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2nd Russian Energy Forum - London 2015

In June 2015 Eurasian Dynamics hosted the 2nd Russian Energy Forum which gathered professionals and leading experts from the UK and abroad to discuss Russian energy, finance and investment. Investment and energy relations with the EU and European companies and with Asia were addressed as well as the future of the Russian energy sector and the effects which the current economic and political situation are having on the Russian market.

The conference, comprised of four sessions, networking breaks, lunch and evening gala reception, allowed representatives from governments and companies openly to discuss the most pressing issues facing Russian energy and investment relations with Europe and Asia and provided a valuable networking opportunity to connect interested parties.

Key topics included:

Session 1: Russian Energy: a Year under Sanctions. Change in Companies' Strategies, Government Vision, and International Cooperation
Topics of discussion:

  • A year under sanctions: overview of economic impact on current and proposed projects, trade and international activities of Russian energy companies
  • Discussion with international energy companies: their experience and outlook
  • Ownership and access different companies are allowed to have in Russia
  • Is Russia going to respond to sanctions?
Session 2: Russia-China Energy Relations: Progress with the Gas Deal and the Possibility of Strategic Partnership
Topics of discussion:

  • Russia-China-Central Asia: strategy, access to Eastern markets, cooperation
  • Financing from China: is it coming?
  • Potential strategic acquisitions by Chinese companies in Russian oil and gas fields
  • Altai route update – what is in for Russia/ China/ Europe if it is agreed?
  • Beyond oil and gas: Russia-China deals in power and energy markets
  • Opening the door: are there significant shifts in energy relations with other Asian countries?
Session 3: Russo-European Energy Relations: Is Turkey a New Strategic Partner, and How does it Change the Position of Ukraine?
Topics of discussion:

  • Access to the EU energy market, competition with supply from Central Asia through Turkey
  • Turkish Stream: pipeline project overview including contract and pricing details as well as geostrategic priorities – who is to benefit and is it risk-free for Russia compared with South Stream?
  • Russian gas into Europe: how is it developing? What is behind increasing flows?
  • Is there a second life for South Stream?
Session 4: Roundtable Discussion: Financing in the Current Climate
Topics of discussion:

  • Medium to long term financing trends and options for Russian and Central Asian oil and gas projects
  • Sources of funding in the current climate: China’s loans, government support and local capital market – did they replace Western capital and investors?
  • How the investment into field development and downstream modernisation is to be carried out given sanctions regime and given that financing is broadly unavailable
  • Transaction opportunities in the Russian market given current price scenarios

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Key speakers included:

  • Dr Boris Abramov, Trade Representative of the Russian Federation in the UK
  • Mr Shao Zheng, Counsellor, Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the UK
  • The Rt Hon.The Lord Mandelson, Chairman, Global Counsel; Non-executive Director, AFK Sistema; former European Trade Commissioner and British First Secretary of State
  • The Rt Hon. Charles Hendry, Chairman, Eurasia Partners Ltd, (f) Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change (2010-2012); (f) Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan & Turkmenistan; President, RBCC Advisory Council
  • Mr Philip Lambert, Chief Executive Officer, Lambert Energy Advisory
  • Mr Artem Volynets, CEO, Sapinda CIS; former CEO, EN+ Group; former Deputy CEO, UC Rusal; former Chief Development Officer, SUAL
  • Mr Mark Gyetvay, CFO and Deputy Chairman of the Management Board, Novatek
  • Ing. Paul Sullivan, Senior Vice President Global LNG and FLNG, WorleyParsons
  • Mr Evgeny Gavrilenkov, Chief Economist & Managing Director, Sberbank CIB
  • Mr Louis Skyner, Head of Russian and CIS Oil and Gas Practice, Clifford Chance
  • Mr Rodolphe Olard, Managing Director, Global Head of Natural Resources Advisory, Structured Finance, ING Bank