BALTIC GAS CONFERENCE 2017

22.03.2017
11.04.2017
20.04.2017
TALLINN
RIGA
VILNIUS

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About the Conference

The „Baltic Energy Island” – finally integrated into the European Gas Market? 

The energy landscape of the Baltic region is facing a turning point. On 3 April 2017 Latvia as last Baltic state will open its natural gas market to competition. Increasing cross-border trade among the Baltic countries may finally trigger the creation of an integrated regional Baltic gas market with a single liquid trading hub. However, new infrastructure projects will be needed to actively push market integration and to connect the region with other major EU gas markets. The Balticconnector between Estonia and Finland as well as the planned gas pipeline interconnection “GIPL” between Poland and Lithuania are only two projects that will contribute to driving the dynamics of market integration in the Baltic region.  

The BALTIC GAS CONFERENCE, a newly invented series of 3 conferences, is organized by the German-Baltic Chamber of Commerce and it is taking place in all three capitals of the Baltic States. The conference has its focus on an economic analysis and the modeling of the market trends in consideration of the infrastructure projects in this region until 2020.

The BALTIC GAS CONFERENCE will assess the current status of the gas market liberalization in the Baltic States and analyse potential future developments while putting them into the context of creating a single European energy market. How will liberalization and market opening affect the ownership structure of key assets? What will be the consequences for gas consumers? What are the principles and mechanisms of the European energy market? The German-Baltic Chamber of Commerce is looking forward to explore these and many more questions together with the participants and renowned experts from the natural gas industry as well as politics.

The first conference will take place on March 22nd 2017 in Tallinn, followed by the conference on April 11th 2017 in Riga, and the final conference on April 20th in Vilnius. Each particular conference has its own specific focus. In TALLINN the main emphasis will be the free gas market, including the regulation, perspectives and conditions for each market participant. Moreover, the economic impact and the consequences for the business environment will be discussed. Gas market liberalization and building common gas market in the Baltics will be the main topic at RIGA’S conference. Finally, in VILNIUS the focus will be on the security of supply and diversification of the sources of supply. Therefore, it will be a discussion about the liquefied natural gas terminal in Klaipeda. At all conferences foreign and domestic experts, politicians and experts of the energy market as well as large and medium-sized companies are coming together to share and exchange their information and opinion.  

 

Program Tallinn 2017

22.03.2017

09:30 - 10:00            

Registration & Networking​

10:00 - 10:15            

Welcoming Remarks

Florian Schröder, CEO, German-Baltic Chamber of Commerce (AHK)​

10:15 - 10:30            

Outlining the agenda & describing the landscape

Moderator: John M. Roberts, Energy Analyst, Methinks

10:30 - 10:45              

Energy and gas market in Estonia

Taavi Veskimägi, Chairman of the Board, Elering AS

10:45 - 12:00              

THE THIRD ENERGY PACKAGE - SUCCESS OR FAILURE FOR EUROPE AND ITS IMPLICATIONS FOR THE BALTIC REGION

Moderator: John M. Roberts, Energy Analyst, Methinks
EXPERIENCES AND REMARKS OF LIBERALIZATION OF THE NATURAL GAS MARKET IN ESTONIA

Panel discussion  

Margus Kaasik,Member of the Board, Eesti Gaas AS

Sebastian Gröblinghoff, Member of the Board, Deputy Chairman of the Board, Latvijas Gāze AS (LV) 

 

Taavi Veskimägi, Chairman of the Board, Elering AS

​Gintaras Buzkys, Managing Director, GET Baltic Gas Exchange (LT)​

12:00 - 13:00            

 Lunch

13:00 - 14:40              

CONNECTING MARKETS - THE ROLE OF NEW NATURAL GAS INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS IN THE BALTIC REGION

Moderator: John M. Roberts, Energy Analyst, Methinks 

Tom Främling, Project Director, Baltic Connector OY (FIN)

 

Romāns Baumanis, Appointed Regional Advisor for the Baltic States, Nord Stream 2 AG (SUI)

Mantas Šabanas, Project Analytics Manager, Klaipeda LNG Terminal (LT)

Vytautas Ruolia, Marketing Manager, AB Amber Grid (LT)

14:40 - 15:00              

Coffee Break

 

15:00 - 16:15             

IS THE GAS MARKET REALLY FUNCTIONING? WHAT DOES THE PRIVATE SECTOR NEED? WHAT ARE THE ENVIRONMENTAL RISKS?

Panel discussion

Mantas Šabanas, Project Analytics Manager, Klaipeda LNG Terminal (LT)

 

Tiit Rohumets, Sales Manager, Scener OÜ

Margus Kaasik, Member of the Board, Eesti Gaas AS   

Rein Vaks, Expert, Energy Department, Estonian Ministry of Economics and Communication

16:15 - 16:30              

Closing remarks

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Program Riga 2017

11.04.2017

09:00 - 09:30              

Registration & Networking

09:30 - 10:00             

Welcoming Remarks

Florian Schröder, CEO, Geman-Baltic Chamber of Commerce (AHK)

Dr. oec. Olga Bogdanova, Director of Energy Market and Infrastructure Department, Ministry of Economics of the Republic of Latvia

10:00 - 12:00              

THE THIRD ENERGY PACKAGE - SUCCESS OR FAILURE FOR EUROPE AND ITS IMPLICATIONS FOR THE BALTIC REGION

Moderator: John M. Roberts, Energy Analyst, Methinks

 

INTRO/OVERVIEW: WHAT IT IS AND WHAT IT ISN'T

Danila Bochkarev, Senior Fellow, EastWest Institute (BE)

