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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  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:

Abed Ezz El Regal, Ministry of Petroleum, Egypt

Wissan Edmond Chbat, Ministry of Energy and Water, Lebanon


Maurizio Coratella, Chief Operating Officer Onshore E&C Division Saipem

Maria Rita Galli, SVP Business Development Snam

Pierre Vergerio, Executive V. P.Gas Midstream, Energy Management & Optimization Div. Edison


Moderator: Massimo Nicolazzi - Professor of Economics Energetic Sources Turin University



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:

Efthymios Efthymiou, Geoscience Lead, Cyprus Hydrocarbon Company, Cyprus

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

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

Luca Bertelli, Chief Exploration Officer Eni


Moderator:  Manfred HafnerProfessor  FEEM, John Hopkins University


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 carried out more and more 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.


Introduction: Italian Undersecretary for Economic Development Davide Crippa


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:

Vladan Dubljevic, Head of Hydrocarbon Administration of Montenegro
Yannis Bassias, President & CEO Hellenic Hydrocarbons Resources Management Marijan Krpan, President of the Management Board Croatian Hydrocarbon Agency
Demetris Fessas, Executive Director Cyprus Hydrocarbons Company

Sergio Polito, Vice President Italian Petroleum and Mining Industry Association - Equipment and Services Sector


Moderator: Davide Tabarelli, President Nomisma Energia