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 The Argus Americas LPG Summit is returning to Houston January, 16-18, 2018. 

Attend the 6th annual Argus Americas LPG Summit taking place at the start of the LPG contracting season. This event is conveniently held in Houston, home of the largest LPG export market. Meet more domestic suppliers and international buyers, network and do business. Reserve your place today and be part of the top gathering for internationally traded LPG.  

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Contracting season begins at the Argus Americas LPG Summit!

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Why attend:

  1. Argus brings deep market knowledge with world-class distinguished speakers 
  2. Bonus content including a special focus on LPG trading in Mexico
  3. Industry dinner so you can network before the start of the conference
  4. Meet more senior audience members and international buyers from around the globe
  5. Set your supply contracts for the next season 

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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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Date: Tuesday, January 16th | Time: 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM | Fee: $185 per person 

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Guest speaker: Nicholas Burns

Nicholas Burns Harvard University

Nicholas Burns is the Roy and Barbara Goodman Family Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Relations at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He is Director of the Future of Diplomacy Project and Faculty Chair for the Programs on the Middle East and on India and South Asia. He serves on the Board of Directors of the School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and is a Faculty Associate at Harvard’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs.

Burns is Director of the Aspen Strategy Group, Senior Counselor at the Cohen Group, and serves on the Board of Directors of Entegris, Inc. He also serves on the boards of several non-profit organizations, including the Council on Foreign Relations, Special Olympics International, the Diplomacy Center Foundation, the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress, The Trilateral Commission, the Richard Lounsbery Foundation, the Atlantic Council, America Abroad Media, the Association of Diplomatic Studies and Training, the American School of Classical Studies in Athens, the Appeal of Conscience Foundation, the Boston Committee on Foreign Relations, and the Gennadius Library. From 2014-2017, he was a member of Secretary of State John Kerry’s Foreign Affairs Policy Board at the U.S. Department of State. He is Vice Chairman of the American Ditchley Foundation and serves on the Panel of Senior Advisors at Chatham House: the Royal Institute of International Affairs. He is a member of the Committee on Conscience of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. He is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Order of Saint John and Red Sox Nation.

Professor Burns served in the United States government for 27 years. As a career Foreign Service Officer, he was Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs from 2005 to 2008; the State Department’s third-ranking official when he led negotiations on the U.S.–India Civil Nuclear Agreement; a long-term military assistance agreement with Israel; and was the lead U.S. negotiator on Iran’s nuclear program. He was U.S. Ambassador to NATO (2001–2005), Ambassador to Greece (1997–2001) and State Department Spokesman (1995–1997). He worked for five years (1990–1995) on the National Security Council at the White House where he was Senior Director for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia Affairs and Special Assistant to President Clinton and Director for Soviet Affairs in the Administration of President George H.W. Bush. Burns also served in the American Consulate General in Jerusalem (1985–1987) where he coordinated U.S. economic assistance to the Palestinian people in the West Bank and before that, at the American embassies in Egypt (1983-1985) and Mauritania (1980 as an intern).

Professor Burns has received 12 honorary degrees, the Presidential Distinguished Service Award, the Secretary of State’sDistinguished Service Award, the Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service from the Johns Hopkins University, the Boston College Alumni Achievement Award, and the Jean Mayer Global Citizenship Award from Tufts University. He hasa Bachelor of Arts in History from Boston College (1978), a Master of Arts in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (1980), and earned a Certificat Pratique de Langue Française at the University of Paris-Sorbonne (1977). He was a visiting Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars in summer 2008.

2018 Guest Speaker
Robert Gates

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

Robert Gates served as the 22nd secretary of defense (2006-2011) and is the only secretary of defense in U.S. history to be asked to remain in that office by a newly elected President. President Barack Obama is the eighth president Gates has served. He previously served under President George W. Bush.

On Gates’ last day in office, President Barack Obama awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America’s highest civilian honor.

Before becoming secretary of defense in 2006, Gates was the president of Texas A&M University, the nation’s seventh largest university. Prior to assuming the Texas A&M presidency on August 1, 2002, he served as interim dean of the George Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M from 1999 to 2001.

Gates joined the Central Intelligence Agency in 1966 and spent nearly 27 years as an intelligence professional. During that period, he spent nearly nine years at the National Security Council, the White House, serving four presidents of both political parties.

