10-11 June 2019, Palacio Municipal de Congresos de Madrid, Spain

Conference Agenda

Collaboration in the Iberian Region: Infrastucture & Import Trends + Developments

8:00 – 9:00 AM
Registration & Networking Coffee + Refreshments
9:00 – 9:10 AM
Iberia Gas & LNG 2019 Chair’s Welcome
9:10 – 9:20 AM
Iberia Gas & LNG 2019 Executive Committee Welcome & Comments
9:20 – 10:30 AM
Opening Leadership Panel
  • Building a European Platform with a Global Outlook – Iberia’s Window of Opportunity
    • Diversified gas & LNG market opportunities, advancing technology and security of supply issues are creating the context for Iberia to significantly develop as a leading European gas hub. What challenges exist to attaining this goal?
    • Spain and Portugal possess huge regasification capabilities and pipeline infrastructure networks – so where is the chokepoint and how can this be overcome?
    • France and the gateway to Europe: the development of Pyrenees gas pipelines between Spain and France, North African supplies and global LNG interconnections to Europe.
    • Spain's advanced financial and regulatory systems provide robust platforms from which to deliver and trade gas & LNG to EU and global customers – how can these be leveraged?
10:30 – 11:00 AM
Morning Networking Coffee & Refreshments – Exhibition Floor
11:00 – 12:10 PM
Iberian Ministerial Panel
  • The Critical Role of Government in Creating The Iberian Natural Gas Hub
    • Building policy and consensus to showcase Iberia as a strategic point of entry & the region as an attractive hub for LNG trading.
    • Gas & LNG for societal development: to provide cheap, flexible and reliable energy for the Iberian people.
    • Fostering regional collaboration: energy as a strategic trading resource for regional stability.
    • Opposition challenges: is there a place for both gas and renewables In Iberia? National hurdles: in 2017, Portugal’s parliamentary initiative to partially reverse REN's privatization, which would be rejected in the Portuguese Parliament on 14 June by the majority of its members.
12:15 – 13:00 PM
Streamed Sessions
  • Commercial Stream

    Spotlight session: SPAIN - Spain’s current status as a gas user + trader, future developments and domestic project updates

    • Spanish terminals dispatch around 45,000 road tanker loads of LNG annually for remote locations
    • Earlier this decade the country also became the world’s leading supplier of reload cargoes, when European LNG imports stagnated and demand for the product further afield increased.
    • Reloading has taken on a new, smaller-scale dimension at most of the Iberian terminals, where a vessel bunkering service has either been added or is under development
    • Spain’s first ship-to-ship LNG bunkering operation was carried out in Bilbao in February 2018. The fuelling involved the transfer of cryogenic liquid from the converted LNG/oil bunker barge Oizmendi to the dual-fuel cement carrier Ireland.
  • Technical Stream

    Case Study: Development of the Canary Islands hub with Compañía Transportista de Gas Canarias, S.A. (Gascan), a blueprint for real & virtual LNG pipelines

    • Compañía Transportista de Gas Canarias, S.A. (Gascan) is developing two LNG reception, storage and regasification plants in the Canary Islands. 
    • Each has the capacity to store 150,000 m3 of LNG and a regasification capacity of 150,000 m3(n)/h (1.31 bcm/year) of natural gas.
    • The regasification plant on Tenerife, which will be located at Puerto de Granadilla, and the plant on Gran Canaria, which will be built at Puerto de Arinaga, will each have a 150,000 m3 LNG storage tank, an emission capacity of 150,000 Nm3/h and a dock to receive methane tankers with a capacity of up to 145,000 m3.
13:00 – 14:00 PM
Networking Lunch – Exhibition Floor
14:00 – 14:45 PM
Afternoon Programme Streamed Sessions
  • Commercial Stream

    Spotlight session: PORTUGAL - Portugal’s current status as a gas user + importer, future developments and domestic project updates

    • In 2017 natural gas consumption in Portugal recorded its highest values ever, totalling 69.7 TWh (partly due to drought which affected hydraulic production). This was 21% above the previous annual maximum, which took place in 2010, and 25% above the value recorded in 2016. This equated to 34% of Portugal’s energy consumption.
    • In 2016 became world’s first recipient of US LNG from Cheniere’s Sabine Pass terminal which docked at Sines port
    • Strategic gas storage: REN’s Armazenagem underground storage of the Carriço is an infrastructure currently composed of six storage cavities, built in a natural saline formation, and by a surface installation.
    • Each is between 200 and 300 meters high and 60 to 70 meters wide and can store 330 MNm3 of natural gas, which represents 57% of the existing storage capacity in Portugal. The remaining 43% capacity is at the Sines Termin
  • Technical Stream

    LNG Terminal Development: the Bilbao conversion story and technical innovations – what are the impacts for Iberia’s LNG status?

