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Open Libya Oil & Gas Forum in London

Open Libya Oil & Gas Forum in London

When: on 19-21st October 2015

Where:  London, UK

Website: www.libyaoilgas.com

During his first keynote speech in front of the oil and gas community at last year’s New Libya Oil & Gas 2014 Forum, Mustafa Sanallah, Chairman of the Libyan NOC, stated that production output is his highest priority. Indeed, a major oil company operating in the country just announced that their production in Libya has now exceeded the pre-revolution levels. On 22nd May, the same company announced an offshore discovery, something that proves the enormous role that Libya plays and is destined to play in the global oil industry.



This year, at the 4th New Libya Oil & Gas 2015 Forum, organised by IRN on 19-21st in London under the official patronage of the National Oil Corporation of Libya, Mustafa Sanallah will give a keynote opening speech and the key NOC affiliate companies’ and joint ventures’ Chairmen will give an overview of operations and development plans in the country. The 3rd day of the Forum will feature two workshops, the first one on oil and gas regulations and Petroleum Law in Libya and the second one on physical security and risk management in Libya.


Amongst speakers will be the Chairman of Mellitah Oil & Gas (joint venture between ENI and NOC), the Head of Downstream Development, the Chairman of AGOCO (Arabian Gulf Oil Company), the Head of Exploration, the Head of Reserves, the Head of Planning, the Head of Cooperation, the Head of Technical Information and the Head of Marketing. The Former Chairman of the NOC Libya, Nuri Berruin will also be present at the Forum. International oil companies with long operations in the country such as the Shell will also be sharing their insights.

Last year the Forum’s 300 senior level attendee delegation included Total, OMV, Statoil, Gazprom Neft, Petrobras, Hess Corporation Libya, ExxonMobil, Sonatrach Libya (SIPEX), Crosco, Technip, BB Energy Group, British Arab Commercial Bank, Shell International Upstream, Yokogawa Middle East & Africa, Occidental Libya Oil and Gas, Petrofac International Limited, Egyptian Drilling Company and GE Oil & Gas.

More information about the Forum is available on the website: www.libyaoilgas.com and released bimonthly in the Forum’s newsletter to which someone can subscribe here.

• The Summit is organised by International Research Networks, a leading business intelligence group, transmitting information through highly topical Conferences, Summits, Meetings and Reports. To find out more please visit www.irn-international.com
• For all media and press enquiries please contact Xenia Sapanidi at XeniaS@irn-international.com, +44 (0) 207 111 1615.


Black Gold International Forum in Ufa – Report

Black Gold International Forum in Ufa – Report

Bashkir State University and BashSU SPE Student Chapter

The «Black Gold» International Forum was held in the Bashkir State University on 11-13 May of 2015 for the first time. The event was organized by BashSU SPE student Chapter. The Forum took place on the base of the Department of Geophysics, Physical-Technical Institute of Bashkir State University.

BashSU SPE Student Chapter has got more than 100 applications from all over the world. Our participants were from Russia (Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kazan, Tyumen, Tomsk, Ufa), Kazakhstan (Astana, Almaty, Aktobe, Atyrau), Germany, India, Namibia, Canada, Nigeria and Tanzania.


May 11th, 2015 – The First Day

The guests arrived in the capital on May 11, and immediately, on the first day, were pleasantly surprised by the cleanliness and beauty of our city. They were provided with housing on the basis of the hotel «Biatlon», which is ideally located in a green area of Ufa. There was also the opportunity to rent bicycles and roller skates for active rest lovers.

In that evening students visited the Lyalya-Tulip Mosque, the Victory Park, the Monument to Salavat Yulaev, the “House of Friendship of People”, the Aksakov Park, the Nesterov Museum and the Ferris wheel.

Of course, in that day, many students have discovered not only man-made sights of the city, but also the sincere flavor of the Republic of Bashkortostan and its capital – the real beauty of nature, which is so skillfully gets along in one of the largest cities in Russia.


May 12th,  2015- The Second Day

In the second day of the forum BashSU SPE Student Chapter  officially welcomed the participants and guests of the event, presented the management team of the University and the Department of Geophysics and organized a concert with the participation of creative teams and performers of the University.

