Course description

Participants Testimonials

   
by Habiba Elsebai, Gas Regulatory Authority (GASREG), Egypt   by Veselin Todorov, Energy and Water Regulatory Commission (EWRC), Bulgaria   by Cristina Fetue and Laura Maranhao, TBG – Gas Transmission Company, Brazil

The 6th 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.

 

Day 1 – Global Gas Market Developments: Demand & Supply

The first day deals with the gas value chain, global picture and players, geopolitical dimension. 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. The future of gas, regional demand perspectives, 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. interruptible consumption is discussed. An overview of the main current and prospective suppliers is given and commercial, political and upstream factors influencing their future positioning in the global gas market is discussed. Finally the day concludes with a simulation of energy policy.

Day 2 – Wholesale Gas Markets, Trade

The day starts with the role of LNG in creating a global gas market and how prices might be influenced by the new entrants to the LNG market. 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 are discussed on the European restructuring and liberalization example. 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, destination clauses, transits. Gas market designs: hubs, wholesale markets, price correlation; gas trading in practice.

Day 3 – Transportation, Access to Infrastructure and Tariffs

Deals with the principles of calculating the revenue requirement of regulated segments of the sector. Why there is space for regulatory intervention; Where and when should the regulator intervene with tariff regulation; What are the main regulatory models applied in cases of regulatory intervention; What are the main components of the revenue requirement and the principles of how these are calculated. Describes the European tariff setting and third party access rules to networks; and explains exit-entry tariff setting in an Excel based simulation exercise. Focuses on the TSO function: transmission, system operation and balancing; EU unbundling regimes. Practicalities of the Network Codes: introduces cross border trade, pipeline capacity allocation and congestion management, transit, new pipelines, quality issues. The day ends with practical information on capacity trading platforms.

Day 4 – Security of Supply and Flexibility

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 diversification of supply routes are discussed. Financing of security of supply, incentives on infrastructure investment, social cost-benefit analysis of infrastructure, cross-border cost allocation are presented.

Day 5 – Retail Markets

The last day will focus on the consumers. 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. Special attention is given to non-payment and metering problems. 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 1 130 + 27% VAT

 

ERRA Associate Members EUR 1 340 + 27% VAT
Non-Member Regulators EUR 1 550 + 27% VAT
Non-regulators EUR 2 075 + 27% VAT

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

Kindly note that accommodation is not included in the tuition fee. Negotiated rate for Training Participants at the course venue is EUR 69/ person/ night (incl. buffet breakfast, WIFI, use of swimming pool, sauna, fitness and VAT). Room reservations and payment should be settled directly with the hotel by October 22, 2018. Reservation form will be provided with confirmation letter.

Course location

Budapest

Hungary

Lion’s Garden Hotel ****
Address: Cházár András u. 4, 1146 Budapest, Hungary
Tel.: +36 1 273 2070
E-mail: info-at-lions-garden.com
Web: http://www.lionsgarden.hu/en

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GLOBAL GAS MARKET DEVELOPMENTS: DEMAND & SUPPLY

08:30

Opening address and introduction by participants

Takácsné Tóth, Borbála

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

09:15

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

Takácsné Tóth, Borbála

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

10:40

Group Photo

10:45

Coffee break

11:00

The Role of Natural Gas in Turkey. Role of Turkey in the Regional Gas Market

Özkoc, Hasan

Deputy Secretary General, MEDREG

12:30

Lunch

13:30

Economics of Upstream Oil and Gas

Zelei, Gábor

Former President, Mining and Geological Survey, Hungary

15:00

Coffee break

15:20

Off-class Teamwork Assignment for the Week

Participants will be grouped and requested to work on the exercise after the classes.