    • The Bilbao regas terminal took 30 months to build (cost Euro 600m) by a consortium of Technigaz, Initec and Sofregaz. The facility took delivery of its first cargo on 8 August, 2003
    • Adaptations to the existing marine jetty at Bilbao were finalised during 2017
    • Able to handle large- and small-scale reloading and bunkering operations, the Bilbao terminal can now accommodate vessels with LNG capacities ranging from 600 m3 to 270,000 m3.
    • Spain’s first ship-to-ship LNG bunkering operation was carried out in Bilbao in February 2018. The fuelling involved the transfer of cryogenic liquid from the converted LNG/oil bunker barge Oizmendi to the dual-fuel cement carrier Ireland.
    • What are the key technologies and practices behind these bunkering and reloading capabilities?
14:50 – 15:35 PM
Streamed Sessions
  • Commercial Stream

    Development in Iberian pipeline and transmission networks – challenges in unlocking assets for European capacity growth

    • Opportunities and opposition to Midi-Catalonia (MidCat), the proposed artery that could link Iberia to Europe. MidCat is a 1,250 km cross-Pyrenees pipeline project which would give Spain access to cheaper pipeline natural gas, and provide Europe with more import LNG import potential.
    • However, the initial focus is on a shorter first phase know as STEP (South Transit East Pyrenees), a 227-km long pipeline crossing the France-Spain border.
    • Network consolidation & expansion: In Q4 2017, REN completed the acquisition of Portgás, a company which centres its activity on the development and operation of the public natural gas distribution network in the coastal region of the north of Portugal (29 municipalities in the districts of Porto, Braga and Viana do Castelo), currently being the second largest natural gas distributor in Portugal, with a 4,460-kilometre network.
  • Technical Stream

    Growth through flexibility: Bunkering, Reloading & BOG reduction capabilities of the Cartagena terminal, south-east Spain

    • Cartagena capabilities enhanced in 2017, when the loading flow rate was increased to 7,222 m3/hour - the highest flow rate of all LNG facilities in Spain
    • In addition to the flow rate increase, Enagas has cut the amount of boil-off gas produced during loading operations as well as the operating times.
    • The Cartagena LNG terminal has a storage capacity of 587,000 cubic meters of LNG and is capable of receiving carriers with the capacity to transport 266,000-cbm
    • April 2017 - LNG-powered bitumen tanker Damia Desgagnés was bunkered at the site with 370 m3 of LNG. The occasion marked the first time a ship had been bunkered at a European terminal with LNG directly, using the facility’s cryogenic tank-to-jetty pipework, hoses and a dedicated jetty.
    • Damia Desgagnés powered by a Wärtsila 5RT-flex 50DF engine developing a power output of 5,450 kW
15:35 - 16:05 PM
Afternoon Networking Coffee & Refreshments – Exhibition Floor
16:05 – 16:50 PM
Streamed Sessions
  • Commercial Stream

    Strategic partnerships: working with gas and renewables in delivering COP21 climate change commitments to a lower carbon economy

    • Repsol and Enagás have signed an agreement to continue developing technology that allows for the production of renewable hydrogen.
    • This technology, which was originally developed by Repsol, will drive progress toward a medium-term objective for both companies: incorporating the gas obtained through this new low-carbon process into their respective businesses, in order to improve sustainability and efficiency.
    • Repsol also has involvement in two offshore wind power pilot projects: the Principle Power, Inc. (PPI) project in Portugal, and the WindFloat Atlantic (WFA) Project, which is being developed in partnership with EDP Renewables, Mitsubishi Corp., Chiyoda Corp., and ENGIE
    • Equinor – formerly Statoil – have long been a pioneer of channelling the symbiosis of natural gas and renewables in their portfolio
  • Technical Stream

