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Wednesday 27th March

16.00 - 18.00, Room A


The discovery and start up of Giant Zohr gas field is changing the energy landscape of the whole Mediterranean Region: Egypt is expected to reach self sufficiency in its domestic gas market by the end of 2018, stopping its LNG imports and making Damietta and Ibku liquefaction facilities fully available for processing the gas produced in the area.
Moreover, the pipeline infrastructure already in place in the region, and the new projects under discussion aimed at connecting Cyprus, Israel and Greece, offer additional possibilities for gas export, together with the proximity of Egypt’s Zohr, Cyprus Aphrodite, and Israel’s Leviathan gas fields.
From the point of view of consumers, along with the growing needs of local energy markets, the European Union is eagerly seeking supply diversification from the Russian gas and is therefore a strong gravitational pole for the exports from the area.
Time is therefore ripe for discussing on the development of the huge potential of the region, taking into account the point of view of the various local actors involved, the producers, the consumers and- above all- the geopolitical stability of the area which is vital to safeguard the investments needed to make the Med Gas Hub a reality.  


Invited Speakers:

Yiorgos Lakkotrypis, Minister of Energy, Cyprus 

Tarek El Molla, Minister of Petroleum, Egypt

Giorgos Stathakis, Minister of Environment and Energy, Greece

Cezar Abi Khalil, Minister of Energy and Water, Lebanon


Moderator: Massimo Nicolazzi - Prof. Turin University and Sr. Advisor at ISPI Energy Watch  


Thursday 28th March

11.00 - 12.45, Room A


With 2 BCM of discovered gas reserves, the East Med area - offshore Egypt, Cyprus, and Israel confirmed its potential as a regional gas hub to serve both domestic and European markets.
In 2010 the US Geological Survey estimated approximately 10 TCM of undiscovered gas reserves located in the Levant and Nile Delta Basin, suggesting that much gas is still to be found and exploited.
The discovery of Zohr done Offshore Egypt  by Eni in 2015 in a new “Play concept”  revamped the interest in the East Med area and since then new blocks has been offered in Cyprus, Lebanon, Israel and Egypt attracting new Major Players. New Blocks has also been awarded Offshore Greece.
As a matter of fact, exploration activity is continuing in the region, as recent exploration agreements signed, along with the promising gas findings discovered early 2018 by Eni in block 6 offshore Cyprus and the new drilling in Cyprus EEZ planned  by ExxonMobil around year end. 
Today the Energy Industry is also exploiting the potential of the digital transformation with the availability of large computational power that could further boost the exploration effort and success in complex pre-salt plays in the East Med.
What is still left in place, which are the most promising basins, which the chances to find additional resources at an acceptable cost and how new discoveries might enhance the attractiveness of East Med gas Hub are the topics discussed among exploration managers of companies active in the area.


Invited Speakers:

Stelios Nicolaides, Director, Hydrocarbons Service, Ministry of Energy, Cyprus

Osama El Bakly, Chairman EGAS, Egypt

Yannis Bassias, President & Ceo, Hellenic Hydrocarbons Resources Management, Greece

Wissam Edmond Chbat, Head of Geology and Geophysics -  Lebanese Petroleum Administration, Lebanon


Moderator:  Manfred HafnerProfessor  FEEM, John Hopkins University


Friday 29th March
9.00-11.00, Room A


"Offshore Renewable Energy: demo cases and innovative solutions for operation and maintenance"
The main goal of the NeSSIE Project is to develop 3 investable demonstration projects based on innovative technologies to test, deploy and scale up new industry, service applications and solutions in anti-corrosion technology and new materials in wave, tidal and offshore wind energy sectors.
- Introduction: Blue Growth innovation strategy ASTER

- Offshore renewable energy: worldwide market opportunities with a focus on the Mediterranean Sea (tbc)

-Corrosion issue: the challenges and the opportunities in the Offshore Renewable Energy market, 

  Speaker: Noor Van Velzen

- Corrosion issue: the Nessie approach to meeting the challenges (20 minutes), Speaker: ASTER / SIRRIS

- Case studies on corrosion issue: the Nessie Approach (25 minutes), Speaker: Johanna Money / Janne Rydh

- Experience and project from companies - ENI, ROCA




Friday 29th March

11.00 - 12.45, Room A


The Adriatic sea has been the cradle of the Italian offshore industry, which spun - over the years - a thriving industrial and technological ecosystem, able to project itself into the international markets.
Today, the Adriatic offshore industry is mature but new business opportunities can still materialize not only in this area  but in the whole Mediterranen Sea thanks to the development of new technologies. The maintenance and repair of subsea pipeline, for instance, will be more and more carried out by using advanced robotics, the decommissioning and reutilization of aging infrastructures, one of the huge markets worldwide in the next twenty years worldwide, as well as the reconversion of port facilities to create storage and refueling services for cleaner shipping fuels such as methanol and LNG.
The panel will explore the emerging business opportunities to revitalize the industry as well as the pilot projects today in place, by bringing around the table leading industry experts, sector associations, marine scientists, and experts on renewables at sea.


Setting the scene:

- Technological roadmap supporting blue growth and offshore operations
Fabio Fava, Full Professor of Industrial & Environmental Biotechnology, University of Bologna

- Technological roadmap supporting national and regional blue growth and offshore operations
Giovanni Caprino, Technology Cluster Blue Italian Growth


Invited Panelists:
Italian Ministry for Economic Development, Directorate of Energy
Italian Petroleum Industry Association (Assomineraria)
Director of Ministry of Energy from Croatia, Albania, Montenegro, Bosnia,
Greece and Malta

Moderator: Davide Tabarelli, President Nomisma Energia