Course description

Student Testimonials


by Maria GEROVA – Transparency Adviser, ENTSOG


Course Objectives

The 5th edition of ERRA’s Natural Gas Training Course builds upon the previous similar training programs. It aims to give a general introduction into the gas value chain with special emphasis on upstream gas supplies. It is supposed to give a good understanding of the restructuring process of the gas industry and of wholesale markets. It puts special emphasis on regulators approaches of gas infrastructures, gas storage and security of supply issues.

During the course the following broad themes will be addressed:

  • Upstream Gas Supply and Restructuring of Gas Markets in Europe
  • Wholesale Market Trade
  • Access to Gas Infrastructures: Regulatory Approaches
  • Gas Storage and Security of Supply Issues
  • Retail Market Issues


Course Structure

Day 1: UPSTREAM GAS SUPPLY AND RESTRUCTURING OF GAS MARKETS IN EUROPE

The first day deals with the gas value chain, global picture and players, geopolitical dimension (including the role of LNG). The issues of supply and upstream; supply and midstream are discussed. Industry facts and economics of gas industry are presented together with competition between LNG and gas by pipeline. An overview of the main current and prospective suppliers is given and commercial, political and upstream factors influencing their future positioning in the European gas market is discussed.  Different market structures (Asia, US, Europe) are discussed from an LNG trader perspective to give a better understanding of LNG trade developments and certain barriers to trade. [W1] [W2]  Finally the day concludes with a simulation of energy policy.

Day 2: WHOLESALE MARKET TRADE

The day begins with discussing the evolution of demand over time with an emphasis on EU, Southeast Europe and Eurasia. The factors affecting short and long term demand for natural gas are addressed, seasonality, factors influencing gas demand by consumer groups: residential, industrial, electricity generation, etc. interruptibility of consumption is discussed. Deals with vertically integrated companies; regulatory issues at a vertically integrated industry: licensing and monitoring; end customer tariff setting; network connection and its costs; business conduct rules and consumer protection. Investigates the role of competition and (EU) competition law; the EU Gas Directives, the Third package and the main institutions involved into the enforcement of EU law in the energy sector. Introduces the role of long-term contracts, take-or-pay, volumes, pricing & oil-indexation, flexibility, nominations, defaults, supply-security, destination clauses, transits. Gas market designs: hubs, wholesale markets, price correlation; gas trading in practice. 

Day 3: ACCESS TO GAS INFRASTRUCTURES – REGULATORY APPROACHES

Focuses on the TSO function: transmission, system operation and balancing; EU unbundling regimes. Describes the European tariff setting and third party access rules to networks; exit-entry tariffs and their implementation. Practicalities of the EU Network Codes: introduces cross border trade, pipeline capacity allocation and congestion management, transit, new pipelines, quality issues. New approaches of regional gas market development are presented. Finally a case study of the Russian regulatory approach of access to infrastructure is presented.

Day 4: GAS STORAGE AND SECURITY OF SUPPLY ISSUES

Deals with security of supply in terms of short-term and long-term policies and approaches, the external dimensions, strategic stocks, pipeline projects and exemptions from TPA rules. Gas storage regulation in a restructured gas sector is presented. Security of supply issues with regards new pipeline developments, reverse flow on existing pipelines and the regulation and incentives of domestic gas production is discussed.  

Day 5: RETAIL MARKETS

The competition issues of the retail market, supplier switching process and consumer protection will be addressed. Monitoring and the role of the regulators in informing consumers about their rights, the role of transparency will be tackled. The retail market price regulation and universal supply, definition of vulnerable consumers and the institution of supplier of last resort will be presented. Social issues related to energy prices and the tools to address the problems.

Group Assignment: Throughout the course a group assignment in form of a strategic game will be played. Participants present the results and the lessons learned on the last day.

Round table discussions: Every day selected hot topics – submitted by the participants – are discussed, possibly grouped thematically along the structure of the course.

