03 December - 05 December 2019
Houston, Texas, US

Argus US LPG and Petrochemical Feedstocks

Supply and Demand | Pricing | Midstream Investments

Start End
  • 07:30
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  • 08:40
  • Morning coffee and registration
  • 08:40
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  • 08:50
  • Chairperson’s opening remarks

Unravelling the current LPG market and exploring key industry drivers

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  • 08:50
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  • 09:20
  • Keynote speech: Assessing the role of the US NGL industry in the global energy transition Josh McCall - Head of Long-Term Fundamental Analytics, BP
  • Exploring the current natural gas market and LPG production over the next 12-24 months
  • Opening up new opportunities for LPG in the energy transition
  • How is the natural gas market influencing the LPG industry with supply and pricing?
  • Rebalancing the US LPG markets and future trading opportunities
  • 09:20
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  • 10:10
  • Live polling - Leaders panel discussion: Where will products go? Exploring global supply demand trends and emerging trading routes with interrelated markets - Equinor, AmeriGas Propane

This panel will bring together players from the domestic and global markets of various industries to explore opportunities and drivers for LPG consumption

  • How much new LPG production can be soaked up by the domestic market?
  • What are the main drivers shaping demand for autogas, power generation, marine and cooking?
  • What investments are essential to truly deliver to a global marketplace?
  • How is the supply chain structured and how important is it to build sustainable partnerships?

Panellists:

Stein-Erling Brekke, Trading Manager LPG & Light Ends, Equinor 

Bill Marks, Director of Supply Strategy and Risk Management, AmeriGas Propane  

  • 10:10
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  • 10:30
  • Speed networking
A quick-fire exercise where you'll be introduced to everyone in the room in 20 minutes. A great ice-breaker and opportunity to set up conversations for later on in the show. Don't forget to bring lots of business cards!
  • 10:30
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  • 11:00
  • Morning coffee and refreshments

Global supply and demand trends and finding new trading routes to market

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  • 11:00
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  • 11:30
  • A spotlight on Canada: Understanding LPG business strategies and changing supply dynamics
  • How is the Canadian LPG supply landscape changing and what new routes are there to market?
  • Understanding domestic demand versus global export potential
  • Looking at new midstream investments and timelines for projects
  • 11:30
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  • 12:00
  • Reviewing new regulations in Brazil to increase opportunities for imports of US LPG Marcos Paulo Ferraz - National Supply and Purchasing Manager, Copagaz
  • Investing in a gas cracker and world-scale PDH plant for polymer production
  • How will this affect global supply and demand dynamics?
  • Using cutting-edge technologies to give a competitive and sustainable cost base
  • 12:20
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  • 13:50
  • Networking lunch
  • 13:50
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  • 14:30
  • Consumers panel discussion: Identifying the main global demand drivers and new uses for LPG - Copagaz

This panel will bring together players from the domestic and global markets of various industries to explore opportunities and drivers for LPG consumption

  • What are the main drivers shaping demand for heating, cooking and petrochemicals?
  • Where do we see new demand for autogas and agriculture?
  • What are the main challenges with sourcing LPG from the US?

Panellists:

Agnaldo Inojosa, Operational Director (COO), Copagaz 


LPG pricing and trading platforms

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  • 14:30
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  • 15:00
  • Asian LPG prices and market and their global impact David Appleton - Senior Analyst, Argus
  • Why is Asian pricing so important?
  • How will the Asian market evolve in the coming years?
  • Market trends in Asia and the Middle East and what to expect in the coming year
  • 15:00
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  • 15:30
  • Afternoon coffee and networking

Midstream investment strategies to take advantage of LPG and NGLs

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  • 15:30
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  • 16:00
  • Case study: Increasing fractionation capacity at terminals to increase export potential
  • Adding a fractionation unit to existing facilities to increase production of propane and butane
  • Connecting the units to pipelines and pumping stations
  • Offering integrated services and improving operational efficiency
  • 16:00
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  • 16:30
  • Case study: Investing in a cryogenic processing train to process rich natural gas for the NGL market
  • Understanding project timelines and the new movement towards new technologies
  • Exploring the benefits of cryogenic processing technology for better handling and storage
  • Optimizing processing economics to improve NGL recovery
  • 16:30
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  • 16:50
  • Chairperson’s closing remarks
  • 16:50
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  • Happy hour cocktails followed by networking drinks reception
Join us and event attendees for a celebratory drink and your opportunity to extend your networking into the evening

