IEA-Thailand joint workshop focuses on oil security

2 October 2012

Courtesy of Ministry of Energy of Thailand: In Bangkok, from left, IEA Energy Markets and Security Director Keisuke Sadamori; Vice Minister of Energy Dr. Wichianchot Sukchorat; and Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Energy Dr. Norkun Sitthiphong.

The IEA and the Ministry of Energy of Thailand (MoEN) jointly organised a workshop in Bangkok on 26 September to share IEA member countries’ practices and provide other information to more than 100 participants, most of them, Thai officials, industry representatives and regulators, in a key step towards developing policy, legislation and measures for national and regional emergency preparedness.

The workshop, which focused on ASEAN oil security, built on a number of co-operation projects between Thailand and the IEA since 2007.

The Vice Minister of Energy of Thailand, Police Lieutenant General Dr. Wichianchot Sukchorat, delivered the opening speech at the workshop, followed by Keisuke Sadamori, the new IEA Director of Energy Markets and Security, who spoke as a co-host of the workshop. Mr. Grád Ottó, Commercial Director of Hungarian Hydrocarbon Stockpiling Association, and Mr. Pat Meehan, Chief Executive of the National Oil Reserves Agency (NORA) of Ireland, gave a presentation on their oil stockholding systems.

The workshop also included participants from the National Energy Council of Indonesia, the Ministry of Industry and Trade of Vietnam, and the ASEAN Council on Petroleum (ASCOPE) Secretariat to discuss the implementation of the ASEAN Petroleum Security Agreement (APSA).