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Meeting: December 10, 2018: Israel and the state of the gas market — the right time to open the doors for exports?

This interactive discussion of the Brussels Energy Club addressed the topic of:


Israel and the state of the gas market — the right time to open the doors for exports?


And took place on Monday December 10 2018, 12-3pm @ TUSIAD Avenue des Gaulois, 13, Brussels 1040


With special guest discussion opener:

Gina CohenMs Gina Cohen

Consultant, Author and Expert Commentator

Israel and East Mediterranean gas markets





We have delved into the topic of Israel"s gas markets in past meetings of the Brussels Energy Club, particularly when BREC Associate and Israeli former-Energy Minister, Joseph Paritzky, was in town. Much continues to happen in the state of development of both East Med and Israeli gas, however. Indeed, our regular participants will recall that we opened this year"s sequence of meetings at the Brussels Energy Club with an excellent session on the prospects for the development of the Zohr gas field, in a discussion led by the former-Assistant Foreign Minister of Egypt, Dr Magdy Rady.  

In this session we welcomed Gina Cohen, who offered an in depth analysis of the main aspects of the Israeli natural gas market, with a special focus on pricing, regulations and prospects for exports. Israeli gas markets expert Cohen provided valuable insights to many of the key topics drawing regular media attention, including prospective development scenarios for Israel"s main gas fields, supply and demand equations, and the location of the Leviathan rig (close to shore or in mid-sea location). She also looked at the regulatory environment underpinning gas market development, before delving into a discussion about prospective exports of Israeli gas for the regional market (ie, Turkey, Egypt and Jordan) as well as to European consumers in the EU.

This session was a must for all followers of natural gas market development in the EU neighbourhood, as well as all stakeholders following the discussion on security of the gas supply in Europe more broadly.


Program December 10, 2018: 12.00 — 15.00:

  • Doors open for a networking light luncheon
  • Setting out the debate by Dr Marat Terterov, Founder of the Brussels Energy Club starting at 12.30pm
  • Presentation by Gina Cohen, expert on the Israeli gas market  
  • Roundtable discussion with meeting participants (NB: the Chatham House Rule will apply).
  • Cocktail reception


Speaker information

Gina Cohen has been working as a consultant in Israel and Palestine"s natural gas economy from the very outset of natural gas exploration activities offshore 20 years ago. During this time, she has been involved in projects spanning the full natural gas value chain: from exploration & development; to involvement in legislation by the Knesset of the Gas Law-2002 and to the Petroleum Profit Taxation Law-2011; to conducting Gas Sales and Purchase negotiations on behalf of  both gas producers as well as private power plant buyers; to assisting the Ministry of Energy in its regulatory and permitting work regarding the establishment of  natural gas facilities in Israel; to projects relating to the establishment of natural gas generated power stations.

Gina represents and consults to most of the large international oil and gas corporations that have operations in Israel. In addition, Gina lectures at the Haifa Technion University's M.Sc. Graduate program for Petroleum Engineers; she is the academic director for the Natural Gas Course, Law, Economy and Strategic Thinking at the Technion University"s Tel Aviv Branch. She is the author of the Hebrew-English energy lexicon (www.hebrewenergy.com) used by all professionals in the Israeli oil and gas sector and which is part of the Ministry of Energy"s website. Gina is also a frequent guest speaker at international oil and gas conferences where she is invited to speak about East Mediterranean gas issues and also acts as moderator at a number of events, such as the Flame Event 2018 as well as the forthcoming one in May 2019 in Amsterdam where she is the moderator of sessions that include Israel, Cyprus, Egypt, Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon and Greece.

Many of her publications and other activities can be followed at www.hebrewenergy.com.


Further information

Participation in the interactive discussion at TUSIAD venue will be free of charge for members and guests of the Brussels Energy Club. For more information please contact Ben McPherson on research@brusselsenergyclub.org.

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