The Concept of Turkmenistan’s Chairmanship at the Energy Charter Conference

The Chairmanship of Turkmenistan in the Energy Charter Conference in 2017, will be based on fundamental international acts and will aim to further develop the interaction between all interested states and international organisations in the field of energy.

Wide and committed cooperation in the energy field is a key factor in the stable and onward march of world processes in the twenty-first century. The prospects of widening the international energy partnership, the principles, on the basis of which the modern architecture of the energy environment is created, its security and sustainability – all of this will largely define the general course of global development in the long term.

Currently, one of the main challenges facing the international community in the context of implementing the international energy agenda, is the development of new models designed to turn the multilateral energy dialogue into the driving force of global development on the basis of balancing the interests of all of its participants, responsible and careful attitude towards natural resources, the environment, taking into account the significant public demand oriented at fair distribution of the benefits from energy sources and their use.

The most important challenge today is ensuring comprehensive and indivisible energy security covering both the energy production sector and energy transportation as well as the final consumption. It is precisely this interdisciplinary approach, that is at the heart of Turkmenistan’s energy policy, defines the substance and the direction of our country’s proposals and practical actions in this field.

The initiatives put forward by Turkmenistan to ensure the security and safety of energy supplies in the world markets, are being strongly recognized by the world community and documented by the resolutions of the United Nations General Assembly initiated by Turkmenistan and adopted in 2008 and 2013 with co-sponsorship of dozens of states. In the light of the above, Turkmenistan in the course of its 2017 Conference Chairmanship is determined to pay particular attention to the following priority areas of international energy-related activities.

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Currently, the development of an international energy strategy is based on the principles of multi-variant energy flows, the widening of their geographyand that of increasing the number of countries interested in participating in international energy processes. This approach includes objective trends in the geo-economy, when the diversification, availability of alternative sources of energy and energy supply routes found the basis of global energy security, sustainability of the entire system of world economic relations, serve as a guarantee against one-sidedness and structural deformations. Turkmenistan believes that this is the very core of sustainable energy.

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Turkmenistan attaches particular importance to the energy efficiency and energy saving issues and believes that their discussion today should become a notable and organic part of the international energy dialogue. In this context, the objective requirement of the day should be the use of innovative technologies and governance methods when creating energy production and transit infrastructure. Furthermore, combining the objective economic interests, realities of international partnership with the necessity of a careful attitude towards natural resources and their efficient use is seen as a common task for all Energy Charter member states. Turkmenistan is ready for further expansion and intensifying cooperation with states and international structures with the aim of minimising environmental risks during the production of energy resources, introduction of effective protection technologies in the production cycle, application of modern governance solutions.

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Careful and forward-looking attitude towards the ecology, the preservation of the natural environment is another key component of the modern energy cycle. That is why the issues of renewable energy sources use are among the priority areas of international energy activities. Relevant international documents aimed at the stage-by-stage transformation towards the renewable energy sources in the main areas of human life, adoption of high standards of environmental safety at the practical level. In this context, Turkmenistan intends to call on the member states within the framework of the Energy Charter Conference in 2017 to consider a wide set of issues related to the priority nature of the development of high-technology sectors of the economy, the creation of conditions for the development of “alternative green energy” as an important element of the economic infrastructure operation.

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The safety and security of international energy flows, guarantees of operation of international energy transportation systems, legal protection of energy supply routes today have become the issues of particular relevance . The necessity of working out generally acceptable universal approaches to this problem, clearer and unchanging principles of interrelations between suppliers, transit countries and consumers of energy resources becomes increasingly obvious. When forming its views on this subject, Turkmenistan draws on the firm belief that international energy transit should be carried out on an equal, fair basis, and economically and commercially feasible. In this respect, Turkmenistan believes it is necessary to intensify the efforts on preparing a multilateral Framework agreement on energy transit.

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The effective development of international cooperation in the field of energy greatly depends on the level and degree of intensity of investment flows . In the course of its Chairmanship in the Conference, Turkmenistan will pay particular attention to the issues of effective allocation of finance resources in energy sector, raising the efficiency of investment use, secure degree of its protection. At that, in order to study the international experience and application of world best practices in the field of investment, it is envisaged to hold special meetings and forums within the framework of the Energy Charter and structures working under its auspices.

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The issues proposed to address during Turkmenistan’s Chairmanship in the Energy Charter Conference in 2017 are a set of the most important and relevant topics and questions linked to the further development of international cooperation on sustainable energy issues.

On this basis, Turkmenistan will take all the necessary measures and actions on summarising the conclusions and recommendations of states, international structures, business sector representatives and the expert community in order to reflect them comprehensively in the outcome document of the 28th Meeting of the Energy Charter Conference.