Kotek, Péter

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

16:30

End of Day 1

WHOLESALE GAS MARKETS, TRADE

08:30

LNG Supply: Impact on Global Trade Patterns

Drinkwater, Matt

Senior Editor for Electricity, Gas and LNG, Argus

10:00

Coffee break

10:30

Gas Storage Regulation on the Transmission System, Principles, Models, Platforms

Takácsné Tóth, Borbála

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

11:30

Natural Gas Wholesale Trade: Opportunities and Obstacles

Andó, Bálint

Head of Gas Wholesale, MET Hungary Ltd., Hungary

12:30

Lunch

13:30

Gas Exchange Trading

Güttl, Florian

Key Account Manager, PEGAS-CEGH Gas Exchange Services, Austria

15:00

Coffee break

15:20

Hot Topics in Gas Markets Regulation

Roundtable discussion based on topics from Bulgaria, Egypt and Sri Lanka.
16:00

End of Day 2

16:30

Budapest Sightseeing Bus Tour

19:00

Group Dinner

TRANSPORTATION, ACCESS TO INFRASTRUCTURE AND TARIFFS

08:30

Principles of Calculating the Revenue Requirement of Regulated Segments of the Sector and Tariff Setting in the Natural Gas Sector

Haralambopoulos, Nick

Director, Economic Consulting Associates (ECA) Ltd., United Kingdom

10:00

Coffee break

10:20

Transmission Tariff Systems

Kácsor, Enikő

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

11:00

Entry/ Exit Tariff Setting Simulation

Kácsor, Enikő

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

12:30

Lunch

13:30

Capacity Allocation on the Transmission System, Principles, Models, Platforms

Szolnoki, Pálma

Head of Department, Hungarian Energy and Public Utility Regulatory Authority (HEA), Hungary

15:00

Coffee break

15:30

Restructuring of Gas Markets, Liberalization, Role of the Regulator

Kaderják, Péter

Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Policy, Ministry of Innovation and Technology, Hungary

16:30

End of Day 3

SECURITY OF SUPPLY AND FLEXIBILITY

08:30

Security of Supply Issues in the European Gas Sector. Demand and Supply Shocks in the EU (2009-2018)

Takácsné Tóth, Borbála

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

10:00

Coffee break

10:30

Future of Gas. Gas Demand Characteristics and International Developments

Petrov, Konstantin

Managing Consultant, DNV GL - Energy, Germany

12:00

Hot Topics in Gas Markets Regulation

Roundtable discussion based on topics from Brazil, Hungary and Latvia.
12:30

Lunch

13:30

Financing Investments Related to Security of Supply and Regulatory Tools to Foster Investment

Šimkus, Andrius

Gas Expert, Energy Community Secretariat, Austria

15:00

Coffee break

15:15

Role and Operation of the TSO. Unbundling, System Planning, Operation (Nomination, Allocation, Measurement, Balancing, Financial Settlement)

Tatár, Balázs

Head of Sales and Customer Support, Hungarian Natural Gas Transmission Company (FGSZ), Hungary

16:45

End of Day 4

RETAIL MARKET ISSUES AND CONSUMER PROTECTION

08:30

Market Monitoring, Non-payment, Metering, Switching

Martinoski, Martin

Head of the Energy Markets Monitoring Department, Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC), Macedonia

10:00

Coffee break

10:20

Principles of Consumer Protection; Role of the Regulator

Martinoski, Martin

Head of the Energy Markets Monitoring Department, Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC), Macedonia

11:45

Final Test

by Participants
12:30

Lunch

13:30

Presentation of the Off-Class Assignment by Participants

Moderator:

Kácsor, Enikő

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

14:45

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

Takácsné Tóth, Borbála

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

15:00

End of Training Course

Course Director

Takácsné Tóth, Borbála

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


Instructors

Andó, Bálint

Head of Gas Wholesale, MET Hungary Ltd., Hungary

Drinkwater, Matt

Senior Editor for Electricity, Gas and LNG, Argus

Güttl, Florian

Key Account Manager, PEGAS-CEGH Gas Exchange Services, Austria

Haralambopoulos, Nick

Director, Economic Consulting Associates (ECA) Ltd., United Kingdom

Kácsor, Enikő

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

Kaderják, Péter

Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Policy, Ministry of Innovation and Technology, Hungary

Kotek, Péter

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

Martinoski, Martin

Head of the Energy Markets Monitoring Department, Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC), Macedonia

Özkoc, Hasan

Deputy Secretary General, MEDREG

Petrov, Konstantin

Managing Consultant, DNV GL - Energy, Germany

Šimkus, Andrius

Gas Expert, Energy Community Secretariat, Austria

Szolnoki, Pálma

Head of Department, Hungarian Energy and Public Utility Regulatory Authority (HEA), Hungary

Tatár, Balázs

Head of Sales and Customer Support, Hungarian Natural Gas Transmission Company (FGSZ), Hungary

Zelei, Gábor

Former President, Mining and Geological Survey, Hungary

Please note that Training Materials are available only for registered participants (who fully paid the tuition fee) and ERRA Members. Please LOGIN with your username and password.

