Irish Gas Forum 2019

Decarbonising Ireland's gas network

  • Gibson Hotel, Dublin
  • Wednesday 23rd October 2019

Decarbonising Ireland’s gas network

The Irish energy sector is undergoing a transition to a low carbon future. Although much of the focus to date has been on electricity there is now a need to move the policy debate towards the transition of Ireland’s natural gas network to low carbon gas sources. There are an emerging number of elements to the decarbonisation of the natural gas infrastructure including biomethane injection, carbon capture and storage and power-to-gas hydrogen technologies. This transition will likely be accelerated by the next policy milestone that will be the EU’s Gas Package which is currently being formulated and should be finalised by the new Commission in spring 2020. It is expected that the Package will include targets for the per centage of renewable gas in gas networks.

The objective of this conference is to look at the options for decarbonisation and how they might be applied in an Irish context.


A panel of expert speakers will discuss:

✔ The rationale for decarbonising the gas network;
✔ Economics of decarbonising the heat and transport sectors;
✔ UK plans for its gas network;
✔ Biomethane injection into the gas network;
✔ The future role of hydrogen;
✔ The potential for CCS to achieve a zero carbon gas network.

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Time Speaker Presentation
0830 Registration and morning coffee
0900 Chair: J Owen Lewis,
Chair, Energy Insitute
Cathal Marley
Interim CEO, Ervia
Welcome and introduction
Richard Bruton TD,
Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment
Nicolas Kuen
Assistant to the Deputy Director-General for Energy, European Commission
Future Role of Gas: The New EU Gas Package
Denis O’Sullivan
Managing Director, Gas Networks Ireland
Vision 2050: the future of the gas network in Ireland
Samantha McCulloch
Head of CCUS Unit, International Energy Agency
The critical role that CCS needs to play for 2050
Karen Trant
Director of Energy Networks, Commission for Regulation of Utilities
Decarbonising Ireland’s gas network and market
Questions & answers / Panel discussion
1045 Morning coffee / networking break
1100 Options for decarbonising the gas market
Chair: Dr Andrea Ahern
CCS Development Manager, Ervia
James Glynn
Research Fellow, University College Cork
The economics of decarbonising Ireland’s energy by 2050
Garrett Monaghan
Head of Projects (Ireland), Pinsent Masons
Legal and regulatory framework for gas to grid
Russell Smyth
Partner, KPMG
Decarbonising domestic heating in Ireland
Questions & answers / Panel discussion
1300 Networking lunch
1400 Decarbonising Ireland’s gas network
Dr Per Sandberg,
Senior advisor, Business Development, Equinor
Northern Lights – establishing a ship-based European solution for CO2 transport and storage
Steven Scott,
Sales manager, UK and Ireland, Puregas Solutions
Case study: Biomethane injection project
Dan FitzPatrick,
Strategic Planning Manager (CNG), Gas Networks Ireland
Decarbonising transport: CNG Facilities and case study
Dan Sadler
Low Carbon Solutions,Equinor
Future role of Hydrogen
Brendan Murphy
Director Commercial & Regulation, Ervia
Carbon capture & storage feasibility study
Questions & answers / Panel discussion
1545 Chairman's summary & Conference close



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Delegate fee: €195 + VAT @ 23% = €239.85

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Benefits of attending

Delegates attending the conference will:

  • Increase your knowledge on Ireland’s natural gas network
  • Gain expert insights from local and visiting speakers
  • Learn about innovative projects being implemented
  • Network with other professionals across the energy sector
  • Promote your business to a targeted audience

Who should attend?

The Irish Gas Forum will be of interest to senior managers and decision makers involved in Ireland’s gas and the wider energy community.

Delegates will include:

  • Chief Executives, directors and senior managers in the energy sector
  • Policy makers and regulators
  • Renewable energy developers
  • Engineering and technical consultants
  • Legal and financial advisors
  • Planning and environmental professionals
  • Large energy users