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’Gastkommentar: Implikationen eines globalen Gasmarktes für überkommene gaswirtschaftiche Paradigmen’, in ‚GVS Gasmarkt-Telegramm‘ in January 2017

GVS had asked Wolfgang to write a ‘Gastkommentar’ (guest commentary) in its monthly ‘Gasmarkt-Telegramm’ (www.gvs-erdgas.de). The article puts in writing the messages from the most recent presentations, e.g. at the ’23. Euroforum-Jahrestagung (Erd-)Gas 2017’ in Berlin, on 15 November 2017 and the 5th Frankfurt Gas Forum’ in Frankfurt on 13 December 2017: Read more The emergence of a global gas market, with destination flexible LNG supply able to respond to price signals, liquid European hubs capable of sending price signals and ample unutilized LNG regasification capacity to receive LNG thus attracted, has transformed previous bi-lateral physical dependencies into a functionality of price signals. Hence, the previous ‘Putin-phobia’ (an expression coined by Jonathan Stern: ‘The future of gas in decarbonizing European energy markets: the need for a new approach’, by Jonathan Stern, January 2017, OIES Paper NG 116, www.oxfordenergy.org) was no longer warranted and the traditional gas-economical paradigm of security of supply needed to be re-visited.

News: On the Road

Vienna 29-31 January 2018

Wolfgang attends the ‘European Gas Conference 2018’ in Vienna, on 29-31 January 2018. On main conference day 1 he delivers a speech: ’International & European Policies in the Context of a Global Gas Market’.

He explains that it was ‘money talking…’ hinging on price spreads between Henry Hub and NBP/TTF and not sanctions that would determine whether US American LNG would come to Europe. As to the EC attitude, he re-called that, in the face of a global gas market, the previous ‘Putin-phobia’ was no longer warranted. Read more Besides the availability of destination flexible LNG responding to price signals, Europe’s ability to send price signals and also absorb LNG thus attracted, he also elaborates, based on the insights of the IEA’s second ‘Global Gas Security Review 2017’, the decreasing response time of such LNG supplies. He also points towards some of the new unexpected potential ‘shocks’ stemming from new interdependencies, e.g. the emerging concentration risk of LNG terminals at the Gulf coast, being hit by hurricanes from time to time.

News: On the Road

Frankfurt 13-14 December 2017

Wolfgang delivers a keynote speech at the ‘5th Frankfurt Gas Forum’ in Frankfurt, on 13 December 2017: ‘Implications of a Global Gas Market for International, European and National Policies’.

Wolfgang qualifies the US sanctions against Nordstream 2 as well as the efforts of the EC to derail the Nordstream 2 project as ‘misplaced’. He recalls that the second gas revolution, namely the LNG-revolution, has created and continues to further develop a global gas market which renders concerns about political blackmail due to supply dependency obsolete. Read more

The emergence of a global gas market, with destination flexible LNG supply able to respond to price signals, liquid European hubs capable of sending price signals and ample unutilized LNG regasification capacity, has transformed previous bi-lateral physical dependencies into a functionality of price signals. Wolfgang further emphasizes the caveat of the IEA’s second ‘Global Gas Security Review 2017’, which points out that new interdependencies could lead to unexpected ‘shocks’ and that therefore diversity of supply sources, transport routes and sufficient interconnectivity are indispensable.
Event

The Hague, 23 November 2017

Wolfgang attends the Launch Presentation of the ‘World Energy Outlook 2017’ (WEO 2017) by the International Energy Agency (IEA) hosted by the Clingendael Institute in The Hague, on 23 November 2017.

The renowned “Clingendael Institute” (CIEP) headed by Prof. Coby van der Linde hosted the launch presentation of the WEO 2017 given by Tim Gould of the IEA. Read more

The WEO 2017 dedicates 3 special chapters to natural gas, ranging from projected respectable demand growth (as the only fossil fuel), the proliferation of LNG with exponential new diversifications and interdependencies and also the urgent matter of methane emissions where it demonstrates that a major part of methane emissions abatement would be an economical ‘win-win’.
Event

Brussels, 20 November 2017

Wolfgang attends the traditional ‘BDEW-Abend‘ under the theme: ‘Clean Energy 2.0: Die heiße Phase des Winterpakets’ in Brussels, on  20 November 2017.

The German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW) hosted its traditional ‘Europe Event’ focusing on the EC’s ‘winter package’, i.e. security of supply and energy transition. High level guest speaker was Miguel Arias Canete, Read more Commissioner at the European Commission for Climate Protection and Energy. Besides EU wide renewables targets the intended introduction of emission standards for coal fired power plants was an intensively discussed subject.

News: On the Road

Berlin 14-15 November 2017

Wolfgang attends the ’23. Euroforum-Jahrestagung (Erd-)Gas 2017’ in Berlin, on 14-15 November 2017. Notably, Euroforum puts, for the first time, (Erd-)Gas in brackets, underpinning that natural gas is the only fossil fuel capable of becoming greener over time.

On day 2, Wolfgang serves as moderator of the day. Moreover, he delivers the key note speech: ’Status der Fortentwicklung des globalen Gasmarktes: Versorgungssicherheit – Interdependenzen – Geopolitik.

The gas market has gone ‚global‘ in that it avails now of destination flexible LNG responding to price signals (‘LNG revolution’).

Event

Cologne, 08 November 2017

Wolfgang attends the ‘ewi Energietagung 2017: ‚Digitalisierung in der Energiewirtschaft‘ in Cologne, on 08 November 2017.

The renowned ewi institute (Energiewirtschaftliches Institut an der Universität zu Köln) organized its annual symposium with a focus on digitalization in the energy space with a view to fill it with concrete examples of application. Read more

The presentation ranged from smart grids towards e-mobility. Noteworthy and a highlight were the three short presentations of 3 young scientists from ewi, i.a. attempting to quantify the peak capacity demand for charging stations.