Course registration

ERRA Full Members EUR 1 075 + 27% VAT
ERRA Associate Members EUR 1 275 + 27% VAT
Non-Member Regulators EUR 1 475 + 27% VAT
Non-regulators EUR 1 975 + 27% VAT

Tuition fee includes: training materials, lunches, coffee breaks during the training course and a social programme.

Accommodation cost for 5 nights will be automatically added to the tuition fee in the amount of 325 EUR if you chose to stay at the training venue (European Youth Centre Budapest (EYCB); http://www.eycb.coe.int). (In case participants wish to stay at a different location, please note that they will need to do their own hotel arrangements.)

Course location

Budapest

Hungary

European Youth Centre Budapest (EYCB)
Address: 1-3 Zivatar Str., H-1024 Budapest
Tel.: +36 1 438 1030 ǀ Fax +36 1 212 4076
E-mail: tni.e1495777008oc@ta1495777008irate1495777008rcesb1495777008cye1495777008
Web: www.eycb.coe.int

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Gas Market Regulation Training 2016

Please note that ERRA is not in the position to provide participants with funds or assistance in finding the necessary funds regarding their participation fees and does not have sponsored places for the training. Thus, we kindly ask you to submit your registration only in case the funds to cover your participation, including tuition fee, travel, etc. are available for you and your participation is already approved by your delegating company.

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UPSTREAM GAS SUPPLY AND RESTRUCTURING OF GAS MARKETS IN EUROPE

08:30

Opening Address and Introduction by Participants

TAKÁCSNÉ TÓTH, Borbála

Course Director; Senior Research Associate, Regional Centre for Energy Policy Research (REKK), Hungary

09:15

Introducing the Value Chain. Global Picture and Players. Geopolitical Dimension

TAKÁCSNÉ TÓTH, Borbála

Course Director; Senior Research Associate, Regional Centre for Energy Policy Research (REKK), Hungary

10:40

Coffee Break

11:00

A 2025 Outlook for Gas Supplies to Europe

FRANZA, Luca

Researcher (International Gas Market), Clingendael International Energy Programme (CIEP), The Netherlands

12:30

Lunch Break

13:30

Restructuring the gas sector: EU directives from market opening to gas target model

KADERJÁK, Péter

Director, Regional Centre for Energy Policy Research (REKK), Hungary

15:00

Coffee Break

15:20

Off-Class Teamwork Assignment for the Week

The Group Assignment: Participants will be grouped and requested to work on the exercise after the classes.

KOTEK, Péter

Senior Research Associate, Regional Centre for Energy Policy Research (REKK), Hungary

16:30

End of Day 1

19:00

Group Dinner

WHOLESALE MARKET TRADE

08:30

Building a regional gas market in the Baltics

OTS, Märt

ERRA Chairman; Director General, Estonian Competition Authority (ECA), Estonia

10:00

Coffee Break

10:30

Gas demand characteristics and international developments

TAKÁCSNÉ TÓTH, Borbála

Course Director; Senior Research Associate, Regional Centre for Energy Policy Research (REKK), Hungary

12:00

Hot Topics in Gas Markets Regulation

Roundtable Discussion based on Case Studies by Selected Participants
12:30

Lunch Break

13:30

Wholesale trade in the EU: techniques, progress in gas trading, liquidity and barriers to trade

PHILIPP, Stefan

Senior Customer Service Manager, Gas Exchange Services, Central European Gas Hub (CEGH), Austria

15:00

Coffee Break

15:20

Restructuring of gas markets and wholesale market trade in Russia

GOLOMOLZIN, Anatoly

Deputy Head, Federal Antimonopoly Service, Russian Federation

16:45

End of Day 2

ACCESS TO GAS INFRASTRUCTURES: REGULATORY APPROACHES

08:30

Role of TSO, Network access arrangements, congestion management and capacity allocation, balancing; Case Study: NBP Capacity Trading Platform

GELLÉNYI, Zoltán

Director of System Operation and Capacity Trade, Hungarian Natural Gas Transmission Company (FGSZ), Hungary

