THE NATURAL GAS GIANTS ARE AT IZMIR UNIVERSITY OF ECONOMICS
Izmir University of Economics (IUE) will discuss the security of supply for natural gas markets. The main theme of the Energy Management and Policies Workshop to be hosted by IUE Department of Sustainable Energy will be “Security of Supply for Natural Gas Markets”. Süreyya Yücel Özden, Chief Supervisor of Executive Board of Gama Holding and Chair of DEIK Energy Work Council, will be the keynote speaker at the workshop that will begin on May 14 at 10.00 at IUE Conference Hall.
The first session of the 3 sessions will be moderated by İbrahim Akbal, Chairman of the Executive Board and General Director of EgeGaz A.Ş. The guests Selçuk Advan, Natural Gas Purchases and Export Department Head of BOTAŞ, and Adem Küsmüş, Ankara Regional Director for BOTAŞ, Barış Sanlı, Vice General Director of ETKB Energy Works, and Rıdvan Uçar, General Director of AYGAZ Doğal Gaz A.Ş. will be assessing the natural gas sector in Turkey in terms of security of supply. The second session will be moderated by Sezer Türktan, Senior Consultant of GDF SUEZ Turkey. The guests Bağdagül Kaya Caner, Energy Specialist for EPDK, H. Emre Engür, Head of International Projects Department of BOTAŞ, Juliette Casoetto, Business Development Director of ELENGY, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mehmet Efe Biresselioğlu, IUE Head of Department of Sustainable Energy, and Özlem Döğerlioğlu Işıksungur, Senior Managing Partner of Döğerlioğlu Practice of Law Office will be discussing the current issues in European Union security of supply.
At the last session of the workshop the university-industry-public collaboration will be discussed. Prof. Dr. Murat Aşkar, Vice Rector of IUE, will moderate the last session where Sustainable Energy Master’s Program students will present their semester projects.
‘We are dependent on natural gas’
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mehmet Efe Biresselioğlu, gave information about the workshop and pointed out that countries’ foreign energy dependency has increased. He said, “Natural gas, with a rapid increase of consumption especially in Northern Hemisphere, comes out as an energy source that is geo economically important in the recent years. European Union Countries and countries with a rapidly developing economies like Turkey, became highly dependent on foreign resources. Turkey ended up paying $56 billion for energy import last year. Foreign trade deficit for energy for Turkey is known to be around 60 percent.”
‘Security of supply is a significant issue’
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Biresselioğlu pointed out that Turkey was dependent on foreign resources at 98% in terms of natural gas. Biresselioğlu stated the following:
“Russia has the biggest share with 58 percent among the suppliers. Despite the rapid economic growth, the ratio of natural gas in our country, which is not rich in terms of energy resources, has a 45%in electricity production and 35% in total energy consumption. Therefore, concerns regarding natural gas, global energy agenda, and security of supply in the agenda of policy makers turn out to be a significant problem for us.”
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