After the Opening Ceremony, all students were divided into technical sections devoted to contemporary problems of oil and gas industry. The participants shared their experience and told about their scientific papers.

After the lunch, young people attended the workshops from oil and gas industry specialists: Tagir Salakhov and Azat Yusupov from «ROSNEFT», Andrey Bochkov from GAZPROMNEFT-STC.

The participants to could also work at the personal growth technique with USPTU SPE Student Chapter, which conducted the «Soft Skills» training, or take part in oil and gas intellectual game «Oil Barrel», organized by Kazan Federal University SPE Student Chapter. At the same time, the SPE Round Table was carried out. The students shared reports about their progress and discussed the common successes.

At the Closing Ceremony the President of BashSU SPE Student Chapter Regina Nafikova and the Vice-president Emil Fattakhov presented awards to winners and prize-winners in all sections. The gifts were also presented to winners of intellectual game «Oil Barrel». It is noteworthy that all prizes in the «Oil and Gas service» section were won by BSU students.

May 13th,  2015- The Third Day

The third day of the Forum was perhaps the most exciting event for participants. It was the Field Trip outside Ufa as a geological practice. We visited the amazing lake-spring Zyangyar Cul – Blue Lake, climbed to the top of limestone mountains with breathtaking views. The next point of our trip was the health resort «Krasnousolsk», which is famous for its mineral waters and curative mountain air.


Inconclusion, wewanttoaddthatallparticipantsoftheForumweresatisfiedandcontinuetosendpositivefeedbackabouttheevent, inwhichtheypromisedtocomenextyear.

For reference: *SPE (Society of Petroleum Engineers) is an international noncommercional organization of technical specialists of oil and gas industry.

SPE Student Chapter was found in the Bashkir State University in March of 2013. Chapter works with student and post-graduate students, allowing them to learn more about oil and gas industry and to obtain useful skills of business communication.
For further information about BashSU SPE student Chapter activity you can found on the following links: 
VK group and insert on the site of SPC «Geotec».

BashSU SPE Student Chapter would like to express special thanks to the following companies for their support in holding of «Black Gold» International Forum:

  • Scientific and Production Company
  • Scientific and Production Center Geotec
  • LLC«BashNIPIneft
  • Shell Oil Company
  • Halliburton International Inc.
  • Schlumberger Company


Also we would like to express thanks for the assistance of our media partner YoungPetro

BashSU SPE Student Chapter also expresses thanks

Department of Geophysics of Bashkir State University


We would like to express our gratitude and appreciation to media-partner “Young Petro” magazine


Please do not hesitate to contact us: 


  • Regina Nafikova

President of BashSU SPE Student Chapter



  • Emil Fattakhov

Vice-President of BashSU SPE Student Chapter



  • Guzel Vakhitova

Coordinator of BashSU SPE Student Chapter



You can find more photos on the following links:

Opening Ceremony: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/p4ewmlekgcw551t/AAC2DmyRtwlieFqNRq1sWvoTa?dl=0

Sections: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/jvex9c33h9tdi6b/AACEldDj0BxiNvtALL9vzrEsa?dl=0

Closing Ceremony: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/jxxsftrqtfmohla/AAClHkSCNHcj7uW_EkfhtT_9a?dl=0

Unlocking the potential for Underground Coal Gasification in the UK

Unlocking the potential for Underground Coal Gasification in the UK

With the need to diversify the UK energy market becoming increasingly pressing, new technologies are continually developing and evolving the market. One such technology which is gaining increased attention across the energy industry is Underground Coal Gasification (UCG).

UCG uses stranded coal seams, which cannot be accessed by conventional mining techniques due to geology, safety or depth constraints, and converts this in-situ coal into a mixture of gasses known as syngas, which can then be used for power generation. UCG is not a new concept; trials have taken place across the course of the last century. However, technological advancements have prompted a resurgence in the industry, with the UK tipped to be a key area to watch. The UK is ideally suited to the development of UCG due to its large indigenous coal resources. UCG also provides opportunities for developing much-needed cost effective cleaner coal technologies, diversity of supply and energy security for the UK.

