BALTIC GAS CONFERENCE 2018

05 12 2018
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About the Conference 2018

One Year After the Liberalisation of the Gas Market –
Effects on and Perspectives for the Baltics and the EU

Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Radisson Blu Hotel Latvija

Elizabetes 55, Riga

Riga

The 2nd BALTIC GAS CONFERENCE, on 5 December 2018, put its emphasis on the effects the liberalisation of the natural gas market in Latvia has had on the cross-border trade among the Baltic countries and the European energy market. Local and international experts presented their infrastructure projects, for instance the Balticconnector between Estonia and Finland, and looked into the structure of the market, considering new market entrants and the consequences the opening of the market has had on the consumers. The German-Baltic Chamber of Commerce also invited politicians as well as large and medium-sized companies from the natural gas industry to discuss those and more matters.

In addition to the conference, all participants were invited to take part in an excursion to the INČUKALNS UNDERGROUND GAS STORAGE FACILITY on 4 DECEMBER, which is the only functional storage in the Baltic countries and therefore ensures regional gas supply.

Programme

Day 1  04.12.2018

14:00 - 18:00

​Trip to Inčukalns Underground Gas Storage Facility

Visit of Inčukalns Underground Gas Storage facility, which is the only functional storage in the Baltic countries, which ensures regional gas supply

Open for all participants; limited number of participants (first come, first serve)
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Day 2  05.12.2018

09:00 - 09:30            

Registration and Networking

09:30 - 10:00

​Welcoming Remarks

Moderator: Florian Schröder, CEO, German-Baltic Chamber of Commerce (AHK)
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Edijs Šaicāns, Director of the Department for the Energy Market and Infrastructure, Ministry of Economics of Latvia

10:00 - 11:30            

ONE YEAR OF OPEN GAS MARKET IN LATVIA: STATUS QUO AND REGIONAL EFFECTS

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The panel analyses the developments since the opening of the Latvian natural gas market in 2017. It particularly focuses on the question to what extent competition in the Latvian gas market has evolved and which challenges remain on the way to a fully competitive and integrated regional gas market.


Moderator: Andris Piebalgs, Professor at European University Institute, former European Commissioner

The panel focuses on current and future regional gas market dynamics. It gives a voice to recent and potential new market entrants as well as to market actors that play a key role in promoting the further development of a truly interconnected, liquid and fully competitive natural gas market in the Baltic region.


Moderator: John M. Roberts, Energy Analyst, Methinks