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Embracing Investment Opportunities For A New Energy Future

The Ukraine Gas Investment Congress will bring together policy makers, energy industry leaders, investors and technology innovators to share future strategies, forge new partnerships and identify growth opportunities to fast-track the development of the Ukraine’s natural gas sector in line with the Energy Strategy of Ukraine 2035.

Set against a backdrop of 4 distinct pillars, the Congress will provide attendees with the opportunity to understand the unique investment and upcoming partnership openings in Ukraine’s energy sector.

  • Pillar 1 - Ukraine’s energy landscape
  • Pillar 2 - Industry transformation
  • Pillar 3 - Technology
  • Pillar 4 - Energy transition

Conference Programme

10:00 AM 10:30 AM

Opening Session - Welcome and Industry Keynotes

Industry keynote themes will focus on global trends in relation to the future of energy as it transitions to a low-carbon future. The keynotes will address the importance of transparency across government and business environments that drive investment in energy accessibility and security of supply from Eastern Europe, to and throughout, the European Union.

Attendee insights

Gain insights on how policy, regulation and energy transition are shifting traditional global industry trends and shaping the future of interconnected and powerful international partnerships and bilateral trade agendas.

10:30 AM 11:00 AM

Redefining Ukraine’s Energy Future

The Ukrainian government has defined ambitious strategic targets to increase its domestic natural gas production by 50%, halt natural gas imports by 2030 and achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2040.

Government policy and consistent regulatory frameworks play a key role in influencing foreign direct investment.  In the current investor landscape, and with Ukraine open for business, what are the opportunities available for international energy companies, investment banks and private equity players?  And what is the current appetite of IOCs and Independents?

Attendee insights

A must-attend discussion to understand government and state-owned company expectations for Ukraine’s energy future over the coming 5-10 years, plus the new recently signed investment law, attractive fiscal regimes, reforms and gas system unbundling all initiated to instal investor and partnership confidence.

11:00 AM 11:30 AM

Beyond Borders - Connecting and Delivering Gas to the European Union

Sustainable natural gas supplies as a transition fuel will remain instrumental for Europe’s energy security in the next 30 years.  With an Association Agreement with the EU and Free Trade Agreements with 16 countries, plus 13 seaports with direct access to the Black and Azov Sea’s, Ukraine is strategically positioned to fulfil this requirement. 

As energy transition gains pace and initiatives such as the EU Green Deal carbon border adjustment mechanism come into effect, infrastructure modernisation becomes a necessity to enable transportation and export of natural gas and LNG and alternatives such as hydrogen and biofuels. With its vast midstream transit infrastructure and underground storage capacity, what are the immediate modernisation and integration needs to ensure a modern, efficient and resilient energy network for the future?  How do they compare, and what can be learned from other global networks?

Attendee insights

In this discussion, panellists will focus on the importance of accelerating technology deployment and its pivotal role in maximising the nation’s natural resources, at the same time positioning its infrastructure for energy transition, transportation and trading of decarbonised gases to the European Union.

11:30 AM 12:00 PM

A Gas Renaissance – Unlocking Ukraine’s E&P Potential

In 2020, Naftogaz took ownership of 40,000 square kilometres of onshore and offshore acreage for exploration and appraisal.  With a gas portfolio comprising greenfield and brownfield, onshore and offshore, there are wide-ranging opportunities to explore and produce conventional and unconventional gas at various stages of developed, explored, and underexplored. 

As part of Government plans to produce 30 billion cubic metres of gas per annum by 2030 to alleviate gas import dependency, Ukraine’s business environment is undergoing radical change to encourage foreign investment, from public governance, anti-corruption laws, energy liberalisation and diversification, trading and pricing transparency and unbundling of state-owned conglomerates.  

Attendee insights

A must-attend discussion for specialised Independent E&P companies, international energy companies, global oilfield service companies, technology providers and investors looking to identify longer-term strategic investment opportunities and gain E&P access to key gas-rich reserves.

10:00 AM 10:30 AM

Investment Spotlight - Defining the Future of Hydrocarbon Investments

In a market framed by geopolitical uncertainty, the COVID-19 pandemic, energy transition and growing ESG requirements, how are global energy investors and private equity financiers factoring Ukraine into their portfolios?

For Ukraine to deliver upon the Governments strategic priority of becoming self-sufficient in gas production by 2030 and being the partner of choice for gas supply and transmission, an anticipated spend of US $20-30 billion is required, making access to FDI a must.

Attendee insights

This panel will see international investors and private equity financiers detailing how the oil and gas sector’s access to finance is changing and shifting away from more traditional financing models. How ESG governance, disclosure and financial reporting support the transition to sustainable, climate-conscious hydrocarbon investments and the appearance of non-traditional investors rising in this space.

10:30 AM 11:00 AM

Black Sea Prospecting - a Potential Innovation and Energy Hub

Strategically placed between Europe and Asia and bordered by Bulgaria, Romania, Georgia, Turkey and Ukraine, the Black Sea shelf is a potential E&P playground for its neighbouring countries. 

