Sector: CNG

31st Meeting of Gas Professionals 2016

The International Scientific & Expert Meeting of Gas Professionals and the gas equipment exhibition were held sucessfully in the Congress Centre of the Grand Hotel Adriatic, Opatija, Croatia on 4th till 6th of May 2016.
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The largest annual gas event in South-East Europe, organized by the Croatian Gas Centre Ltd. and Croatian Gas Association, gathered more than 550 participants from 22 European countries. Those were mostly gas and energy experts, managers from leading European energy companies, scientists from renowned European universities, gas transmission representatives, suppliers, producers and distributors of gas, representatives of large gas consumers and producers and traders of gas equipment from Croatia and abroad.

In total 230 various gas and energy companies and organizations were present, of whom 85 from abroad and ten journalists from 10 media companies. The organization of this Meeting has been supported by the long-term partner of this conference - company Siemens d.d. and numerous long-term sponsors such as companies INA – Industrija nafte d.d., Plinacro d.o.o., Prvo plinarsko društvo d.o.o., MET Croatia Energy Trade d.o.o., Međimurje-plin d.o.o., DNV GL, Geoplin, IP Systems Ltd., Hrvatska Elektroprivreda d.d., RWE Hrvatska and co-organizer Podzemno skladište plina d.o.o. During the three days of the event a total of 48 scientific and professional papers (of which 4 invited presentations and 8 papers in poster session) and 6 technical-commercial papers (round-tables) were presented covering the following current gas topics:

1. Invited presentations: The effects of CO2 emissions on gas and future energy systems – paper presentation and panel discussion
The first presentation from the invited lectures was given by D.Sc. Vladimir Jelavić who provided an approach to preparing the basis and the partial results related to low-carbon strategy for the Republic of Croatia by the year 2030 and a view of the year 2050. Special attention was placed on the role of gas and its role in the transition period, with an emphasis on sub-sectors and the reference scenario NUR along with scenarios relating to gradual transitions NU1 and strong transitions NU2. A presentation is also given of the necessary measures for the decarbonisation of society and which ultimately benefit the community. D.Sc. Stevo Kolundžić commented on the market position of natural gas in relation to the low-carbon strategy in a global sense and the challenges faced by today’s gas sector.

This was followed by M.Sc. Miralda van Schot from the Energy Delta Institute, who presented a study analysing an example of intelligent collaboration on the North Sea, based upon which existing oil and gas platforms on the sea become suitable for converting wind power into hydrogen, methane or synthetic gas using conversion process as well as the storage, transportation and sale of gas from offshore platforms, gas production from renewable energy sources, specifically from the North sea, utilising the power-to-gas model. The next very interesting talk by M.Sc. Lisa Andresen presented the TransiEnt.EE research project from the Hamburg University of Technology, involving investigation of the transient behaviour of associated energy networks with a high proportion of renewable energy sources and presenting a numerical assessment of the gas network utilisation as a flexible option for supplying energy from fluctuating renewable sources.

In presenting new technological solutions in the gas and energy sector, Mario Opačak, company director of Vaillant, pointed out all the advantages of an efficient hybrid system equipped with a 3kW heat pump, whereas the Viessmann hybrid solutions based on a twin energy source in a single device providing high flexibility and a secure future was expounded by Ivana Lajtman.

The initial lectures were the basis for a panel discussion chaired by Prof.D.Sc. Igor Dekanić with panelists Vladimir Jelavić, Stevo Kolundžić, D.Sc. Dalibor Pudić and Branko Radošević. The conclusion of the discussion was that Croatia needs to find its own path in the low carbon strategy using all its existing comparative advantages, while adhering to economic and social factors.

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2. Development of intelligent technology in gas and energy systems
The above topic was commenced with a presentation explaining the experience of Germany in optimisation of gas network pressure management, primarily in regard to detection and control of possible gas due to gas leakages. Moreover, the practical possibilities of controlling gas consumption in a new way via remote data processing and resolving issues regarding non-payers using a new technology and meters that can remotely shut off gas flow until users settle their financial obligations. Due to replacing the conventional operations and rationalising costs, a new approach and new technology has been designed and presented in mapping and monitoring gas pipelines, including the use of drones, which are capable of recording and gathering information resulting in time-savings and the acquisition of more precise final data.

A software solution for billing and collecting charges for natural gas – Faros, is a new contribution to processing data where its features are explained utilising practical examples and which is already in use. The last presentation encompassed issues relating to the upgrading and reconstruction of compressor stations in order to improve the Okoli underground gas storage, which has provided insight into all activities undertaken for the purpose of reliable operation and cost reduction.

3. Planned development projects in the Republic of Croatia (gas pipelines, compressor stations and the LNG terminal)
The third topic focuses on the basic elements of the highly developed and reliable existing gas network in the Republic of Croatia, the national transporter - Plinacro. A presentation is given on current preparations for implementing the terminal infrastructure of the potential LNG project on the island of Krk, along with an overview of undertaken actions and money obtained from EU funds. Likewise, an overview is given of the technological development and progress in maintaining a gas system in terms of pipeline controls and security, including ongoing improvement of chromatographic monitoring of gas quality and the modernisation of quality data transmission. In regard to the issue of the status of LNG at a global level, the presentation covered the most important global gas producers and consumers, including commercial trends and perspectives in the future.

4. Utilisation of gas and reduction of CO2 emissions
The presentation covers the technological development of gas production, specifically a new (container type) cooling system in use at the Sandrova Compressor Station, by the company INA - industrija nafte d.d. for the purpose of achieving a higher gas quality and preparations for the distribution system. Insight was also given into application of tertiary methods in increasing oil recovery of hydrocarbons at the Ivanić-Grad and Žutice oil fields by injecting CO2 and the associated prospects, as well as being a possible model for other projects. A description was also given of the technology behind the organic Rankin cycle the purpose of which is to reduce CO2 in the oil and gas industry, where the potential of micro-cogeneration devices in fuel cell technology is also treated as a future option.

5. Introductory presentation and panel discussion: Supplying gas in a liberalised market. Lectures preceding the panel discussion provides a clear overview of inequality in the level of development of the natural gas market in the region, where Serbia is a country in which the process of market liberalisation and finding the path to supply diversification is yet to begin, including Hungary which already possesses 6 years in successful application of the above mentioned. Tempor…

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