From 6 to 10 October 2014 in Amsterdam (the Netherlands), a group of Gazprom specialists attended a training course «Commercial Gas Balancing: Implementation Technique» organised by Gazprom International Training B.V. (part of the Gazprom International group of companies).
This two-module (part) course was held in conjunction with DNV GL and KYOS, providers of advisory services on technology in the oil and gas sector, as well as with other professionals from companies specialising in consultation in the oil and gas sphere.
Part 1, Gas Storage Assets and Swing Contracts: Evaluation, Hedging, Risk Management, was taught by KYOS director Cyriel de Jong. During the course numerous issues concerning the storage and supply of natural gas were examined, along with ways of ensuring that a company maintains a flexible portfolio in order to adapt to fluctuations in demand.
The second two-day module Access to the Gas Network and Commercial Gas Transmission Agreements began with an introduction to the specifics of European gas policy and industry regulations. The chief instructor on this module was DNV GL's Bert Kiewiet.
The first seminar was dedicated to ways that external users can gain access to the gas transmission network. There was particular focus on the so-called "entry-exit" system which is a compulsory model of network access in Europe. After defining the criteria for products that are supplied via the transmission system operators' (TSO) network, examples and methods of calculating tariffs were studied. The issues of operational prospects and concluding contracts were then examined.
The final day was devoted to questions concerning regulating the imbalance between gas transmission operators and network users, as well as the commercialisation of gas storage assets.
All participants were awarded certificates on passing the course.
KYOS Energy Consulting (based in the Netherlands) provides software and advisory services to the energy sector.
KYOS services are used by many well-known companies, including E.ON, Google, RWE, Gasunie, Enel, Wingas, EDF, British Gas and ENI.
DNV GL (based in Norway) is a technical consultant for global oil and gas companies. It provides a comprehensive range of services in the fields of technical and marine insurance, risk management and energy project value.