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Monday, May 21: Pre-conference Day & LNG Workshop
13:00 - 13:30 Registration
13:30 - 17:00  LNG Pre-Conference Workshop:

*An additional $295 fee applies
13:30 - 15:00 Session 1: Global LNG Supply, Demand and US Policy Impacts 

  • Global LNG supply: How will US supply compete with supply from Qatar, Australia and other exporting countries? Will Russia continue to dominate Europe’s import market? 
  • LNG demand sectors: Will Asia-Pacific continue to be the largest LNG importer? How much LNG demand will come from power generation, bunkering and transportation markets? 
  • US LNG policy: What political hurdles is the US LNG market currently facing? 
Trevor Sikorski, Head of Natural Gas and Carbon Research, Energy Aspects
Mikhail Antonov,
President and Managing Director, Gazprom Marketing and Trading
Charlie Riedel,
Vice President, NGSA and Executive Director, Center for LNG
15:00 - 15:30
15:30 - 17:00 Session 2: US LNG Exports, Shipping and Trading Developments

  • US LNG export infrastructure developments: What is the current state of US export infrastructure? How much export capacity will the US have in the next few years? 
  • Global LNG shipping and storage trends: What impact will FSRUs and floating storage have on the market and what benefits does this provide over traditional methods? Are there enough vessels available to move LNG? What trends might we see in shipping rates? 
  • An outlook for LNG pricing and trading developments: What are the advantages of launching an LNG futures contract? How are US spot and physical forward LNG markets developing? 
John Baguley, Chief Operating Officer, LNG Limited
Matthew Hong, Director of Research, Power and Gas, Morningstar
Kirk Kinnear, Principal, GPD Systems, llc
 17:00 - 19:00 Opening Night Reception 

Tuesday, May 22: Day 1
07:00 - 08:30 Registration and Breakfast
08:30 - 08:35 Chairman's Opening Remarks 
08:35 - 09:15 Keynote Address and Fireside Chat

Opportunities in North America’s Natural Gas Market and Gas Infrastructure Developments

Speaker: Allan Armstrong, President and Chief Executive Officer, Williams
09:15 - 10:30

Session 1: The Future of North American Gas Supply 

  • Associated gas production from the Permian: At what oil price will we see sufficient associated gas production? What infrastructure needs to be built to better move gas out of the region? 
  • Marcellus and Utica: What is the production outlook for the Marcellus and Utica? What is the status of pipeline takeaway capacity and new projects in the region?

Matthew Hoza,
Senior Energy Analyst, BTU Analytics
Steve Woodward,
Senior Vice President, Business Development, Antero Resources

10:30 - 11:00 Break
11:00 - 12:00

Session 2: Panel Discussion - The Future of Natural Gas in an Uncertain Regulatory Environment

  • Mitigating political hurdles: How can natural gas market participant’s best plan their business needs under political and regulatory uncertainty? 
  • Natural gas infrastructure and pipeline permitting: What delays are infrastructure companies facing in building out new pipelines? What is FERC’s evolving role in the process? 
  • The role of the states and industry in advancing natural gas: How are states taking the lead in advancing alternative and clean burning fuel sources? How are states like California, New York, Oregon and Washington moving towards a greener economy?

Dena Wiggins,
President and CEO, NGSA
More to be announced

12:00 - 13:30 Lunch
13:30 - 15:00 Session 3: An Update on Mexico’s Market

  • Mexico’s new natural gas model: How is Mexico’s gas reform working? Who has joined Mexico’s market and what investments have been made?
  • Demand from Mexico and the impact on US balances: What is the outlook for natural gas demand from Mexico? What industries are fueling this demand? What might increased exports to Mexico mean for the domestic market? 
  • Natural gas trading trends in the region: What gas trading trends are we currently seeing and what might we expect for the future? How is gas currently moving from the US to Mexico and what pipeline and infrastructure updates have we seen?
Nina Fahy, Head of North American Natural Gas, Energy Aspects
Tania Rabasa, Head of Deal Structuring, CFEnergía
Geoff Street, Director de Comercialización, Tenaska Gas de México
15:00 - 15:30 Break
15:30 - 17:00 Session 4: Panel Discussion – The Future of Blockchain in the Natural Gas Trading

  • Blockchain technology – who is developing and utilizing technology?
  • What are the applications of block chain?
  • What are the back office and mid office functions and what markets are most likely to adapt? 
  • Where have we seen blockchain applied and what can be learned?
  • What is next for blockchain developments and what might this mean for the industry?

John Kingston
, Executive Editor, Freight Waves
Mike Prokop, Managing Director, Deloitte 

17:00 Chairman's Closing Remarks 
17:00 - 17:30 Meet in Lobby for Shuttle to Astros Game

*Shuttle will depart at 5:30 PM
18:00 Astros vs. San Francisco Giants

Minute Maid Park
501 Crawford St.
Houston, TX 77002

*Tickets are $65 per person. Must reserve in advance.

Wednesday, May 23: Day 2
07:30 - 08:30 Registration and Breakfast
08:30 - 09:00 Presentation: Natural Gas Indexation

What role does Argus play in the natural gas market? 

Speaker: David Givens, Head of Natural Gas and Power Services, North America, Argus
09:00 - 10:00

Session 5: Natural Gas Pipelines, Transportation Flows and Project Updates

  • Is there enough pipeline capacity to move supply to demand regions?
  • What will future pipeline flows looks like? 
  • What is the status of various pipeline projects? 
Todd White
, Director, Business Development & Transportation Services, Iroquois Pipeline Operating Company
Jeff Welch, President, NAMerico Energy Holdings LLC
More to be announced
10:00 - 10:30 Morning Break
10:30 - 11:30 Session 6: Panel Discussion - Gas Demand for Power Generation

  • How is natural gas competing with solar, wind and hydro sources? Is the southeast still the largest growing demand center? 
  • Are advancing technology and efficiency gains affecting electricity demand? 
  • Do reliability issues exist with utilizing natural gas?
Tim Sherwood,
Vice President Gas Supply Operations, Southern Company Gas
More to be announced

11:30 - 12:30 Session 7: Natural Gas Demand Centers

  • Demand for petrochemical production: Will domestic demand for plastics continue to increase? What other industries might contribute to gas demand? 
  • Natural gas as a transportation fuel: Will we see widespread use of CNG and LNG in the transportation sector? Is LNG a realistic and efficient alternative fuel for the marine industry? 
Steve Weber,
Vice President, Petrochemical Consulting, Argus
Representative from Clean Energy Fuels Corp.
12:30 Chairman's Closing Remarks 

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Join delegates for a night at the ballpark to watch the 2017 World Series Champions, the Houston Astros vs. the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday, May 22nd at 7:10 PM! 

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