First Lithuanian Netherlands Gas Forum te Litouwen

First Lithuanian Netherlands Gas Forum te Litouwen
  • 09:00  - 17:00
  • Universiteto street 14
    01122 Vilnius
  • Kempinski Hotel, Vilnius

The aim of the 1st Lithuanian-Netherlands Gas Forum is to foster the bilateral energy relations between Lithuania and the Netherlands, with potential effects as well for the Baltic Region at large. Up until recently, Lithuania was solely dependent on Russia for its gas resources. However, the tide is turning with Lithuania’s new LNG Terminal in Klaipėda, the prospect of the Gas Interconnector Poland–Lithuania (GIPL), as well as the high voltage electricity connections with Sweden and Poland. Being recognised as a priority area by the European Union (EU), domestic politics as well as European support have greatly facilitated the growing energy independence of Lithuania.

Based on recent EU directives, Lithuania has fully unbundled its energy sector, which now knows different actors in the gas sector, e.g.: AB Amber Grid, Lietuvos Energija, UAB Litgas and Lietuvos Dujos.
In an effort to gain full energy independence before 2020, Lithuania needs to materialise the opportunities it has created in 2014 with the LNG-terminal. Lithuania will even gain more opportunities when it will be connected to the European gas grid as soon as the GIPL is completed, due in 2019. The enhanced energy independence will pave the way for numerous projects, the development of which is the goal of the present Forum.

There are three main goals the Forum wishes to achieve:
1. The development potential of Klaipėda as a regional LNG-hub is also one of the central themes of the Forum. By making optimal use of the favourable market conditions (i.e. abundant European, national and commercial support), energy independence for Lithuania can be further enhanced. Moreover, LNG most likely will become a crucial element in Lithuania’s energy mix and energy economy – thereby contributing to a cleaner use of fossil fuel. As such, the bilateral Forum hopefully will help shape the environmental goals held both nationally and Europe-wide.

2. Lithuanian partners have repeatedly stressed the need for cooperation on midand downstream activities and applications as an indispensable part of the future development of the LNG market in Lithuania and in the Baltic region: i.e. low-particle emission city public transport, Baltic navigation, road transport and off-grid gas supply to isolated settlements. The aim of the bilateral Forum is to look at concrete possibilities of promoting these applications.

3. Cooperation is the key to success. Based on the success of the activities of the Nationaal LNG Platform and Energy Valley in the Netherlands, best practices among relevant stakeholders and decision makers could be shared in the field of regulatory issues, vocational training and business models. This might be done through an organisation similar to the LNG Platform, in which relevant corporations, policy makers and academics bridge the public-private divide. Drawing on knowledge of multiple institutions, such a Platform could prove useful for Lithuania’s energy future.

This Forum might serve as a first step towards these three goals, resulting in enhanced bilateral energy relations between the Netherlands and Lithuania.

Programme

09h00 – 09h30 - Registration - Kempinski Hotel – Cathedral Square

09h30 – 09h40 - Opening address - H.E. Mr. Rokas Masiulis - Lithuanian Minister of Energy of the Republic of Lithuania

09h40 – 09h50 - Welcome address - H.E. Mr. Bert van der Lingen - Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Lithuania

Country Presentation | The Netherlands

Moderated by Mr. Romas Švedas, Independent Energy Expert

09h50 – 10h05 Nationaal LNG Platform: Promoting LNG Activities in the Netherlands. Regulatory, Fiscal, Licensing and Permit Policies. Mr. Patrick Cnubben - Board Member Nationaal LNG Platform, Programme Coordinator Cluster Bio Energy & Gas

10h05 – 10h20 Energy Valley: Public/Private Partnerships in Regional and International Cooperation Mr. Gerrit van Werven - Managing Director Energy Valley

10h20 – 10h35 A Corporate View on the Future of the European LNG Market. Mrs. Anne Charlotte Bährne - LNG Account Manager at Royal Dutch Shell