Already home to Romania’s Neptun Deep block gas discovery, Ukraine has been awarded exclusive rights to 20, 30-year E&P licences within the Neptun and Dolphin blocks.  Recognising its future potential, international partners, OMV Petrom and Naphtha Israel Petroleum Corporation have already signed MOUs to cooperate in unlocking the regions natural gas resources. 

Attendee insights

In this panel, attendees will hear from industry executives from Bulgaria, Romania, Georgia, Turkey and the Ukraine as they look to boost regional cooperation, jointly implementing energy and infrastructure projects with their international partners.  The discussion will detail the opportunities open to investors and technology providers to partner, to accelerate new discoveries, delivering energy security and economic stability to each nation.

11:00 AM 11:30 AM

Thinking Beyond Tomorrow – Ukraine’s Energy Transition

With growing global urgency and as increasingly more companies and countries commit to climate-conscious hydrocarbon production and net zero targets by 2050, what does the energy transition agenda mean for Ukraine, and how does it compare to other nations? and companies already making the transition from an international oil company to an integrated energy company? 

Energy sector reform remains central to Ukraine’s sustainable energy transition, subsequent growth and integration within the EU energy space. At the same time, transparent financing mechanisms, modern management systems, and access to international know-how are key to redesigning Ukraine’s energy infrastructure, unlocking access to low-carbon technologies to support its transition roadmap, opening new business avenues to CCUS, CO2 storage and hydrogen processing and transportation. 

Attendee insights

A key discussion for all parties globally, already involved in or looking to take an active investment and partnership role in supporting Ukraine’s energy transition journey.

11:30 AM 12:00 PM

Bridging Energy Transition - the Hydrogen Vision

A possible supplier of renewable hydrogen as part of the EU’s Hydrogen Strategy, Ukraine is set to enter the hydrogen race.  

With major countries and companies scaling up investment in potential hydrogen production and infrastructure, Ukraine is no different in looking to enter the hydrogen challenge. If modernised, its vast gas transmission and distribution pipelines would be capable of carrying hydrogen safely. In parallel, Energoatom, Ukraine’s National Nuclear Energy Generating Company is investigating the potential for commercial hydrogen production. How can cross-sector R&D and public-private partnerships fast-track commercial hydrogen technologies? What are the immediate next steps and priority areas for Ukraine to realise this vision? And what are the opportunities for the entire supply value chain to transition to a climate-neutral circular economy? 

Attendee insights

In this panel, attendees will hear about the upcoming opportunities for collaboration within Ukraine’s hydrogen energy space and how investors and technology providers can get involved and become crucial partners in this exciting and important opening.

10:00 AM 10:30 AM

Global Energy Outlook - Emerging Powerhouses and Pivotal Trade Flows

Integration of Eastern European markets will largely be determined by the speed of commissioning and commercialisation of gas pipelines. Several routes have the potential to change trade flow dynamics creating future emerging powerhouses capable of delivering energy to Europe. 

Changing geopolitical tensions and trade routes coupled with countries coming out of the COVID pandemic, plus an industry transitioning to lower carbon sources and technologies, will see shifting partnerships and non-traditional collaborations. With agility, resilience and early adoption of digitisation and energy transition being key, who will emerge dominant? And what key themes, trends, and significant factors will we see spearheading the transformation of the global energy landscape in the next 5-10 years? 

Attendee insights

This key discussion will zero in on the likely alliances and trends to occupy and govern the energy space in the coming years as the industry looks to successfully navigate current challenges and deliver upon sustainable growth expectations for partners, stakeholders, shareholders and citizens alike.

10:30 AM 11:00 AM

The Driving Need of Modernisation at Speed

For Ukraine to realise its upstream potential and given ambitious Government growth plans, urgent modernisation of its oil and gas assets is a necessity.   

With a portfolio including over 140 conventional and unconventional brownfields, Naftogaz requires immediate access to the latest digital and Industry 4.0 technologies, along with international technical know-how to increase field output, operational efficiency, recovery of CO2 emissions and refurbishment of infrastructure interconnection points for product transmission. 

Attendee insights

An important discussion for international technology and service providers and engineering procurement and construction companies, and investors to hear first-hand the modernisation and investment needs of Ukraine’s gas fields from drilling to enhanced recovery mechanisms, transport and distribution infrastructure, and supply value chain from CCUS, leak detection, interconnection upgrading, cost optimisation and digitisation.

11:00 AM 11:30 AM

Attracting Future Leaders, Change-makers and Technical Masterminds

In many industries, COVID-19 has been a catalyst for business transformation, which has escalated the need for attracting new talent.  The oil and gas industry is no stranger to volatile and cyclical business environments; however, the pandemic coupled with energy transition and the digitisation agenda has driven a renewed urgency to secure a modernised workforce of the future.

Attendee insights

A key discussion focusing on ensuring the current workforce remains relevant and technically capable and how recruitment agendas are being reimagined to entice a new generation of tech-savvy, environmentally conscious talent and leadership capable of driving change and technical excellence from the boardroom to the field.

11:30 AM 12:00 PM

Congress Closing Session

Attendee insights

Attendees will gain an executive recap of the Congress key announcements, discussion points and success stories, plus a round-up of immediate forward-looking actions and timelines for Ukraine’s strategy to achieve energy independence by 2030.