Turkmenistan considers the implementation of the priorities listed above in close cooperation with the Member States of the Energy Charter, its Secretariat and the Secretary General.

Plan of activities scheduled for the year 2017 in Turkmenistan and abroad under the Presidency of Turkmenistan in the Energy Charter Conference
1. Creation of the official website of the 28th session of the Energy Charter Conference January 2017
2. RECA meeting “Regulation of Energy Investments along the “Belt and Road” intiative 23-25 February 2017, Hong Kong
3. Ashgabat Forum of the Energy Charter on "Towards a multilateral framework agreement on transit of energy resources" 30-31 May 2017, Ashgabat
4. Event on Regional Electricity Cooperation in the South Caucasus and the Caspian Note: on the proposal of the Ministry of Energy of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Second quarter of 2017, Tehran
5. Annual training program of the Energy Charter 1-2 June 2017, Ashgabat
6. International Conference on Energy Charter Treaty (in cooperation with the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes, the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce and the Permanent Court of Arbitration) Parallel: 1-day seminar for government officials on investment intermediation May 2017, Brussels
7. International Energy Media Forum 31 May 2017, Ashgabat
8. 5th international meeting of experts on reliable and stable transit of energy resources (in accordance with UN General Assembly Resolution 67/263) Parallel to the Media Forum, Ashgabat
9. Workshop on the implementation of the UN General Assembly resolution 67/263 at UN Headquarters Second half 2017, New York
10. Meeting on Regional Energy Cooperation in Central and South Asia Parallel: Training on capacity building event on electric power industry reforms and new technologies in collaboration with international organizations. Third quarter of 2017, Ashgabat
11. Beijing International Energy Charter Forum October 2017, Beijing
12. 28th Meeting of Energy Charter Conference 28-29 November, Ashgabat
13. Round tables, seminars and workshops in cooperation with the Energy Charter Secretariat During 2017


Internal meetings of Energy Charter Conference
1. First Meeting of Implementation Group – Investment 26 January, Brussels
2. Experts meeting on investment protection standards under the ECT 27 January, Brussels
3. Second Meeting of Implementation Group - Transit 2 March, Brussels
4. Third Meeting of Implementation Group 27 April, Brussels
5. Budget Committee and Programme of Work 7 June, Brussels
6. Annual Strategy Group Meeting 8-9 June, Brussels
7. Fourth Meeting of Implementation Group 7 September, Brussels
8. Budget Committee and Programme of Work 8 September (am), Brussels
9. Firth Meeting of Implementation Group 19 October, Brussels
10. Budget Committee and Programme of Work 20 October (am), Brussels


Plan of actions planned for 2017 in Turkmenistan and abroad in honor of proclamation of Turkmenistan as a Chairman in Conference of Energy Charter
Planned actions Date of carrying out of actions
1. Creation of specialized website on Internet in honor of 28th session of Conference of Energy Charter in Turkmenistan. January 2017
2. Holding of international media forum in Ashgabat for global spreading of meaning of international Conference of Energy Charter and its purposes. 31 May 2017
3. Sending of delegation from Turkmenistan to Kingdom of Belgium for training for the purpose of organized holding of media forum in honor of international Conference of Energy Charter. I quarter of 2017
4. Carrying out of specialized meetings (briefings) with participation of foreign correspondents working in Turkmenistan and representatives of national mass media for the purpose of propaganda of international value of activities carried out in the scope of Energy diplomacy of Turkmenistan. March, October 2017
5. To organize specialized meetings in Brussels city, Kingdom of Belgium, jointly with representatives of mass media for the purpose of propaganda of international value of activities carried out in the scope of Energy diplomacy of Turkmenistan. March, October 2017
6. Regularly to print articles in mass media in our country and abroad for the purpose of propaganda of international value of activities carried out in the scope of Energy diplomacy of Turkmenistan. Within 2017
7. Holding of specialized meetings with participation of representatives of mass media in honor of Energy diplomacy of Turkmenistan. April, October 2017
8. Holding of scientific conferences in honor of proclamation of Turkmenistan as a Chairman in Conference of Energy Charter. May, October 2017

ASHGABAT INTERNATIONAL ENERGY CHARTER FORUM

Towards a Multilateral Framework Agreementon Transit of Energy Resources” Jointly organised by the Government of Turkmenistan and the International Energy Charter

Ashgabat, Turkmenistan 30-31 May 2017

Concept note

Background

Turkmenistan, as the Chair of the Energy Charter Conference in 2017, is eager to contribute to the global dialogue on energy security and to strengthen international energy cooperation. Ensuring energy security and diversifying supply sources and routes in the context of climate change is identified as one of the main priorities in accordance with the approved Concept of the Chairmanship. In 2013 Turkmenistan sponsored the UN General Assembly’s Resolution No. 67/263 on “Reliable and stable transit of energy and its role in ensuring sustainable development and international cooperation” which recognizes the need for extensive international cooperation for promoting the reliable transportation of energy to international markets through pipelines and other transportation systems.

