03 十二月 - 05 十二月 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: 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?
  • Re-balancing the US LPG markets and future trading opportunities
  • 09:20
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  • 10:10
  • Leaders panel discussion: Developing and monetizing the LPG market – identifying the main demand drivers and bottlenecks in bringing products to market

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?

  • 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
  • Northeast Asia perspective: Increasing flexibility to increase the use and utilization of LPG
  • How are the market and businesses adapting to open up LPG consumption?
  • Understanding the requirements for products in Asia and future opportunities
  • Building long-term global sustainable partnerships
  • 11:30
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  • 12:00
  • European perspective: Exploring expansion plans in Europe to increase competitiveness
  • 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
  • 12:00
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  • 12:40
  • Panel discussion: Where will products go? Exploring global demand and trading routes with interrelated markets including the US, Europe, southeast Asia, India and the Far East

This panel will identify global LPG demand and explore new trading routes that will re-balance the global landscape

  • Is there enough international demand to soak up oversupply in the US?
  • What new trading routes are emerging globally — what opportunities are there?
  • Will Asia become saturated with LPG supply from global regions — how much supply will be from the US?
  • 12:40
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  • 14:00
  • Networking lunch

LPG pricing and trading platforms

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  • 14:00
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  • 14:30
  • Overcoming price volatility issues to improve planning and future strategy
  • Reviewing the impact that crude and gas prices have had on LPG pricing
  • How is liquidity currently impacting the trading landscape?
  • Exploring butane, propane and ethane pricing and how they correlate
  • 14:30
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  • 15:00
  • Building an exchange for trade and hedging, and reducing risk exposure
  • Creating liquidity in the market as a result of global supply and demand fundamentals
  • Looking at current trading platforms and increasing transparency
  • How are companies hedging to reduce risk?

Midstream investment strategies to take advantage of LPG and NGLs

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  • 15:00
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  • 15:30
  • 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
  • 15:30
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  • 16:00
  • Afternoon coffee and networking
  • 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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  • 17:00
  • Expanding pipeline networks and logistical networks at the hub
  • Identifying new pipeline expansions for LPG distribution and linking to storage
  • What new investments are taking place at logistical hubs?
  • Understanding how new networks are improving operational efficiency
  • 17:00
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  • 17:10
  • Chairperson’s closing remarks
  • 17:10
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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 propane
  • 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

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?

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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?
  • 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
  • South Korea case study: Switching to advantageous LPG — where will supply come from?
  • Exploring the changing petrochemical landscape in South Korea
  • What does the LPG switch mean for naphtha crack spreads?
  • Weighing up the options for supply markets, including the US, Canada and Iran
  • 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