21 May - 23 May 2018
Houston, Texas

Argus North American Natural Gas Markets

Pre-conference Day & LNG Workshop

Start End
  • 13:00
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  • 13:30
  • Registration
  • 13:30
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  • 17:00
  • LNG Pre-Conference Workshop - *An additional $295 fee applies
  • 13:30
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  • 15:00
  • Session 1: Global LNG Supply, Demand and US Policy Impacts David Givens - Head of Natural Gas and Power Services, North America, Argus

- 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?

Speakers:
Trevor Sikorski,
Head of Natural Gas and Carbon Research, Energy Aspects
Mikhail Antonov,
President and Managing Director, Gazprom Marketing and Trading
Charlie Riedl,
Vice President, NGSA and Executive Director, Center for LNG

  • 15:00
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  • 15:30
  • Break
  • 15:30
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  • 17:00
  • Session 2: US LNG Exports, Infrastructure and Trading Developments David Givens - Head of Natural Gas and Power Services, North America, Argus
- US LNG export trends: How much LNG is the US currently exporting and what might we see in the future? What factors are impacting US export dynamics?
- 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?
- 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?

Speakers:
Matthew Hong,
Director of Research, Power and Gas, Morningstar
John Baguley,
Chief Operating Officer, LNG Limited
Kirk Kinnear,
Principal, GPD Systems
  • 17:00
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  • 19:00
  • Opening Night Reception - Open to all registered delegates

Day 1

Start End
  • 07:00
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  • 08:30
  • Registration and Breakfast
  • 08:30
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  • 08:35
  • Chairman's Opening Remarks Jason Womack - Editor, Argus Natural Gas Americas, Argus
  • 08:35
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  • 09:20
  • Keynote Address & Fireside Chat Alan Armstrong - President and Chief Executive Officer, Williams
Opportunities in North America’s Natural Gas Market and Gas Infrastructure Developments
  • 09:20
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  • 09:30
  • Break
  • 09:30
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  • 10:30
  • Session 1: The Future of North American Gas Production Jason Womack - Editor, Argus Natural Gas Americas, Argus

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?


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

  • 10:30
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  • 11:00
  • Break
  • 11:00
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  • 12:00
  • Session 2: Panel Discussion - The Future of Natural Gas in an Uncertain Regulatory Environment David Givens - Head of Natural Gas and Power Services, North America, Argus

- 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?

 

Speakers:
Dena Wiggins,
President and CEO, NGSA
Jessica Keiser,
Senior Vice President, ES&H, Targa Resources
Taylor Holcomb,
Senior Associate, Vinson & Elkins LLP
  • 12:00
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  • 13:30
  • Lunch
  • 13:30
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  • 14:30
  • Session 3: Panel Discussion - The Future of Blockchain in Natural Gas Trading Joe Graham - VP Americas, Natural Gas, Argus
- 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?

Speakers:
John Kingston,
Executive Editor, Freight Waves
Mike Prokop,
Managing Director, Deloitte
  • 14:30
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  • 15:00
  • Break
  • 15:00
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  • 16:30
  • Session 4: An Update on Mexico's Market Joe Graham - VP Americas, Natural Gas, Argus
- 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?

Speakers:
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
  • 16:30
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  • Chairman's Closing Remarks Joe Graham - VP Americas, Natural Gas, Argus
  • 16:30
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  • 17:30
  • Pre-game Cocktails and Shuttle to Astros Game
*Shuttle will depart at 5:30 PM
  • 18:00
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  • Astros vs. San Francisco Giants
Minute Maid Park
501 Crawford St.
Houston, TX 77002

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

Day 2

Start End
  • 07:30
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  • 08:30
  • Registration and Breakfast
  • 08:30
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  • 09:00
  • Presentation: Natural Gas Indexation David Givens - Head of Natural Gas and Power Services, North America, Argus
What role does Argus play in the natural gas market? 
  • 09:00
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  • 10:00
  • Session 5: Natural Gas Pipelines, Transportation Flows and Project Updates David Givens - Head of Natural Gas and Power Services, North America, Argus

- 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?

Speakers:
Bernadette Johnson,
Vice President - Market Intelligence, Drillinginfo
Todd White,
Director, Business Development & Transportation Services, Iroquois Pipeline Operating Company
Jeff Welch,
President, NAmerico Energy Holdings LLC

  • 10:00
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  • 10:30
  • Break
  • 10:30
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  • 11:30
  • Session 6: Gas Demand for Power Generation David Givens - Head of Natural Gas and Power Services, North America, Argus
- 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?

Speakers:
Tim Sherwood,
Vice President Gas Supply Operations, Southern Company Gas
Jerry McPherson,
Energy Markets Segment Manager, SoCalGas
  • 11:30
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  • 12:30
  • Session 7: Natural Gas Demand Centers David Givens - Head of Natural Gas and Power Services, North America, Argus
- 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?

Speakers:
Steve Weber,
Vice President, Petrochemical Consulting, Argus
Matthew Feighner,
Manager, Regional Sales, Clean Energy Fuels Corp.
  • 12:30
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  • Chairman's Closing Remarks David Givens - Head of Natural Gas and Power Services, North America, Argus