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Molecules – The Eurogas Newsletter (June 2021)

Editorial: Didier Holleaux, Eurogas President

Dear readers,

I am delighted to write this editorial in my first month as Eurogas President. The coming two years will be crucial for Europe’s decarbonisation path and already are a challenging time for the energy sector. Nonetheless, the gas industry will work hard to contribute to this decarbonation and face these challenges by building on the achievements of the association under the guidance of my predecessor, Philippe Sauquet.

Every Eurogas member will play a role in delivering on 55% emissions reductions by 2030, and carbon neutrality soon after 2045. Those commitments are well established within Eurogas, and we are working to secure the framework to achieve them. For example, we have joined 14 cross-sector associations calling for binding 2030 targets to reduce the greenhouse gas intensity of gas consumed in Europe by at least 20%, and increase the uptake of renewable gases to at least 11%. The idea of such targets is now growing in strength amongst policy makers.

This example of working with other associations and partners will be a central pillar of my Presidency. Eurogas has much to offer in the delivery of a framework for achieving our common climate goals. As the Chair of the European Parliament’s ITRE committee, MEP Cristian-Silviu Bușoi, said at a Eurogas Let’s Meet event this month, “we must be objective about the role of gas”. While we work to accelerate the transition to climate neutrality by optimising the use of gases, Eurogas will remain committed to broad stakeholder dialogue based on science and evidence. Working together with all stakeholders who share our enthusiasm for tackling the climate emergency is clearly key to reaching our targets in the most efficient and cost-effective manner.

The role of gas and gaseous fuels is to be defined in the coming months by the European Commission’s much-anticipated gas decarbonisation package. It is another of my priorities to make sure that Eurogas and its members support the delivery of an enabling framework for the full decarbonisation of gas over the next decades. At the same time we must be pragmatic and recognise the potential for coal and oil to gas switching, balancing renewable electricity, and decarbonising industry and buildings. We fully support the Commission approach to Energy Sector Integration, as we believe it will minimise the cost of energy transition to European citizens.

I am also determined to ensure Eurogas does its part to deliver a Just Transition. While we ramp up efforts on legislative developments, we will continue working closely with our social partners, the Trade Union representations: EPSU and IndustriAll Europe. Our ongoing joint study on jobs in the sector is mapping the skills needed across Europe to make sure industry and workers are ready for the upsurge in new technologies needed to get through the transition.

Looking back over 30 years working in the energy industry, I have no doubt that change can be realised. Today’s climate and economic crises are indeed grave but looking across the sector it is clear we have the technologies needed to get through this. With the right framework we will decarbonise our energy system at a reasonable cost and create jobs across Europe’s regions in the process.

I am very much looking forward to working with all of you on these critical issues in the coming years.


Didier Holleaux
Eurogas President

Introduction to the HOLDIGAZ Group

HOLDIGAZ group’s diverse skillset and expertise allow us to provide comprehensive energy advice and tailor-made services to private clients and businesses. We do this across the areas of natural gas and biogas distribution, the production and injection of biogas, as well as solar energy and building technology.

Our investments in renewable energy over the last several years have followed the example set by Switzerland’s Energy Strategy 2050, which was adopted by public vote.

The company is vigorously supporting the development of biogas by increasing the number of production and injection sites within its networks. Several facilities make biogas from food and biological waste or from sewage sludge. Other sites are currently being built or are planned for the future.

To increase the population’s access to renewable gas, the company is joining forces with both national and international partners in an effort to import liquefied biomethane. The aim is to inject the substance directly into its distribution network, and make Bio-LNG available for heavy transport.

In addition to its renewable energy approach, the group has offered 100% CO2-neutral natural gas to its customers since 2019, thanks to a carbon offset project with a Swiss organisation that is a specialist in the field. As part of this approach, HOLDIGAZ offsets 100% of the CO2 emissions of the gas it supplies to its customers up to its end use in heating, cooking, transport or industrial processes.

Partnering with Eurogas has allowed HOLDIGAZ to access an international network of skill sets in the gas sector, to track the issues encountered on the European markets and to benefit from enriching exchanges, all in support of the energy transition in Switzerland, which is now under active review by the country’s authorities.