10h35 – 10h50 Regulatory Issues from a Safety Perspective Mr. Maurice Hanegraaf - Programme Manager LNG Innovation Programme TNO Small Scale LNG Innovation Manager at TKI Gas

10h50 – 11h00 Conclusion and Questions

11h00 – 11h30 Coffee break

Country Presentation | Lithuania

Moderated by Mr. Romas Švedas, Independent Energy Expert

11h30 – 11h45 Klaipėda LNG Terminal: Where Do We Stand? Mr. Mantas Bartuška - General Manager Klaipedos Nafta

11h45 – 12h00 Lithuania’s potential for Mid- and Down-stream LNG possibilities. Mr. Dominykas Tučkus - General Manager Litgas

12h00 – 12h15 The Lithuanian Gas Grid – Regional Opportunities. Mr. Saulius Bilys - CEO Amber Grid

12h15 – 12h30 Conclusion and Questions

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12h30 – 13h30 Lunch

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Panel 1: Klaipėda’s potential as a regional LNG hub

Moderated by Mr. Romas Švedas, Independent Energy Expert

13h30 – 14h30

  • Mr. Gerrit van Werven, Managing Director Energy Valley
  • Mr. Patrick Cnubben, Board Member Nationaal LNG Platform, Programme Coordinator Cluster Bio Energy & Gas Energy Valley
  • Mr. Dominykas Tučkus, General Manager Litgas
  • Mr. Mantas Bartuška, General Manager Klaipedos Nafta
  • Mr. Saulius Bilys, CEO Amber Grid

How can Dutch expertise enhance Klaipeda’s hub potential?
Possible forms and the benefits for hub-to-hub (LT-NL) cooperation.
What needs to be done in order to use the existing and planned LNG infrastructure to the fullest extent?
Ways to promote/create a demand for LNG use in the transport and maritime sectors in Lithuania.

Panel 2: Mid- and Down-stream Development

Moderated by Mr. Romas Švedas, Independent Energy Expert

14h30 – 15h30

  • Mr. Stefan Holthausen, General Director Holthausen Gassen
  • Ms. Kristina Rimkunaitė, SSLNG Development Manager LITGAS
  • Mr. Jos Glorie, Business Development Director at Cryonorm
  • Mr. Joop Jonkers, Business Developer Vopak
  • Mr. Ingo Gatzen, Director Engineering Tebodin

LNG as a clean and innovative alternative.
LNG as a transport fuel in mid- and downstream applications.
LNG and business opportunities for SMEs.
Mid- and downstream developments in practice.

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15h30 – 16h00 Coffee Break

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Panel 3: Towards a Lithuanian National LNG Platform

Moderated by Mr. Romas Švedas, Independent Energy Expert

16h00 – 17h00

  • Mr. Mantas Bartuška, General Manager Klaipėdos Nafta
  • Mr. Dominykas Tučkus, General Manager Litgas
  • Prof. dr. hab. Vytautas Paulauskas, Klaipėda University
  • Representative of the Lithuanian Ministry of Energy
  • Mr. Gerrit van Werven, Managing Director Energy Valley
  • Mr. Patrick Cnubben,  Board Member Nationaal LNG Platform, Programme Coordinator Cluster Bio Energy & Gas

What are the benefits of establishing Lithuanian LNG platform? NL example.
First three steps to be done in establishing a Lithuanian LNG Platform
Three ways to promote/create a demand for LNG use in the transport and maritime sectors in Lithuania
What R&D could be provided by Lithuanian universities?
Regulatory aspects: “TO DO LIST” for Lithuania
LT LNG platform cooperation with NL LNG platform: what could be achieved, how could it contribute to influencing decisions in Brussels (e.g. EU strategy for LNG and storage) etc.?
What is LNG? Methods to strengthen public understanding.
LNG potential and perspectives - education of industry.
LNG platform: formats and regulatory environment.

17h00 – 17h20 Closing
H.E. Mr. Bert van der Lingen
Mr. Romas Švedas

17h20 Networking reception

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