CEEP ACHEMA GROUP Wardyński & Partners Grupa LOTOS S.A. PGE CLIFFORD CHANCE Poland Si Power S.A. ArcelorMittal Poland PJSC «Sumy NPO» Grupa Azoty S.A. Litgrid Petroleum-Gas University of Ploieşti Polish Higher Education-Business Forum EPSO-G HEP PSE PERN S.A. Amber Grid

 CEEP Members

 CEEP has currently 15 members representing the widely-understood energy and energy-intensive sector companies (coal, gas, oil, electricity generation and transmission, renewables, metals, chemical industries, etc.),  universities and scientific institutions.

It covers four countries from Central Europe: Lithuania, Poland, Croatia and Romania. Some CEEP members also have their own representative offices in Brussels, but consider participation in CEEP to be crucial for their ability to be more influential when working with EU decision-makers.

At the end of 2016, member companies of CEEP had produced approximately 30 bln. EUR aggregated annual income and had over 200,000 employees. CEEP’s non-profit status underlines both the association’s independence and transparency. CEEP is one of the most important stakeholders within the EU’s energy and energy security policy areas.

CEEP has three types of membership:

  • Actual members are companies/institutions from EU-11 countries with full rights under the statutes.
  • Affiliated members are entities from non-EU countries which are members of Energy Community or Eastern Partnership. They are involved in the association’s work, but do not have voting rights at the Annual Members’ Meeting.
  • The last type of membership is honorary – reserved for individuals and significant personalities within the energy sector.

ACHEMA

Achema is a leading producer of nitrogen fertilizers and chemical products in Lithuania and the Baltics. First construction works of the factory date back to 1962, however officially the company was founded on February 9, 1965 after the first tonnes of synthetic ammonia were produced in a newly launched ammonia unit.

Achema employs more than 1400 people; annual fertilizer production accounts to about 2.7 million tonnes.

Achema is mainly engaged in nitrogen fertilizer, fertilizer blends, liquid fertilizer, ammonia, nitric acid, methanol, formalin, urea formaldehyde – melamine resin, polyvinyl acetate dispersion, industrial gas, and aluminium sulphate solution production.

In 1989, Achema became a member of International Fertilizer Industry Association (IFA).

In 1997, Achema became a member of Fertilizers Europe (formerly European Fertilizer Manufacturers Association) committee and afterwards a real member in 2003.

In 1998, the company was certified according to ISO 9002 international standards of quality. In 2000, after implementing an Environment Protection Management System Achema was certified in compliance with ISO 14001 international environmental management standards.

In 2003, Quality Management System was recertified conforming to ISO 9001 international standards.

In 2007, Achema implemented Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems in accordance with BHI OHSAS 18001 standards.

In 2012, Achema wins the ‘Green Company of the Year’ award among Lithuanian business leaders.

June 5, 2013 – the Company is the winner of ‘Most Environment Friendly Process’ nomination for greenhouse gas emission (N O) mitigation in the nitric acid manufacturing process. The annual contest ‘Achievements in Environmental Protection’ was organized by The Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Lithuania and Lithuanian Confederation of Industrialists.

Our vision is to become one of the leading nitrogen fertilizer producers in Eastern and Central Europe.

Our mission is efficient use of natural and energy resources and raw materials in nitrogen fertilizer and other commodity production.

Wardyński & Partners

Since its establishment over two decades ago, Wardyński & Partners has won the trust of its numerous clients, many of whom the firm has been serving for years. Polish clients value our expertise and skill at solving their most difficult legal problems. Foreign clients also appreciate our familiarity with Poland’s legal, economic and cultural realities, combined with the experience we have developed over our many years of serving international companies.

We draw upon leading global best practice in law firm management and high-tech solutions. We continually strive to improve the firm’s operations, which redounds to the benefit of our clients.

We strive to meet the highest legal and business standards. We are actively involved in building a strong civil society governed by the rule of law. We participate in non-profit initiatives as well as pro bono activity within the Strategic Litigation Programme of the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights.

Our lawyers are active members of Polish and international legal organisations, such as the International Bar Association, the American Bar Association and the International Fiscal Association, which provide them access to global knowhow and help them develop contacts with leading professionals around the world—a peer network that can prove invaluable to our clients as well.

The firm is regarded as a congenial place to work. We support our lawyers in their efforts to achieve professional, business and social growth, through such initiatives as continuing legal education and training in management skills.

The firm now has over 100 lawyers, many of whom are noted experts in their field of law. The firm provides a full range of legal services in Polish, English, French, German, Spanish, Russian, Czech and Korean.

We have offices in Warsaw, Poznań, Wrocław, Kraków and Brussels.

Grupa LOTOS S.A.

Grupa LOTOS S.A. from Poland is a vertically-integrated oil entity focused on crude exploration and production, petroleum processing, as well as commodities sales.

The company holds some 30% stake in the fuel wholesale market and approximately 7% in the fuel retail market in Poland. Moreover, LOTOS is a leader in motor oil and bitumen sales within the country.

Since the 9th the Warsaw Stock Exchange. LOTOS, throughout its business units located all over Europe (Poland, Norway, Lithuania, and Ukraine), has some 5,000 employees.

LOTOS operates a state-of-the-art refinery (located in Gdańsk), possessing suitable connections with the ‘Druzhba’ pipeline and Naftoport Baltic Sea terminal network. For the last seven years , using hi-tech solutions, e.g. Best Available Techniques (BAT), LOTOS has executed a comprehensive upgrade investment project (Programme 10+), its main goal being to boost refining capacity to 10.5 mtpa.

Programme 10+’s fruition is estimated to be 1.43 billion EUR. Due to Programme 10+, LOTOS has been able to enhance energy security policy in Poland, NW Europe and CEE, especially in the range of constant fuel supplies.

On the upstream, LOTOS is present on the Baltic Sea and Norwegian Continental Shelf. Throughout its international subsidiary, the group holds a 20% stake in the Yme concession, which is located on the Northern Sea.

LOTOS actively supports alternative sources of energy development, especially throughout its biofuels production unit, located in the Silesia region, as well as voicing its support at relevant international safety environment conferences, and in its promotional activities and arrangements. Furthermore, the company carries out numerous up-to-date research projects concerning environmental issues: for example, CO2 sequestration in empty oil fields in the Baltic Sea with staff support from Poland’s top technical universities.

All the above-mentioned key goals are derived directly from the company’s corporate strategy, which constitutes the pursuit of innovative growth in the areas of crude exploration and production, petroleum processing, as well as sales and trading of products meeting the most stringent quality standards, in a manner that is environmentally-friendly, compliant with energy security policy, and guarantees full customer satisfaction, whilst ensuring the ongoing development of employees’ and shareholders’ interests.

Kulczyk Investments

Kulczyk Investments is an international investment company, focused on the creation of deals and investment opportunities in global emerging markets. The company’s chosen strategic industries are energy, oil & gas and infrastructure. It also holds significant assets in real estate, brewing, automotive, and chemical industries.

Kulczyk Investments was formed in 2007 on the back of Kulczyk Holding, a group of fast-growing businesses which, since 1991, has played an active role in the transformation of the Polish economy. It participated in some of the largest deals and shareholding restructurings in Polish business history, but also launched major projects of its own. Its track record includes transactions in the telecommunications, energy, finance and banking, insurance and pension fund sectors.

Kulczyk Investments is headquartered in Luxembourg, with offices in London, Kiev, and Dubai. Warsaw, as the headquarters of Kulczyk Holding, continues to be one of its leading operational centres.

TRANSPETROL

TRANSPETROL, A.S., the only operator of the crude oil pipeline transportation system in Slovakia, is one of the strategic enterprises for the Slovak economy. The owner of 100% shares in the TRANSPETROL joint-stock company is the Slovak Republic, via its Ministry of Economy.

The company assures the transit and domestic transportation of crude oil through the territory of the Slovak Republic, and has the required capabilities in place for its interconnection to European transit routes. The crude oil pipeline network, as a central transport corridor, is characterised by its operational reliability and safety.