We share Eurogas’ vision for a robust European gas market that supports energy efficiency, the reduction of CO2 emissions and the development of renewable energy, all while encouraging competitiveness, enhancing security of supply and delivering benefits to customers.

Eurogas’ drive to optimise the role of gas in the energy mix of tomorrow through ongoing dialogue with European industry players and relevant institutions seems a worthy goal to pursue. HOLDIGAZ is pleased to be able to join forces with Eurogas thanks to its admission as a Eurogas member.

Vermilion Energy joins Eurogas

Vermilion Energy is present across North America, Europe and Australia, and active in the efforts to reach carbon neutrality in all those geographies.

As the energy transition progresses, the challenges become evident. In many cases, Europe’s electricity infrastructure will not be sufficient, decarbonisation of power production will be challenging, and we will need to keep an eye on security of supply.

Natural gas is indispensable in the journey to net zero. It is needed for flexibility and storage in an efficient, cost-effective transition. Energy from natural gas has the smallest emission footprint of all fossil fuels, making domestic production an important source that boosts liquidity on the European gas market and provides security of supply.

With this in mind, Vermilion acquired assets in France in 1997 and expanded this position with subsequent acquisitions in 2006 and 2012. A first step into the Netherlands was accomplished in 2004. In fact, we have become the second largest onshore operator in the Netherlands. In 2014, Vermilion entered Germany through an acquisition, and this has been followed by additional asset acquisitions in 2017 and 2021.

In 2014, Vermilion was awarded its first concession in Hungary, representing Vermilion’s initial entry into Central and Eastern Europe. Since then, we have grown our position in Hungary, and added concessions in Croatia and Slovakia to the portfolio. In 2017 Vermilion took over operatorship from Shell of the Corrib gas field in Ireland in partnership with Canada Pension Plan Investment Board. We prioritise health and safety across our operations and emphasise strategic community investment in each of our operating areas.

We know that natural gas is needed to guarantee supply of energy and ensure energy affordability. It is an essential part of the energy transition. As a natural gas producer, we are working to be part of a low-carbon future by building on our competencies, repurposing our infrastructure and kickstarting the hydrogen economy.

Vermilion Energy is looking forward to working with Eurogas and its members to promote natural gas as an enabler of the future energy system.

Motor Oil Hellas In Numbers

The word mathematics comes from the Greek work μάθημα, which we pronounce máthēma. In Ancient Greek this translates roughly to ‘what one learns,’ but today it translates simply to ‘lesson’.

For this article, our first since becoming a member of Eurogas in March 2021, we wanted to share some numbers with you, how they influence our work, and what we are learning.

For example, fifty and eight-two. This is how many years we have been operating; and how many companies make up the Motor Oil Hellas Group, covering refining and distribution as well as power, gas, renewables and alternative fuels.

Six billion, this was our turnover in Euros in 2020. One thousand four hundred: that’s the number of gas stations we operate across Greece, Cyprus and Southeast Europe region.

Ten percent is Motor Oil Group’s share of national gas consumption in Greece. And 0.5 bcm is the extent to which our natural gas operations grew last year, through trading and LNG imports.

Finally, two thousand two hundred and fifty eight is the most important number, because it is the number of our employees. Each of those is important to our daily operations.

But our daily operations are changing. Our business strategy increasingly focuses on the evolution of the energy transition and the development of sustainable energy, for example alternative fuels for mobility.

In 2018 and 2019 we also made investments into wind and solar energy. However, one of our most important developments is the new Dioriga Gas LNG import terminal.

The MOH Group is currently developing this terminal, which includes a floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU), at the refinery premises area near Athens.

When operational at the end of 2023, this terminal will offer a new natural gas gateway to serve the growing gas market across both Greece and the Southeast Europe markets by providing access to the global LNG supply network.

As a result, the Dioriga Gas FSRU LNG terminal will significantly enhance security of supply, diversify our supply sources, and improve market competition at both national and regional level, with considerable benefits for the end users.

The LNG barge-reloading and truck-loading facilities of Dioriga Gas FSRU will enable the dynamic development of the bunkering and small-scale LNG activities in Greece. It will bring natural gas to the maritime sector and to areas non-interconnected to the national natural gas transmission system like Peloponnese, Western Greece and Greece’s multiple islands. Due to its strategic positioning in the heart of the transmission system, the new LNG terminal will also increase the system’s operational flexibility.