UCG also holds a wealth of advantages over other forms of energy generation. UCG does not use chemicals or fracking, the depth at which UCG operations are undertaken are situated far below fresh water aquifers and thus avoid water contamination, and UCG holds substantial environmental benefits over conventional coal fired power generation. UCG is also ideally suited for use in conjunction with Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS), technology that the UK government is very eager to utilise. Combining these two technologies provides an incredibly promising opportunity for low carbon power generation, and one of a very small number of methods that will enable the ongoing use of fossil fuels without the current environmental damage they cause.

UCG technology is also incredibly flexible. Rather than being restricted to simply providing gas directly into the grid, UCG also has the potential to play a significant role in providing feedstock for the petrochemical industry and a cost effective fuel source for energy intensive industry. UCG also has possibilities for generating hydrogen for vehicles and fuel cells, and supporting primary electricity generation.

One organisation pioneering the development of the UCG industry in the UK is Cluff Natural Resources (CLNR). Founded in 2012 by veteran North Sea entrepreneur Algy Cluff, CLNR has committed to the development of the UK’s first UCG operations since the 1950’s, and already has a growing portfolio of UK assets including 8 UCG licences. CLNR’s current UCG licences cover the North Wales/Merseyside border, Durham South, Maryport, North Cumbria, Largo Bay Durham North, Carmarthenshire and the Dee Estuary, The Firth of Forth near Kincardine, Scotland.

The UCG industry in the UK is still in the early stages of development, however it has the potential to become a key element of the UK energy industry. Andrew Nunn, Chief Operating Officer for CLNR has commented that ‘the industry, quite rightly, is taking a very measured approach to the development of UCG.  In line with the comprehensive body of evidence published by DECC, and its predecessors, the next step for UCG in the UK is a small number of production tests to confirm commercial and environmental performance in a local context, before rolling out a larger commercial UCG development’.

CLNR recently entered into a joint venture with Halliburton to accelerate the development of the Kincardine UCG project. On the recent partnership, Andrew has commented that ‘Halliburton’s commitment is a great endorsement of both the technical and commercial viability of UCG on a local and global scale. They are one of the world’s leading providers of subsurface engineering and services to the energy industry and this relationship gives us access to experience and technologies from across Halliburton’s global product lines. This includes their high temperature geothermal products, SAGD/TAGD experience and a vast array of monitoring and instrumentation technologies which are all directly applicable to UCG operations. This technically lead collaboration will ensure the approach to designing and operating the UCG production test will be subject to the same rigorous processes as other major energy projects’.

As with other energy initiatives, such as the shale gas industry, the success of the UCG industry will be determined by public opinion. Andrew has noted that in order to develop a thriving UCG industry in the UK, ‘key regulators must be technically capable, politically empowered and sufficiently funded to take a very hands role during the developmental phase of the UCG industry’, in order to assure local communities that UCG operations are being conducted ‘in a safe and responsible manner’. The difference between UCG and many other energy industries is the foundation that it will be built upon. Andrew has highlighted that ‘one of the key differentiator’s for UCG is that the industry is being built on a strong scientific evidence base which was compiled by the UK Government over a period of 10 years in the absence of any external commercial influence, so the basis for progressive government policy is in place’.

The next five years will be key to the development of the UK UCG industry and CLNR already have plans in place for the development of the industry. Andrew has outlined as follows; ‘We are currently preparing the Environmental Statement and Planning Application documentation for our proposed UCG production test in the Firth of Forth which we plan to submit towards the end of the year.  Following approval the focus will be on drilling and construction of the production facilities to support approximately 200 days of gasification operations, followed by decommissioning of the surface equipment and validation of environmental performance. All the data gathered will be used to book reserves and underpin a full bankable feasibility study for a fully optimised commercial development within the Firth of Forth’.

Despite the promise that the UCG industry holds it is likely to be 2020 at the earliest before we see commercial development of the industry. However, with Cluff Natural Resources continually working to develop the industry and a target production test date of early 2017, the UCG industry is undoubtedly a key area to watch within the UK energy industry. Industry leaders from across the energy sector will meet to discuss the promising UCG industry at the Third European Shale Gas & Oil Summit, taking place 15th-16th October, in a conference dedicated to this developing technology.