Slovnaft, a.s. is an exclusive customer of TRANSPETROL, a.s. in Slovakia. Important roles in the use of the transportation capacity managed by TRANSPETROL, a.s. are played by the refineries of ‘Česká rafinérská, a.s.’ and ‘Paramo, a.s.’ in the Czech Republic.

The main business activities of TRANSPETROL, a.s. are domestic and transit transportation of crude oil and the storage of crude oil.

PGE

The PGE Capital Group is Poland’s largest energy sector company with respect to sales revenues and net profit. Thanks to the combination of its own fuel resources, power generation and distribution networks, PGE guarantees a safe and reliable power supply to over 5 million households, businesses and institutions.

Business Areas

PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna S.A. is the biggest power producer and supplier in Poland. Thanks to the combination of its own fuel (lignite) resources, power generation and final distribution networks, PGE guarantees a safe and reliable power supply to over 5 million households, businesses and institutions.

The business activities of Polska Grupa Energetyczna S.A. focus on the following:

  • Conventional Power Generation
  • Distribution
  • Retail
  • Wholesale
  • Renewable power generation
  • Nuclear power generation

CLIFFORD CHANCE Poland

Country: Poland

Activity Sector: Law Firm

No. of employees: 128

Income 2013: 26 million EUR

Clifford Chance Warsaw office is one of the world’s pre-eminent networks of law firms, with significant depth and range of resources across five continents. Responding to its clients’ needs, Clifford Chance has established a dedicated energy and resources group in its Warsaw office being a multi-disciplinary team of highly-experienced lawyers who provide innovative legal advice specifically within the power and renewables, oil and gas, and mining and metals sectors.

According to Chambers Europe 2014, Clifford Chance Warsaw office, together with other Clifford Chance offices located in Bucharest, Prague, Kyiv, and Istanbul, has built a tier 1 “dominant firm in the CEE energy and infrastructure market”.

Our main goal is supporting our clients, the most ambitious sector players, in their often challenging business opportunities. We advise on investments in the development of power units, mining projects and large infrastructure undertakings in Poland and other Central European countries. Our legal advice also relates to regulatory issues and to the legislation process, both on the local and EU level.

Si Power S.A.

Si Power S.A. was created a few years ago, in response to the dynamically increasing demand for professional consulting, project management, and the construction of solar power plants and their maintenance.

Si Power S.A., created by world leaders in the field of photovoltaics, has the common goals of a complex project service, top-level management, preparation of documents and the construction of the highest-quality solar power plants worldwide, as well as maintenance and production of those elements necessary for their construction.

As an international group, Si Power S.A. has access to a wide range of high-quality products available in the entire renewable energy sector. The company’s range of products is characterised by not only its excellence, but also its long-term durability. Regardless of the size of the project, Si Power S.A. provides experienced experts, as well as the best methodology and the most technologically-advanced products.

ArcelorMittal Poland

ArcelorMittal Poland (previously Mittal Steel Poland) is the largest steel producer in Poland, employing more than 11,000 people in six plants located in Silesia, Małopolska and Opolskie province.

Due to investments of 1.4 bn EUR during the period: 2004 – 2013, ArcelorMittal Poland became one of the most modern steel producers in Europe.

The company produces well-known lengthy products, such as sections (including sheet piles), rails and railway accessories, as well as mining supports used respectively in the construction, railway transport and mining industries. Flat products used in the automotive, appliance and construction industries are also an important part of the company’s product range.

ArcelorMittal plants are located in: Kraków, Dąbrowa Górnicza, Sosnowiec, Świętochłowice and Chorzów.

ArcelorMittal Poland produces about 70% of the Polish steel industry’s production capacity. The company is also noted for being one of the largest Polish exporters and producers of coke in Europe. The production capacity of two coking plants, in Zdzieszowice and Kraków, reaches about 5 million tonnes per year.

New World Resources N.V.

New World Resources N.V. (NWR) is Central Europe’s leading hard coal and coke producer. The company produces quality coking and thermal coal for the steel and energy sectors in Central Europe through its subsidiary OKD, a.s. (OKD), the largest hard coal mining company in the Czech Republic.

NWR’s coke subsidiary, OKK Koksovny, a.s. (OKK ) is Europe’s largest producer of foundry coke.

The Company has 396 million tonnes of JORC reserves. Strategically located within Central Europe, NWR supplies to a blue chip customer base in the region. Our major customers include ArcelorMittal, CEZ, Dalkia, Dunaferr, Moravia Steel, U.S. Steel, Verbund and Voestalpine.

At present, NWR mines in the Czech Republic and has two development projects in Poland, both part of its regional growth strategy.

Headquartered in the Netherlands, NWR employs over 18,553 people led by a world-class management team and a board with global and regional experience.

The company was listed on London, Prague and Warsaw stock exchanges in May 2008. NWR was the largest Initial Public Offering on the London Stock Exchange and the only Initial Public Offering on the Prague Stock Exchange in 2008.

Jastrzębska Spółka Węglowa S.A.

Jastrzębska Spółka Węglowa S.A. (JSW S.A.) is the largest producer of hard coking coal in the European Union. The company was established of April, 1993, being one of the seven coal companies founded at that time. It consisted of seven independently functioning mining on the 1st companies, which were transformed into a state-stock company (a company entirely owned by the State Treasury).

Currently, six mines belong to JSW S.A.: Borynia, Budryk, Jas-Mos, Krupiński, Pniówek and Zofiówka, as well as the Material Logistics Centre. The mines were constructed during the period, 1963-1994, in response to the growing demand for high-quality coking coal. They conduct mining operations in the south-western part of the Upper Silesian Coal Basin in the vicinity of Jastrzębie Zdrój, Żory, Knurów, Mikołów, Świerklany, Suszec, Pawłowice, Mszana, Godów, Orzesze, Ornontowice, Gierałtowice and Czerwionka-Leszczyny, covering a total area of 170 Km2 has documented reserves of almost 530 million tonnes of coal. Moreoever, it plans to expand those reserves to 930 million tonnes of coal, which will enable it to maintain a strong position on international markets for the next 70 years.

The largest customers for coal from JSW’s mines are the domestic coking plants – Arcelor Mittal Steel Poland S.A., Koksownia Przyjaźń Sp. z o.o., Kombinat Koksochemiczny Zabrze S.A. and Wałbrzyskie Zakłady Koksownicze “Victoria” S.A.. Jastrzębska Spółka Węglowa also co-operates with international companies such as Arcelor Mittal, U.S. Steel, and Voestalpine.

JSW S.A. currently holds shares in 16 commercial law entities, including 13 limited liability companies and three joint-stock companies. It has a controlling interest in nine companies, in five of which, it holds 100% of the share capital. Major companies with capital affiliations with JSW S.A. include: Koksownia Przyjaźń Sp. z o.o., Spółka Energetyczna “Jastrzębie” S.A., Jastrzębskie Zakłady Remontowe Sp. z o.o., Jastrzębska Spółka Kolejowa Sp. z o.o. and Polski Koks S.A..The consolidation of a coal producer with producers and distributors of coke will create a powerful capital group with an established position on international markets.

Impexmetal

Impexmetal from Boryszew Capital Group is one of the biggest Polish Holdings in the production–trade sector. The Impexmetal Group’s units work in the fields of aluminium, copper, zinc, lead and bearings.

Impexmetal is a listed company with over 50 years of tradition in international trade with non-ferrous metals, their semi-finished goods and bearings. Since 1997, Impexmetal stocks have been listed on the Warsaw Stock  Exchange and, in 2005, the company joined the Boryszew Capital Group.

IMPEXMETAL S.A. is the owner or the major shareholder in 12 companies, including six manufacturing facilities. The main entities of the holding are Huta Aluminium, Konin, and the companies – Hutman S.A., Baterpol S.A. and FLT Łożyska. The Impexmetal Group has been listed in the top 500 biggest companies in Central and Eastern European rankings, prepared by the ‘Rzeczpospolita’ newspaper in co-operation with Deloitte consulting company. The rankings took into consideration 955 companies from 19 countries.

