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Argus Americas Crude Summit 2018

Tuesday, January 16, 2018
12:00 Registration Opens and Exhibitor Move-In 
17:00 - 19:00 Opening Night Reception 
19:00 - 22:00
Industry Dinner - Sponsored by ICE 

*$185 per person - tables available for purchase. Please contact 

Guest speaker: 

Nicholas Burns

  • Former US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs
  • Former US Ambassador to Greece and NATO
  • Former White House Special Assistant 
  • Current Harvard Professor 
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
07:30 - 08:30 Registration and Breakfast 
08:30 - 08:40 Welcome and Opening Remarks
08:40 - 09:30 Opening Address: 

Robert Gates

Secretary of Defense (2006-2011); Author, New York Times Best Seller, DUTY: Memoirs of a Secretary at War and A Passion for Leadership

09:30 - 09:45 Break
09:45 - 10:30 Session 1: Keynote Session - The Impact of North American Production and Exports on Global Crude Dynamics

How have oil exports changed the US crude sector? What is the long-term role of US crude supply in the global market? How are producers mitigating price risk and improving production efficiencies? How might a NAFTA renegotiation impact the upstream sector?

Speaker to be announced 
10:30 - 11:00 Break
11:00 - 12:00 Session 2: Keynote Session - Demand from Asia Pacific 

  • Asia’s evolving crude market: How are Asian refiners securing quality crude supply and what challenges remain? What effects will the new MARPOL bunker fuel specifications have on crude imports into Asia?
  • Demand from India: How much crude has India imported from Iran and Russia over the past year? How might US supply compete in India’s market? What shipping regulations and risks exist to move crude to the region?

Chen Bo,
President, UNIPEC
Head of Oil Trading, Shipping and Logistics, Reliance Industries Ltd.

12:00 - 13:30 Lunch
13:30 - 14:00 Session 3: Fireside Chat – Canada’s Market

How might new regulations in Canada affect the development of energy infrastructure and investments in the market? What is the future of the Keystone XL and how will this impact North America's crude markets?

Paul Miller,
Executive Vice-President and President, Liquids Pipelines, TransCanada
14:00 - 15:30 Session 4: Global Rebalancing, North America’s Competitiveness and International Strategies

  • Lower forever? – Will drilling activity increase? What is the outlook for global crude production, demand and pricing? How will US production shift global dynamics? Can both OPEC and shale sources coexist? How might the transportation sector impact oil demand in the near term? 
  • Trump energy policy and geopolitical relations: How has Trump’s ‘golden era’ energy strategy impacted the energy sector? What’s in store for federal fuels policies and how might this effect refinery economics? What is OPEC’s future strategy? How might Libya and Venezuela impact global supply? 
  • Global arbitrage opportunities and North American oil trends: Will there continue to be an opportunity for US shale in Europe and Asia? What other arbitrage opportunities might we see in 2018? 

Amrita Sen,
Co-founder and Chief Oil Analyst, Energy Aspects
Helima Croft,
Managing Director and Global Head of Commodity Strategy, Global Research, RBC Capital
Corey Prologo,
Director of Oil Trading - North America, Head of Houston Branch, Trafigura Trading LLC

15:30 - 16:00 Break
16:00 - 17:00 Session 5: Latin America – Investment Opportunities and Upstream Developments

  • Developments in Brazil and Venezuela: What is the outlook for Brazilian crude production, infrastructure build outs and investment? Will Venezuelan upstream and downstream sectors recover? How could US sanctions on Venezuela impact crude imports? Will Venezuelan debt force more shipments to China?
  • Mexico’s market – Does the reform work? How is Mexico defining royalties, production taxes, and other fiscal aspects of the bidding rounds? What are the main opportunities for international companies who have not yet participated in the bidding rounds? How might the Trump administration impact Mexican policy? 

Kjetil Solbraekke,
Senior Vice President South America, Rystad Energy
Others to be announced

17:00 - 19:00 Networking Reception 
Thursday, January 19, 2018
07:00 - 08:30 Registration and Breakfast 
08:30 - 08:45 Opening Remarks
08:45 - 09:15 Session 6: Keynote Address - The Future of North America’s Refining Sector

How will Mexico’s energy reform, Trump’s policies and feedstock economics impact the refining sector? How might new marine fuel specifications impact refiners? Where are the global opportunities for US refined products? 

Dan Romasko,
President and Chief Executive Officer, Motiva Enterprises LLC
09:15 - 10:00 Session 7: Keynote Address - The Impact of Oil Exports and Changing Infrastructure Needs on the Midstream Sector 

What opportunities have US oil exports created for the midstream sector? What infrastructure is still needed to best move oil from producing basins to export terminals? Will foreign investors become involved in transportation projects in the US to help expedite larger export volumes?

Speaker to be announced 
10:00 - 10:30 Morning Break 
10:30 - 12:00

Session 8: The Impact of US Crude Exports on Transportation, Infrastructure and Freight Rates 

  • Piping the Permian and Canadian developments: What expansion projects are in the works to move crude from the Permian to Houston, Cushing and Corpus Christi? What is the status of the Keystone? What is the future of pipeline capacity out of Western Canada and how will this impact rail transportation? 
  • Export infrastructure developments: What new terminal expansion projects will come to fruition? How is the Port of Corpus Christi and Port of Houston evolving to meet higher export demand? Is the newly expanded Panama Canal impacting the export market? Will foreign investors have a part to play in the infrastructure buildout? 
  • Global freight rates and shipping economics: What is the outlook for freight rates from the Gulf Coast and Corpus Christi to Europe, Asian and Latin America? What routes will be the most economical? Will ships be redirected from other regions to handle increasing US exports? 

Adam Bedard,
Chief Executive Officer, ARB Midstream
Others to be announced

12:00 - 13:30 Lunch
13:30 - 15:00  Session 9: US Refining Considerations and the Future of the Fuels Market

  • Global refined products demand: How will China and India’s refining sectors impact US product supply? Will the US emerge as Mexico’s main supply source? What other regions might emerge as demand centers? 
  • Feedstock flexibility, switching and alternative fuels sources: How are refiners utilizing alternative feedstocks to better comply with the RFS and CAFÉ Standards? How are refiners best planning under uncertain federal fuels regulations? 
  • The future of the transportation fuels mix: The global transportation sector is continuing to evolve to meet increasing emissions standards. What might this mean for diesel and gasoline demand? When will we see an increase in consumer adoption of electric, natural gas and renewable diesel vehicles?

Joseph Israel,
CEO, Par Petroleum
Others to be announced

15:00 - 15:30 Closing Address: Looking Forward - The Global Crude Picture

Will OPEC, Shale, and Peak Demand Keep Oil Prices Stable Indefinitely?

Speaker: Robert McNally, Founder and President, Rapidan Energy Group 
17:00 - 19:00 Carl McCain Winter Cocktail Reception
Complimentary for all conference delegates

*Program subject to change

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