Gates served as director of Central Intelligence from 1991 until 1993. He is the only career officer in CIA’s history to rise from entry-level employee to director. He served as deputy director of Central Intelligence from 1986 until 1989 and as assistant to the President and deputy national security adviser at the White House from January 20, 1989 until November 6, 1991, for President George H.W. Bush.

Gates has been awarded the National Security Medal, the Presidential Citizens Medal, has three times received the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal, and has three times received CIA’s highest award, the Distinguished Intelligence Medal. In April, 2016, he became the inaugural recipient of the Zbigniew Brzezinski Annual Prize, in recognition of his distinguished record of promoting the importance of geostrategic thinking with a transcending moral purpose.

He has authored three memoirs - Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War (2014), a straightforward, vividly written account of his experience serving Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, From the Shadows: The Ultimate Insider’s Story of Five Presidents and How They Won the Cold War (1996) which details his career as a CIA officer at the center of power during a time when the threat of global annihilation informed America’s every move, and A Passion for Leadership: Lessons on Change and Reform from Fifty Years of Public Service (January 2016), in which Gates draws on years of exceptional experience to offer readers a powerful, informative and pragmatic look at leadership.

Until becoming secretary of defense, Gates served as chairman of the independent trustees of The Fidelity Funds, the nation’s largest mutual fund company, and on the board of directors of NACCO Industries, Inc., Brinker International, Inc. and Parker Drilling Company.

Gates currently serves on the board of directors of Starbucks and is partner in the consulting firm, RHG LLC, with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and others. He has also served on the board of directors and executive committee of the American Council on Education, the board of directors of the National Association of State Universities and Land- Grant Colleges. He has also been president of the Boy Scouts of America, and the National Eagle Scout Association.

A native of Kansas, Gates received his bachelor’s degree from the College of William & Mary, his master’s degree in history from Indiana University and his doctorate in Russian and Soviet history from Georgetown University. Gates was installed as chancellor of the college of William & Mary, beginning in February 2012. He is the first William & Mary alumnus in the modern era to serve as chancellor of the college.

In 1967, he was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force and served as an intelligence officer at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri.

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Antitrust Compliance Reminder

Argus takes compliance with antitrust law seriously. The purpose of the Argus Americas LPG Summit is to provide a high-level update on changes taking place in the LPG market including supply/demand fundamentals, North American infrastructure dynamics as well as understanding the complexities of global trade flows. The conference sessions will follow the agenda as circulated.

Argus reminds all participants of the need to be mindful of the requirement to comply with antitrust and competition laws. There should be no discussion of any matters relating to competition among participants, including discussion of individual prices, rates or market strategies and no exchange of information concerning any other competitive aspect of an individual company’s operation. Should any participant to this conference attempt to initiate a discussion with other participants on any of these matters, we recommend that other participants end the conversation immediately and at all times act in accordance with their own antitrust compliance policies and all applicable laws.

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Delegates are responsible for their hotel, travel and visa arrangements. Event room rates are available on a first-come, first-served basis.


The organizers will not accept liability for non-approval of visas, individual transport de¬lays and transport disruption. In such circumstances, our normal cancellation rules and penalties apply. Where matters beyond the reasonable control of the organizers impair or prevent the organizers from being able to perform any activities relating to this event, each delegate releases the organizers from any liability, relating to such events.


2018 Speakers
Michael D. Cohen Head of Energy Markets Research at Barclays Capital
Michael Cohen, Head of Energy Commodities, Barclays

Michael Cohen is a Director and Head of Energy Markets Research at Barclays and is responsible for the firm’s oil and natural gas market forecasts. Based in New York, Mr. Cohen is also responsible for the firm’s research covering upstream, midstream, and downstream developments in North American energy markets. He is the lead author of Barclays’ flagship oil market monthly publication, The Blue Drum, and he also advises top management of Barclays’ broad reaching client base on global energy market developments. He is also a consultant to the National Intelligence Council and has been invited to speak to graduate students at Stanford, Columbia, and Georgetown University.