Frunze

Country: Ukraine

Activity Sector: Equipment

No. of employees: 12,000

Income 2013: 340 bln EUR

PJSC «Sumy Frunze NPO» is one of the largest machine-building enterprises in Europe manufacturing equipment for oil, gas and chemical industries.

Compressors and turbo-compressor units, unique types of chemical facilities, centrifuges, pumps and valves for gas pipelines, oil – refining equipment and gas-filling stations, drill collars and complex gas preparation plants –this is far from being a complete list of products manufactured at the company.

The Company, founded in 1896, holds the know-how and patented licenses on hundreds of technical solutions in design and manufacturing of its products. It has highly developed metallurgical, blanking, welding and assembly facilities. Sumy Frunze NPO is implementing a large-scale program of technical modernization aimed at renewing the metal-cutting, boiler-welding, and other equipment.

The JSC Sumy Frunze NPO has close partnership ties with customers in more than 40 countries worldwide and registered offices in Russia, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan and Bulgaria; and plenipotentiaries in more than 15 countries: Germany, Poland, the USA, India, Turkey, Iran, Kazakhstan etc.

Grupa AzotyGrupa Azoty S.A. (formerly Zakłady Azotowe w Tarnowie-Mościcach S.A.) continues the tradition of Państwowa Fabryka Związków Azotowych, a company whose establishment in 1927 was one of the largest Polish inter-war economic projects.

Grupa Azoty S.A. was listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange in June 2008, and since February 2013, has been part of the MSCI Emerging Markets index. Additionally, Grupa Azoty S.A. is a constituent of several Warsaw Stock Exchange indices, such as WIG-CHEMIA, WIG30, WIG, WIG-PL and the Respect Index.

The company’s business consists of the manufacturing, trading and provision of services in engineering plastics, plastic production feedstock and mineral fertilisers. It is the only domestic producer of polyacetal and a leading producer of modified engineering plastics based on polyamide 6, polyacetal and other compounds. Grupa Azoty S.A. also deals with chemicals (such as cyclohexanone and nitrates) and catalysts, and provides state-of-the-art laboratory services.

Grupa Azoty S.A. is the mother company of its umbrella organisation and, together with its complementary sector companies, is the largest Polish chemical company and one of the most significant industry players in Europe, in terms of size and influence.

INTRODUCTION

On the 30th of November 2016, the European Commission (EC), presented a legislative package entitled: Clean Energy for All Europeans. As the EC explained, this package is a response to cross-cutting changes energy markets have undergone since the adoption of the third liberalisation package in 2009. In substance, from the EC’s point of view, the whole legislative package is an instrument of transformation of the European electricity market from the current one, based on centralised power generation (mostly from the largescale power plants), to one with a greater share of renewable energy generation and increased cross border electricity flows and competition.

From a policy perspective, this is a measure to implement the Energy Union both in terms of the design of the governance system, as well as the establishment of a level playing field for internal electricity market.

Furthermore, it serves for the achievement of a transition within energy sectors both incentivising investments in renewables (clarification of support schemes, better integration of renewables into grids) and energy efficiency, thereby contributing to the fulfillment of the EU climate policy objectives by 2030 (emission reduction cut by 40% in comparison with 1990, at least 27% share of renewable energy at the EU level, at least 27% improvement in energy efficiency). It aims also at improving the resilience of a better integrated electricity market by the introduction of common risk assessment template and providing stronger regional cooperation incentives both in terms of managing emergencies, regional TSO’s cooperation and stronger role of ACER.

PERSPECTIVE OF THE EU-11

This package will be a key legislative proposal determining the development and future outlook of the electricity market in Europe. Furthermore, the complexity and scope of changes will affect the development of the European energy policy as such. It is particularly visible on the example of correlations between ambitious targets in the domains of renewable energy and efficiency and the EU Emissions Trading System. Higher the share of renewables in energy mix and targets of energy efficiency and savings, higher downgrading pressure on the price of emissions allowances.

From the perspective of the EU-11’s industry, it will be crucial to safeguard a rule of technological neutrality within emerging new power market. An immediate threat for it is for example the exclusion of biomass from the renewable energy sources as well as introduction of emission standards regarding new power installations. This is particularly relevant to envisaged design of capacity markets in certain states, necessity of which may be assessed at the regional level according to ENTSO-E methodology (it may undermine the need of capacity markets as such in certain cases) or exclusion of the coal fired power plants from capacity market. Furthermore, possible threat for power markets in Central and Eastern Europe is a governance system of Energy Union which might be tool for imposition of new requirements regarding environmental and climate dimension of electricity generation. Therefore, content of legislative proposals as well as ongoing negotiations is of utmost concern for industry from EU-11.

In the coming months, CEEP will analyse in detail particular legal acts of the Clean Energy Package starting from the directive and regulation on internal market in electricity and renewables. Simultaneously, on a daily basis, we will monitor ongoing legislative work on the Package maintaining relations with MEPs, representatives of Member States, business associations and think-tanks.

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Kompania Węglowa S.A.

Kompania Węglowa S.A. is a company entirely owned by the Polish Ministry of Treasury. The company was founded as a result of a government programme of hard coal mining restructuring. It began its economic activity on February the 1st under separate coal companies.

The extraction and processing of hard coal constitutes the core business of our company.

Currently, after a restructuring of KW S.A., the company runs 15 coal mines, five specialised plants, and a head office, employing over 55,000 people. Annual coal production amounts to 35 million tonnes.

Despite low demand for coal and a significant reduction of production capacity in recent years, the company is still one of the leading coal companies in the European Union, by delivering 37.2% of hard coal for Member States (data for 2012).

KW S.A. also has a dominant position in Poland with a share of nearly 47% in the domestic market of coal suppliers. Significant coal resources enable the company to produce a wide range of coals – but it specialises mainly in steam coal, intended mostly for domestic markets. The energy sector has a crucial role among our recipients. Our sales to commercial power plants cover over 38% of deliveries to the whole sector. Our share in the domestic coking coal market amounts to nearly 20% (data for 2013).

In order to face environmental challenges, KW S.A. offers products under the registered names: RETOPAL, PIEKLORZ, BORUTA and ROKITA, which have been awarded certificates for being ‘environmentally safe’ products.

Our priorities:

  • Stabilising the energy safety of Poland and maintaining the position of hard coal in the domestic energy-fuel mix.
  • Taking actions to ensure a more favourable position of the coal sector in the energy and climate policy of the European Union, as well as standing against the initiatives aimed at eliminating coal as an energy safety guarantor. We support highly-efficient, low emission technologies, including the ones based on coal.
  • Operating in compliance with sustainable development policy and creating high-level business standards and codes of ‘good practice’.
  • Occupational health and safety at work remains one of the most important and advanced aspects of KW S.A.’s policies.

Litgrid

Litgrid is a Lithuanian electricity transmission system operator which maintains stable operation of the country’s power system, controls power flows and facilitates conditions for the electricity market’s functioning.

Litgrid is also in charge of the integration of the Lithuanian electricity system into the European electricity infrastructure and a common European electricity market. While implementing the strategic projects concerning international power links, NordBalt (Lithuania-Sweden) and LitPol (Lithuania-Poland), in order to secure the country’s energy independence, Litgrid also fosters a culture of responsibility, resourcefulness and dialogue.

Katowicki Holding Węglowy S.A.

Katowicki Holding Węglowy S.A. was established on the 29th the first and the only organisation of such a nature acting within the Polish coal mining industry. KHW S.A. is represented by „Kazimierz Juliusz” Sp. z o.o. and four modern coal mines: KWK Mysłowice-Wesoła, KWK Murcki-Staszic, KWK Wieczorek, and KWK Wujek which are located in the region of Katowice.

KHW specialises in manufacturing high-quality steam coal, which guarantees a stable supply of its raw material for over 40-50 years on the market. KHW S.A., as one of the European leading manufacturers of steam coal, produces around 13 million tonnes per year of high-quality coal (18% of total coal production and around 21% of steam coal production in Poland).

Our principle is to meet the coal quality parameters, the demands of our customers regarding the implementation of the quality and environmental protection management systems ISO 9001 and ISO 14001, as well as that of work safety management, PN-N-18001. It allows us to manufacture steam coal with low sulphur and chlorine content, including EKORET® and EKO-FINS® – qualified coal fuels for low emission coal boilers.