10:20

Coffee Break

10:40

Transmission tariff systems; Entry/ exit tariff system in the EU

SZOLNOKI, Pálma

Senior Business Analyst, IP Systems, Hungary

12:00

Cross Border Transmission Tariffs in the Balkan (CESEC) region

TAKÁCSNÉ TÓTH, Borbála

Course Director; Senior Research Associate, Regional Centre for Energy Policy Research (REKK), Hungary

12:30

Lunch Break

13:30

Price Regulation of the Natural Gas Sector incl. a case study in Turkey

KORKUTATA, Nedim

Head of Tariffs Department, Energy Market Regulatory Authority, Turkey

15:00

Coffee Break

15:20

Hot topics in gas markets regulation

" Round table discussion based on case studies by participants"
15:50

Access to gas infrastructures: Russian regulatory approach

Video Presentation

GOLOMOLZIN, Anatoly

Deputy Head, Federal Antimonopoly Service, Russian Federation

16:50

End of Day 3

GAS STORAGE AND SECURITY OF SUPPLY ISSUES

08:30

Security of supply issues in the European gas sector. Case study: The gas crisis of January 2009 and regulatory responses

TAKÁCSNÉ TÓTH, Borbála

Course Director; Senior Research Associate, Regional Centre for Energy Policy Research (REKK), Hungary

10:20

Coffee Break

10:40

Regulation of Ukraine’s gas market: the ongoing reform

BADANOVA, Ielyzaveta

Deputy Head of Legal, NJSC Naftogaz, Ukraine

12:00

Hot Topics in Gas Markets Regulation

Roundtable Discussion based on Case Studies by Selected Participants
12:30

Lunch Break

13:30

Gas storage regulation in a restructured gas sector

TAKÁCSNÉ TÓTH, Borbála

Course Director; Senior Research Associate, Regional Centre for Energy Policy Research (REKK), Hungary

14:45

Coffee Break

15:00

Case study on the Romanian gas offshore prospects and related infrastructure development

SELAVARDEANU, Cristian

Romanian Energy Regulatory Authority (ANRE), Romania

16:00

Case study on liberalization of gas prices in Romania

SELAVARDEANU, Cristian

Romanian Energy Regulatory Authority (ANRE), Romania

17:00

End of Day 4

RETAIL MARKET ISSUES

08:30

Retail market and social issues in the gas sector. End-user price regulation, supplier switch, political involvement and social subsidies

KEREKES, Lajos

Senior Researcher, Regional Centre for Energy Policy Research (REKK), Hungary

10:00

Coffee Break

10:20

New pipeline projects in and around Turkey

BAYRAKTAR, Alparslan

Deputy Undersecretary, Energy and Natural Resources Ministry of Turkey; Former ERRA and ICER Chairman, Turkey

11:45

Final Test

by Participants
12:30

Lunch Break

13:30

Presentation of the Off-Class Assignments

by Participants
14:45

Course Evaluation
Signing of the Alumni Book
Group Photo
Final Comments and Farewell

TAKÁCSNÉ TÓTH, Borbála

Course Director; Senior Research Associate, Regional Centre for Energy Policy Research (REKK), Hungary

15:00

End of the 5-day Training Course

Course Faculty Team

BADANOVA, Ielyzaveta

Deputy Head of Legal, NJSC Naftogaz, Ukraine

BAYRAKTAR, Alparslan

Deputy Undersecretary, Energy and Natural Resources Ministry of Turkey; Former ERRA and ICER Chairman, Turkey

FRANZA, Luca

Researcher (International Gas Market), Clingendael International Energy Programme (CIEP), The Netherlands

GELLÉNYI, Zoltán

Director of System Operation and Capacity Trade, Hungarian Natural Gas Transmission Company (FGSZ), Hungary

GOLOMOLZIN, Anatoly

Deputy Head, Federal Antimonopoly Service, Russian Federation

KADERJÁK, Péter

Director, Regional Centre for Energy Policy Research (REKK), Hungary

KEREKES, Lajos

Senior Researcher, Regional Centre for Energy Policy Research (REKK), Hungary

KORKUTATA, Nedim

Head of Tariffs Department, Energy Market Regulatory Authority, Turkey

KOTEK, Péter

Senior Research Associate, Regional Centre for Energy Policy Research (REKK), Hungary