    LNG Virtual Pipeline solutions being used to deliver natural gas to Iberia’s off-grid commerce and communities

    • Virtual Pipeline tech from import terminal, distribution hub or liquefaction plant, to point of use.
    • Developments in ability to fast fill large trailers (balancing speed and temperature changes in the gas)
    • VP can provide long term stable energy costs to manufacturers and remote communities in Iberia
    • Case study: Portugal’s Sines LNG terminal has maximum capacity of 1,350,000 m3(n)/hour and it can load up to 4,500 tanker trucks a year
    • The LNG virtual pipeline approach, as used by ENGIE subsidiary Elengy, can not only deliver LNG-by-truck to remote islands such as the Canaries but Europe’s continental water-routes make it possible to supply LNG to many rural areas by barge and truck
16:55 – 17:40 PM
Streamed Sessions
  • Commercial Stream

    Small-scale LNG, infrastructure and bunkering developments

    • Co-funded by the European Commission, the CORE LNGas hive project has been launched to drive the establishment of an Iberian LNG bunkering network.
    • The initiative is coordinated by Spain’s Enagás, operator of the Bilbao, Huelva, Cartagena, Sagunto and Barcelona terminals.
    • Truck-to-ship bunkering transfers to LNG-powered vessels have already been made in several Spanish ports, but emphasis is now being placed on terminal enhancements to support not only the loading of small-scale carriers and LNG bunker vessels (LNGBVs) but also, for some facilities, the direct bunkering of LNG-powered ships.
    • Port of Barcelona switch to LNG distribution benefit will be a reduction of gaseous and particulate matter, resulting in improved air quality for the environment and the city.
  • Technical Stream

    Bunkering infrastructure technical innovations: using floating platforms & VPs

    • Demand continues to grow beyond traditional hubs, requiring infrastructure that is more flexible, cost-effective at smaller scale, and adapted to the needs of a range of locations.
    • At the same time, this infrastructure must develop quickly to meet demand, in a manner that is efficient in terms of capital expenditure, and sustainable in the long term.
    • Since 2014 Grupo Sousa has implemented a pioneering operation to supply LNG to Madeira island for electricity production through a LNG virtual pipeline, with a track record of over 5,500 containers successfully processed
    • SGMF are recognised as leaders in providing technical expertise to the gas-fuelled shipping industry. This encompasses all the value chain for gas & LNG, with over 140 global members representing producers, suppliers, owners, operators, port authorities, classification societies, equipment manufacturers.
18:00 – 22:00 PM
Iberia Gas & LNG 2019 Drinks Reception and Hosted Dinner

From Iberia to Europe and Beyond: LNG Global Market & Hub Development

8:30 – 9:15 AM
Registration & Networking Coffee
9:15 – 9:30 AM
Chair’s Welcome and Recap from Day One
9:30 – 10:30 AM
Opening Keynote Address & On-Stage Interview
  • A Vision for Iberia: A European Model for Innovation and Development
    • Developing the internal energy market, by connecting infrastructures and engaging with Iberia’s regulators and stakeholders at national and European level
    • Iberia’s crucial role: Europe’s energy dependency can be reduced by diversifying sources and routes of LNG & piped gas imports and pooling our negotiating power
    • The potential of natural gas to reduce GHG emissions to COP21 standards, creating energy security and employment, and underpinning the Energy Transition to a zero-carbon economy
10:30 – 11:00 AM
Morning Networking Coffee & Refreshments – Exhibition Floor
11:00 – 12:00 PM
LNG, TSO & Trading Panel
  • Empowering The Iberian Natural Gas Hub as a Global Competitor
    • The role for Iberia within the EU’s gas and LNG customer markets
    • New realities in flexible, dynamic and short-term LNG trading
    • Expanding global investment collaboration across Iberia: Sojitz (Japan) & Sonatrach (Algeria) own 15% and 10% respectively of Reganosa shares; Osaka Gas (Japan) own 20% of Sagunto LNG Terminal, Valencia; REN starting internationalisation through investment in Chile
    • LNG exporters: expanding the net with U.S. Australia, Russia capacity coming onstream
    • Trading outlook: liberalisation continues and the LNG and natural gas markets converge
12:05 – 12:50 PM
Streamed Sessions
  • Commercial Stream