KHW S.A. has also been a stakeholder (minority and majority) in several Polish and foreign companies, in various segments of the local and European market, many of which have been established following the process of restructuring the Holding’s assets. These companies, together with the Holding, set up the Katowicka Grupa Kapitałowa (Katowice Capital Group).

Petroleum-Gas University of Ploieşti

The Petroleum-Gas University of Ploieşti was founded in Bucharest (Romania) in 1948, under the name of ‘Petroleum and Gas Institute’. In 1993, following re-organisation of its faculties and earlier name changes, the University of Ploieşti settled on the name – the Petroleum-Gas University (PGU) of Ploieşti – for a better reflection of its tradition and structure.

The present academic structure of the Petroleum-Gas University, includes five faculties:

  • The Faculty of Petroleum and Gas Engineering,
  • The Faculty of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering,
  • The Faculty of Petroleum Refining and Petrochemistry,
  • The Faculty of Economic Sciences,
  • The Faculty of Letters and Sciences.

The Petroleum-Gas University is a higher education institution with an established and renowned prestige, which appeals to both Romania’s young people (in the university year 2011-2012, the PGU had over 9,000 students), and to young foreigners from countries in co-operative relations with Romania. The degrees granted by the technical faculties are recognised all over the world.

In the academic year, 2005-2006, the PGU re-structured the curricula for all its faculties and specialisations to meet European requirements, as stipulated in the Bologna Project.

Since 2008, the Petroleum-Gas University of Ploieşti has been awarded the highest-ranking grade: ‘Institution with the highest level of trust’, from the Romanian Agency for Quality Assurance in Higher Education, following thorough assessment processes.

Polish Higher Education-Business Forum

Polish Higher Education-Business Forum, established in 1992, is an association of leaders from Polish businesses and universities.

The aims of the Forum are to increase communication among the sectors, to analyse issues of mutual concern, and to deliberate on courses of action that will effect change within these topics.

Higher education and business are increasingly interdependent. Educational institutions produce the human resources that corporations apply to the production of goods and services. Throughout its history, the Polish Higher Education-Business Forum has addressed this interdependence by focusing on issues where co-operative efforts can have positive results for these sectors.

To carry out its agenda, the Forum holds half-yearly meetings, convenes occasional roundtable discussions and seminars, and publishes reports. External experts and guests are invited to attend meetings, but discussions focus on face-to-face frank exchanges among Forum members.

Polish Higher Education-Business Forum is a principals-only organisation and membership is divided between the sectors. The number of members is kept relatively small (around 50), to promote collegiality and to help build consensus.

EPSO-G is a group of state-owned energy companies whose main tasks include the implementation of strategic gas and electricity infrastructure development projects and integration to the EU markets. 100% of UAB “EPSO-G” shares are controlled by the Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Lithuania.

EPSO-G controls 96.6% of the Lithuanian natural gas transmission system operator (TSO) AB Amber Grid and 97.5% of the Lithuanian electricity transmission system operator (TSO) LITGRID AB. As of February 2016, it also controls 67% of the Lithuanian Energy Exchange operator JSC “Baltpool”.

EPSO-G engages in actions and projects that answer to the challenges related to European integration, ensuring power supply security, a competitive market, environmental protection, having in mind the ambition of moving from an Energy Island towards a Regional Hub.

For the electricity sector, EPSO-G’s milestones go from the extension of the LitPol Link (Lithuania-Poland power link), NordBalt (power bridge between Lithuania and Sweden) and synchronization with Continental European Network.

In the gas sector, EPSO-G will focus on the enhancement of the Klaipeda-Kursenai pipeline, GIPL (Gas interconnection Poland-Lithuania) and the gas market integration in the region.

EPSO-G group currently has over 1000 employees.

PKEE – Polish Electricity Association

The PKEE – Polish Electricity Association is an association of the electrical power sector, whose activities focus on issues related to the functioning of the industry in a modern market economy.

It engages in actions and projects, thanks to which, the Polish electrical power industry can better meet the challenges related to European integration, ensuring power supply security, a competitive market, environmental protection and development of state-of-the art technologies.

The Polish Electricity Association actively supports the development of the Polish electrical power industry, by conducting opinion-forming activities aimed at the improvement of power industry operations and the shaping of a rational, industry-friendly regulatory environment, both in Poland and in the European Union.

As an important discussion forum on power sector issues, the association also co-operates with public administration bodies by consulting legal acts and initiatives concerning power industry operations.

HEP

Hrvatska Elektroprivreda (HEP Group) is a Croatian national electricity company which has been engaged in electricity production, transmission, and distribution for more than one century, and with heat supply and gas distribution for the past few decades. Its main mission is to “secure a quality supply of energy to customers, with a high level of social responsibility”.

Hrvatska Elektroprivreda is organized in the form of a holding company with a number of daughter companies. The parent company of the Group, HEP d.d., performs the function of HEP Group corporate management and guarantees the conditions for the secure and reliable electricity supply to customers.

HEP Group has 4,000 MW of installed capacity for electricity production and 974 MW of heat production capacity. Within HEP Proizvodnja d.o.o. there are 25 hydro power plants and eight thermal power plants fired by oil, natural gas or coal.

Together with production sources, important components of the system are transmission and distribution networks (a total of 24 thousand transformer stations and 140 thousand Km of lines of different voltage levels).

 

Polskie Sieci Elektroenergetyczne S.A.

Polskie Sieci Elektroenergetyczne S.A. (PSE S.A.) is a national transmission system operator from Poland. The operations of PSE Operator S.A. focus on electricity supply, which is based on a transmission network and is in line with its objective and clear rules, ensuring equal treatment of parties and due respect for the environment.

PSE S.A. is a special entity in the group of wholly-owned companies of the State Treasury that are of strategic significance for the functioning of the country and it owns the transmission grid assets, which are necessary for effective performance of its statutory duties as a transmission system operator.

The transmission network operated by PSE Operator S.A. includes 241 lines with a total length of 13,338 Km covering the whole country:

  • 1 line of 750 kV voltage with a length of 114 Km
  • 71 lines of 400 kV voltage with a total length of 5,303 Km
  • 167 lines of 220 kV voltage with a total length of 7,921 Km
  • 100 extra-high voltage substations

TAURON Polska Energia S.A.

TAURON Polska Energia S.A., previously called Energetyka Południe S.A., was established on the 6th implementation of the ‘Programme for the Energy Sector’ adopted by the Council of Ministers. The programme involved the establishment of four large business entities that would consolidate both the distributors and producers of energy. The goal of the consolidation was to create entities that would be strong enough to effectively compete with other European companies in the free energy market.

On the 9th of May 2007, the State Treasury took over the shares of Południowy Koncern Energetyczny S.A. in Katowice, Enion S.A. in Kraków, EnergiaPro Koncern Energetyczny S.A. in Wrocław, and Elektrownia Stalowa Wola S.A., to form Energetyka Południe S.A.

In addition to the above four companies, the holding also includes other companies, such as Enion Energia sp. z o.o., Pierwsza Kompania Handlowa Polska Energia sp. z o.o. and EnergiaPro Gigawat sp. z o.o. in the field of energy trading, TAURON Ekoenergia sp. z o.o. and Zespół Elektrowni Wodnych Rożnów sp. z o.o. in the field of energy generation from renewable sources, and Południowy Koncern Węglowy S.A. in the area of coal mining. Moreover, TAURON Polska Energia took over Elektrociepłownia Tychy S.A. and Przedsiębiorstwo Energetyki Cieplnej Katowice S.A.

The TAURON Group is one of the largest business entities in Poland with a capital of approximately 2 billion EUR. The holding employs over 28,000 people.

WĘGLOKOKS S.A.

WĘGLOKOKS S.A. is the largest Polish coal exporting company. WĘGLOKOKS commenced operations on the 1st Trade Enterprise (CHZ) ‘WĘGLOKOKS’. During the early years of its activities, the enterprise virtually monopolised the export of hard coal from Poland, delivering to its foreign customers 24–26 million tonnes of coal annually.