OVERVIEW AND CHALLENGES OF LIBERALIZATION OF THE NATURAL GAS MARKET IN LATVIA

Panel discussion

Dr. oec. Olga Bogdanova, Director of Energy Market and Infrastructure Department, Ministry of Economics of the Republic of Latvia

Andris Piebalgs, Politician, Leader of Unity, Europan Commissioner for Development at the EC 2010-2014, Commissioner for Energy 2004-2009

Rolands Irklis, Member of the Council, Public Utilities Commisson

Jānis Eisaks, Head of Corporate Strategy division, Conexus Baltic Grid AS

Reinis Āboltiņš, Energy experts, Member of the Energy Safety Commission of the President of Latvia

Margot A. Loudon, Deputy Secretary General, Eurogas (BE)

12:00 - 12:15              

Coffee Break

12:15 - 13:00              

CONNECTING MARKETS - THE ROLE OF NEW NATURAL GAS INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS IN THE BALTIC REGION

Moderator: John M. Roberts, Energy Analyst, Methinks 

KEYNOTE PRESENTATION

Miroslav Lopour, Senior Consultant, Deloitte Advisory (CZ)

13:00 - 14:00              

Lunch

14:00 - 15:30             

THE LATVIAN GAS MARKET LIBERALIZATION - IS IT REALLY FUNCTIONING? 

Moderator: John M. Roberts, Energy Analyst, Methinks                                

Panel discussion

Aigars Kalvītis, Chairman of the Board, Latvijas Gāze AS

Jānis Bērziņš, Member of the Board, Liepājas enerģija SIA 

Jānis Bethers, Chairman of the Management Board, Enefit SIA

Zane Norenberga, Manager, Deloitte Legal

Māris Kuņickis, Member of the Management Board, Latvenergo AS

Margus Kaasik, Member of the Board, Eesti Gaas AS

Roberts Samtiņš, Member of the Board, AJ Power Holding SIA

15:30 - 15:45              

​Coffee Break

15:45 - 16:30               

NATURAL GAS AND INTERNATIONAL CLIMATE CHANGE POLICIES - PROBLEM OR PART OF THE SOLUTION TO GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE?

Moderator: John M. Roberts, Energy Analyst, Methinks

Panel discussion

 

Margot A. Loudon, Deputy Secretary General, Eurogas (BE)

Dr. oec. Olga Bogdanova, Director of Energy Market and Infrastructure Department, Ministry of Economics of the Republic of Latvia

Dr. hab. sc. ing. Dagnija Blumberga, Head of Institute of Energy Systems and Environment of Riga Technical University

Dace Cīrule, Managing Associate, Deloitte Legal

16:30 - 16:45              

​Closing remarks

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Program Vilnius 2017

20.04.2017

09:00 - 09:30              

Registration & Networking

  

09:30 - 10:00             

Welcoming Remarks

Florian Schröder, CEO, Geman-Baltic Chamber of Commerce (AHK)

10:00 - 12:00              

THE THIRD ENERGY PACKAGE - SUCCESS OR FAILURE FOR EUROPE AND ITS IMPLICATIONS FOR THE BALTIC REGION

Moderator: John M. Roberts, Energy Analyst, Methinks

INTRO/OVERVIEW: WHAT IT IS AND WHAT IT ISN'T

Danila Bochkarev, Senior Fellow, EastWest Institute (BE)

EXPERIENCES AND REMARKS OF LIBERALIZATION OF THE NATURAL GAS MARKET IN LITHUANIA

Panel discussion        

Dr. Severin Fischer, Senior Researcher, Center for Security Studies (CSS) ETH Zürich (SUI)

Sebastian Gröblinghoff, Member of the Board, Deputy Chairman of the Board, Latvijas Gāze AS (LV) 

Jaroslav Neverovič, Energy expert, former Energy minister

12:00 - 13:00              

Lunch

13:00 - 13:45              

CONNECTING MARKETS - THE ROLE OF NEW NATURAL GAS INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS IN THE BALTIC REGION

Moderator: John M. Roberts, Energy Analyst, Methinks 

KEYNOTE PRESENTATION

Miroslav Lopour, Senior Consultant, Deloitte Advisory (CZ)

 

13:45 - 15:25             

THE DIVERSIFICATION OF THE NATURAL GAS SUPPLY – MAXIMISING THE REGIONAL BENEFITS OF LNG IMPORT TERMINAL IN KLAIPEDA 

Moderator: John M. Roberts, Energy Analyst, Methinks                                 

Panel discussion

Margus Kaasik, Member of the Board, Eesti Gaas AS

Gediminas Vasaukas, CEO deputy for natural gas, Achema AB 

Dr. Rimantas Bakas, General Manager, Kauno energija AB

Miroslav Lopour, Senior Consultant, Deloitte Advisory (CZ)

15:25 - 15:45              

​Coffee Break

  

15:45 - 16:30              

NATURAL GAS AND INTERNATIONAL CLIMATE CHANGE POLICIES - PROBLEM OR PART OF THE SOLUTION TO GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE?

Tobias Kohler, Attorney-at-law, Partner,  Rödl & Partner

Dr. Vidas Lekavičius, Senior Research Associate, Lithuanian Energy Institute

Dr. Remigijus Lapinskas, President, World Bioenergy Association

Dr. Rimantas Bakas, General Manager, Kauno energija AB

Dace Cīrule, Managing Associate, Deloitte Legal (LV)

16:30 - 16:45              

​Closing remarks

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