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On the Road

Berlin 3-4 November 2016

Wolfgang chairs the panel ‘Piped Gas vs. LNG’ on day 2 of the “European gas transmission conference” in Berlin, on 4 November 2016: "Money talks …What premium NBP over Henry Hub to have U.S. LNG compete with pipe gas?

He discusses the price spread necessary between NBP and Henry Hub Read moreto allow U.S. LNG exporters to cover their long-run marginal costs and make a margin. He further assesses the price spread required to recoup short-run marginal costs.

On the Road

Berlin 3-4 November 2016

Wolfgang speaks at the ‘European gas transmission conference’ in Berlin, on 3 November 2016: "State of the Nation: The European Gas Market – Prospects post COP21 & Implications for Infrastructure Investments”.

He recaps highlights as well as incidents and missed opportunities in the European gas market since 2000 and discusses whether COP21 means the ‘sudden death’ for all fossil fuels including gas. Read moreHe makes the case for gas as the ‘low hanging fruit’ for immediate and material CO2 emissions reductions without subsidies and promotes the concept of gas becoming part of a holistic energy system.

Event

Brussels 27 October 2016

Wolfgang attends the ‘Eurogas Annual Conference’ and participates in the panel ‘The role of gas in a holistic energy system‘ in Brussels, on 27 October 2016.

The European Gas Industry Association Eurogas hosted its traditional Annual Conference. Gas Value Chain was invited since having joined Eurogas previously as the first in the new category of ‘liaising members’. Read moreThis time, the Conference had  a strong focus on the role of gas in the future energy mix of an increasingly decarbonizing world. Wolfgang contributed in a panel ‘The role of gas in a holistic energy system’.

Event

Düsseldorf 24 October 2016

Wolfgang attends the “BP Forum ‘Kohle, Öl, Gas, Erneuerbare – Aktuelle Trends auf dem Weltenergiemarkt’” in Düsseldorf, on 24 October 2016.

The traditional BP Forum featured i.a. the chief economist of BP, Spencer Dale, and the Minister for Economy and Energy from North-Rhine-Westfalia, Mr. Garrelt Duin. Various participants voiced criticism and concern about the excessive costs and ineffectiveness of the German Energiewende.

On the Road

Düsseldorf 27 September 2016

Wolfgang delivers the keynote Anniversary Speech at the ‘Platts 10th Annual European Gas Summit’ in Düsseldorf, on 27 September 2016: "Recapping the European gas market in the last decade – Lessons learned and opportunities missed”.

The traditional Platts Annual European Gas Summit had its 10th anniversary, giving rise to a review of developments over the last 10 years. Wolfgang recalled the massive fundamental changes between 2006 and 2016, Read morenot least the evolution of liquid traded gas hubs and the decoupling of oil and gas pricing. From the long list of events and incidents he picked selective aspects such as e.g. the Ukrainian gas crisis 2009 and the reputational damage gas has sustained by misuse as a political weapon, further the failure of the Nabucco pipeline to open a Southern Corridor of some relevance for diversification and their lasting (negative) impact on gas advocacy in the context of claiming a role for gas in the fuel mix of an increasingly decarbonizing world.

On the Road

London 26 September 2016

Wolfgang delivers the keynote speech at the ‘3rd London Gas & LNG Forum 2016’ in London, on 26 September 2016: "The Case for Natural Gas Post COP21 and its Prospects for Europe”.

Wolfgang dismisses the erroneous assumption of a ‘sudden death’ of all fossil fuels including natural gas. Read moreHe elaborates on the abundance, accessibility and affordability of gas, not least in the face of an impending fight for European market share between piped gas and predominantly U.S. LNG with the likely consequence of low, competitive price levels. He further claims that gas advocacy should be reassessed and should, much more assertively, claim its place in the fuel mix in that it is instrumental in battling climate change.

On the Road

Bratislava 19 September 2016

Wolfgang renders a lecture to students of the Energy Delta Institute under the ‘Fellowship on Energy Program’ in Bratislava, on 19 September 2016: "Paradigm Shift: The CEO’s perspective – Leadership challenges in a rapidly changing environment”.

Hardly noticed by the public at large, the energy space has been and continues to be subjected to massive changes. Read moreWolfgang addresses aspects of leadership in a change environment.