In 1989, as a result of the lifting of its monopoly on foreign trade, WĘGLOKOKS lost its privileged position as the sole exporter of coal. However, the high qualifications and professional skills of its staff maintained the company’s position as the leader in Polish coal exports. The key date in the company’s history was 1993, when it was transformed into a joint-stock company, entirely owned by the State Treasury, and was re-named WĘGLOKOKS Spółka Akcyjna (S.A.).

WĘGLOKOKS has supplied coal during the past few decades to over 60 countries. The company offers its customers a range of types and sizes of coal, i.e. duff coal (steam and coking), as well as sized coals. WĘGLOKOKS S.A. co-operates with all producers of hard coal in Poland. In 2009, the company exported 6.7 million tonnes of coal, and in 2010, surpassed that figure with 8.7 million tonnes.

On the domestic market, WĘGLOKOKS currently provides, within its customer services, the leasing of machinery and industrial equipment. It also delivers magnetite, flocculants and machinery for mining, as well as liquid fuels for the energy sector. This offer is addressed, above all, to the Polish coal mining industry.

WĘGLOKOKS also undertakes activities in coal imports. However, it has to be underlined that this involves small quantities, mainly addressed to niche customers, who have specific needs (i.e. low sulphur content).

WĘGLOKOKS is a leader of a capital group, formed by both foreign and Polish companies.

In 2015, the shares of WEGLOKOKS S.A. are set to debut on the Warsaw Stock Exchange (GPW).

PERN

Country: Poland
Activity Sector: Fuels
No. of employees: 856 people with PERN S.A.c. 2400 people for the Group of Companies
Income 2013: 152 million EUR

PERN S.A. is a national and regional leader in petroleum logistics. PERN S.A., the Group’s parent company, was established in 1959 to transport crude oil from the Soviet Union to Poland and Eastern Germany. Since 1963, when the first batch of Russian crude oil reached the tanks in Adamowo, new arterial pipelines for transporting crude oil and petroleum products have been quickly developed. In 1999, the Company was transformed into a fully state-owned joint stock company.

PERN  S.A. is a dynamically developing Group of Companies, which apart from PERN S.A., includes also the following five subsidiaries: OLPP Sp. z o.o., NAFTOPORT Sp. z o.o., CDRiA Sp. z o.o., PETROMOR Sp. z o.o. and Siarkopol Gdańsk S.A.

In total, the Group, manages nearly 2.5 thousand km of crude oil and fuel pipelines, and owns over 3 million m³ of crude oil storage capacity and 1.8 million m³ for liquid fuels. It also manages a sea terminal handling 34 million tonnes of crude oil annually. The Group also provides services, such as the transport, handling and storage of crude oil, reloading and blending fuels, as well as laboratory testing of petroleum products.

The strategy of PERN involves strengthening its position in the area of crude oil storage and transportation, as well as further development in the fuels sector including, but not limited to, the expansion of storage capacity, pipeline network and of the infrastructure at the seaport in Gdańsk.

Air Liquide Global E&C Solutions

Air Liquide Global E&C Solutions is the world business unit of the Air Liquide Group in charge of engineering and construction. It is recognised as a technology partner of choice for the design, engineering and construction of market-leading processing facilities and related infrastructures worldwide.

We help and encourage our customers to optimise the use of the planet’ natural resources in order to provide clean and sustainable energy. We manage to achieve this, thanks to our people and their capability to constantly innovate. Through cutting-edge innovation applied to our proprietary technology, Cryogenics, Lurgi and Zimmer, we contribute to the transformation of the energy industry and help to preserve and protect the atmosphere of our planet.

Looking back on decades of operational expertise within the world leader in gases for industry, health and the environment, we develop creative, safe, reliable and competitive solutions for our customers. We propose a sustainable worldwide offer of best-in-class plants in a dynamically-changing market place.

Since the acquisition of Lurgi in 2007, our technology portfolio has grown considerably, and has contributed to the development of innovative solutions that are helping customers to reduce their environmental footprint. Our technology portfolio includes more than 1,600 patents.

Air Liquide Global E&C Solutions offers a full spectrum of standard and customised solutions and draws on its expertise in engineering, procurement and construction, manufacturing, technology development and FEED studies. As such, we will meet the challenges of the most complex projects, maintaining control over reliability and delivering on performance guarantees.

Our global capabilities are organised in a network of 15 engineering centres, three manufacturing workshops, as well as sales and business offices, and representatives spread virtually around all the world’s continents, embued with a strong local footprint to serve our clients.

ENERGA

ENERGA provides its services to more than 2.5 million households and 300,000 companies. We are one of the biggest employers in Poland with over 12,000 employees. ENERGA is also the leader in generating energy from renewable sources. Holding a leading market position is the main goal behind our investments and development work.

MISSION AND VISION

Our vision is to create a solid, effective and innovative capital group. Thanks to mutual support and co-operation between companies constituting the group and constantly improving its operational effectiveness, we strive to be the market leader in terms of quality of services and customer relations.

The ENERGA capital group’s mission is to provide comfortable conditions for life and work.

BUSINESS ACTIVITY AREAS

Our main business activity areas are:

  • distribution of electric power
  • participation in the electric power market
  • generation of electricity

Companies inside the ENERGA Capital Group also offer a wide variety of services such as transportation, IT, lighting, and many others.

AB Amber Grid is the operator of Lithuania’s natural gas transmission system and is in charge of transmission of natural gas (transportation of natural gas through high pressure pipelines) to system users, and operation, maintenance and development of natural gas transmission system. AB Amber Grid started its operations on 1 August 2013, when the fixed-term natural gas transmission licence (issued to AB Amber Grid by the National Control Commission for Prices and Energy) came into effect. On 10 April 2015, AB Amber Grid was issued with an open-ended gas transmission business license and was designated as the Transmission System Operator.

The gas transmission system operated by AB Amber Grid is comprised of gas transmission pipelines, gas compressor stations, gas metering and distribution stations, cathodic protection installations (protecting gas transmission pipelines from corrosion), as well as data transmission and telecommunications systems. Customers of AB Amber Grid are large companies (power plants, district heating plants and industrial companies) as well as medium sized companies operating in Lithuania and gas supply companies, to which AB Amber Grid renders natural gas transmission services.

AB Amber Grid was established on 11 June 2013 pursuant to a resolution adopted by a General Meeting of Shareholders of AB Lietuvos Dujos in implementation of requirements of legal acts of the Republic of Lithuania providing for the unbundling of the natural gas transmission activity from other activities.

AB Amber Grid is the Full Member of ENTSOG (the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Gas).

ENEA

The Company manages the ENEA Capital Group – one of Poland’s largest power sector groups. The Group’s basic operations are the generation, distribution and sale of electricity.

The principal generating resource is Elektrownia “Kozienice” S.A. – the largest bituminous coal-fired plant in the country, with a domestic production market share of 11%. The distribution network, managed by ENEA Operator Sp. z o.o., covers 20% of Poland, providing electricity to households and businesses in Wielkopolski, Zachodniopomorski and Lubuskie Provinces.

ENEA sells approximately 16% of the electricity consumed in Poland. More than 2.3 million individual and business customers make use of the Group’s services.

On the 17th of November, 2008, ENEA S.A. debuted as the first power sector company on the Warsaw Stock Exchange.

Through the agency of companies in the Group, ENEA offers a comprehensive range of services covering not only electricity, but also transport, IT, a wholesale electro-technical network, and many other services.

KGHM Polska Miedź S.A.

KGHM Polska Miedź S.A. is a global producer of copper and silver with over 50 years of experience (it was created in 1961). Its objective is to join the group of large global copper producers with an annual output of about 700,000 tonnes of copper, whilst respecting business ethics and environmental protection, and displaying a high degree of corporate social responsibility.

KGHM Polska Miedź S.A. owns one of the largest copper deposits in the world and has guaranteed continuous production in Poland for the next 40 years. All of its assets are located within three continents. The company has development projects in Poland, Canada, Chile and Greenland, and since its mutual acquisition of Quadra FNX in Canada, now re-named as KGHM International, it became a global company, with a recognisable brand all over the world.

