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Vilnius (LT) - 15/11/12 - 16/11/12

Energy Security: Outlook & Perspectives in the Baltic Sea region


The Conference on Energy Security: Outlook & perspectives in the Baltic Sea region is held in Vilnius, Lithuania, on the 15th and 16th of November 2012.

The Conference is organised by the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, the Lithuanian Energy Institute and the Energy Security Centre in Vilnius with speakers representing governments of the Baltic States, universities and research institutes, system operators and private industrial companies.

The European Commission has been fostering during the last years concrete measures to better connect Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia to wider EU energy networks. The best example is the Baltic Energy Market Interconnection Plan (BEMIP), signed in June 2009.

The conference in Vilnius aims at reflecting on the energy undertakings planned for the Baltic region, namely plans for a new nuclear reactor in Visaginas (Lithuania), Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) terminals in all three Baltic states, power links between Sweden and Lithuania, Poland and Lithuania, Finland and Estonia, unconventional gas explorations, etc. These energy initiatives will require solid scientific and technical support for the definition of efficient infrastructure and markets, the guarantee of safe operations, and the analysis of the security of supply.

The conference will include technical discussions on the industrial perspective on energy markets, modelling and analysis of energy systems, innovative technologies including smart grids, new potential sources such as shale gas, biomass and other renewable energy sources, and the need scientific and technical support in all these subjects.