Poland's Natural Gas Revolution: Energy, Security and Geopolitics

In recent years, Poland has served as a major energy importer and as an important transit country for natural gas between Russia and Europe. Currently, Russia supplies nearly a quarter of Western Europe"s natural gas needs and approximately 82 percent of Poland"s domestic gas consumption. Yet with an estimated 1.4 to 3 trillion cubic meters of potential shale gas resources across the country, Poland can play a significant role in reshaping Europe"s energy map. Poland"s unconventional reserves offer the country a unique opportunity for business, trade and energy security. The United States, too, has a strong interest regarding the future of Poland"s energy industry. Energy trade and investment between the United States and Poland can enhance the already strong economic, political and security relationships that exist between the two nations. As strong allies, the two countries can work together in diversifying and securing Poland"s energy future. The conference "Poland"s Natural Gas Revolution: Energy, Security and Geopolitics" brings together high-level Polish and U.S. government officials, industry experts, policymakers and academic specialists to address the opportunities for natural gas production, diversification of supply sources, expansion of underground storage capacity and development of necessary infrastructure in Poland. Experts will address the technological, political and regulatory developments that need to be considered as Poland"s energy sector faces a new future.

The Baker Institute would like to thank Marathon Oil Corporation and ConocoPhillips for their generous support of this event.


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8:00 am Continental Breakfast

9:00 am Welcoming Remarks

The Honorable Edward P. Djerejian, Founding Director, James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy

9:15 am Introduction

His Excellency Robert Kupiecki, Ambassador of the Republic of Poland to the U.S.

9:30 am Keynotes

Ms. Beata Stelmach, Undersecretary of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland

The Honorable Richard Morningstar, Special Envoy of the U.S. Secretary of State for Eurasian Energy

10:30 am Coffee Break 10:45 am

PDF icon "Shale Gas in the United States"
Christopher Smith, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Oil and Natural Gas, Office of Fossil Energy, US Department of Energy

11: 15 am Panel I: Unconventional Natural Gas, Moderator: Amy Myers Jaffe

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"Shale Gas and U.S. National Security"

Amy Myers Jaffe, Energy Forum Director, James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy

PDF icon "Poland's Natural Gas Revolution: Energy, Security and Geopolitics"
Andrzej J. Kozlowski, Executive Director for Strategy & Project Portfolio Management, PKN ORLEN

PDF icon "PGNiG SA - Shale Gas Activity"
Pawel Jagosiak, Deputy Chairman, Shale Gas Task Team, PGNiG

Timothy J. Probert, President, Strategy & Corporate Development, Halliburton Company

1:00 pm Lunch


2:15 pm Panel II: Market Structure, Regulatory Policy and Infrastructure Development, Moderator: Kenneth B. Medlock III

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Poland's Natural Gas Revolution: Energy, Security and Geopolitics

Annell R. Bay, Senior Vice President for Exploration, Marathon Oil Corporation


Kenneth B. Medlock III, Ph.D., James A. Baker, III, and Susan G. Baker Fellow in Energy and Resource Economics, James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy

Pat Wood III, Principal, Wood3 Resources, American Council on Renewable Energy

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"The PERN 'Przyjazn' Group - Presentation"
Jerzy Melaniuk, Member of the Management Board, PERN

PDF icon "'Energy Security:' Strategic Petroleum Stockpiling"
David Johnson, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Petroleum Reserves, U.S. Department of Energy

PDF icon "Project Caverns: Establishing a Strategic Petroleum Reserve for Poland"
Pawel Olechnowicz, President of the Board & CEO, Grupa LOTOS

Ian Brzezinski, Senior Fellow, International Security Program, Atlantic Council

5 pm Reception

Speaker Edward Djerejian

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Wed, Oct. 19, 2011
9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
(GMT-0500) America/Chicago