KGHM Polska Miedź S.A. has technologically-advanced mining and smelting operations. Copper ore mining in Poland is concentrated in three mines: Lubin, Rudna and Polkowice-Sieroszowice, whilst ore processing takes place in ore processing facilities, with copper, silver and other products being produced at smelters in Głogów and Legnica and the rolling mill at Cedynia.

Since the 12th of September, 1991, KGHM Polska Miedź S.A. has been a joint-stock company, whilst, from July, 1997, the shares of the company have been listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange, and its’ GDRs (Global Depositary Receipts) have been listed on the London Stock Exchange.

CEEP ACHEMA GROUP Wardyński & Partners Grupa LOTOS S.A. PGE CLIFFORD CHANCE Poland Si Power S.A. ArcelorMittal Poland PJSC «Sumy NPO» Grupa Azoty S.A. Litgrid Petroleum-Gas University of Ploieşti Polish Higher Education-Business Forum EPSO-G HEP PSE PERN S.A. Amber Grid

CEEP Members

Companies, Universities and Other Entities From Central Europe

CEEP Honorary Members

As an independent industry body, CEEP already plays a central role in assisting theEU in diversifying its energy sources away from an over-dependence upon monopoly oil and gas suppliers.

Zbigniew Brzezinski, CEEP Honorary Member

Biography Zbigniew Brzezinski

Prof. Zbigniew Brzezinski is a political scientist and geostrategist who served in the Policy Planning Office of the State Department under President Lyndon B. Johnson, and as the head of the National Security Council for President Jimmy Carter.

Major foreign policy events under his term include the normalisation of relations with China; the signing of the second Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty (SALT II); support for the dissidents in Eastern Europe in order to undermine the influence of the Soviet Union.

He is currently a Senior Research Professor of International Relations at the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, in Washington, D.C. and a member of the International Advisory Board of the Atlantic Council. His many books include: ‘Strategic Vision: America and the Crisis of Global Power’ (2012); ‘America and the World: Conversations on the Future of American Foreign Policy’ (2008), with Brent Scowcroft and David Ignatius.

CEEP effectively strengthens the region’s energy security. CEEP is an indispensable partner for the European institutions in creatingnew regulations on raw materials and energy.

Jerzy Buzek, CEEP Honorary Member

Biography Jerzy Buzek

Jerzy Buzek is a Polish politician, former Prime Minister of Poland (1997-2001) and former President of the European Parliament (2009-2012). Member of the European Parliament since 2004, he is currently chairing the EP’s Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) and the Conference of Committee Chairs.

He chairs the European Energy Forum, a platform for formal and informal discussion of the European energy stakeholders. In 2010 together with Jacques Delors he launched a European Energy Community, an initiative to strengthen energy legislation and cooperation within and outside the EU.

In 2013-2014 he led the High Level Reflection Group of the Energy Community. The Group proposed ways to reform the organisation and better achieve its goals. He was EP’s rapporteur for EU Internal Energy Market, European Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET-Plan) and EU’s 7th Framework Programme for Research. Jerzy Buzek holds “MEP of the Year for 2013 in the field of energy” title awarded by the “Parliament Magazine”.

Energy is elemental to the prosperity and security ofthe transatlantic community.CEEP is a crucial forum for the EU and US to work togetherin addressing shared strategic energy challenges.

James L. Jones, CEEP Honorary Member

Biography James L. Jones

General James L. Jones is a former commander of the U.S. European Command and Supreme Allied Commander Europe, and President Obama’s National Security Advisor. During his NATO assignment, from 2003-2006, he advocated for energy security and the defence of critical infrastructures to be a core part of NATO’s future missions.

With the US Chamber of Commerce, Jones worked to unite energy consumers and producers for similar, but common goals, – to increase the variety of the U.S. energy supply and associated infrastructures, to advance international co-operation on energy issues, to protect national energy security, and to promote a better understanding of changes to the global climate, and its effects on the environment.

Together with CEEP, Gen. Jones is an influential promoter of the North-South Corridor, promoting the development of energy infrastructure in Central Europe.

CEEP Members

Companies, Universities and Other Entities From Central Europe
PGE

The PGE Capital Group is Poland’s largest power sector company with respect to sales revenues and net profit. Thanks to the combination of its own fuel resources, power generation and distribution networks, PGE guarantees a safe and reliable power supply to over 5 million households, businesses and institutions. In 2015, it had 12.77 GW installed capacity with a net electricity production of 54.58 TWh.

The business activities of Polska Grupa Energetyczna S.A. focus on the following: conventional power generation, distribution, retail, wholesale, renewable power generation, nuclear power generation.

It actively supports the development of the Polish electrical power industry, by conducting opinion-forming activities aimed at the improvement of power industry operations and the shaping of a rational, industry-friendly regulatory environment, both in Poland and in the European Union. Maintaining the leading position in generation is to involve achieving an at least 40% share in Poland’s electricity generation market beyond 2020.

In order to maintain a leading position in generation, in the long-term PGE Group has three strategic options:

– Construction of Poland’s first nuclear power plant, following the development of a model guaranteeing economic viability of the investment.

– Construction of approx. 1000 MW capacity in off-shore wind farms, based on an auction support system. PGE Group intends to retain its leadership in the renewables segment and account for approx. 25% of domestic renewables generation by 2030.

– Modern coal-fired power generation, including utilization of new lignite deposits in case there is a significant easing of the climate policy.

PGE has over 38,500 employees.

ACHEMA

Achema_transparentAchema is a leading producer of nitrogen fertilizers and chemical products in Lithuania and the Baltics. First construction works of the factory date back to 1962, however officially the company was founded on February 9, 1965 after the first tonnes of synthetic ammonia were produced in a newly launched ammonia unit.

Achema employs more than 1400 people; annual fertilizer production accounts to about 2.7 million tonnes. Achema is mainly engaged in nitrogen fertilizer, fertilizer blends, liquid fertilizer, ammonia, nitric acid, methanol, formalin, urea formaldehyde – melamine resin, polyvinyl acetate dispersion, industrial gas, and aluminium sulphate solution production. In 1989, Achema became a member of International Fertilizer Industry Association (IFA). In 1997, Achema became a member of Fertilizers Europe (formerly European Fertilizer Manufacturers Association) committee and afterwards a real member in 2003. In 1998, the company was certified according to ISO 9002 international standards of quality. In 2000, after implementing an Environment Protection Management System Achema was certified in compliance with ISO 14001 international environmental management standards. In 2003, Quality Management System was recertified conforming to ISO 9001 international standards. In 2007, Achema implemented Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems in accordance with BHI OHSAS 18001 standards. In 2012, Achema wins the ‘Green Company of the Year’ award among Lithuanian business leaders. June 5, 2013 – the Company is the winner of ‘Most Environment Friendly Process’ nomination for greenhouse gas emission (N O) mitigation in the nitric acid manufacturing process. The annual contest ‘Achievements in Environmental Protection’ was organized by The Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Lithuania and Lithuanian Confederation of Industrialists. Our vision is to become one of the leading nitrogen fertilizer producers in Eastern and Central Europe. Our mission is efficient use of natural and energy resources and raw materials in nitrogen fertilizer and other commodity production.
ArcelorMittal Poland

arcelor mittalArcelorMittal Poland (previously Mittal Steel Poland) is the largest steel producer in Poland, employing more than 11,000 people in six plants located in Silesia, Małopolska and Opolskie province. Due to investments of 1.4 bn EUR  during the period: 2004 – 2013, ArcelorMittal Poland became one of the most modern steel producers in Europe. The company produces well-known lengthy products, such as sections (including sheet piles), rails and railway accessories, as well as mining supports used respectively in the construction, railway transport and mining industries. Flat products used in the automotive, appliance and construction industries are also an important part of the company’s product range. ArcelorMittal plants are located in: Kraków, Dąbrowa Górnicza, Sosnowiec, Świętochłowice and Chorzów. ArcelorMittal Poland produces about 70% of the Polish steel industry’s production capacity. The company is also noted for being one of the largest Polish exporters and producers of coke in Europe. The production capacity of two coking plants, in Zdzieszowice and Kraków, reaches about 5 million tonnes per year.