Through our changes, we are learning. If we look at the numbers, achieving carbon neutrality will only be possible through the use of natural gas, as the most cost-effective enabler of emissions reductions. Throughout Southeast Europe, countries are transitioning from using coal and high-polluting fuels to more sustainable, to lower carbon solutions.

Through the partnership with Eurogas, Motor Oil Group intends to participate to the ongoing dialogue about the significant future role of gas in Europe. We want to cooperate with the key players of the European gas industry, and further develop natural gas markets in Greece and the wider Southeast Europe region, offering an alternative to coal and support with emission reductions.

Most of all, we look forward to what we can learn as we work together at this crucial time in the energy transition.

Gas Tech Talk: Kayrros, Satellites successfully detecting methane emissions

Satellite systems are being used successfully by Kayrros to detect value chain methane emissions and allow energy companies to manage them. As the EU works on its Methane Strategy, it is important that legislation harnesses the potential of such solutions. To support this, points to consider include:

  • The need for recognition of the fast-changing nature of relevant technologies like satellite detection for onshore and on the ground mobile sensors commonly used for distribution networks.
  • Variations along the value chain, such as the characteristics of assets and equipment, should be catered for. Blanket obligations in leak detection and reporting will not work.
  • Monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) methodologies will need to be harmonised. OGMP 2.0, as one example, has proposed a voluntary template, which could be made compulsory.
  • While harmonisation of methodology and reporting templates will ensure higher comparability, flexibility should still be left between countries on the measures they implement to address emissions depending on their systems.
  • Synergies – for example, between data captured for leak detection and its potential for developing monitoring, reporting and verification systems – should be supported by the legislation.

Events – Coming up

European Gas Tech: Delivering on 2050 | 2 September 2021

The 1st edition of the online Eurogas TECH Conference ‘European Gas Tech: Delivering on 2050’  on 2 September 2021 (14:00-16:20 CET) will address– how innovative renewable and decarbonised gas technologies are contributing to the decarbonisation of Europe, delivering the objectives of carbon neutrality before 2050 and the benefit such technologies bring to the EU in terms of innovation and clean tech industrial leadership.– EU’s leadership in renewable and decarbonised gas technologies can bring benefit to communities through the provision of high quality jobs, while meeting Europe’s energy and climate challenges.
– the experience of the deployment of renewable and decarbonised gas technologies in the EU today and the barriers that should be addressed to increase their deployment in the next decade.

This event will include two panels entitled ‘Gas tech made in Europe’ and ‘Gas tech in action’.  Find more information here and join this event!

Green Hydrogen Conference | 20 July 2021

An air of optimism currently surrounds the hydrogen sector, with confidence high that this promising technology is ready for the market. This online conference will explore the regulatory, economic and environmental implications and will examine how hydrogen, often vaunted as a key driver of industrial decarbonization, can live up to its high expectations. Register now here.

Eurogas is pleased to be a partner at ees Europe Green Hydrogen Conference. ees Europe is part of the Smarter E Europe.

World Hydrogen Leaders ‘World Hydrogen Policy’ Conference | 28 July 2021

Now in its second year, World Hydrogen Policy Conference will reflect on national and international strides towards adopting policy frameworks that are enabling the deployment of clean hydrogen. Which governments have announced national hydrogen strategies? What financial support are they securing? How has the COVID-19 crisis impacted policies to tackle the climate crisis and what does this mean for the hydrogen sector?

This event will delve deep into the policy landscape and toolkit that is being used and proposed by different governments across the world. Join debates on which toolkits have been or will be the most effective in scaling hydrogen and driving down its cost curve. Learn how policy will continue to evolve in 2021 and beyond, in the light of challenging economic conditions and political pressure for job creation and domestic GDP development. More information on this event available here.

Eurogas is pleased to be partnering at the World Hydrogen Leaders ‘World Hydrogen Policy’ Conference.

