The Program of the Forum will focus on discussions that will give the space for communication for the audience: questions, comments and suggestions. Therefore the quality of the conference also requires the informed and inquisitive participants.

Reference list of issues for consideration at the Forum

Project (the list of speakers is not final)

DAY 1 – 9 October 2019

830–930 Registration, welcoming coffee

Topic Speakers
1 Greetings from the Organizing Committee
2 Greetings from  the EU Delegation to Ukraine (tbc)
3 Preamble from the  National Energy and Utilities Regulatory Commission representative of the National Energy and Utilities Regulatory Commission (tbc)
4 Greetings from the Honorable guests Anka Feldhusen (Embassy of  the Federal Republic of Germany  in Ukraine)
5 Greetings from the Honorable guests Marek Šafin (Embassy of Slovak Republic in Ukraine)
Report  "Natural Gas and  the Energy Security of Ukraine" Oleksandr Danyliuk (NSDC)

Panel І:   Transit of Russian natural gas. In anticipation of 2020

1 Key report «Natural gas market of Ukraine and transit: urgent problems and possible solutions» Oleksiy Orzhel (Ministrу of Energy and Environmental Protection)
2 Ukraine's strategy on transit negotiations. Expert view Sergiy Korsunskyi (Diplomatic Academy of Ukraine)
3 Completion of a contract with «Gazprom»: risks and opportunities. Volodymyr Omelchenko (Razumkov Centre)
4 Incertitudes in Hungary’s gas supply for post 2019 period Pál Ságvári (Ambassador-at-Large for Energy Security of Hungary)
5 A fair price anchor for Ukraine’s gas market in the absence of physical gas transit through Ukraine Pawel Lont (EFET)
6 Satisfaction of its own needs in natural gas under the various  scenarios of transit negotiations - representative of  GTS Operator, - representative of DSO

Panel ІІ: Gas production: the PSA tenders and concession auctions, and Ukraine’s drive to self-sufficiency 

1 Oil and gas state policy. representatives of VRU, CMU
2 The new strategy of gas production at Naftogaz. Andriy Favorov (Naftogaz of Ukraine)
3 Transparency and incentives to revitalize investments in oil and gas projects. Online auctions and Product Sharing Agreements. First results and next steps. representative of State Geonadra
4 International practice of concessions in the field of subsoil use. Viktor Gladun (JV Poltava Petroleum Company)
5 Signing PSAs. Existing experience and possible failures. Armen Khachaturyan (Asters LF)
6 Tax regime in Ukraine in comparison with the others countries. Alastair McBain (Arawak Energy)
7 Win on PSA tenders and concessions auctions: the next steps Vadym Bodayev (SigmaBleyzer)
8 Improving cooperation with territorial communities. representative of Poltava regional state administration
9 Problems of  dormant licenses  and ways to solve it. Yaroslav Petrov (Asters Law Firm)

Panel ІІІ: Innovations and Investments

1 Prospects for increasing gas production in Ukraine. Problems to be solved. Roman Opimakh (Association of Gas Producers of Ukraine)
2 Gas production. Investments and Innovations. Yuliya Kovaliv (Office of the National Investment Council)
3 Ukrainian drilling companies and their competitiveness against foreign companies? Іhor Stephanyshyn (Ukrburservis)
4 Ukrainian gas production science. Yevstakhii Kryzhanivskyi (Ivano-Frankivsk  National Technical University of Oil and Gas)
5 Data-rooms. Foreign experience. Schlumberger representative

Panel ІV: EU – UA gas market integration

1 The EU gas market after 2019 as seen from Germany. (tbc)
2 Management of the Ukrainian GTS: Viewpoint of involved European gas TSOs Milan Sedláček (EUstream), Willem Coppoolse (Gasunie)
3 The winter outlook for the European gas market Aura Sabadus (ICIS)

DAY 2 – 10 October 2019

Panel V: Domestic gas market, 4 years after  the adoption of the Law on the natural gas market

1000   Welcoming coffee
1 How open is Ukrainian gas market, and the role of the Regulator in this. NEURC representative
2 Gas market in Ukraine: current state and necessary reforms from the perspective of the international donor. Baher El-Hifnawi (World Bank)
3 EBRD's involvement in the reform and financing of the Ukrainian gas sector. Marina Petrov (EBRD)
4 Natural gas exchange trade in Ukraine. Preliminary results and further prospects. Oleksiy Dubovskiy (Ukrainian Energy Exchange)
5 Information platform of daily balancing: in theory and in practice. Andriy Myzovets (Association of gas traders of Ukraine)
6 How to evaluate the effectiveness of employees and top management work. The European experience. Roman Bondar (Odgers Berndtson Ukraine)

Panel VI: Unbundling and partnership realities

1 Views and position on unbanding from: - the Government of Ukraine - NEURC. - the representative of CMU, - Oleksandr Formahey (NEURC)(tbc)
2 Choosing the unbundling model for the Ukrainian GTS. Position of Naftogaz of Ukraine group. - representative of CMU, - representative of  EU official body (tbc)

Panel VII: Supply of natural gas to domestic consumers. Experience and problems

1 Prepayment for gas supply: current situation and forecasts. representative of NAK «Naftogaz of Ukraine» (tbc)
2 Debts  of district heating companies: experience in solving such problems. Sukru Bogut (USAID)
3 Customer service: how to establish an effective сo-operation. RGC representative
4 Subsidies monetization: the interim results. representative of the Ministry of finance of Ukraine

Panel VІІI: 2020 – Ukrainian gas sector  in the great game of East-West geopolitics

1 Tariffs: expected evolutions for TSO and DSO users.NEURC representative
2 Main gas pipelines of Ukraine: state of readiness for assets transfer and related operations. Walter Boltz (Main Gas Pipelines of Ukraine)
3 Supplying Ukraine with natural gas by reverse flows from Europe in the case of a complete cessation of transit starting in 2020. Simon Schulte (EWI) (tbc)
4 Gas distribution networks. State and prospects. representative of Association of Gas Market of Ukraine
5 Preparation of Ukrainian GTS for functioning under the different scenarios of Russian gas transit. M-A. Eyl-Mazzega (IFRI)
6 -  The US government’s LNG diplomacy in Europe: reality or bluff? -  Practical measures for the implementation of the trilateral memorandum of cooperation in the field of energy between USA, Poland and Ukraine. - Ariel Cohen (Atlantic Council) - representative of Poland, - representative of Ukraine
7 Transit of Russian gas after 2020: a view from Europe Simon Pirani (Oxford Institute for Energy Studies)
CONCLUDING REMARKS from the Organizing Committee