In line with this resolution, the Government of Turkmenistan and the Energy Charter Secretariat have agreed to pursue the development of a multilateral legal instrument in the field of transit of energy resources. Since then there have been four International meetings of experts on reliable and stable transit of energy jointly organised by the partners - in Ashgabat (December 2014), Brussels (April 2015), Beijing (November 2015) and Tirana (July 2016). These meetings allowed for an exchange of best practices and lessons on energy transit in broad geographical and institutional context and stressed the need of common rules and cooperation mechanisms in order to balance the interests of producing, transit and consuming countries. In 2016 the Energy Charter Conference decided to continue the consultation process and mandated the Secretariat to identify specific needs and difficulties related to transit of oil, gas and electricity.

Scope of the Forum

Against this background, the Government of Turkmenistan and the International Energy Charter jointly organise this Forum on 30-31 May 2017 in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. It will be followed by the International Energy Media Forum to brief representatives of diplomatic corps in Turkmenistan and mass media on the Energy Charter Process and priorities of Turkmen Chairmanship in 2017.

This event will provide a platform for a policy dialogue on energy transit in order to promote open energy markets, diversification of supply sources and routes, and sustainable development. The Forum will address operational, regulatory and legal aspects of energy transit, including natural gas, oil and electricity. It will bring together government officials, representatives of international organisations, industry and academic institutions to discuss existing challenges and opportunities stemming from cross-border energy flows.

Preliminary Programme

Day I - Tuesday 30 May 2017

09.00 – 09.30

Registration / Welcome coffee
 

09.30 – 10.45

Opening Session – Setting the scene

Welcoming remarks by

Mr. Maksat Babayev, Chairman of the Energy Charter Conference, Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers of Turkmenistan;

Dr. Urban Rusnák, Secretary General of the International Energy Charter.

Keynote speeches

Addresses by the Heads of delegations

10.45 – 11.00 - Family Photo

11:00 – 12:30

Main Session I - Natural Gas Markets: Cross-border Transport and Transit

Speakers

International Gas Union

European Commission

Representative of China

Representative of India/Pakistan

 

Discussion topics

  • The role of gas in the global energy security

 

  • Diversifying supply options and routes for the EU
  • Central Asia-China pipeline – operational and legal aspects of transit
  • New infrastructure projects - TAPI pipeline.

12:30 - 14:00

Lunch

14.00 – 15.30

Main session II – Increasing Role of LNG in global energy security

Speakers

Eurogas

International Energy Forum

Representative of Japan

Enex Group SA/ Eni S.p.A.

Discussion topics

  • Developing flexible LNG market – challenges and opportunities
  • Perspectives of global LNG trade
  • Outlook for LNG trade in Asia
  • Alternative transportation options across the Caspian – CNG and LNG

15:30 – 16:00

Coffee-break

16:00 – 17:30

Main session III – Bringing oil to market

Speakers

International Energy Agency

Representative of BP

Representative of Iran

Representative of KazTransOil

Discussion topics

  • Global trends in international oil market

 

  • Cross-border crude oil pipelines - BTC
  • Physical security of oil infrastructure
  • Construction and expansion of oil transportation infrastructure

17:30

End of Day I

Day II – Wednesday 31 May 2017

9.00 – 10.30

Main session IV – Cross-border Electricity Trade and Sustainable Development

Speakers

CEER/Euroelectric

Asian Development Bank

CIS Power Council/Eurasian Economic Commission

Representative of Afghanistan/CDC “Energiya”

Discussion topics

  • Integration of regional electricity markets
  • Regional cooperation – diversifying transportation routes
  • Framework agreements to facilitate power trade

 

 

  • Challenges and opportunities for power trade between Central and South Asia

 

10:30 – 11:00

Coffee-break

11:00 – 12:30

Panel discussion – Towards a Multilateral Framework Agreement on Transit of Energy

Panellists

4-5 experts from each session

Discussion topics

  • Operational, regulatory and legal aspects of transit
  • Specificities of gas, oil and electricity markets
  • Common rules and principles on transit

