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Argus US Natural Gas Markets 2016

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Wednesday, 27 April 2016
16:30 - 19:00

Registration, Speed Networking Wine Tasting and Reception

Get to know your colleagues while enjoying a variety of wines during our speed networking event! Meet 50 - 75 delegates in the course of 45 minutes! A traditional cocktail reception to follow speed networking.

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Thursday, 28 April 2016
07:30 - 09:00

Registration and Continental Breakfast

09:00 - 09:05

Opening Remarks

David Givens, Head of Natural Gas and Power Services, North America, Argus 

09:05 - 10:30 Session 1: Changing Dynamics of Natural Gas Production, Storage and Pricing

  • The future of North America’s gas and oil markets: How will market participants cope with low prices and growing demand? Where will future supplies come from? Where are new supplies going and how will it get there? 
  • An outlook for storage: A prolonged period of low gas prices has cut into the profitability of gas storage. How can operators still turn a profit and adapt to a market that is becoming insulated from seasonal price volatility? 
  • The future of natural gas pricing: Will exports to Mexico, industrial demand growth and emerging LNG exports restore volatility to natural gas prices? Are low gas prices indeed the answer to low prices? 
Dawn Constantin, VP Marketing and Fundamentals, BP
Jed Howard
, Director of Business Development, Spectra Energy
Art Gelber, President, Gelber Corporation
10:30 - 11:00 Morning Break
11:00 - 12:30 Session 2: The Northeast - Pipeline Capacity, Demand Response and Supply

  • Production outlook: The Marcellus and the Utica shale have been the key drivers of US production growth. Will those areas be the sole source of new supplies? What fields will emerge to feed growing demand? Can the US still count on associated gas from oil wells? 
  • Marcellus takeaway capacity: What do bi-directional expansions on key long-haul pipelines mean for markets in the midcontinent and southeast? How will they affect price differentials?
  • Resolving the ethane issue: What role will ethane rejection play in the development of northeast infrastructure? How do low NGL prices complicate the ethane rejection issue?

Bernadette Johnson, Managing Partner, Ponderosa Advisors
David Givens, Head of Gas and Power Services, North America, Argus 
Craig Whitley, President and CEO, World Energy Consultants, LLC

 12:30 - 13:30 Lunch and Presentation 

The Clean Power Plan: What’s happening and why it may not matter

Speaker: Gary Scoggin,
Director of Environmental Strategies, Gelber & Associates

Sponsored by Gelber & Associates 

 13:30 - 14:30

Roundtable Discussions

After lunch, engage in thought provoking, informal discussions with your peers. Each table will have a different topic of conversation. Please select your table of choice while registering for the event.

Featured discussion tables:

  • The Northeast: What is the status of different infrastructure build outs to move natural gas to various end markets and regions? 
  • The Southeast: What are the major challenges in moving supply to this region and how can we overcome them?
  • Perspectives from natural gas buyers: How are natural gas buyers overcoming infrastructure challenges? 
  • Power demand from utilities and alternate energy sources: How is natural gas competing against solar, wind and other alternative sources for power generation?
14:30 - 15:00 Presentation: An Outlook for Natural Gas Production in the Rockies

Brian Pieri,
Commercial Marketing Manager, LINN Energy
 15:00 - 16:00 Session 3: The Upcoming Role of the Southeast – Future Demand and Infrastructure Developments 

  • Southeast demand: What are the new demand centers? How will coal-plant retirements, low gas prices and tougher emissions standards affect this key US growth region?
  • Key infrastructure updates: How will new pipeline projects challenge gas price assumptions in the southeast? How will projects such as Sabal Trail and bi-directional capability on Texas Eastern Transmission and Transcontinental affect the way gas is bought and sold in the US southeast?
Jeff Avery,
Director of Natural Gas, Tennessee Valley Authority
Andrew Bradford, CEO, BTU Analytics
 16:00 - 16:15 Bus Departs for Saint Arnold Brewing Company
 16:45 - 19:00

Reception and Tour at Saint Arnold Brewing Company

2000 Lyons Ave.

Houston, TX 77020

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Friday, 29 April 2016
07:30 - 09:00 Continental Breakfast
09:00 - 09:30
Fireside Chat: Exports to Mexico

How will growing demand in Mexico affect gas prices in Texas? Will Mexico’s sweeping energy reform boost indigenous supplies, creating more competition for US gas, or will US become a long-term gas source for demand growth in Mexico?

Beatriz Maney,
Managing Director, OFS Capital LLC
09:30 - 10:30
Session 5: Monetizing Natural Gas - Unconventional Demand Sectors

  • Future petrochemical capacity: Will new petrochemical and methanol demand have an impact on local markets? How much new petrochemical and methanol capacity is projected to come online in the next few years? What projects are moving forward and which are being delayed?
  • The impact of ammonia projects and fertilizer plants: How much new, US ammonia and fertilizer plant capacity will utilize domestic natural gas? How will natural gas compete with LPG and naphtha for future feedstocks? 

Steve Weber, Vice President, Petrochemicals, Argus DeWitt
Marty Melchi, Director, Raw Materials Procurement, CF Industries

10:30 - 11:00  Morning Break
11:00 - 12:00 Session 6: An Outlook for LNG Export Trends and Terminal Developments

  • LNG exports and global competition: How will US LNG exports compete for a share of the global market? What do low oil prices mean for future North American supply projects? 
  • The future of US LNG export terminals: What do the recent project developments mean for the future of US exports? Where do Canadian and Alaskan LNG fit in the new LNG supply picture?
Nicholas Potter, Vice President Commodities- Natural Gas and LNG, Barclays Investment Bank
Corey Grindal, Vice President Supply and Marketing, Cheniere Energy
12:00 - 12:30  Break and Working Lunch
12:30 - 13:00 Presentation: Gas / Electric Harmonization in Order 809

In this presentation we will review the directive of the FERC Order for gas and electrics, the actions the industry has taken so far, and discuss some of the possible outcomes. This order could impact all industry participants in good ways and bad, depending on which way the decisions go. We will discuss how you can be part of those decisions through several venues.

Speaker: Sylvia Munson, Independent Energy Industry Consultant
13:00 - 14:00 Closing Panel: Structural Changes in the Power Market and the Impact on Natural Gas Demand

  • Gas demand growth for power generation: Are the high levels of coal-to-gas switching evident during the past two years here to stay? How can producers and infrastructure companies address the needs of a power sector that is relying more heavily on gas?
  • The evolving role of gas in the power sector: How do power generators defray the risk associated with a gas-dominated fleet of plants? What opportunities exist outside of traditional price hedges? How are utilities investing in the gas value chain?
  • How will evolving demand for wind and solar power affect gas usage? 
Ken Yagelski,
Managing Director Gas Supply, AGL Resources
Craig Adams,
Director, Gas Supply and Marketing, Calpine Corporation
Joe McCallister
, Director Natural Gas, Oil and Emissions, Duke Energy
14:00 Closing Remarks

David Givens
, Head of Natural Gas and Power Services, North America, Argus

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