CLIFFORD CHANCE Poland

CC_logo_55mm_blackCountry: Poland

Activity Sector: Law Firm

No. of employees: 128

Income 2013: 26 million EUR

Clifford Chance Warsaw office is one of the world’s pre-eminent networks of law firms, with significant depth and range of resources across five continents. Responding to its clients’ needs, Clifford Chance has established a dedicated energy and resources group in its Warsaw office being a multi-disciplinary team of highly-experienced lawyers who provide innovative legal advice specifically within the power and renewables, oil and gas, and mining and metals sectors. According to Chambers Europe 2014, Clifford Chance Warsaw office, together with other Clifford Chance offices located in Bucharest, Prague, Kyiv, and Istanbul, has built a tier 1 “dominant firm in the CEE energy and infrastructure market”. Our main goal is supporting our clients, the most ambitious sector players, in their often challenging business opportunities. We advise on investments in the development of power units, mining projects and large infrastructure undertakings in Poland and other Central European countries. Our legal advice also relates to regulatory issues and to the legislation process, both on the local and EU level.

Grupa Azoty S.A.

Grupa AzotyGrupa Azoty S.A. (formerly Zakłady Azotowe w Tarnowie-Mościcach S.A.) continues the tradition of Państwowa Fabryka Związków Azotowych, a company whose establishment in 1927 was one of the largest Polish inter-war economic projects. Grupa Azoty S.A. was listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange in June 2008, and since February 2013, has been part of the MSCI Emerging Markets index. Additionally, Grupa Azoty S.A. is a constituent of several Warsaw Stock Exchange indices, such as WIG-CHEMIA, WIG30, WIG, WIG-PL and the Respect Index. The company’s business consists of the manufacturing, trading and provision of services in engineering plastics, plastic production feedstock and mineral fertilisers. It is the only domestic producer of polyacetal and a leading producer of modified engineering plastics based on polyamide 6, polyacetal and other compounds. Grupa Azoty S.A. also deals with chemicals (such as cyclohexanone and nitrates) and catalysts, and provides state-of-the-art laboratory services. Grupa Azoty S.A. is the mother company of its umbrella organisation and, together with its complementary sector companies, is the largest Polish chemical company and one of the most significant industry players in Europe, in terms of size and influence.

HEP

logohepHrvatska Elektroprivreda (HEP Group) is a Croatian national electricity company which has been engaged in electricity production, transmission, and distribution for more than one century, and with heat supply and gas distribution for the past few decades. Its main mission is to “secure a quality supply of energy to customers, with a high level of social responsibility”. Hrvatska Elektroprivreda is organized in the form of a holding company with a number of daughter companies. The parent company of the Group, HEP d.d., performs the function of HEP Group corporate management and guarantees the conditions for the secure and reliable electricity supply to customers. HEP Group has 4,000 MW of installed capacity for electricity production and 974 MW of heat production capacity. Within HEP Proizvodnja d.o.o. there are 25 hydro power plants and eight thermal power plants fired by oil, natural gas or coal. Together with production sources, important components of the system are transmission and distribution networks (a total of 24 thousand transformer stations and 140 thousand Km of lines of different voltage levels).

Litgrid

litgrid(transparent)Litgrid is a Lithuanian electricity transmission system operator which maintains stable operation of the country’s power system, controls power flows and facilitates conditions for the electricity market’s functioning. Litgrid is also in charge of the integration of the Lithuanian electricity system into the European electricity infrastructure and a common European electricity market. While implementing the strategic projects concerning international power links, NordBalt (Lithuania-Sweden) and LitPol (Lithuania-Poland), in order to secure the country’s energy independence, Litgrid also fosters a culture of responsibility, resourcefulness and dialogue.

Grupa LOTOS S.A.

lotosGrupa LOTOS S.A. from Poland is a vertically-integrated oil entity focused on crude exploration and production, petroleum processing, as well as commodities sales. The company holds some 30% stake in the fuel wholesale market and approximately 7% in the fuel retail market in Poland. Moreover, LOTOS is a leader in motor oil and bitumen sales within the country.  Since the 9th of June, 2005, Grupa LOTOS S.A. has been listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange. LOTOS, throughout its business units located all over Europe (Poland, Norway, Lithuania, and Ukraine), has some 5,000 employees. LOTOS operates a state-of-the-art refinery (located in Gdańsk), possessing suitable connections with the ‘Druzhba’ pipeline and Naftoport Baltic Sea terminal network. For the last seven years , using hi-tech solutions, e.g. Best Available Techniques (BAT), LOTOS has executed a comprehensive upgrade investment project (Programme 10+), its main goal being to boost refining capacity to 10.5 mtpa. Programme 10+’s fruition is estimated to be 1.43 billion EUR. Due to Programme 10+, LOTOS has been able to enhance energy security policy in Poland, NW Europe and CEE, especially in the range of constant fuel supplies. On the upstream, LOTOS is present on the Baltic Sea and Norwegian Continental Shelf. Throughout its international subsidiary, the group holds a 20% stake in the Yme concession, which is located on the Northern Sea. LOTOS actively supports alternative sources of energy development, especially throughout its biofuels production unit, located in the Silesia region, as well as voicing its support at relevant international safety environment conferences, and in its promotional activities and arrangements. Furthermore, the company carries out numerous up-to-date research projects concerning environmental issues: for example, CO2 sequestration in empty oil fields in the Baltic Sea with staff support from Poland’s top technical universities. All the above-mentioned key goals are derived directly from the company’s corporate strategy, which constitutes the pursuit of innovative growth in the areas of crude exploration and production, petroleum processing, as well as sales and trading of products meeting the most stringent quality standards, in a manner that is environmentally-friendly, compliant with energy security policy, and guarantees full customer satisfaction, whilst ensuring the ongoing development of employees’ and shareholders’ interests.

EPSO-G

EPSO-G is a group of state-owned energy companies whose main tasks include the implementation of strategic gas and electricity infrastructure development projects and integration to the EU markets. 100% of UAB “EPSO-G” shares are controlled by the Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Lithuania.

EPSO-G controls 96.6% of the Lithuanian natural gas transmission system operator (TSO) AB Amber Grid and 97.5% of the Lithuanian electricity transmission system operator (TSO) LITGRID AB. As of February 2016, it also controls 67% of the Lithuanian Energy Exchange operator JSC “Baltpool”.

EPSO-G engages in actions and projects that answer to the challenges related to European integration, ensuring power supply security, a competitive market, environmental protection, having in mind the ambition of moving from an Energy Island towards a Regional Hub.

For the electricity sector, EPSO-G’s milestones go from the extension of the LitPol Link (Lithuania-Poland power link), NordBalt (power bridge between Lithuania and Sweden) and synchronization with Continental European Network.

In the gas sector, EPSO-G will focus on the enhancement of the Klaipeda-Kursenai pipeline, GIPL (Gas interconnection Poland-Lithuania) and the gas market integration in the region.

EPSO-G group currently has over 1000 employees.

Amber Grid

AB Amber Grid is the operator of Lithuania’s natural gas transmission system and is in charge of transmission of natural gas (transportation of natural gas through high pressure pipelines) to system users, and operation, maintenance and development of natural gas transmission system. AB Amber Grid started its operations on 1 August 2013, when the fixed-term natural gas transmission licence (issued to AB Amber Grid by the National Control Commission for Prices and Energy) came into effect. On 10 April 2015, AB Amber Grid was issued with an open-ended gas transmission business license and was designated as the Transmission System Operator.

The gas transmission system operated by AB Amber Grid is comprised of gas transmission pipelines, gas compressor stations, gas metering and distribution stations, cathodic protection installations (protecting gas transmission pipelines from corrosion), as well as data transmission and telecommunications systems. Customers of AB Amber Grid are large companies (power plants, district heating plants and industrial companies) as well as medium sized companies operating in Lithuania and gas supply companies, to which AB Amber Grid renders natural gas transmission services.

