September’s reading: South East Europe Energy Outlook 2016/2017

The SEE Energy Outlook 2016/2017 from Institute of Energy for South-East Europe (IENE) is a comprehensive study which deals with the current energy situation in the SE European region but is also concerned with its ‘Outlook’ from now until 2050.
The study covers all 13 countries of the region. These include: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Slovenia, Cyprus, Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia, Greece, Kosovo, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia and Turkey. In addition, the present ‘Outlook’ study covers a number of peripheral countries including Israel, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Moldova, Ukraine, Hungary and Italy which are economically and geographically related SE European core countries.
This is the second time that such a major study has been undertaken by IENE with the first one published in 2011. The study contains substantial comparative data, detailed sectorial analysis, energy demand and production estimates and projections. Through a series of introductory chapters, where the economic and political background together with the key energy policy issues of South East Europe are presented, the study examines the impact of the regional integration process on SE Europe’s energy prospects. The advent of EU’s Energy Union is also discussed and analysed in relation to its anticipated catalytic role in accelerating energy market integration in SE Europe but also in terms of the vital energy security issues.
The study comprises seven main parts: energy policy, energy security, country energy surveys, legal framework, regional economic issues, sectorial analysis and energy investment outlook. It also includes energy demand and supply projections for 2025 and beyond.
The energy sector analysis focuses on the region’s main energy drivers such as petroleum (upstream, midstream, downstream), natural gas, power generation, renewables, energy efficiency, co-generation and environmental protection. A major part of the study concerns the individual countries of the region and contains an energy overview of each one of the core countries. A set of original energy maps for the region has been created, together with comparative data tables and economic analysis.
Another important part of the study covers the energy interconnections in South East Europe, the Black Sea and the Caspian region for oil, gas and electricity. The major energy projects of the region (oil and gas pipelines, gas storage, nuclear plants, hydrocarbon exploration projects, refineries and RES installations) are described and fully analysed. The study also covers latest developments in the energy market liberalization process both for electricity and gas, market competition, and examines too the broader aspects of environmental and energy security considerations in South East Europe.
The ‘SE Europe Energy Outlook 2016/2017’ study was carried out over the last two years (2015-2017) with the active involvement and contribution of a 25-member expert team.
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