Terminal Capacity | Petrochemicals | Transport

Start End
  • 08:00
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  • 09:00
  • Morning coffee and networking
  • 09:00
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  • 09:10
  • Chairperson’s opening remarks

Building infrastructure in the hub for export

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  • 09:10
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  • 09:40
  • Terminal expansions to increase the ability to export LPG Jeff Pinter - Executive Vice President, NGL Liquids, NGL Energy Partners
  • Exploring investments at the terminals including processing units, infrastructure and storage
  • Investigating new export routes to ship inexpensive LPG feedstock
  • Overcoming the major bottlenecks at terminals
  • 09:40
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  • 10:10
  • Panel discussion: Building infrastructure to support LPG exports from the US Gulf coast - NGL Energy Partners, Ultragaz

Experts will review the current infrastructure, including terminals, pipelines, trucks, shipping and storage – and will explore the key strategies needed to overcome the main hurdles in supplying LPG into international markets

  • What new investments in pipelines and trucking are needed to improve the supply chain from a supply and demand perspective?
  • How can we improve visibility at terminals, including with shipping and docking space?
  • Where are the major infrastructure bottlenecks?

Panellists:

Jeff Pinter, Executive Vice President, NGL Liquids, NGL Energy Partners
Karin Krugner Constantino Moran, Supply Chain and Logistics Manager, Ultragaz 


  • 10:10
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  • 10:40
  • Using innovative technology to increase LPG capacity for shipping
  • How can companies benefit from containment technology during shipments?
  • Allowing LPG vessels to transport more liquid than competing technologies
  • Increasing operational flexibility and reducing overall costs
  • 10:40
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  • 11:30
  • Mexico case study: Increasing investment in railroad and infrastructure for imports
  • Identifying trading routes from the US and Canada and future import trends
  • Looking at government incentives to increase LPG use for cooking and heating
  • Investing in railroads for transport and storage at ports

Exploring global petrochemical demand

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  • 12:00
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  • 12:30
  • The changing petrochemical feedstock landscape: Naphtha versus LPG competitiveness Steve Weber - Vice President, Petrochemical and Refining Consulting, Argus
  • How is the energy transition impacting feedstock switches globally towards favoring LPG?
  • Reviewing pricing structures for petrochemical feedstocks — how do propane, ethane and naphtha compare?
  • A focus on propylene and ethylene: Pricing and supply/demand dynamics
  • 12:30
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  • 14:00
  • Networking lunch
  • 14:00
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  • 14:30
  • China case study: Exploring growth in the region and petrochemical demand coming online David Wang - Director, Oriental Energy
  • Examining demand and growth expectations due to new PDH capacity in China
  • How is the Chinese-US trade war impacting trade flows and tariffs?
  • Assessing the trading landscape and current freight
  • 14:30
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  • 15:00
  • Canada case study: Building the first PDH-polypropylene (PP) complex in Canada
  • Utilizing locally sourced propane for PP production
  • How will new investments in PP capacity shape the market?
  • Exploring market potential and export routes
  • 15:00
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  • 15:30
  • US case study: Increasing flexibility to meet growing polymer demand in the US
  • Understanding the increasing demand for plastics in the US
  • Investing in cracker expansion and exploring new demand for petrochemical feedstock
  • What new technologies are being used to enhance flexibility?
  • 15:30
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  • 16:00
  • Afternoon coffee and networking

Interactive group roundtables

Start End
  • 16:00
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  • 16:40
  • World cafe roundtables
Sign up to roundtable sessions with like-minded peers — places are limited to ensure maximum interaction

Roundtable 1: Exploring the current infrastructure and investments needed
Roundtable 2: If Asia does not soak up supply, where will products go?
Roundtable 3: Innovations to improve margins and aid industry development

  • 16:40
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  • 16:50
  • Roundtable leader conclusions
  • 16:50
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  • 17:00
  • Chairperson’s closing remarks
  • 17:00
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  • Close of conference