AB Amber Grid was established on 11 June 2013 pursuant to a resolution adopted by a General Meeting of Shareholders of AB Lietuvos Dujos in implementation of requirements of legal acts of the Republic of Lithuania providing for the unbundling of the natural gas transmission activity from other activities.

AB Amber Grid is the Full Member of ENTSOG (the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Gas).

PERN S.A.

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Country: Poland

Activity Sector: Fuels

 

No. of employees: 856 people with PERN S.A. 2400 people for the Group of Companies

Income 2013: 152 million EUR

PERN S.A.  is a national and regional leader in petroleum logistics. PERN S.A., the Group’s parent company, was established in 1959 to transport crude oil from the Soviet Union to Poland and Eastern Germany. Since 1963, when the first batch of Russian crude oil reached the tanks in Adamowo, new arterial pipelines for transporting crude oil and petroleum products have been quickly developed. In 1999, the Company was transformed into a fully state-owned joint stock company. PERN S.A. is a dynamically developing Group of Companies, which apart from PERN  S.A., includes also the following five subsidiaries: OLPP Sp. z o.o., NAFTOPORT Sp. z o.o., CDRiA Sp. z o.o., PETROMOR Sp. z o.o. and Siarkopol Gdańsk S.A. In total, the Group, manages nearly 2.5 thousand km of crude oil and fuel pipelines, and owns over 3 million m³ of crude oil storage capacity and 1.8 million m³ for liquid fuels. It also manages a sea terminal handling 34 million tonnes of crude oil annually. The Group also provides services, such as the transport, handling and storage of crude oil, reloading and blending fuels, as well as laboratory testing of petroleum products. The strategy of PERN involves strengthening its position in the area of crude oil storage and transportation, as well as further development in the fuels sector including, but not limited to, the expansion of storage capacity, pipeline network and of the infrastructure at the seaport in Gdańsk.

PJSC «Sumy NPO»

Country: Ukraine

Activity Sector: Equipment

No. of employees: 12,000

Income 2013: 340 bln EUR

PJSC «Sumy NPO» is one of the largest machine-building enterprises in Europe manufacturing equipment for oil, gas and chemical industries. Compressors and turbo-compressor units, unique types of chemical facilities, centrifuges, pumps and valves for gas pipelines, oil – refining equipment and gas-filling stations, drill collars and complex gas preparation plants –this is far from being a complete list of products manufactured at the company. The Company, founded in 1896, holds the know-how and patented licenses on hundreds of technical solutions in design and manufacturing of its products. It has highly developed metallurgical, blanking, welding and assembly facilities. Sumy NPO is implementing a large-scale program of technical modernization aimed at renewing the metal-cutting, boiler-welding, and other equipment. The JSC Sumy NPO has close partnership ties with customers in more than 40 countries worldwide and registered offices in Russia, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan and Bulgaria; and plenipotentiaries in more than 15 countries: Germany, Poland, the USA, India, Turkey, Iran, Kazakhstan etc.

Polish Higher Education-Business Forum

Polish Higher EducationPolish Higher Education-Business Forum, established in 1992, is an association of leaders from Polish businesses and universities. The aims of the Forum are to increase communication among the sectors, to analyse issues of mutual concern, and to deliberate on courses of action that will effect change within these topics. Higher education and business are increasingly interdependent. Educational institutions produce the human resources that corporations apply to the production of goods and services. Throughout its history, the Polish Higher Education-Business Forum has addressed this interdependence by focusing on issues where co-operative efforts can have positive results for these sectors. To carry out its agenda, the Forum holds half-yearly  meetings, convenes occasional roundtable discussions and seminars, and publishes reports. External experts and guests are invited to attend meetings, but discussions focus on face-to-face frank exchanges among Forum members. Polish Higher Education-Business Forum is a principals-only organisation and membership is divided between the sectors. The number of members is kept relatively small (around 50), to promote collegiality and to help build consensus.

Polskie Sieci Elektroenergetyczne S.A.

Polskie Sieci Elektroenergetyczne S.A.Polskie Sieci Elektroenergetyczne S.A. (PSE S.A.) is a national transmission system operator from Poland. The operations of PSE Operator S.A. focus on electricity supply, which is based on a transmission network and is in line with its objective and clear rules, ensuring equal treatment of parties and due respect for the environment. PSE S.A. is a special entity in the group of wholly-owned companies of the State Treasury that are of strategic significance for the functioning of the country and it owns the transmission grid assets, which are necessary for effective performance of its statutory duties as a transmission system operator. The transmission network operated by PSE Operator S.A. includes 241 lines with a total length of 13,338 Km covering the whole country:

  • 1 line of 750 kV voltage with a length of 114 Km
  • 71 lines of 400 kV voltage with a total length of 5,303 Km
  • 167 lines of 220 kV voltage with a total length of 7,921 Km
  • 100 extra-high voltage substations
Si Power S.A.

si powerSi Power S.A. was created a few years ago, in response to the dynamically increasing demand for professional consulting, project management, and the construction of solar power plants and their maintenance. Si Power S.A., created by world leaders in the field of photovoltaics, has the common goals of a complex project service, top-level management, preparation of documents and the construction of the highest-quality solar power plants worldwide, as well as maintenance and production of those elements necessary for their construction. As an international group, Si Power S.A. has access to a wide range of high-quality products available in the entire renewable energy sector. The company’s range of products is characterised by not only its excellence, but also its long-term durability. Regardless of the size of the project, Si Power S.A. provides experienced experts, as well as the best methodology and the most technologically-advanced products.

The Petroleum-Gas University of Ploieşti

the petroleum gas universityThe Petroleum-Gas University of Ploieşti was founded in Bucharest (Romania) in 1948, under the name of ‘Petroleum and Gas Institute’. In 1993, following re-organisation of its faculties and earlier name changes, the University of Ploieşti settled on the name – the Petroleum-Gas University (PGU) of Ploieşti – for a better reflection of its tradition and structure. The present academic structure of the Petroleum-Gas University, includes five faculties: •    The Faculty of Petroleum and Gas Engineering, •    The Faculty of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, •    The Faculty of Petroleum Refining and Petrochemistry, •    The Faculty of Economic Sciences, •    The Faculty of Letters and Sciences. The Petroleum-Gas University is a higher education institution with an established and renowned prestige, which appeals to both Romania’s young people (in the university year 2011-2012, the PGU had over 9,000 students), and to young foreigners from countries in co-operative relations with Romania. The degrees granted by the technical faculties are recognised all over the world. In the academic year, 2005-2006, the PGU re-structured the curricula for all its faculties and specialisations to meet European requirements, as stipulated in the Bologna Project. Since 2008, the Petroleum-Gas University of Ploieşti has been awarded the highest-ranking grade: ‘Institution with the highest level of trust’, from the Romanian Agency for Quality Assurance in Higher Education, following thorough assessment processes.

Wardyński & Partners
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Since its establishment over two decades ago, Wardyński & Partners has won the trust of its numerous clients, many of whom the firm has been serving for years. Polish clients value our expertise and skill at solving their most difficult legal problems. Foreign clients also appreciate our familiarity with Poland’s legal, economic and cultural realities, combined with the experience we have developed over our many years of serving international companies. We draw upon leading global best practice in law firm management and high-tech solutions. We continually strive to improve the firm’s operations, which redounds to the benefit of our clients. We strive to meet the highest legal and business standards. We are actively involved in building a strong civil society governed by the rule of law. We participate in non-profit initiatives as well as pro bono activity within the Strategic Litigation Programme of the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights. Our lawyers are active members of Polish and international legal organisations, such as the International Bar Association, the American Bar Association and the International Fiscal Association, which provide them access to global knowhow and help them develop contacts with leading professionals around the world—a peer network that can prove invaluable to our clients as well. The firm is regarded as a congenial place to work. We support our lawyers in their efforts to achieve professional, business and social growth, through such initiatives as continuing legal education and training in management skills. The firm now has over 100 lawyers, many of whom are noted experts in their field of law. The firm provides a full range of legal services in Polish, English, French, German, Spanish, Russian, Czech and Korean. We have offices in Warsaw, Poznań, Wrocław, Kraków and Brussels.