12:30 – 13:00

Concluding session

Concluding Remarks by

Dr. Urban Rusnák
Secretary General of the International Energy Charter

Mr. Maksat Babayev, Chairman of the Energy Charter Conference, Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers of Turkmenistan

13.00

End of the Forum

PROGRAMME OF THE MEDIA FORUM DEDICATED TO THE 28th SESSION OF THE INTERNATIONAL ENERGY CHARTER CONFERENCE

Ashgabat, 31 May 2017

May 29-30

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Arrival of participants the Media Forum dedicated to the 28th Session of the International Energy Charter Conference to International Airport of Ashgabat

Welcomed by: Responsible employees of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Energy, State Committee on TV, Radio and Cinematography of Turkmenistan (on the separate list)

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Accommodation at “Ashgabat” hotel

May 30, Tuesday

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Participation at the Ashgabat International Energy Charter Forum “Towards a Multilateral Framework Agreement on Transit of Energy Resources” (on separate programme)

May 31, Wednesday

07:30-08:30

Breakfast at the hotel

09:00-13:00

Participation at the Ashgabat International Energy Charter Forum “Towards a Multilateral Framework Agreement on Transit of Energy Resources” (on separate programme)

13:00-14:00

Lunch at the hotel

14:30-14:45

Opening ceremony of the Media Forum dedicated to the 28th Session of the International Energy Charter Conference

Headed by Dr. Urban Rusná k, Secretary General of the International Energy Charter

Welcoming remark by Dr. Urban Rusnák, Secretary General of the International Energy Charter

14:45-15:00

Statement by Mr. Charymyrat Purchekov, Minister of Energy of Turkmenistan

15:00-15:05

Statement by Mr. Ali Ahmad Osmani, Minister of Energy and Water Resources of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

15:05-15:10

Statement by Ms. Irene Muloni, Minister of Energy and Mineral Development of the Republic of Uganda

15:10-15:15

Statement by Mr. Abdulla Mohsin Al-Akwa'a, Minister of Energy and Electricity of Yemen

15:15-15:30

Statement by Mr. Myrat Archayev, Acting State Minister, Chairman of the “Turkmengas” State Concern

15:30-15:45

Statement by Ms. Klara Rakhmetova, Vice-chair of the Energy Charter Implementation Group, Kazakhstan chairmanship in the Energy Charter Conference 2014

15:45-16:00

Statement by Mr. Ilia Eloshvili, Deputy Minister of Energy of Georgia, chairmanship in the Energy Charter Conference 2015

16:00-16:15

Statement by Mr. Dovletdurdy Hajiyev, Chairman of the “Turkmennebit” State Concern

16:15-16:30

Statement by Mr. Muhammetgeldi Atayev, Director of the Institute of Strategic Planning and Economic development of the Ministry of Economy and Development of Turkmenistan

16:30-16:45

Statement by Mr. Ilir Bejtja, Deputy Minister of Energy and Industry of Albania, chairmanship in the Energy Charter Conference 2019

16:45-17:15

Coffee break

17:15-18:00

Continuation of the Media Forum. Questions and answers

18:00-18:15

Conclusion and closing ceremony of the Media Forum

19:00-20:30

Dinner/strong>

Venue: restaurant of “Archabil” hotel

June 1, Thursday

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Departure of participants of the Media Forum dedicated to the 28th Session of the International Energy Charter Conference

PROGRAMME OF THE ASHGABAT INTERNATIONAL ENERGY CHARTER FORUM “TOWARDS A MULTILATERAL FRAMEWORK AGREEMENT ON TRANSIT OF ENERGY RESOURCES”

Ashgabat, 30-31 May 2017

May 28-29

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Arrival of the participants to the International Airport of Ashgabat

Welcomed by: Responsible employees of the Ministry of Energy, the “Turkmengas” State Concern, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan

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Accomodation at “Archabil” hotel

May 30, Tuesday

09:00-09:30

Arrival of participants to the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Turkmenistan

Registration

09:30-11:00

Opening Session

Venue:
Conference hall of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Turkmenistan

Chaired by:
Dr. Urban Rusnák, Secretary General of the International Energy Charter

Welcoming remarks by:

Mr. Maksat Babayev, Chairman of the Energy Charter Conference, Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers of Turkmenistan

Dr. Urban Rusnák, Secretary General of the International Energy Charter

Video address by Mr. Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President for Energy Union, the European Commission

Addresses by the Heads of delegations

11:00-11:30

Coffee–break

11:30-13:00

Main Session I
Natural Gas Markets: Cross-border Transport and Transit

Venue:
Conference hall of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Turkmenistan

