Pipe dreams

Tatyana Mitrova, Head, Centre for International Energy Markets Studies, Energy Research Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences

1974 - Born in Irkutsk, East Siberia
1994 - Graduates, Moscow State University
1998 - Joins Energy Research Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences
2004 - Receives PhD in economics, Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas, Moscow
2006 - Head, centre for international energy markets studies, Energy Research Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences

Jean-Marie Devos, Secretary General, Eurogas

1951 - Born in Belgian Congo
1974 - Graduates, University of Brussels
1975 - Auditor, the Hague Academy of International Law
1976 - Joins Belgian Ministry of Justice
1979 - Receives special degree in international law
1979 - Joins Cefic as legal counsellor
1988 - General secretary, Cefic
2001 – Executive director and general counsel, Cefic
2002 - Secretary general of Eurogas, European Association of the Natural Gas Industry

The dispute between Russia and Ukraine, which kept thousands of Europeans without gas this winter, is finally over. But it left a lot of questions, including: what is the best way to provide energy security? Security of supply, for consumers, and security of demand, for the producing countries and companies.

That is why the issue of alternative gas pipelines is on top of the agenda for both Russia and the EU. The Nord Stream pipeline running under the Baltic Sea is already under construction, while the work on the South Stream - under the Black Sea - will start this year.

But many in the West are still dreaming of project Nabucco, which would bypass Russian pipelines. Our guests are Tatyana Mitrova, Head of the Centre for International Energy Market Studies, and Jean-Marie Devos, the Secretary-General of Eurogas.