 

 

Nr. Country First Name Last Name Organization Job Title
1OmanMohammedAl ShahriAuthority for Electricity Regulation (AER)Board Member
2OmanSalman Mohammed SalmanAlshidiMinistry of Oil and Gas, Sultanate of OmanDirector General of Petroleum Investments
3GeorgiaMaiaBregvadzeGeorgian National Energy and Water Supply Regulatory Commission (GNERC)Chief Specialist of Natural Gas Department
4HungaryPéterBölkényHungarian Energy and Public Utility Regulatory Authority (HEA)International Gas Expert
5EgyptMohamedElsayedGas Regulatory Authority (GASREG)General Manager in Contracts Department
6EgyptHabibaElsebaiGas Regulatory Authority (GASREG)Section Head of the Licenses and Contracts
7CroatiaIvanaErcegCroatian Energy Regulatory Agency (HERA)Associate for Tariff Systems and the Gas and Oil Market
8BrazilCristinaFetueTBG - Brazilian Gas Transmission CompanyBusiness Development and Regulatory Affairs
9LatviaGuntaFrezePublic Utilities Commission (PUC)Senior Expert
10Sri LankaChamathGoonewardenaPublic Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL)Director - Regulatory Affairs
11OmanAhmedHashimOman Gas Company SAOCInvestment Manager
12EgyptAhmedKhalilGas Regulatory Authority (GASREG)Senior Specialist Board Meetings and General Assembly Technical Secretary
13BrazilLauraMaranhaoTBG - Brazilian Gas Transmission CompanyPlanning and Tariff Coordinator
14BotswanaMatsapaMotswetlaBotswana Energy Regulatory Authority (BERA)Executive Director
15LatviaJānisNegribsPublic Utilities Commission (PUC)Senior Expert
16CroatiaAndreaRosandaCroatian Energy Regulatory Agency (HERA)Associate for Tariff Systems and the Gas and Oil Market
17BulgariaMarianaSirkovaEnergy and Water Regulatory Commission (EWRC)Chief Expert, Natural Gas Division
18OmanHassanTaqiAuthority for Electricity Regulation (AER)Director of Economic & Financial Affairs
19BulgariaVeselinTodorovEnergy and Water Regulatory Commission (EWRC)Chief Expert
20BulgariaVanyaVasilevaEnergy and Water Regulatory Commission (EWRC)Chief Expert
21TurkeySefaÖzelEnergy Market Regulatory Authority (EMRA)Assistant Energy Expert

 

Venue/ Accommodation

Lion’s Garden Hotel ****
Address: Cházár András u. 4, 1146 Budapest, Hungary
Tel.: +36 1 273 2070
E-mail: info-at-lions-garden.com
Web: http://www.lionsgarden.hu/en

Kindly note that accommodation is not included in the tuition fee. Negotiated rate for Training Participants at the course venue is EUR 69/ person/ night (incl. buffet breakfast, WIFI, use of swimming pool, sauna, fitness and VAT). Room reservations and payment should be settled directly with the hotel by October 22, 2018. Reservation form will be provided with confirmation letter.

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

 


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 hotel:

  • one-way: HUF 4900 (approx. 17,5 EUR)
  • round trip: HUF 8400 (approx. 30 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 6500 (20 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

Lion’s Garden Hotel ****
Address: Cházár András u. 4, 1146 Budapest, Hungary
Tel.: +36 1 273 2070
E-mail: info-at-lions-garden.com
Web: http://www.lionsgarden.hu/en

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