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Greek Energy Forum Newsletter, 30th May 2017

 

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Greek Energy Forum Newsletter, 30th May 2017

Two key milestones were reached over the past week with the one-year anniversary of the start of contstruction of the TAP natural gas pipeline which is on time and on budget, while Energean Oil & Gas singed a lease agreement for exploring an onshore block in western Greece. However, at the same time, the Russian Prime Minister hinted that the planned 15.75bcm/yr second leg of Gazprom's Turkish Stream pipeline could enter Europe in Greece or Bulgaria, depending on which countries sign contracts to buy gas via the route.

The Greek Energy Forum is deeply honoured by the recognition of its activities as a think tank, promoting the development of the energy industry in the southeast Mediterranean region, by the Vice-President of the EU Commission in charge of the Energy Union, Maroš Šefčovič. Read his letter of recognition and official endorsement of the Greek Energy Forum's Energy Union Future Leaders Academy here.

We are also excited to inform you that one of the GEF's co-founders and a member of the management committee, Dr. Angelos Gkanoutas-Leventis, had his book 'Spikes and Shocks: the Financialisation of the Oil Market from 1980 to the Present Day' recently published by Palgrave. Also, a new publication about the UK energy sector's current risks and future challenges by Athanasios Pitatzis is now available in our website for your reading pleasure.

Wishing you all a great week ahead!

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Policy & Regulation

EU energy ministers warned over dilution of energy savings ambition

The EU’s 28 energy ministers have underlined the “flexibility” necessary to achieve the bloc’s energy savings objectives for 2030, calling into question the European Commission’s commitment to achieve its energy efficiency targets. (Euractiv)

Industry and farmers see biofuels as a crucial market ‘outside CAP’

Farmers and European NGOs are disappointed in the European Commission’s decision to grow energy crops on agricultural land. As stated by the European Commission Vice-President Jyrki Katainen, the Commission wants to avoid harmful indirect land use (ILUC) development. From the other side, the Red II Proposal triggers uncertainty for investors and Farmers’ future. (Euractiv)

Katainen leaves door half-open for conventional bioethanol

European Commission Vice-President Jyrki Katainen said he was “ready” to continue the discussion on the EU executive’s proposals on biofuels and see if there is something that “can be refined at a later stage”. (Euractiv)

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Oil & Gas

Russian PM: Turkish Stream will enter EU via Bulgaria or Greece

Russia is in negotiations with Greece and Bulgaria regarding the entry point on EU territory of the Turkish Stream gas pipeline, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev is quoted as saying by the Russian press. (Euractiv)

Energean inks lease agreement for onshore block in Western Greece

Greece’s Energean Oil & Gas signed a Lease Agreement with the Greek government for the exploration and exploitation of hydrocarbons at the Aitoloakarnania block, onshore Western Greece. Aitoloakarnania is an underexplored block covering 4,360 square kilometres and is part of the same system as the Ionian Basin. (New Europe)

TAP, on time and budget, now one year into development

Construction work on the the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) its first anniversary recently, while activity in each of the project’s three host countries is on time, on track and on budget. (energypress)

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Power Markets

Gas trader EPA Attiki preparing its electricity market entry

Independent gas supplier EPA Attiki, originally founded by DEPA (Public Gas Corporation), is proceeding with its plan to include electricity supply and trading as part of its business activities. Company shareholders have already approved the amendment to the corporate charter. (energypress)

PPC gets shareholder approval for grid spin-off

Following certification of IPTO’s split and sale plan by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Energy, shareholders have given their consent for the sale of a 25% stake of the grid to the state for €296m. This move is expected to give a significant boost to PPC’s cash flow. (kathimerini)

PPC retail subsidiary offer to be ready around June

PPC is expected to stage a tender for a new electricity retail subsidiary in the next two months. Should the move go forward, it will be the first time PPC offers a subsidiary to independent investors. The new subsidiary will represent around 7% of PPC’s clientele (400,000-450,000 customers) and it has come as a surprise to rival independent suppliers. (energypress)

Czech firm CEZ believed to be interested in PPC lignite-fired units

CEZ, a Czech power company, is believed to be a key European candidate interested in entering the Greek energy market through the acquisition of PPC’s lignite fired units. CEZ has significant experience in lignite-fired units operation and is active in the Balkan power market. (energypress)

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Renewables

PPC Renewables eyeing growth prospects in Turkey

The investment prospects of PPC Renewables in the Turkish market and other neighboring countries have been discussed at a series of meeetings involving officials of PPC Renewables, a PPC subsidiary; the utility’s company development department; PPC Elektrik, the utility’s subsidiary in Turkey; as well as Turkish investors, construction groups, technical and financial consultants. (energypress)

HEDNO summoned to explain island wind energy cutbacks

HEDNO, the Hellenic Electricity Distribution Network Operator, has been summoned by RAE, the Regulatory Authority for Energy, to offer explanations for its unsolicited wind energy output cutbacks on the islands. (energypress)

Forecast for EU carbon prices in next decade put Paris target in doubt

A survey of 135 companies, published by the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA), showed that average carbon prices are likely to be almost 9% lower than forecast last year. Therefore, the European carbon market expects European carbon prices to be lower than predicted in the next decade, making it less attractive to invest in the technology needed to help hit emissions targets. (Reuters)

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Πώς επηρεάζεται η εθνική οικονομία από τις διακυμάνσεις των τιμών πετρελαίου και ενέργειας; |GEF Event

May 30 2017

· Πέτρος Δούκας – τ.Υφυπουργός Εξωτερικών και Οικονομίας (Θεμ.Ενότητα: Ανταγωνιστικότητα)

· Ντόρα Μπακογιάννη – τ.Υπουργός Εξωτερικών, Βουλευτής (Θεμ.Ενότητα: Εξωτερικές Σχέσεις)

· Ντίνος Μπενρουμπή – CEO, Protergia (Θεμ.Ενότητα: Ηλεκτροπαραγωγή / Ενεργειακό Κόστος)

· Μαθιός Ρήγας – Πρόεδρος & Διευθύνων Σύμβουλος, Energean Oil&Gas (Θεμ.Ενότητα: Εξορύξεις υδρογονανθράκων)

· Γκίκας Χαρδούβελης – τ.Υπουργός Οικονομίας, Καθηγητής (Θεμ.Ενότητα: Εθνικός Προϋπολογισμός/Εθνική Οικονομία)

Energy Union Future Leaders

Under the auspices of Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President, Energy Union, European Commission

Brought to you by the Greek Energy Forum and the Energy & Environmental Policy Laboratory of the University of Piraeus

Athens, Greece - September 2017

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Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President of the EU Commission, Official Endorsement Letter to the GEF

The Greek Energy Forum is deeply honoured by the recognition of its activities as a think tank promoting the development of the energy industry in the South East Mediterranean region, by the Vice-President of the EU Commission, in charge of Energy Union, Maroš Šefčovič.

GEF Internship Programme Launched

The Greek Energy Forum is delighted to announce the launch of the Internships Programme and would like to invite students and recent graduates to submit their CVs as a range of internships across Europe will be soon available in our partner companies as well as within GEF.

Please send your CV and cover letter to info@greekenergyforum.com quoting “Internship Programme - CV” on the subject, and include your availability to start, current location and flexibility to travel and preferred type of employment (part-time/full-time).

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