SPARK | 14-15 September 2021

Join the SPARK Virtual this September for the most exciting future of energy event. The way we produce and consume energy is changing fast. Governments around the world have pledged to meet emissions targets within the next two decades. This will require mass uptake of renewable energy sources and the decarbonisation of buildings, vehicles, and heavy industry. New business models, technologies, funding mechanisms, and regulatory incentives will be key to achieving a sustainable future.
SPARK will bring you 2 days of virtual panels covering the key themes of the energy transition: Green recovery, COP 26, and energy policy/ Finance and investment | Renewable energy/ Flexible grids/ Digital innovation/ Energy management/ Decarbonising transport/ Nuclear power/ Green gas/ Decarbonising buildings/ Carbon capture, utilisation, and storage
This is the online meeting place for the whole energy community to do business, make new partnerships and create the future. SPARK is energy re-imagined. Download the agenda and see all sessions here.

Eurogas is pleased to be a partner at SPARK.

St. Petersburg International Gas Forum | 5-8 October 2021

The largest event of the gas sector in Russia celebrates its anniversary! SPIGF dates back to 2011. In just 10 years the Forum has become the most reputable discussion venue that keeps developing. Every year, the Forum captures attention of relevant Government officials, as well as members of the business, academic and expert communities. Following the results of the event, there are elaborated specific and comprehensive recommendations for the sustainability and progress of the oil and gas industry in both the short- and long-term perspective.
The 2021 agenda of the Forum will feature 20 business tracks. This time the Forum will cover not only the traditional issues, but also some new essential aspects, including sustainable development of the sector, unconventional gas, the legal aspects of the oil and gas business, logistics and transport and use of helium.
InGAS Stream – Innovations in the Gas Industry, Import Substitution in the Gas Industry, Gas Engine Fuel and ROS-GAS-EXPO, these international exhibitions will join forces to showcase cutting-edge natural gas technologies in the EXPOFORUM pavilions. Exhibitors include Gazprom, UNIPER SE, OMV AG, Comita Group, HMS Group, TMK, Siemens Energy, Almaz-Antey Air and Space Defence Corporation, Gazprom Avtomatizatsiya, Severstal and many others. More information on this event is available here.

Eurogas is pleased to be a partner at the St. Petersburg International Gas Forum.

ees Europe Restart 2021 | 6-8 October 2021

Hydrogen technologies are the missing key to achieving a complete transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy.
ees Europe, the continent’s largest and most international exhibition for batteries and energy storage systems, is therefore dedicating extra attention to the topic. Due to the pandemic, this year ees Europe will take place as a compact version ees Europe Restart 2021 from October 6 to 8, at Messe München in Munich, Germany.  Join us and discover the latest products and solutions offered by suppliers in the special exhibition segment devoted to hydrogen, fuel cells and Power-to-Gas. More information is available here.

Eurogas is pleased to be a partner at the ees Europe Restart 2021.
ees Europe is part of The Smarter E Europe.

LNG Bunkering 2021 | 7-8 October 2021

Join the event online on 7-8 October and listen to presentations from Naturgy, Enel, The Liberian Registry, AB Klaipedos Nafta, Shell, Consorzio Italiano Biogas and FUELNG!
This virtual conference will bring together leading Oil and Gas sector, LNG companies, Ship Operators, Ports & Terminals to discuss the future of LNG Bunkering, infrastructure development, bunkering operations optimization & improvement of trade relations. Find more information on this event here.

Eurogas is pleased to be a partner at the LNG Bunkering 2021.

HyVolution 2021 | 27-28 October 2021

Hyvolution: the hydrogen event for energy, industry and mobility, a unique event in France !
The event will take place on October, 27th and 28th, 2021 in Paris Event Center, at the Porte de la Vilette (Paris, France) !
Be present at Europe’s outstanding gathering of people from the hydrogen field !
Hyvolution brings together all the players in the hydrogen market. Manufacturers, service providers, institutions and local authorities will present their solutions to project leaders. All the companies and industrialists offering products, services and applications: production, storage, distribution, valorisation ….
All the solutions for all the decarbonated hydrogen markets. In 2020, 120 exhibitors and brands have gathered for this event. 2 days of conference thanks to our Hyvolution TV : national and european market information through experience debriefs and round tables. 1 real business atmosphere : contacts and relations facilitated by our application : Hyvolution Connect. All decarbonized hydrogen solutions will be on Hyvolution !
More information is available here.

Eurogas is pleased to be a partner at the HyVolution 2021.