Other speakers at this annual event for gas industry professionals included Jean-Arnold Vinois, Head of Energy Policy and Security of Supply Unit in the European Commission, and representatives of Nord Stream and ITGI pipeline projects among other participants.
Robert Klein emphasized the advantages of the TAP– the shortest route, technically less challenging offshore section, signed long term gas supply contract. He stressed the fact that TAP is a “commercial and not political project, it is based on a solid business idea meeting requirements of producers, shippers and consumers.”
Participants of the conference raised their concerns over the decreasing gas demand in Europe which is a result of the current economic crisis and its implications for the development of gas infrastructure. However, they agreed that the Southern Gas Corridor, linking Europe to the Caspian and Middle Eastern gas, needs to be implemented in order to meet European needs of diversified energy supply, even if the overall gas demand will be dropping in the next few years.
More about the “Developing European Gas Supply Infrastructure” conference at http://www.platts.com/Events/2009/pc978/