The UNECE Gas Centre was launched in 1994 as a technical cooperation programme “Promotion and Development of a Market-Based Gas Industry in Economies in Transition – the Gas Centre”. It was established to assist governments and gas companies in central and eastern Europe in their efforts to create more decentralised and market-based gas industries.
In addition to contributing to institutional capacity development and training for the benefit of economies in transition, the Gas Centre activities are focused on:
- exchange of information and data between the member companies on the gas markets and gas industry and especially between member companies with experience in free-market conditions and companies in countries with an economy in transition;
- exchange of information and views between the gas industry, the ECE and goverment on policy issues and
- serving as a platform for discussions on topics of interest and policy development.
The Gas Centre developed a network of key representatives from Governments and gas industry. The programme is extra-budgetary and financed by some 25 major gas companies, state-owned and private, from Europe, the United States and the Mediterranean Basin, namely: Algeria (Sonatrach), Austria (OMV gas/AGGM), Croatia (Plinacro), Egypt (Egas), France (GdfSuez), Germany ( Wintershall), Hungary (MOL), Italy (ENI), Latvia (Latvijas Gaze), Moldova (Moldovagaz), Netherlands (Gasunie, Essent), Norway (Norsk Hydro, Statoil), Poland (Polish Oil and Gas Company « POGC »), Romania (Romgaz), Russian Federation (Gazprom), Serbia (Srbijagas), Slovak Republic (SPP), Slovenia (Geoplin-Plinovodi ), Switzerland (Swiss Gas), Tunisia (STEG), Turkey (BOTAS), Ukraine (Naftogaz of Ukraine/Ukrtransgas), United Kingdom (National Grid,Shell Int. Gas).