OTS, Märt

ERRA Chairman; Director General, Estonian Competition Authority (ECA), Estonia

PHILIPP, Stefan

Senior Customer Service Manager, Gas Exchange Services, Central European Gas Hub (CEGH), Austria

SELAVARDEANU, Cristian

Romanian Energy Regulatory Authority (ANRE), Romania

SZOLNOKI, Pálma

Senior Business Analyst, IP Systems, Hungary

TAKÁCSNÉ TÓTH, Borbála

Course Director; Senior Research Associate, Regional Centre for Energy Policy Research (REKK), Hungary

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Nr. Country First Name Last Name Organization Job Title
1EstoniaIndrekAhermaaEstonian Competition Authority (ECA)Adviser
2LithuaniaValdemarasBagdonasAB Amber Grid 
3LatviaIngaBalabkinaPublic Utilities Commission (PUC)Head of Energy Division, Legal Department
4United States (US)RhedonBegolliThe World BankEnergy Specialist
5TanzaniaBlandinaBilauEnergy and Water Utilities Regulatory Authority (EWURA)Economist
6LatviaJānisBunkovskisAS "Latvenergo"Project Manager of Regulatory Affairs
7EgyptSuzanEl GamalEgyptian Natural Gas Company - Gasco
8BelgiumMariaGerovaENTSOGTransparency Adviser
9PakistanNoorulHaqueOil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA)Member Finance
10HungaryÁkosJózsefMFGT Hungarian Gas Storage CompanySenior Regulation Expert
11GeorgiaSopioKhozrevanidzeGeorgian National Energy and Water Supply Regulatory Commission (GNERC)Chief Specialist, Natural Gas Department
12TurkeyAsudeKorucuogullariTurkey Energy Market Regulatory AuthorityAssistant Energy Expert
13PakistanNajaf KhanMalikOil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA)Deputy Executive Director (LPG/LNG)
14TanzaniaFelixNgamlagosiEnergy and Water Utilities Regulatory Authority (EWURA)Director General
15GeorgiaIvanePirveliGeorgian National Energy and Water Supply Regulatory Commission (GNERC)Deputy Director, Natural Gas Department
16TanzaniaThobiasRwelamilaEnergy and Water Utilities Regulatory Authority (EWURA)Natural Gas Distribution Manager
17GeorgiaGeorgiShengeliaGeorgian National Energy and Water Supply Regulatory Commission (GNERC)Deputy Director, International Relations Department
18TurkeyMelihTurhanEnergy market regulatory authority turkeyenergy expert asistance
19LatviaAivarsViessPublic Utilities Commission (PUC)Executive Director
20LatviaAgneseVillerePublic Utilities Commission (PUC)Senior Expert at Gas Division
21SlovakiaVladimírVolčkoDeloitte Advisory s.r.o. 

 

Venue/ Accommodation

European Youth Centre Budapest (EYCB)
Address: Zivatar u. 1-3., H-1024 Budapest
Tel.: +36 1 438 1030 ǀ Fax: +36 1 212 4076
E-mail: tni.e1495777008oc@ta1495777008irate1495777008rcesb1495777008cye1495777008
Web: www.eycb.coe.int

Tuition fee includes: training materials, lunches, coffee breaks during the training course and a social programme.

Please be informed that 5 nights of accommodation at the course venue – European Youth Center (EYCB) can be added (November 27 – December 2). Please note that EYCB has a dormitory type of accommodation, which means that there are no television and air conditioner in the rooms. Participants are accommodated in private rooms with private bathroom included. For more information please visit: http://www.coe.int/t/dg4/eycb/Conf_facil/photos_en.asp. In case you need extra nights for your stay, a separate form will be sent to you with the confirmation letter. Single room rate is € 65/night (including breakfast and VAT).