Prior to joining Barclays Capital in August 2013, Mr. Cohen spent two years as a senior member of the Oil Industries and Markets Division at the International Energy Agency (IEA), where he was a principal author of the industry benchmark Oil Market Report and Medium Term Oil Market Report. Mr. Cohen also worked for seven years with the US Department of Energy as an economist with the Energy Information Administration and with the Office of Policy and International Affairs. He also has experience in gas and power markets as a trading desk analyst for American Electric Power and as a consultant on electricity market design with LECG.

Mr. Cohen received an MA in International Economics from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies in Russian and Eurasian Affairs, and a BSBA in Economics and BA in Political Science from The Ohio State University. He is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Hemal Sanghani
Hemal Sanghani,
Chief Executive Officer, Arihant Global

Hemal Sanghani has more than 2 decades of experience in Energy & Petrochemicals Trade with a special focus on Indian subcontinent. He was formerly Head of India / South Asia for Energy & Petrochemicals with FORTUNE 500 Giants like SK Group ( of South Korea ), Tomen Corp (now Toyota Group) etc. & since 2001 has been representing FORTUNE 500 Global Energy majors like SK Group, Total Oil , Nynas etc. for Indian since last 15 years.

He is an International Speaker on Energy & Petrochemicals Industry at Global Conferences, is Advisor on Strategy with a keen interest in Geopolitics.

His Company advises & helps FORTUNE 500 Giants on how to navigate & penetrate complicated Indian & Middle East market handling their Products Marketing & Research. For Clients he is involved in developing a Stable & Competitive Sourcing / Strategy.
Cecile Nourigat
Cécile Nourigat, Autogas Manager, World LPG Association

Ms Cécile Nourigat is the World LPG Association (WLPGA) Autogas Manager since January 2016. She is responsible for the promotion of LPG as transport fuel globally through advocacy and communications activities. Prior to joining the LPG sector, she worked in a public affairs consultancy in Brussels, running political communications campaigns on a variety of issues linked to the European Union environment, transport and energy policy.

Cécile holds a post-graduate degree from the College of Europe in Bruges (Belgium) and also obtained a Master’s degree in political science in France.
Luis Landeros
Luis Landeros,
President, LPGas Distributors Association

Luis Landeros serves as the president of the board for the LPGas Distributors Association (ADG) in Mexico. He has more than 25 years of experience with retail and consumer distribution companies, serving in project leadership, sales management, sales development, consulting and marketing management, and chief executive positions. The ADG serves to promote and advocate common interest of the four biggest LPG distribution groups of Mexico, concentrating 250 companies with 45 percent of the total market share, nationwide. The ADG actively participated in the elaboration of the Secondary Laws for the Mexican Energy Reform with the Secretariat of Energy, including its Hydrocarbon Regulation, Administrative Rulings and Official LPGas Standards. 
David Schultz
David Schultz,
Gas and Power, New World Fuel

Mr. Schultz’s nearly 40 years of experience in energy has included senior positions in power generation, natural gas pipeline and storage, and LNG segments of the industry. In power generation, he has lead the development of power projects totaling more than $5 billion. In the natural gas industry, he has played a key role in the development, permitting and construction of $2 billion worth of pipeline and gas storage projects. He started Pivotal LNG, a leading merchant provider of LNG. Currently he is a partner in New World Fuel which is a leading importer of LNG, propane and refined products to Mexico.

Mr. Schultz holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from San Diego State University. He has served on various non-profit boards including Texas Energy Museum in Beaumont, Texas.
Jay Harbison, Jr., President, 4J Energy, LLC

Bio and photo coming soon
Ross Weisser, VP and Principal, 4J Energy

Bio and photo coming soon
Ing. Nicolas Vukelja Duque, MBA, Industrial Engineer, Maritime Advisors and Developers

Bio and photo coming soon
Craig Whitley, Global LPG Analytics Team Leader, BP
Craig Whitley, President and Chief Executive Officer, World Energy Consultants, LLC

Craig Whitley is President and CEO of World Energy Consultants, LLC. After 45 years of experience working in the U.S. NGL and global LPG industries, Craig recently retired as the Global NGL Analytics leader for BP and launched World Energy Consultants to provide market analysis, feasibility studies, due diligence support, merger acquisition analysis, custom studies, expert testimony, workshops and training programs for private, public and state-owned energy companies. Prior to joining BP in 2010, Craig was a senior partner at the international energy consulting firm of Purvin & Gertz for 18 years. Craig joined Purvin & Gertz in 1993 and headed the company’s LPG consulting practices in Latin America and Southeast Asia, and is well known for his analysis of North American NGL markets.