    Spotlight session: Africa (Algeria, Morocco and Nigeria) – key updates on supplies and volume contracts

    • Most of the long-term gas supply contracts, which underpinned Algeria’s position as Southern Europe’s largest gas supplier, are due to expire by 2019 – how will this affect the Iberia market?
    • Galp Energia imports gas from Algeria via Spain’s Europe Maghreb Pipeline (EMPL) pipeline and with Nigeria (42% of imported total in 2017) for LNG, totalling 5.7bcm per year
    • The Sines LNG regasification terminal receives LNG vessels purchased mainly from NLNG in Nigeria – will recent LNG trading flexibility change the status quo?
    • Demand from Morocco - between 2020 and 2025, Morocco is developing combined cycle power plants to reach 3,900 MW, including transforming the gas turbines of Mohammedia (300 MW) and Kenitra (300 MW) into combined cycles of 450 MW each.


  • Technical Stream

    Role for advancing technology in driving a more efficient, effective gas and LNG integrated network for Iberia

    • Harnessing automation and AI to increase accuracy of distribution network and terminal safety.
    • The increasing role of blockchain in the energy supply chain – how can Iberia’s LNG regas and gas trading contracts capitalise on blockchain utilisation to boost competitiveness?
    • With the convergence of energy companies and utilities, a boom in tech investment is fuelling energy efficiency and decarbonisation – how are companies like Repsol turning the traditional R&D model on its head?
    • How digitally connected is your energy value chain and can Iberia prove to be the global testbed of innovation for gas transmission & trading?
12:50 – 14:00 PM
Networking Lunch – Exhibition Floor
14:00 – 14:45 PM
Afternoon Programme Streamed Sessions
  • Commercial stream

    Focus on storage, terminals, FSRUs and ports: future Iberian market developments

    • In 2018, Höegh’s FSRU, Höegh Giant, began its time charter contract with Spanish LNG operator Naturgy (GNF)
    • The initial term of the contract is three years, and it includes the option for Naturgy to utilize the unit as an FSRU at a pre-defined day rate and for a pre-defined term – is this a game changer for Iberian gas trading?
    • Updates on strategic direction of Iberian LNG terminals and utilisation of FSRUs – is the Iberian peninsula ripe for FSRU utilisation?
  • Technical stream

    Case Study: the FSRU supplying 50% of Brazil’s LNG regasification capacity – a solution for Iberia?

    • Under a 15-year time charter party, Excelerate Energy provides Petrobras with FSRU — the Experience. Having already built the Guanabara Bay LNG Import Terminal in 2009, Petrobras contracted Excelerate to build a more capable FSRU in order to keep up with projected demand.
    • A 173,400 m3 FSRU able to transfer up to 22.5 million cubic meters/day of natural gas to the Southeast gas pipeline network
    • Supplies 50% of Brazil’s LNG regasification capacity
    • Primarily serves the thermal power plants in the region
14:50 – 15:35 PM
Streamed Sessions
  • Commercial Stream

    Expansion and uptake of gas and LNG in marine and road transportation: developing the infrastructure  for a new energy landscape

    • In Europe and North America, environmental regulations introduced in 2015 require shipping operators to reduce local emissions. LNG fuel, which is virtually free of sulphur and particulates, can help them meet these requirements.
    • Role of LNG / CNG as a fuel in reducing GHGs and carbon emissions for COP21 outcomes
    • Up to a 15% improvement in fuel consumption versus equivalent diesel trucks
    • Spanish ferry operator Baleària plans to spend 60 million euros to convert five of its ferries to use LNG as fuel in the next two years.


  • Technical Stream

    LNG as marine fuel – innovative engineering solutions for increased commercial viability

    • Multi-faceted solutions are available for LNG carrier propulsion
    • Use BOG & LNG as fuel e.g steam turbines, dual-fuel diesel electric, dual-fuel engines
    • BOG reliquefaction, liquefy and sell excessive BOG or all LNG loaded onboard
    • BOG reliquefaction system on LNG vessels in the future
    • Demonstration plant proven to be successful - robust main rotating machinery with high efficiency
15:35 – 16:05 PM
Afternoon Networking Coffee & Refreshments – Exhibition Floor
16:05 - 16:50 PM
Iberia’s Future Development Panel
16:50 – 17:00 PM
Chair’s Thanks and Closing Comments

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