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The role of natural gas, oil and electricity in Eurasian energy security

1-2 June 2017, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

Energy security remains a key policy priority for governments and numerous further stakeholders in many countries around the world. Appreciating the importance of this subject matter, the Energy Charter Secretariat Knowledge Centre delivered the tenth edition of its series of Executive Training Programmes for Young Professionals in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan during 1-2 June, 2017. The training was held under the auspices of the current Chairmanship of Turkmenistan in the Energy Charter Conference.

This two-day long programme brought together more than one hundred participants, including some 60 officials from Turkmenistan’s oil, gas and electricity sectors. Dozens of students from the International Oil and Gas University of Turkmenistan also joined the event in order to benefit from the very extensive knowledge transfer made available under the program. 

The key theme of the training program was the role of natural gas, oil and electricity in Eurasian energy security. The program addressed the key priorities of the Turkmen Chairmanship of the Energy Charter Conference during 2017, namely sustainable investment, diversification of supply routes and sources, as well as efficient use of energy. 

 The training revolved around three core components, including:  

- an informative pre-training session on the Energy Charter Treaty and International Energy Charter

- highly specialised ‘knowledge streams’ delivered by experienced international energy specialists

- model negotiations of a four-country gas supply agreement involving fictitious producing, consuming and transit countries 

This Energy Charter event received extensive coverage in the local print and televised media and more information on the program can be obtained by contacting Mr Vitali Hiarlouski by email: 


H.E Ambassador Juliusz Gojlo, Ambassador of Poland in the Islamic Republic of Iran (ECLE - Energy Charter Liaison Embassy in Iran)

Dr Andrei Belyi, Associate Professor, University of Eastern Finland – View Presentation 

Ms Irina Mironova, Energy Analyst at the Energy Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow – View Presentation (Decarbonisation) View Presentation (Contracts)

Dr Jack Sharples, Lecturer in Energy Politics and Energy Law, European University at St Petersburg – View Presentation 1 View Presentation 2

Dr Marat Terterov, Knowledge Centre Coordinator, Energy Charter Secretariat

Mr Richard Wheeler, Managing Director of the Center for Energy Security Dialogue (California, USA) and former-Senior Energy Security Advisor at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)

Mr Vitali Hiarlouski, Legal Coordinator for the Knowledge Centre, Energy Charter Secretariat

Dr Volkan Özdemir, Executive Director, EPPEN Institute for Energy Studies, Ankara

Mr Matthew Addison, Deloitte Consulting, USAID – View Presentation