Craig is an expert in international LPG markets, having conducted and led consulting assignments in 49 different countries during his 18-year tenure at Purvin & Gertz. He was also very instrumental at growing Purvin & Gertz market forecasting services as founder and Senior Editor of Purvin & Gertz’ North America NGL Market Outlook, Global LPG Market Outlook and Latin America LPG Market Outlook multi-client studies for many years. Immediately prior to his employment with Purvin & Gertz, Craig was President of Bonner & Moore Market Consultants, an international energy-consulting firm headquartered in Houston, TX. During his career he has served as chief executive of several energy firms in the LPG business, including BruinGas, Inc., Trio Energy Company, Trio Chemical Company and Aero Energy, Inc.

Craig’s LPG industry expertise and knowledge encompasses many areas of interest that highlight his widespread industry experience, including: market analysis and forecasting, supply acquisition and distribution, gas processing, LPG and NGL trading and marketing, technical analysis, aerosol propellant production and international LPG trade.

Craig lives in Houston, is married and has 4 children. He holds separate B.S. degrees in Chemistry and Zoology and received his MBA from Ole Miss.  
Ajey Chandra
Ajey Chandra, Vice President, Managing Director, Muse Stancil, & Co.

Mr. Ajey Chandra is a Director of the firm and the Managing Director of the Houston office of Muse, Stancil & Co. where he also leads the Midstream practice area for the firm. Mr. Chandra joined Muse in 2014 after 28 years of experience in various facets of the midstream industry, including operations, engineering, business development, management, and consulting. Mr. Chandra has had a wide variety of assignments covering all aspects of the energy industry during his career, and has had several long term expatriate assignments overseas, including Europe and Southeast Asia. Mr. Chandra’s operating, consulting and management experience includes working at Amoco, Purvin & Gertz, Hess and NextEra Energy Resources prior to joining Muse Stancil. Mr. Chandra has a BS in Chemical Engineering from Texas A&M University and an MBA from the University of Houston. Mr. Chandra has also attended Executive Education classes at Harvard University, and is a Professional Engineer in Texas.
Oeyvind Lindeman, Chief Commercial Officer, Navigator Gas

Bio and photo coming soon
Robert Campbell
Robert Campbell,
Head of Oil Products Research, Energy Aspects

Robert heads up coverage of global oil products markets. Prior to joining Energy Aspects, Robert worked as an energy journalist for nearly 14 years for Reuters, Petroleum Argus and other publications, where he reported on oil markets and trends from Latin America, London, and New York in addition to temporary assignments worldwide. Most recently he was Oil Markets Columnist at Reuters. Robert holds an MA from McMaster University and a BA from McGill University and is based in New York.
Paige Morse
Paige Morse,
VP, Propylene & Derivatives, Argus

Paige Morse is responsible for market intelligence and analysis for propylene and related derivatives. She has 25 years in experience in the chemical industry in the US and Europe, and joined Argus in 2016.

She is a strategic thinker with broad experience in business development and corporate planning in chemical and energy markets. Paige has worked in R&D, business development, and marketing at Shell, Dow, Sunoco and Clariant. She has worked on several M&A projects throughout her career, with a focus on acquisition targeting, market and technology assessment, and asset integration. Paige has PhD in chemistry from the University of Illinois, and a Bachelor of Arts from Kenyon College in Ohio.
David Appleton
David Appleton, Senior Analyst, Argus

David Appleton is a Senior Analyst at Argus, specialising in LPG. He is responsible for delivery of the global and European LPG statistical reviews that Argus publishes in partnership with WLPGA each year, as well as editing the Argus LPG Outlook and contributing to Argus LPG World among other projects.. Prior to joining Argus, David spent six years at the European LPG Association, where in his role as public affairs manager, he promoted and defended the interests of the downstream European LPG sector in the Brussels energy policy sphere. David holds a BscEcon in Politics and Economics and a Masters in International Development.

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