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WebConference: Southern Gas Corridor

September 24, 2013 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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Gulmira Rzayeva is a principal research fellow at the Center for Strategic Studies (CSS) under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan. Her area of expertise includes energy security covering issues such as the energy policy of Azerbaijan and Black Sea/Caspian region energy security. As part of her engagements in the field of energy security, she has worked at the Moscow Carnegie Center as a visiting research fellow and Finish Aleksanteri Institute of the Helsinki University and lectured on the topic at the Universities of Helsinki, Jouensuu and Tampere. Her other engagements in this field include a fellowship awarded by the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute Silk Road Studies Program, a joint program of the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins University/USA and the Stockholm-based Institute for Security and Development Policy/Sweden financed by the Rumsfeld Foundation, USA. Over time she has participated as an invited speaker at a number of international conferences on energy security issues in Europe, the US and Asia. Having a BA in international relations from the Baku Slavic University and an MA in Global Affairs from the University of Buckingham, UK, Ms. Rzayeva has published several scholarly publications focusing on her area of expertise. She is a co-author of the report entitled “Strategic Imperative: Azerbaijani Gas Strategy and the EU’s Southern Corridor” published at the SAM Review Journal of CSS.

M. Mete Goknel, MS ChE. His area of expertise includes pipeline strategies, utilization of energy sources, energy security and the energy policy of Caspian region, Middle East and East Mediterranean. He was ex Chairman & General Manager of BOTAŞ Petroleum Pipeline Corp. where he started the “Caspian – Mediterranean Petroleum Pipeline” project known as BTC-Baku/Tbilisi/Ceyhan. The conceptual project, the scenarios of alternative routes and analysis, utilization scenarios of existing Ceyhan Terminal infrastructure -which make the route attractive- were prepared during the period of his Management. After successive meetings, on October 5, 1993 at London, the “First Feasibility Report” of the BTC – Baku/Tbilisi/Ceyhan route undersigned by the oil company representatives participating in the consortium.  Since 2004 he is acting as an independent consultant and has worked in ASAM-Centre for Eurasian Strategic Researches as “Consultant and Energy Sector Expert” to the Chairman where he published several articles.  Over time he is writing articles and participating as speaker at national, international conferences on energy issues as an independent consultant. 

Peter Poptchev, Ph.D., is a career diplomat. He has held rank-and-file and Head of Mission positions in Lagos, Geneva, Brussels, Dublin and Vienna. Since 2007 he has worked as Ambassador-at-large for Energy Security and Climate Change, as Advisor to the Minister of Economy, Energy and Tourism, as well as National Coordinator for the Nabucco Project. He was on the Bulgarian delegation negotiating the South Stream bilateral agreement; headed the team in the negotiation of the Nabucco Intergovernmental Agreement, and helped establish institutional expertise on energy security at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Diplomatic Institute. Ambassador Poptchev has vast experience as negotiator at the UN and specialized international organizations. He combines diplomacy with research. The author of four books and numerous articles, he reviews in particular the development of EU and NATO in the framework of globalization and challenges to security and economy, including energy security and climate change. EU energy policy and strategic economic, security and energy developments in Central and South East Europe, the Wider Black Sea and the Eastern Mediterranean are currently  at the centre of his professional activities as an independent consultant. 

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On 6/28, the consortium developing Azerbaijan’s Shah Deniz gas field announced its selection of the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) to deliver its gas to Europe. This is a major accomplishment for Azerbaijan and a major step forward in implementation of the Southern Gas Corridor, which will deliver Caspian gas to European consumers.

The Southern Corridor, which will include an expansion of the South Caucasus pipeline across Azerbaijan and Georgia and the Trans-Anatolian pipeline across Turkey, will bring a new source of gas supply to Europe. This reflects Europe’s efforts to diversify its energy resources, including the bold steps toward competition and trade embodied in the EU’s Third Energy Package, an important set of regulatory measures issued in 2009. The selection of TAP as the means to link Caspian gas to Europe is another important step in the process of advancing Europe’s energy security and promoting competition in the supply of energy resources.

While the Southern Gas Corridor focuses on supplies to Europe, it also represents an important contribution to global energy security. By bringing Caspian gas to international markets, this initiative will contribute to meeting global energy demand, which is critical to sustaining economic growth.

Central Daylight Time (Chicago, GMT-05:00) Tuesday, Sep 24, 2013 8:00 am
GMT Summer Time (London, GMT+01:00) Tuesday, Sep 24, 2013 2:00 pm
Eastern Europe Summer Time (Istanbul, GMT+03:00) Tuesday, Sep 24, 2013 4:00 pm
China Time (Beijing, GMT+08:00) Tuesday, Sep 24, 2013 9:00 pm

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