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Meeting: February 20, 2020: Gazprom on the European market: new gas pipelines and old gas transit

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

"Gazprom on the European market: new gas pipelines and old gas transit" 


And took place on Thursday, 20 February 2020, 4-7pm @ TUSIAD Avenue des Gaulois, 13, Brussels 1040


With special guest discussion opener:

Konstantin Simonov Dr Jack Sharples

Research Fellow, Natural gas research program  

Oxdord Institute of Energy Studies (OIES)

Author of the monthly report, The Gazprom Monitor



At the beginning of 2020, while an integrated climate and energy agenda dominates the energy debate in Brussels, the subject of Gazprom has become somewhat of a blind spot. Yet the role of Gazprom in the European energy security discussion has hardly diminished in reality. There are multiple challenges which the Russian gas giant as well as European consumers need to address as we enter the new year. While some of the architects of European energy policy in Brussels would argue that we are well prepared for any market anomalies, a better understanding of how Gazprom's new gas supply arteries will impact on the European gas market is in order. Indeed, with both Nord Stream II and Turkish Stream now seemingly coming on stream, any structural shift of the energy security debates in Europe to an agenda overly dominated by the themes of sustainability and climate is likely premature.

Taking this into account, in this BREC session on February 20, Dr Jack Sharples from Oxford presented us with a thorough outlook for Gazprom's position on the European gas markets into the medium term. In particular, he took a close look at the likely impact of the Nord Stream II and Turkish Stream gas pipelines on the composition of supply-demand in the European gas markets. He also assessed the future outlook for gas transit via Ukraine and Belarus, in an effort to evaluate how the main gas supply routes to Europe from the east will evolve into the near term. Much of this discussion will continue to pose a challenge to both Europe and to Gazprom alike into the foreseeable future, as debates about the role of gas in Europe's future energy mix are set to heighten further.

In delivering his presentation, Dr Sharples drew upon his substantial expertise on this subject and longstanding authorship of the monthly report, the Gazprom Monitor, which is published monthly by the European Geopolitical Forum and reached the milestone 100th edition in September 2019.


Program, 5 December 2019: 16:00 — 19:30 hours

  • Doors open from 16:00 leading into arrival of invited guests
  • Setting out the debate by the Brussels Energy Club from 16:30
  • Presentations by Dr Jack Sharples
  • Roundtable discussion with members and guests of the Brussels Energy Club (NB: the Chatham House Rule will apply).
  • Event ends with our traditional networking reception


Speaker information

Dr Jack Sharples is a Research Fellow on the Natural Gas Research Programme at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies (OIES), and the author of the Gazprom Monitor monthly analytical reports for the European Geopolitical Forum. He received his PhD from the University of Glasgow, having written his thesis on the political economy of state-business relations in the Russian gas sector. He subsequently joined the European University in St Petersburg as a Lecturer for the MA programme "Energy Politics in Eurasia (ENERPO)" and as a Researcher in the ENERPO Research Centre, before taking up his current role at OIES.

For more information, please visit: https://www.oxfordenergy.org/authors/jack-sharples/


Further information

Please contact Ben McPherson for more information on research@brusselsenergyclub.org.

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