Chaired by: Mr. Myrat Archayev, acting State minister, Chairman of the “Turkmengas” State concern

Addresses:

“Gas supply to the EU – the Role of Slovakia”
Mr. Peter Dvorak, State advisor, Ministry of Economy of the Slovak Republic

“The Southern Gas Corridor - Implementing a Transnational Gas Pipeline Project”
Mr. Joseph Murphy, Vice President-Southern Corridor, BP

“New infrastructure projects - TAPI pipeline”

Producers perspective – Mr. Muhammetmyrat Amanov, executive director of “TAPI Pipeline Company Limited”

Consumers perspective – Mr. Reza Haidari, Senior Energy Adviser, Ministry of Energy and Water Resources of Afghanistan

13:00-14:30

Lunch

14:30-15:30

Main session II
Increasing Role of LNG in global energy security

Venue:
Conference hall of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Turkmenistan

Chaired by: Mr. Yerlan Ramazanov, Associate Director for Energy, EBRD

“Developing lexible LNG market – challenges and opportunities”
Mr. Sun Xiansheng, Secretary General of the International Energy Forum

“Perspectives of global LNG trade”
Mr. Yoshikazu Kobayashi, Senior economist and manager of Gas Group Institute of Energy Economics of Japan

“Lique ied Natural Gas developments in Turkmenistan”
Mr. Muhammetnur Halylov, Director of Scienti ic Research Institute of natural gas of the “Turkmengas” State Concern

15:30-16:00

Coffee-break

16:00-17:30

Main session III
Bringing oil to market

Venue:
Conference hall of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Turkmenistan

Chaired by: Dr. Tow ick Su ian, Technical advisor, Ministry of electricity and energy of Yemen

“The role of Turkey in the transit of oil and gas”
Reha Aykul Muratoğlu, Head of Transit Petroleum Pipelines Department, Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources of Turkey

“Enhancing energy security of the EU – the role of the Caspian region and Central Asia”
Dr. Rafael Leal-Arcas, Professor of European and International Economic Law, Queen Mary University of London

“Issues of related to transit of hydrocarbons – Perspective of Kazakhstan”
Dr. Klara Rakhmetova, Vice-chair of the Energy Charter Implementation Group, “Kazenergy”

“Cross-border infrastructure projects – Baku–Tbilisi–Ceyhan pipeline”
Ms. Anna Maisuradze, Ministry of Energy of Georgia

18:00

Departing to “Yildiz” hotel

18:30-20:30

Dinner

Venue:Restaurant of “Yildiz” hotel

May 31, Wednesday

08:30

Arrival of participants to the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Turkmenistan

09:00-10:30

Main session IV
Cross-border Electricity Trade and Sustainable

Venue:
Conference hall of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Turkmenistan

Chaired by: Mr. Mitsunori Motohashi, Senior specialist of the World Bank for Central Asia

“Challenges and opportunities for power trade between Central and South Asia”
Mr. Charymurat Purchekov, Minister of Energy of Turkmenistan, Vice Chairman of the Energy Charter Conference

“Integration of regional electricity markets – lessons learnt from EU experience”
Ms. Sarin Abado, E-Control, Austria

“Regional cooperation – diversifying transportation routes”
Mr. Michael Delphia, Deloitte Consulting LLP, USAID Energy Links Project

“Uni ied Power System of Central Asia: transit issues”
Mr. Khamidulla Shamsiev, Director of Coordination and Dispatch Centre “Energiya”

10:30-11:00

Coffee-break

11:00-12:30

Panel discussion Towards a Multilateral Framework Agreement on Transit of Energy

Venue:
Conference hall of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Turkmenistan

Moderated by: Mr. Kanat Botbaev, Transit Expert, Energy Charter Secretariat

- Operational, regulatory and legal aspects of transit;

- Speci icities of gas, oil and electricity markets;

- Common rules and principles on transit.

Panel discussants:

Mr. Ayhan Ayhanov, Acting head of Department for Foreign Economic Relations of the “Turkmennebit” State Concern;

Ms. Klara Rakhmetova, Vice-chair of the Energy Charter Implementation Group, “Kazenergy”

Dr. Volkan Özdemir, Director of Institute for Energy Markets and Policies (EPPEN)

Mr. Volodymyr Tsysin, ECODIT LLC, USAID Energy Links Project

Andrei Belyi, Associate Professor, University of Eastern Finland

12:30-13:00

Concluding session

Dr. Urban Rusnák, Secretary General of the International Energy Charter

Mr. Maksat Babayev, Chairman of the Energy Charter Conference, Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers of Turkmenistan