded, and is not the responsibility of NPF.

Force majeure
Events beyond the control of the NPF – for example, but not limited to, extreme weather conditions, acts of war, terrorism, transportation shut-down (strikes or accidents), government regulation or advisory including travel warnings, serious illness or epidemics that makes it impossible to fulfill the obligations of conducting the conference entitle NPF to cancel the event without liability.


For further information please contact:
Norwegian Petroleum Society
Tonje Raknes
Project Manager
tel. +47 983 06 117