LNG Stakeholders Platform Seminar - an open event
LNG Stakeholders Platform Seminar in Muuga Harbour
Over 150 LNG stakeholders – specialists, investors and port representatives gathered on 25th September at the LNG Seminar to discuss over the development of LNG infrastructure in the Baltic Sea Ports. The seminar, which took place in Estonia, in Muuga Harbour, was organised by the TEN-T, MoS “LNG in Baltic Sea Ports” project and Port of Tallinn. Seminar’s keynote speech has been given by Mr. Siim Kallas- Vice-President of the European Commission.
LNG Stakeholders Platform Seminar was held on 25th September in Muuga Harbour. Seminar main topics concentrated on the upcoming new LNG terminals in Estonia and Finland; distribution of LNG in the region and the possibility to develop a small scale LNG bunkering network in the Baltic Sea region. Additionally ships owners’ point of view and LNG distribution network were discussed.
Seminar was officially opened by the welcoming speach of Ain Kaljurand - Chairman of the Management Board of Port of Tallinn. Furthermore Per-Olof Jansson - Project Leader ‘LNG in Baltic Sea Ports’; Ando Leppiman - Deputy Secretary General for Energy, Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communication; and Shelley Forester - INEA, European Commission. Lolan Eriksson - Ministerial Counsellor, Finnish Ministry of Transport and Communication, concluded that “Baltic sea Region is connected thanks to initiatives like LNG in the Baltic Sea Ports project and all involved actors have to discuss about future together.”
Second session of the seminar included presentations on LNG bunkering infrastructure, its synergies between industry and marine as well as LNG distribution in the Baltic region. Presentations have been given by Bogdan Oldakowski - Secretary General of Baltic Ports Organization, Gunnar Helmen - Key Acc Manager, Skangass and Maria Hääl - Analyst at Alexela Energy.
Afternoon Session of the Seminar started with a keynote speech by the Vice-President of the European Commission – Mr. Siim Kallas -“LNG projects put you at the forefront for developing sustainable usage of an environmentally friendly energy source that is also an economically interesting alternative to traditional shipping fuel. As such, it helps Europe to decrease its dependence on oil. “ Mr. Kallas the end of his speech confirmed that Europe urgently needs more fuelling station added “ To me, LNG is one example of how we can successfully turn constraints into opportunities, by setting ambitious goals and ensuring constant progress via good cooperation across the sector.”
The seminar's panel discussion was moderated by Emil Arolski, Project Manager of the “LNG in Baltic Sea Ports” project. Joop Jonkers, Manager Business Development, Vopak LNG, Mindaugas Aleska, LNG commerce Project Manager, Klaipedos Nafta, Tommy Mattila, Director, Skangass, Stig A. Hagen, Director, Kanfer Shipping and Anatoli Belov, Managing Director, AS Bominflot Estonia discussed the main topics of the panel.
— New LNG terminals in Estonia and Finland - what will be the impact on the distribution of LNG in the region?
— Will the LNG small scale bunkering network in Baltic be developed?
— LNG distribution and shipowners - what is the latest?
Questions from the moderator and the public have been raised and discussed by the panellists.
LNG Stakeholders Platform Seminar was attended by approx. 150 relevant LNG stakeholders representing - specialists, investors, port members, politicians and stakeholders demonstrating a good variety of interest within the LNG field. The event concluded with Muuga Haurbour tour, viewing the possible location of the planned LNG Terminal in the port of Tallinn.
Additional files for download:
- Lolan Eriksson, Ministerial Counsellor, Finnish Ministry of Transport and Communication
- Seminar agenda
- Shelley Forrester, INEA, European Commission
- Bogdan Oldakowski, Secretary General, BPO
- Gunnar Helmen, Key Acc Manager, Skangass
- Maria Hääl, Analyst, Alexela
- Joop Jonkers, Manager Business Development, Vopak LNG