k wojcikThe transformation of the oil and natural gas market was one of the main topics of the International Conference and Exhibition Oil-Gas-Chemistry 2021, which took place on the 10th of June, 2021 in Warsaw. Among the invited panelists there was an employee of our Institute - Dr. Krystian Wójcik, who participated in the session devoted to the future shape of the natural gas markets after the energy transformation.

The Polish Geological Institute-NRI was an honorary patron of the conference.

New strategies for the gas market in the era of energy transition, perspectives for financing new investments in the gas sector, the role of gas as a transition fuel in the energy transition - these are just some of the issues raised during the session, which lasted almost an hour, in which Dr. Krystian Wójcik participated. Other panelists included: Wojciech Jakóbik (BiznesAlert.pl), Robert Perkowski (Vice President of the Board at PGNiG S.A.), Sławomir Sieradzki (Director of the Gas Market Development Division of GAZ-SYSTEM S.A.), Paweł Musiałek (Jagiellonian Institute), Jakub Kupecki, Ph.D., IEn Professor (Head of the Centre for Hydrogen Technologies, Institute of Energy) and Szymon Kardaś, Ph.D. (Centre for Eastern Studies).

Przyszły obraz rynków gazu po transformacji energetycznej – dyskusja ekspertów

The future image of gas markets after the energy transition - experts' discussion

Dr. Krystian Wójcik raised the important issue of exploration, prospecting and production of domestic oil and gas deposits in order to maintain the production of hydrocarbons from domestic deposits at least at the current level. This is one of the important provisions of Poland's Energy Policy until 2040 in the area of hydrocarbons. Domestic production of crude oil and natural gas covers only a portion of demand (approximately 4% of the 27 million tonnes of crude oil and 22% of the 18.6 billion m3 of natural gas consumed annually).

As exploration, prospecting and production of hydrocarbon deposits in Poland is licensed, the conference also considered solutions which could streamline and intensify the activity of domestic and foreign investors in this respect. Currently there are two ways of awarding hydrocarbon concessions - a tender organized by the Ministry of Climate and Environment and the so-called open door procedure - investor's tender. According to the first scheme, it is the Concession Authority that indicates the areas for which it intends to grant concessions. In 2021 the fifth round of such tenders will be launched, covering four areas dedicated to exploration of conventional (Gryfice, Gorzów Wielkopolski S) and unconventional (Kartuzy and Siedlce W) hydrocarbon deposits. Under the open door procedure, it is the entrepreneurs themselves who identify the areas where they intend to carry out exploration. In both cases the concession is granted to the entity which prepares the best offer.

Dr Krystian Wójcik prezentuje perspektywy naftowe Polski

Dr. Krystian Wójcik presents Poland's petroleum prospects

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Exploration, identification and production of oil and gas deposits in Poland - concession procedures and oil prospects in 2021'. Przegląd Geologiczny, 68, 729-743





Information on the procedures for granting hydrocarbon concessions in Poland, bidding areas and prospective zones can be found in the articles prepared by the specialists of the Department of Geology and Geological Concessions of the Ministry of Climate and Environment and the Polish Geological Institute - National Research Institute, as well as on dedicated websites.

Among other issues, the conference also addressed the search for new technologies in the refining industry, Polish chances for a better oil and natural gas market, and the fuel of the future - hydrogen. The discussion, however, was dominated by the planned merger of PKN Orlen S.A., Grupa LOTOS S.A. and PGNiG S.A: The economic aspect of the planned merger of the Polish giants was discussed, as well as whether the new national leader would realize the assumed synergies. All this in the context of the energy transition, which, as emphasized by the Secretary of State at the Chancellery of the Prime Minister and the Government Plenipotentiary for Strategic Energy Infrastructure Piotr Naimski, cannot bury the energy sovereignty of our country.

Dr Krystian Wójcik

...with the future in mind...

Text: Krystian Wójcik
Photos: Grzegorz Jagielski
Translated by Tomasz Trzpil (PGI-NRI)


Participation in the conference was realized as part of the task "Assessment of geological prospectiveness of Poland in terms of the possibility to discover new hydrocarbon deposits and the preparation of materials for proceedings aimed at granting concessions to hydrocarbons - stage IV". "Assessment of geological prospectivity of Poland in terms of possibilities of discovering new hydrocarbon deposits and preparation of materials for proceedings aimed at granting hydrocarbon concessions - stage IV" financed by a grant from the National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management under the contract no. 307/2021/Wn-07/FG-sm-dn/D, concluded on 21.04.2021.