Strategic guidelines for the future of energy from the OMC in Ravenna “Oil may be crucial driver of the integration between the sectors of industry, agriculture and tourism. Ravenna has invested in the quality of human capital and the development of new activities related to that of extraction and it has become an example to follow, precisely after achieving the right economic climate.” Natalino Gigante, President of the Ravenna Chamber of Commerce, introduced in the manner the opening plenary session of the Offshore Mediterranean Conference, an event dedicated to oil & gas, held in Ravenna every two years.
The city, which is the international reference point for the energy production, has become a launching pad for the guidelines of the international future of energy: “In just few months the political uncertainties underlined the urgency to respond to the issues related to the energy supply and the international security – declared Giuseppe Tannoia, President of Assomineraria – . Europe, which imports most of the energy that it consumes, needs to increase the productivity levels and aim at the supply diversification. The Continent has great potential, but the infrastructure is still a problem.”
And in order to increase Europe’s self-sufficiency, such as Italy, the President underlines the importance of creation of a “new energy corridor between Europe and Africa” also because “we have extensive resources that are combined with remarkable competences.”The know-how that, as Simona Vicari from the Ministry of Economic Development pointed out, also ensured “a higher security level for those who work at the plants and those who live in the neighboring areas.” Being able to promote the safety of inhabitants is actually a crucial factor to promote the right integration between the industry and the land: “The transposition of the European directive 30/2013 for the offshore security with even stricter rules than required by the EU is about to be finalized. By means of this regulation country wants to promote sharing of common rules related to the offshore.”
And in terms of Italy’s commitments, he continues: “President of the Council of Ministers Matteo Renzi has ensured a strong support to the energy segment paying particular attention to the sector of hydrocarbons and infrastructure which approximate the national regulations to those of the other EU countries.”
In the other scope of energy corridor there are some obstacles which are yet to be overcome in order to manage to establish such an international union: “The energy security has put some long-term challenges: the energy supply acceleration – also thanks to the infrastructure implementation – the use of unconventional energy resources and the governance modernization,” said Sherif Sousa, Undersecretary for Gas at Egypt’s Ministry of Petroleum.