For more information regarding the summit visit the website at http://www.esgos.eu/

By Megan.Roden@charlesmaxwell.co.uk

Konkluzje BAT – wymogi techniczne i problematyczne aspekty wdrożenia

Konkluzje BAT – wymogi techniczne i problematyczne aspekty wdrożenia

(Workshops in Polish)

When: 17-18 June 2015

Where:  Westin Hotel, Warsaw, Poland

Website: http:http://mmcpolska.pl/event/konkluzje-bat-wymogi-techniczne-i-problematyczne-aspekty-wdrozenia


Konkluzje BAT są dokumentami stworzonymi na podstawie BREF-BAT, przyjmowanymi w drodze decyzji Komisji Europejskiej, zgodnie z przepisami dotyczącymi emisji przemysłowych. Formułują one wnioski dotyczące najbardziej efektywnego i zaawansowanego poziomu rozwoju technologii i metod prowadzenia danej działalności energetycznej lub przemysłowej – w tym opis i informacje służące ocenie ich przydatności. Dotychczasowe wartości wielkości emisji określone w pozwoleniach zintegrowanych często nie odpowiadają rzeczywistej emisji z instalacji. Nowe regulacje zmuszą marszałków i starostów do prawidłowego określania parametrów udzielania tych pozwoleń. Dostosowanie instalacji do wymagań określonych w konkluzjach BAT powinno nastąpić w terminie maksymalnie czterech lat od dnia ich publikacji w Dzienniku Urzędowym UE. Tym samym nakłada to na zakłady wiele nowych obowiązków związanych z podejmowaniem trudnych decyzji modernizacyjnych oraz inwestycyjnych. Podczas organizowanych przez nas w dniach 17-18 czerwca 2015 roku w Hotelu Westin warsztatów dowiedzą się Państwo jak prawidłowo funkcjonować w tej nowej rzeczywistości prawno–technicznej, w tym przede wszystkim jakie kroki podjąć w celu pozyskania lub zweryfikowania pozwolenia zintegrowanego. Uzyskają Państwo praktyczną wiedzę w kwestii efektywnego użytkowania instalacji, przeciwdziałania ryzykom związanym z niedostosowaniem się do nowych wytycznych oraz efektywnego zarządzania produktami ubocznymi w procesie spalania. Prelegenci dzieląc się swoim doświadczeniem zawodowym, pomogą rozwiać wszelkie wątpliwości oraz rozwikłać pojawiające się sytuacje ryzykowne lub sporne w zakresie dostosowania instalacji do nowych standardów.

Główne zagadnienia:

  • Konkluzje BAT – ich wymogi i status prawny w świetle Dyrektywy IPPC
  • Wpływ wymagań BAT na kształt pozwolenia zintegrowanego
  • Efektywna eksploatacja instalacji energetycznego spalania
  • BAT-AEPL – określenie najlepszych dostępnych technik w ujęciu wskaźnika efektywności środowiskowej
  • Zarządzanie produktami ubocznymi w procesie spalania
  • Modernizacja instalacji odazotowania spalin
  • Modernizacja instalacji odsiarczania spalin
  • Niedostosowanie się do nowych wytycznych – przepisy a rzeczywistość


Podczas warsztatów swoje prelekcje zaprezentują:

Agnieszka Skorupińska, kancelaria Dentons, Mgr inż. Małgorzata Bednarska-Puente, Multiconsult Polska, Maciej Krzyczkowski, Generalna Dyrekcja Ochrony Środowiska, Konrad Nowak, Miejskie Przedsiębiorstwo Energetyki Cieplnej Sp. z o.o. w Olsztynie, Dr hab. inż. Grzegorz Wielgosiński, Politechnika Łódzka, Mgr inż. Robert Żmuda, SBB ENERGY S.A.

Więcej informacji znajdą Państwo na stronie: http://mmcpolska.pl/event/konkluzje-bat-wymogi-techniczne-i-problematyczne-aspekty-wdrozenia



Paulina Kaczmarek,

Kierownik Projektu

T: 22 379 29 31

E-mail: p.kaczmarek@mmcpolska.pl