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29. to 30. May 2018

European Gas Conference 2018

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Welcome to the 19th European Gas Conference.

Natural gas is well suited for a future where Europe will decarbonise

Natural gas is the fuel of choice for heating several hundred million European homes and businesses. Natural gas provides feedstock for the European industrial sector. Natural gas is a flexible and reliable fuel for electricity generation. The natural gas market has proven its resilience by averting disruption in face of extreme weather conditions and multiple simultaneous infrastructure failures.

In the years ahead of us, the European energy market will be further impacted by energy efficiency measures, heat decarbonisation and the changing nature of electricity generation. Many analysts are convinced that the end-point energy mix that provides cheap, or at least affordable, reliable and clean energy to everybody will consist of renewable power, biofuels and natural gas.

Natural gas is well suited for a future where Europe will decarbonise – both as a cleaner alternative to coal and as an enabler for the growth of renewable energy. Natural gas can provide flexibility and reliability where intermittent energy sources like wind and solar cannot. In the first period after wind and solar output falls after a change in the weather, rechargeable batteries might be best placed to provide instant electrons. After that, pumped-storage dams and peaking gas turbines will be able to provide generation until intermittent renewable generation recovers.

Europe is, and is forecasted to be, well-supplied with natural gas from indigenous production, piped imports and a growing number of global suppliers of LNG. Russia and Norway are Europe’s main suppliers of natural gas. The expected increasing global LNG trade will make the global gas markets more interdependent and the European gas market will increasingly be influenced by shifts in the global energy and gas markets. LNG imports to Europe has now slightly increased after two consecutive years of decline due to redirection of LNG to Asia.

Knowledge sharing is a valuable component to success. The European Gas Conference intends to provide such knowledge. 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 seminar!

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


Tuesday 29. May


Registration and lunch


Welcome and opening

Thor Otto Lohne, Chair of the Organising Committee

Norwegian natural gas in a sustainable energy mix

Terje Søviknes, Minister of Petroleum and Energy

Positioning the UK energy sector for long term decarbonisation, clean growth and leaving the European Union

Sarah Gillett, British Ambassador to Norway

Energy Independence, Security of Supply and Diversification of Sources

Christopher Jones, HORS Classe Adviser, European Commission

Outlook for gas in Europe in a globalizing gas market

Jens Økland, Executive Vice President, Equinor



LNG will play more important role to fuel China’s needs

Yang Lei, Special Advisor to the IEA head

The global effect of LNG growth on European gas markets

Dr Thierry Bros, Senior Research Fellow - Gas Programme at OIES (Oxford Institute of Energy Studies)

The fundamental role of natural gas in meeting the dual challenge of global growth and environmental goals

Alex Volkov, ExxonMobil

Shell's approach to changes in gas markets

Hans Stinis, GM Marketing Strategy & Analysis, Shell International Ltd.



European gas markets developments, with focus on North and Central Europe

Maciej Woźniak, Deputy CEO for Trade at PGNiG SA

Cases being made for Nord Stream 2

Paul Corcoran, Chief Financial Officer Nord Stream 2 AG

Cases being made for the Baltic Pipe Project

Jeppe Danø, Marketing Director Energinet




Dinner speaker: Helene Kaltenborn, Student at NHH

Wednesday 30. May


Energy Transition Outlook – the role for gas in a greener Europe

Liv Hovem, CEO of Oil & Gas business DNV GL

Natural Gas and Renewables: companions or adversaries?

Coby van der Linde, Director CIEP at Clingendael International Energy Programme

Panel debate

Debate moderator: Erlend Jordal, NOROG. Panel participants: Coby van der Linde, Dr Thierry Bros and Liv Hovem



Hydrogen production from natural gas - why is this pathway being considered? 

Steinar Eikaas, Vice President New Energy Solutions, Equinor

Beyond coal: how to facilitate the transition in Europe to unleash decarbonisation

Simone Tagliapietra, Researcher at Bruegel & Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei

Global trends and indicators of energy efficiency and its impact on energy demand

Benoît Lebot, Executive Director at International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation

Closing remarks

Thor Otto Lohne, Chair of the Organising Committee



A few of our presenters

Practical information


Ullveien 4
0791 Oslo, Norway

Tel: +47 22 81 15 00

Conference fee:

NOK 7,400 for NPF – personal members (+ 25 % VAT.)
NOK 8,900 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). If you do not want to pay with credit card, you can ask the project manager to send you an invoice from Norwegian Petroleum Society (NPF). Please note that by choosing invoice you will be submitted to a fee of NOK 100. All international payments must be approved before the conference starts.

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

Hotel rooms:

We have pre-booked hotel rooms for our participants.
Price: NOK 1,290 (incl. VAT) for single rooms. Rooms can be booked via registration form, but must be paid directly to hotel upon check-out. Cancellation rules apply.

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 15th May 2018, 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.


For further information please contact:
Norwegian Petroleum Society
Even Isachsen
Project Manager
tel. +47 971 61 845


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