15 February - 17 February 2023
In-person: Houston, Texas, US & Online Access

Argus Americas Crude Summit

Tour and Focus Day

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  • 09:00
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  • 10:00
  • Registration and breakfast
  • 10:00
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  • 10:45
  • Magellan Midstream Partners Presentation
Marriott Marquis Houston
  • 11:00
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  • Bus departs for Magellan East Houston Terminal
  • 11:00
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  • 13:00
  • Facility tour
*Prior registration required, all guests are subject to approval
  • 13:00
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  • Lunch for tour participants and networking

Argus Insights Focus Day

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  • Argus insights focus day: Navigating today’s oil markets
Join the Argus business development, consulting, and editorial teams for exclusive Argus insights on today’s oil markets. This focus day will provide you with the fundamental knowledge needed to navigate today’s markets with an emphasis on changing crude and product trade flows, impacts of geopolitical events and policy changes, refining capacity outlooks, energy transition analytics and more.
  • 13:00
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  • 14:00
  • Registration and networking
  • 14:00
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  • 14:30
  • Session 1: Global market recovery and economic outlook
  • Exploring the current geopolitical environment and impacts on US crude flows
  • Examining lasting effects from the global Covid-19 pandemic on market recovery
  • A look at existing sanctions and the impact on future trade relations  
  • 14:30
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  • 15:30
  • Session 2: Changing crude benchmarks
  • How are the world’s crude benchmarks changing as trade flows shifts?
  • What crude pricing solutions exist in various regions?
  • 15:30
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  • 16:00
  • Coffee break
  • 16:00
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  • 17:00
  • Session 3: Future of refining – capacity expansions and the future of demand
  • Global crude and products outlooks
  • Refining expansions and recent capacity additions
  • Energy transition impacts on crude demand
  • 17:00
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  • 19:00
  • Opening reception
*Open to all conference delegates

Keynote addresses | Pricing | Trading

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  • 08:00
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  • 09:00
  • Registration and breakfast
  • 09:00
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  • 09:10
  • Argus welcome address
  • 09:10
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  • 10:00
  • Special guest address
  • 10:10
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  • 10:15
  • Short break
  • 10:15
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  • 10:45
  • Keynote interview: A dynamic global refining market – Navigating today’s supply concerns and tight market conditions
  • With an unpredictable financial and geopolitical environment ahead, how are refiners managing their risk and planning for the future?
  • How have the Ukraine crisis and shifting oil trade flows impacted the sector?
  • What role will regulations play in incentivizing more domestic energy production and security? How can the current administration balance domestic supply concerns with global export opportunities and climate goals?
  • Understanding the importance of feedstocks within business strategy
  • How are energy majors viewing the energy transition and their carbon footprint in today’s market conditions? Have ESG strategies taken a back seat?
  • 10:45
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  • 11:15
  • Keynote interview: Trading perspectives on rebalancing of the market and shifting trade opportunities
  • How have oil trade flows shifted in response to sanctions and the Ukraine crisis? How have trading opportunities changed?
  • Will Russian supply continue to move to Asia-Pacific? Who is competing with Russia to supply China and India?
  • How have higher costs of capital, availability of trade finance and higher margins impacted trade?
  • What other oil trading opportunities exist in today’s market and how might flows change throughout the year?
  • 11:15
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  • 11:45
  • Morning break
  • 11:45
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  • 12:30
  • Session 1: Global oil flows in disarray – Solving the supply crunch and demand shock narrative
  • Russia’s impact on trade flows – how have embargos, a potential price cap and sanctions on Russia overhauled traditional crude trade flows? Will Russian cargos continue to flow east? Who is buying Russian crude and what role will pricing discounts and complicated logistics play?
  • Recessionary concerns – with a potential global recession looming, how will oil markets react? How will OPEC+ production cuts impact global supply balances?
  • Supplying Europe – How will the EU’s embargo and G7 price cap impact trade? Who will help fill the region’s supply gap?
  • The role of energy security – what role will long-term energy security and diversified supply sources play over the next year? How does the energy transition fit into this picture?
  • 12:30
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  • 14:00
  • Networking lunch
  • 14:00
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  • 14:45
  • Session 2: Future of benchmarks
  • How are the world’s crude benchmarks changing as trade flows shift?
  • What will be the impact of including WTI Midland cargoes in the North Sea market?
  • What are the developments for benchmarking in Asia?
  • How are companies benchmarking sour crudes, given disruptions to the trade of Urals?
  • How can companies trade around benchmarks in relation to overall fundamentals?
  • 14:45
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  • 15:30
  • Session 3: US production and export growth in constrained capital markets
  • Future US production levels – with decreasing investment in the sector, how have production levels responded? Will we see investment increase in the US upstream as the market strives to meet demand? Will there be enough US supply to help support European demand?
  • Changing ownership in the upstream – what opportunities exist for private companies entering the upstream market? How has increased consolidation impacted the sector?
  • The role of the SPR in the market – Will we continue to see the Department of Energy play a role in the US upstream? What might this mean for market participants in the long term?
  • 15:30
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  • 16:00
  • Afternoon break
  • 16:00
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  • 16:30
  • Session 4: Financial flows and securing investment amid the energy crisis
  • Understanding the current financial and regulatory environment
  • How is the lack of supply encouraging additional money flows?
  • What role do decarbonization strategies play in new investments?
  • Will we see traditional energy investments increasingly pull back as investors expand their focus on the renewables sector?  
  • 16:30
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  • 17:00
  • Session 5: Canada spotlight – Increasing connectivity and takeaway capacity
  • What is Canada’s role in global oil and energy politics – and potential new influence in the Pacific Rim?
  • What can we expect from the carbon cap and its influence on Canadian production?
  • How can oil sands compete in a world where carbon matters to buyers?
  • Developments in TMX and potential buyers of Canadian crude
  • 17:00
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  • 19:00
  • Reception

