On Tuesday 19th June 2018, two European co-funded projects Cynergy and Cyprus Gas2EU, organised a Discussion Forum with the title “Natural Gas: Cyprus Heading towards a New Energy Era” at the Filoxenia Conference Centre in Nicosia. The event was under the auspices of the Ministry of Energy, Commerce, Industry and Tourism and the Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works, and attracted more than 160 delegates from the transport and energy sectors, public bodies, and international organisations. The first official presentation of the CYnergy video was also held during the event.
Following Ministers’ welcome speeches, the press addressed questions to the Permanent Secretary of Energy Ministry, Dr. Stelios Himonas, the CΥnergy Project Manager and Managing Director of Ocean Finance, Dr. Panayiotis Zacharioudakis, and the Non-Executive Chairman of DEFA, Dr. Symeon Kassianides, about the strategy towards the use of natural gas in transport and energy sectors in Cyprus. While, the steps towards placing Cyprus at the forefront of the new energy era, were discussed by Dr. Helmut Morsi, European Commission Adviser and Coordinator for DG-MOVE in his keynote speech.
The event closed with two highly interesting forum discussions dedicated to all topics related to bringing and using natural gas in Cyprus. Panellists representing key partners of Cynergy and CyprusGas2EU projects, discussed about the technical solutions, safety and safe operation of the natural gas infrastructure, the provisions of the International and European legislative framework to be adopted by the legislative framework of Cyprus, the environmental benefits deriving from the use of natural gas by energy and transport, the issues related to infrastructure licensing, the economics of natural gas and the incentives for its use, as well as Greece’s best practice.