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Visa

Please verify the visa requirements of Hungary by contacting the Hungarian Embassy in your country. The list of diplomatic missions is available here: http://www.kormany.hu/en/ministry-of-foreign-affairs-and-trade/missions. The list of countries whose citizens do not require visas to enter Hungary can be found at http://konzuliszolgalat.kormany.hu/visa-waiver-agreements.

List of third countries, where a Schengen state issues visas on behalf of Hungary is available on this page: http://konzuliszolgalat.kormany.hu/visa-issuance-on-behalf-of-hungary.

In case you need an entry visa, please immediately contact the ERRA Secretariat! To prepare a visa invitation letter for you, please send us your passport copy. 


Airport Transfers/ Travel Information

Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport (formerly Ferihegy):

  • Located 16 kilometres (9,9 mi) east-southeast of the centre of Budapest
  • Central telephone number for information: +36 1 296 7000
  • http://www.bud.hu/english
  • The transfer time to/from the airport to the downtown is approximately 45-60 minutes (subject to traffic)

Shuttle bus

miniBUD (http://www.minibud.hu/) is the official airport shuttle service company providing fixed-priced transfer service between Budapest Airport – Budapest city center – Budapest Airport. The miniBUD airport shuttle service counters located on the arrivals level of Budapest Airport.

Rate to the EYCB:

  • one-way: HUF 3900 (approx. 12,5 EUR)
  • round trip: HUF 6900 (approx. 22 EUR)

Taxi from the Airport

There is an official airport taxi company (Főtaxi) available at the Arrival Hall of the Terminals. All Főtaxi cars are equipped with POS terminal, therefore passengers can pay with credit card as well. Reservations can be made in person at Főtaxi booths located at the exit at Terminal 2A and 2B. At the taxi rank in front of the stands taxis are parking continuously waiting for passengers.

Rates (for reference purposes only): around HUF 8500 (27 EUR) for one way.

Calling a Taxi in Budapest

Please find below the list of larger taxi companies in Budapest:

  • Taxi 2000: +36 1 200 0000
  • Citytaxi: +36 1 211 1111
  • Főtaxi: +36 1 222 2222
  • 6×6 Taxi: +36 1 666 6666

Public Transport

Budapest’s network of public transport services (BKK) includes buses, trolleybuses, trams, subway (Metró) and over ground suburban trains (HÉV).

For ticket prices and more information please visit the official website of BKK: http://www.bkk.hu/en/tickets-and-passes/prices/ 

Booklet in PDF with useful information is available here >>

Railway Stations

International trains operate from the three largest stations:

  • Keleti pályaudvar: VIII., Baross tér. Tel: (+36-1) 413 – 4610.
  • Nyugati pályaudvar: VI., Nyugati tér Tel: (+36-1) 349-8503
  • Déli pályaudvar I. Krisztina krt. 37. Tel: (+36-1) 375-6593

All three international railway stations are part of the Budapest Underground system, the Metró. The Déli is on the Red (Number 2) line, Keleti is on the Red (Number 2) and Green (Number 4) lines and the Nyugati is on the Blue (Number 3) line.

Official website of the Hungarian State Railways: https://www.mavcsoport.hu/en


General Information

Currency:      HUF (Hungarian Forint)
Currency Exchange Rates: http://www.mnb.hu/en/arfolyamok

Time zone:   UTC/GMT +1 hours

Electricity:   230 V/50 Hz (Europlug)

Dial Codes:   +36 –

Emergency Calls:    112 (ambulance, police and fire)

Smoking:   Smoking is not permitted in public places, dining and meeting facilities.

Weather:   http://www.meteoprog.hu/en/weather/Budapest/
http://koponyeg.hu/t/Budapest

Information on
Budapest:
  http://bebudapest.hu/
http://www.budapest.com/
https://www.budapestinfo.hu/home.html
http://www.funzine.hu/

Course location

Budapest

Hungary

European Youth Centre Budapest (EYCB)
Address: 1-3 Zivatar Str., H-1024 Budapest
Tel.: +36 1 438 1030 ǀ Fax +36 1 212 4076
E-mail: tni.e1495777008oc@ta1495777008irate1495777008rcesb1495777008cye1495777008
Web: www.eycb.coe.int

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