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Oil - Gas - Chemistry 2017
Oil - Gas - Chemistry 2017
  • 15th International Conference and Exhibition Oil-Gas-Chemistry 2017,
    20th September, Warsaw
    Hotel Novotel Airport Warszawa,
    1 Sierpnia 1



Large investment projects, new technologies, the development of innovation as well as safety and security are just some of the key issues defining the strategies of companies from the oil, gas and chemicals sectors. Efficient completion of tasks in these areas could require changes in the sector structure, including consolidation processes. In this context, the Polish government intends to announce a strategy for the energy sector in the near future.

In recent months people who define the energy strategy have been suggesting which directions are being considered and what we can expect in the final document. The goals defined in the strategy should be cohesive with current European Union policy, but the most important thing is for the Polish vision to contribute to the definition of future goals for the entire EU economy. Poland has growing ambitions to influence the directions of energy policy in the European Union and not just to implement previously defined directives.

Government press releases and ministers themselves devote a lot of attention to planned investments in the energy sector. One of the biggest investment programmes in Poland’s history will be the construction of a nuclear power plant, and an expansion of transport assets for electricity, oil and gas is also planned. Carrying out such huge projects requires strong businesses with very good financial standing. To this aim, different scenarios of power, oil and gas company consolidation need to be considered. There have been more and more positive opinions on the possibility of a merger between Lotos and Orlen as well as the eventuality of consolidation among the PGE, Tauron, Energa and Enea companies. Consolidated groups could pursue numerous cost and market synergies while their scale would be sufficient for easier completion of ambitious investment plans.

Furthermore, more and more attention is being given to plans for introducing electro-mobility on a wide scale. In this context, ownership of energy generation assets would allow fuel companies to compensate for any possible loss of market share in traditional fuels. Undoubtedly electro-mobility could significantly change the balance of power on the electricity and hydrocarbon fuel markets, while the development of fuel companies with power competences could enable a new competitive edge to be built.

A change in paradigm is becoming increasingly visible: the stream of energy resources is changing from an east-west direction to a north-south one. The development of the hydrocarbon market and the distribution of oil and gas prices in different regions of the world make oil and gas imports from across the Baltic increasingly competitive compared to previously used transport routes. Given this development of market and geopolitical factors, building a north-south gas corridor will be an important element of energy policy. Carrying out such tasks requires many investments to expand the oil and gas infrastructure within Poland and at border connections. These investments are also extremely important for increasing the integration and security of the Visegrad Group countries and those falling within the Three Seas Initiative.

Changing the directions of resource delivery and transfer will enable us to open up more to hydrocarbon deliveries from the United States, Norway and other countries beyond Europe. To increase deliveries from these directions also requires additional investments in infrastructure for transport to Poland. Energy companies are natural candidates for carrying out these plans; after consolidation, they will have stronger financial standing and greater capacity to complete projects of this magnitude.

Of course oil and gas depots are an important element of energy infrastructure enabling such ambitious plans to be realized. In this area, the key task is to improve the organization of the storage infrastructure and oil and gas logistics in Poland.

The development strategy defined by Prime Minister Morawiecki assumes the development of innovation and new technologies throughout the economy. This is also a major task for the oil, gas and chemical industries. The critical element is not how to come up with new solutions but how to commercialize them. As part of such commercialization, you need to build profitable business models and ensure a good return on investment.

The National Centre for Research and Development is running the Innovative Gas Industry (INGA) programme aimed at promoting innovation in the gas sector. This is one of a number of programmes for supporting innovation in Poland’s gas sector. Around the world, many technologies are being developed in this area. One major research area focuses on large-scale use of natural gas and hydrogen as vehicle fuels.

The development of innovation in the chemicals sector, including launching the production of chemicals with greater added value, is also important. One key research area in this case is using IT technologies for big data analysis serving the development of new chemical products.

Another important issue is how to use artificial intelligence in the optimization of production processes in the petrochemical and chemical industries. There is no question that artificial intelligence could have a serious impact on building a competitive edge in these sectors.

As far as developing new technologies as well as the scale of investment projects is concerned, security in all its aspects is gaining in importance, from physical security of elements of infrastructure to system cybersecurity. In this context, it is interesting to observe developments in chemical security, where many projects being implemented around the world were initiated in Poland.

by Mariusz Przybylik

Zarząd Targów Warszawskich SA
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