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28. to 29. Oct 2020

Norwegian gas in Europe – What’s next?

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Welcome to the 21st European Gas Conference
28 - 29 October 2020, Stavanger

Conference language: English

"First come, first served"

The conference is set to be arranged as planned, but we will adapt the practical implementation in accordance with governmental advice and guidelines. In case of restrictions on the number of seats, participants are given priority according to the "first come, first served" principle. If you are unable to participate physically or it is fully booked, it will be possible to follow the conference online at a lower price.

You can choose now whether you want to participate on site or just watch the conference online
Participants who signs up now and pay full price to secure their seat will be reimbursed if new restrictions limit physical participation. This also applies if the entire conference is converted to “online only”.

Natural Gas – facts and predictions 

Natural gas demand grew increased by 4.6% in 2018. This is the highest growth rate since the beginning of the decade. In the case of China, the gas demand increased by almost 18%. Coal to gas switching and residential uses played the major role as the country accelerated efforts to reduce air pollution. Gas demand in the coming five years is set to be driven by Asia Pacific with China as the main driver. The forecast for this region accounts for almost 60% of the total consumption increase to 2024.

The supplies to meet new growth to 2024 will come from new domestic production and from exporting countries. China and the United States are likely to be the two largest individual contributors to the supply growth, accounting together for over 50% of total production increase. Production increases in the case of China cannot, however, keep pace with the strong demand growth rate. Russia, United States and Australia are likely together to account for the vast majority of gas exports growth to 2024. Looking at LNG specifically, the emergence of a trio of leading exporters results in Australia overpassing Qatar in 2022 and being overpassed by the United States by 2024.

In the years ahead of us, the European energy market will be impacted by energy efficiency measures, heat decarbonisation and the changing nature of electricity generation. While European gas consumption is set to remain almost flat in the coming years, domestic production is set to fall at an average rate of 3.5% per year, 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. 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.

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, Ordfører Stavanger
  • Statssekretær Tony Tiller
  • Ingrid Sølvberg, Director general, Norwegian Petroleum Directorate
  • Peter Zeniewski, WEO Energy Analyst Commentary, IEA
  • Ulf Heitmüller, CEO, VNG
  • Dr. Timm Kehler, Chairman, Zukunft ERDGAS
  • Michiel van der Most, Director of Reservoir Engineering, 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


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

More details to come

Thursday 29. October

More details to come

Practical information

Members of the Program Committee: 

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



Radisson Blu Atlantic Hotel, Stavanger, Norway
Telephone: +47 51 76 10 71

Conference fee:

NOK 7,400 (online only NOK 3,400) for NPF-members (+ 25 % VAT)
NOK 9,400 (online only NOK 5,400) for non-members (+ 25% VAT)
Separate registration for the conference dinner: NOK 990 (+ 25% VAT)

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.

The conference fee includes:
– Conference papers
– Coffee/tea
– Lunches

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.


Radisson Blu Atlantic Hotel Stavanger, Norway
Price per night (incl.breakfast): NOK 1,525 incl. VAT
Hotel is not included in the conference fee and must be paid  upon departure.


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