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New challenges for the energy industry

  • OMV and IEA present the World Energy Outlook 2012 in Vienna
  • Fossil fuels continue to play an important role; gas is a partner for energy policy change
  • OMV’s CEO, Gerhard Roiss: “Europe must wake up and act quickly.”

The international energy sector faces considerable upheaval in the coming two decades, according to the World Energy Outlook 2012 presented by the International Energy Agency (IEA) in Vienna today. Without a stronger joint European energy policy, it will not be possible to overcome the challenges ahead.  Austria and, in particular OMV, which is an important player in the energy industry, are on the right path.

"The United States is the most important driver of the global energy economy," says OMV CEO Gerhard Roiss, who underlined the IEA’s projections contained in the World Energy Outlook 2012. "The US is setting the most important course by rapidly expanding its oil and gas production. According to the IEA, the US will be a net exporter of both gas and oil by 2035."

In Europe, the current emphasis is on phasing out nuclear energy and pushing forward the growth of renewable energy. Irrespective of which scenario is applied, fossil fuels will continue to play an important role, with gas leading the way. "Natural gas is a flexible fuel that can be used to balance out fluctuations in renewable energy generation. It will therefore play the most important role in the transition towards alternative energy. Europe has to wake up and rapidly introduce environmental and economic policy measures," stressed OMV CEO, Gerhard Roiss.

According to Fatih Birol, Chief Economist of the IEA and author of the World Energy Outlook 2012, there is a great deal of potential in the area of energy efficiency. However, a more coordinated energy policy is required to be able to make optimal use of these opportunities. "Our analysis shows that two thirds of the efficiency improvements that are economically viable by 2035 will remain unexploited."

Background information

OMV Aktiengesellschaft

With Group sales of EUR 34.05 bn and a workforce of 29,800 employees in 2011, OMV Aktiengesellschaft is one of Austria’s largest listed industrial companies. In Exploration and Production, OMV is active in two core countries Romania and Austria and holds a balanced international portfolio. OMV had proven oil and gas reserves of approximately 1.13 bn boe as of year-end 2011 and a production of around 288,000 boe/d in 2011. In Gas and Power, OMV sold approximately 272 TWh of gas in 2011. In Austria, OMV operates a 2,000 km long gas pipeline network with a marketed capacity of around 101 bcm in 2011. With a trading volume of around 40 bcm in 2011, OMV’s gas trading platform, the Central European Gas Hub, is amongst the most important hubs in Continental Europe. In Refining and Marketing, OMV has an annual refining capacity of 22 mn t and as of the end of 2011 approximately 4,500 filling stations in 13 countries including Turkey. OMV further strengthened its position through the ownership of a 97% stake in Petrol Ofisi, Turkey’s leading company in the retail and commercial business.