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Tuesday, January 16
14:00 Registration Opens
17:00 - 19:00 Pre-conference Welcome Reception
19:00 - 21:00 Industry Dinner
*$185 per person - tables available for purchase. Please contact

Guest Speaker:
Nicholas Burns, Former US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs and current Harvard Professor

Wednesday, January 17
07:00 - 08:30 Registration and Breakfast
08:30 - 09:30 Keynote

Guest Speaker:
Robert GatesSecretary 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 Short Break
09:45 - 10:45 Session 1: Hydrocarbon Production and the Battle for Market Share

  • OPEC strategy: Oil exports from the US are rising dramatically, rivalling several OPEC member countries. But OPEC’s promise for production cuts were breached in 2017. What are the challenges OPEC is facing in re-balancing the market? 
  • Global LPG outlook: With the increasing availability of LPG out of the US, the Middle East and other regions, where is the incremental demand growing, and is growth sustainable over the coming years?
Michael Cohen, Head of Energy Commodities, Barclays
David Appleton, Senior Analyst, Argus 
10:45 - 11:15 Break 
11:15 - 12:30 Session 2: LPG Demand - Market Dynamics and Regions to Watch

  • India rising: India’s demand is growing and is now passing Japan as the #2 importer for LPG. The Indian government is subsidizing LPG which means new opportunities for market participants. But most term contracts are currently going to major Middle East exporters. What are the opportunities for other LPG distributors to compete in the Indian market and what might happen long-term when government subsidies end? 
  • Spotlight on China: Growing PDH capacity in China relies on imported feedstock. What is driving demand and how big is the opportunity for supply from the US vs the Middle East? And how will Canada fit into this picture?
  • Autogas market: How much growth might we see in autogas demand for transportation fuels? What are the government incentives by region? How is the alternative fuel and battery powered vehicle market impacting autogas?
Hemal Sanghani, Chief Executive Officer, Arihant Global
Paige Morse, VP, Propylene & Derivatives, Argus
Cécile Nourigat, Autogas Manager, World LPG Association

12:30 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 15:45 Session 3: Opportunities for LPG in Mexico – Trading, Supply and Distribution

  • LPG distribution in Mexico: How does LPG distribution work in Mexico? How is pricing structured and what are the obstacles for market participants competing in the current system?
  • Developing a supply portfolio: Since Mexico’s deregulation, buyers are now exposed to the risk that Pemex used to handle. How can buyers manage their currency price risk and get fully integrated into the North American market? What are some of the strategies for the upcoming propane year?
  • Trading dynamics: How is LPG trading cross-border? What insurance and permits are needed? What are the government regulations and customs requirements for accessing the Mexican market?
  • Supply chain logistics: From origination to destination, understand the dynamics of moving North American propane by rail into the Mexican market

Luis Landeros, President, LPGas Distributors Association
David Schultz, Gas and Power, New World Fuel
Representative, WindstarLPG
Jay Harbison, Jr., President, 4J Energy, LLC and Ross Weisser, 4J Energy

15:45 - 16:15 Break
16:15 - 17:15 Session 4: Freight Market Outlook

  • The latest on the Panama Canal – Traffic, tolls and other considerations: What are the limitations on LPG ships going through the canal? What is the booking process? What is the schedule ahead of time fee? How long is the waiting time? What happens if there is a delay?
  • Seaborne LPG trade: What are the fundamentals shaping North American propane to Asia and when might the ARB widen? What might that mean for propane exports this season?
Ing. Nicolas Vukelja Duque, MBA, Industrial Engineer, Maritime Advisors and Developers
Craig Whitley
, President and Chief Executive Officer, World Energy Consultants, LLC
17:15 - 19:00 Reception
Thursday, January 18
07:00 - 09:00 Registration and Breakfast
09:00 - 10:30
Session 5: Infrastructure Investment and Market Access

  • Infrastructure to support the Permian boom: Production is surging in the prolific Permian basin where operating costs are low and rig counts are growing. What is pipeline takeaway capacity for NGLs and where is it headed? How much is going to Houston and how much is going to Corpus Christi?
  • Supply chain opportunities downstream: Proposed ethylene export terminals will be a new route for petrochemical companies looking to diversify their product exports. What new projects are coming online and what is the shipping capability to handle ethylene supply in the export market?
  • New pipelines, new access: The Mariner East 2 pipeline means more Marcellus shale will be ramping up production. What will new market access mean for global trade flows?
Ajey Chandra, Vice President, Managing Director, Muse Stancil, & Co.
Oeyvind Lindeman, Chief Commercial Officer, Navigator Gas

10:30 - 11:00 Break 
11:00 - 12:30 Session 6:  Feedstock Considerations – Naphtha and Ethane Demand

  • Naphtha market: Will the naphtha market continue to be well supplied? What are the commercial considerations petrochemicals are evaluating in choosing their feedstock supply?
  • Ethane crackers: How are petrochemicals optimizing their cracker operations in a high capacity NGL market?
  • Ethylene production: What is the outlook for ethylene production and how much ethane can US petrochemicals absorb?
Robert Campbell, Head of Oil Products Research, Energy Aspects
Additional speakers to be announced

12:30 - 12:45  Closing Remarks and Conference Concludes

*Program subject to change

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