At the China LNG & Gas International Summit the company organized a workshop with State Grid of China. Taking his main suppliers with him
Mission to China for Italgas. On October 15 and 16 the company participated in the fifth edition of the China LNG & Gas International Summit, while on October 17 it organized a workshop in collaboration with State Grid Corporation of China where it presented its experience in the Italian gas market to an audience of international companies. In the words of the President of State Grid, the day is “the first concrete step of collaboration following the Memorandum of Understanding – signed on 28 April by Italgas and State Grid – and I hope it will be the first of a series of meetings”.
The workshop on October 17th
The workshop was divided into two parts. In the morning, Italgas’ managers spoke about the process of liberalisation of the gas market in Italy since the 2000s, explaining how the market has evolved, what the impact of liberalisation has been, what the current market structure is and what the possible developments are, also with reference to Italgas’ strategic plan. This issue is of particular interest in China, where the evaluation process has begun with a view to a possible liberalisation of the energy market.
The afternoon session was dedicated to an in-depth examination of the technologies. Some key suppliers among Italgas’ business partners, all Italian excellence in technological innovation, presented their value propositions and portfolio of products and services to the most important Chinese companies in the sector and to some State Grid subsidiaries abroad.
The companies that took part in the workshop with Italgas were Bitron, Cpl Concordia, Pietro Fiorentini, Regas, Sagemcom and Pellegrini. On the other side of the table Sgspaa (Australia), Ren (Portugal), SP Group (Singapore), Beijing Gas Group (China), Enn Group (China), Kunlun Gas (China): a panel of companies, the latter, which manages a total of almost 210 thousand kilometres of networks serving more than 47 million gas users.
Pier Lorenzo Dell’Orco: “Gas advocacy is among our missions.”
“The agreement of April 28th is important for several reasons. First and foremost at institutional level: Italgas is a leader in Italy and one of the largest in Europe, and we feel the responsibility and mission to be the ambassador of Italian methane technology – explains Pier Lorenzo Dell’Orco, Italgas Sales Development Director -. Secondly, it is important in terms of sustainability: our strategic plan is entirely inspired by compliance with the objectives of the sustainability plan, among which there is the issue of gas advocacy: we are convinced that methane is a useful resource for the energy transition to a decarbonized economy, whatever the landing point in 2050. Everything that can be used to promote the use of gas and make the best use of our skills, we want to do it in Italy and propose it as best practice abroad”.
Nunzio Ferrulli: “Our mantra is the combination of infrastructure and digitization.”
Nunzio Ferrulli, Head of Institutional Relations and Regulatory Affairs of Italgas, focuses on knowledge-sharing activities: “We believe we are at the forefront of gas infrastructure management because we have launched a major investment plan not only on infrastructure but also on digitisation. This is our mantra, and has allowed us to be ‘best in class’ both at European level and at the Italy-China workshop. That’s probably why State Grid asked us to explore our best practices and invited us to Beijing. We thought it would be fair to involve our business partners. It is an important operation because in the collective imagination there are Chinese companies that come to invest in Italy, in a sort of one-way street, while on this occasion it is the companies of our country that go to China to present their excellence”.
Raffaella Marcuccio: “Italian technologies as protagonists in China”
“We bring our Italian suppliers to China with the intention of enhancing and promoting their know-how of excellence – underlines Raffaella Marcuccio, Head of Procurement and Material Management at Italgas -. The prospect is to allow them to understand whether the conditions are in place to think about possible partnerships with Chinese companies in the field of gas distribution. In this context the central theme, the one in which Italy manages to express excellence, is technological innovation, with a particular focus on digitization. One of the most interesting challenges – concludes Marcuccio – is to verify in the field how and to what extent the excellence of Italian technology can interact with the world’s energy giants.