Refining | Logistics | Climate Goals

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  • 08:00
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  • 09:00
  • Networking breakfast
  • 09:00
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  • 09:05
  • Chair’s opening remarks
  • 09:05
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  • 09:45
  • Keynote address: A European refiner's perspective – Navigating market conditions and identifying crude sourcing opportunities
  • How have European businesses been impacted by changes in supply?
  • What opportunities exist for US supply into Europe? Who else is supplying the region?
  • What infrastructure gaps exist for better connectivity to the region?
  • What impact does freight have in supplying the region?
  • 09:45
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  • 10:30
  • Session 6: Global refining capacity – new expansions and impacts on crude demand
  • Where do we see increased refining capacity in North America, the Middle East, Europe and Latin America?
  • What opportunities for crude trade exist in China and India?
  • What impact will increasing renewable fuels mandates across the Americas and Europe have on traditional fuels demand? 
  • 10:30
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  • 11:00
  • Morning break
  • 11:00
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  • 11:45
  • Session 7: Latin America – Export opportunities and future supply sources
  • How much Latin American crude supply have we seen move to China, India, South Korea and Japan?
  • Will Asia’s market remain a reliable destination for Latin America barrels in the long term? Can the region continue to compete with West African and Russian barrels?
  • With higher production costs and predictions around waning oil demand, is it still viable to invest in new supply sources in the region?
  • How are Latin American NOCs evolving their trading and marketing capabilities?
  • What is the outlook for Guyana and other emerging sources?
  • 11:45
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  • 12:15
  • Session 8: Port, logistics and trade optimization and the role of midstream expansions
  • How are midstream organizations expanding and viewing new commercial opportunities?
  • How can the US optimize the export market in today’s environment?
  • What developments are happening at the ports of Houston, Corpus Christi, Beaumont, and Loop to increase export efficiencies?
  • How will the completion of the Canadian TMX pipeline impact future exports?
  • 12:15
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  • 13:30
  • Networking lunch
  • 13:30
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  • 14:00
  • Session 9: The increasing importance of carbon capture, utilization and storage in meeting emission reduction goals
  • The upstream community continues to emphasis CCUS technology in reducing emissions from production. What policy and tax incentives exist around the world to increase investment in CCUS? How are producers monetizing these investments?
  • What role will the Inflation Reduction Act play in encouraging more CCUS activity?
  • How are offsets accounted for and what further development is needed to scale up CCUS technology across the globe?
  • 14:00
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  • 15:00
  • Session 10: Decarbonization across the value chain and solutions for the future
  • Have ESG pressures taken the backseat due to higher returns from production and the current supply crisis?
  • How can the industry balance environmental impacts and energy security in today’s market?
  • How might the Inflation Reduction Act impact progress towards decarbonization? Will it help move the needle?
  • What role will lower scope to emissions for offshore production play in evaluating future supply sources?
  • What future role will carbon neutral crude play? In what scenarios will the economics make sense?
  • Can various energy assets including refineries, tanks and pipelines be easily adapted as we move through the energy transition and traditional fuels demand shrinks?
  • 15:00
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  • Closing remarks