Archives for : February2018

Energy strategies in black and white

We are witnessing in this period a rewrite of Europe’s energy map. This process, started about 10 years ago, follows two large approaches, the media persuasive projects (we are witnessing a suffocation with such projects) and the real projects. Increasingly more countries understood the success of this approach and are playing it, based on an unlimited resource: politicians and politruks. These social categories, reaching important public positions, have proven to be the best modality to promote and disseminate the energy projects cleverly placed in the media, by those who want the real projects to be achieved.  Enthusiastic about the opportunities they have identified, the politicians are wiping their sleeves and getting on with it, becoming the perfect tools for building the future, true, Energy Europe. Analyzing a recent report of ENTSOG (the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Gas), in the section of the Southern Gas Corridor, the Development Plan for 2017-2026, the following statement drew my attention: “The report comes at a time when, on the one hand, the first large projects that have been initiated have entered well in the construction phase – TAP (Trans Adriatic Pipeline), and on the other hand, South Eastern Europe is facing the uncertainty created by a large number of initiatives on regional projects for the formation of vertical (south-north) and horizontal (east-west) corridors”. Torpedoing some projects and putting others on the table has lately become possible, easy and cheap through the “SPA of politicians”, who are eager to show the electorate the many projects they support, sometimes being in the position of making the games of others, often unconsciously. If we follow ENTSOG report, we can only wonder about the large inventory of projects launched in southern Europe. Here, we find in Southern Europe 131 projects, of which 20 FID (Final Investment Decision) projects and 110 non-FID (without the existence of a Final Investment Decision) projects.

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Do we need a Network Code in Romania?

The gas sector is characterized by numerous failures, dissatisfactions, abuses, disorientation etc. The fact is that Things must change. But how? What? Where? Who? When? Any vision on the gas sector has to start from the need to rebuild it, from scratch, step by step, by placing the TRANSACTION in the center of the future construction of the new gas sector. The Intelligent Energy Association last year launched a country project called Starting over in the gas market in 10 steps, in order to build a real market and remove the pseudo market that is first of all detrimental to gas consumers. Today, within the Round Table Meeting organized by the Intelligent Energy Association together with the publication, with the topic: “We can have a fair gas price only with an objective Network Code and a functional market“, carried out at the Chamber of Commerce and Industries of Bucharest (CCIB), the participants answered 3 essential questions:

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Hungary – Romania, 7-0 score in the gas sector

A statement of the Hungarian Foreign Minister, after a high-level meeting in Romania, highlighting the exclusive interest to purchase gas from Romania, but through a pipeline built by Romanians, basically certifies the lack of interest in BRUA project. As Hungary is a country that over time has proven a high pragmatism and has pursued its national interest, I propose that we review the relationship between Romania and Hungary in the gas sector.

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