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Vienna, Austria, 2010/11/30 - Austrian Economy minister Reinhold Mittlerlehner will join leading oil and gas corporation OMV to address more than 300 high-level stakeholders from the European gas industry at the upcoming European Gas Conference from 26-28 January 2011 in Vienna.
Former German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer will also join the top panel of speakers at the event.
“Can Russia cover additional gas demand?”
OMV Executive Board member and head of Gas & Power, Dr Werner Auli, says “there is no doubt that natural gas will be the most important energy source in the future. Still, security of energy supply and diversification of sources remain high on the agenda for policy makers and gas companies alike.”
Dr Auli continues: “Several important gas pipeline projects are progressing and the question remains: where will the gas for the increasing demand come from? Can Russia cover the additional gas demand for the future growth of Europe? Will the Caspian region and Middle East be able to supply enough gas to Europe?”
EU’s 3rd Energy Package
According to the Austrian-based oil and gas giant‘s Dr Werner Auli the European Commission has initiated, with the 3rd Energy Package, the process to further develop and liberalise the integrated European gas market. “Member states are currently working on implementing the new rules in their national legislation”, he continues, “amid intense debates between politicians, regulatory bodies and the industry”.
Dr Auli notes: “At the European Gas Conference 2011 in January, we will discuss the status and outcomes and whether the new regulations are really enabling further liquidity and transparency in the European markets”.
More high-level expert speakers at the European Gas Conference 2011 include:
• Sergey Komlev: Head of Directorate, Contract Structuring and Price Formation, Gazprom Export;
• Brendan Devlin: Policy Coordinator, Directorate General Energy, The European Commission;
• Reinhard Mitschek: Managing Director, Nabucco Gas Pipeline International;
• Dominique Venet: Executive Vice President Gas, EDF;
• Axel Wietfeld: Vice President Group Energy Projects, E.ON;
• Guy Broggi: Head of LNG Supply, Total Gas & Power;
• Marcel Kramer: CEO, South Stream.
Event dates and location: Conference: 26-28 January 2011. 25 January is a pre-conference LNG workshop day. Location: Vienna Marriott Hotel, Parkring, Vienna.
For more information visit europeangas-conference.com/.