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Interview with Matthias Peter, Chief Sales Officer (CSO) SEFE

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I hope you enjoyed the last summer E-world. Next year's event will be back at the usual time in February. I went on holiday directly after the E-world and didn't have much time to think about it at all. The transformation of the gas economy to a hydrogen economy was one of the exciting topics for me. Especially since this transformation process is becoming more serious and companies are starting to negotiate actual deliveries and not just MoUs.

I was particularly fascinated by a conversation I had a few weeks prior to the E-world. I spoke with Franz Haking from BP. He is responsible for the hydrogen infrastructure in Northwest Europe at the energy company. BP wants to supply hydrogen to Germany via Wilhelmshaven starting in 2028. I was impressed by the project's concreteness and BP's commitment to invest at all stages of the corresponding value chain. The final FIDs are still missing, but I am rather convinced they will be made. You can read the result of the conversation in this issue. I was just as impressed by the conversation with Matthias Peter - it actually took place at E-world. Mr Peter is Wingas Managing Director and Chief Sales Officer of SEFE. Of course, the interview also focuses on how things are sorted with SEFE, Wingas and the other companies of the group and its organisation. But the interview also deals with hydrogen. SEFE will probably not be supplying hydrogen on a large scale in 2028 yet, but strategically the conversion from a natural gas supplier to a hydrogen supplier is the clear focus of the management.

However, the edition also deals with a completely different topic: the L-H gas conversion. I am always fascinated by the required operational effort on the part of the distribution network operators and how they are handling this with increasing professionalism in coordination with service providers. This increasing professionalism is also a result of well-functioning networking and an intensive exchange of experience. In the article you can also read about the influence of the planned amendment of the Buildings Energy Act (GEG) on the conversion process. The GEG is also a topic on its own, the latest developments are of course also included in this issue.

Even though I was just on holiday, the Gasmarkt is now taking a summer break.

Enjoy reading and the summer!

TOPIC OF THE MONTH: Interview with Matthias Peter, Chief Sales Officer (CSO) SEFE

n February, SEFE had announced a new organisational structure (ener|gate Gasmarkt 03/23). The former Gazprom Germania, which was a pure holding company for the operational units, became the strategic management company of the group under the new name SEFE (Securing Energy for Europe). At least as far as this is possible from a regulatory point of view. This means that the group's transmission system operator, GASCADE, will of course continue to operate completely independently. The same applies to astora's storage operations. At the same time, SEFE's reorganisation integrates the areas of procurement, trading and sales into a uniformly managed business model. The new structure was also cemented by a newly formed management board at SEFE as a management unit. At E-world, SEFE also expressed the new organisational set-up with a new corporate identity. The operating companies WINGAS (Figure 1) and astora appear under the joint brand name SEFE, and the websites have been adapted. However, the companies will continue to exist with their old names as legal entities, at least for the time being; a possible renaming simply takes time. Matthias Peter is part of the new management board as Chief Sales Officer. He is also WINGAS Managing Director. In an interview during E-World he explained to me the new set-up of the group and its plans. [...]