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Argus Americas Motor Fuels Summit

Tuesday, January 16
13:00 - 14:30 Registration Opens
14:30 - 17:00 Pre-conference Workshop: Mexican Energy Reform

(Additional registration required- $395) 
14:30 - 15:30
  • Energy reform update- Update, analysis and trends: Take an in depth dive into the relevant challenges and opportunities uncovered since the liberalization of the Mexican market. Join this discussion to hear an overview of how trends in trade have shifted as well as what to expect in the coming year. 
Jaime Brito
Vice President, Pricing and Market Strategies

  • IEPS- A detailed look at taxation crossing the border: What is the legal framework surrounding the excise tax for inland transactions for nationally produced barrels and imports? How do these taxes vary by commodity and what are the government incentives specific to companies? What are the most common excise tax practical issues that the industry faces?
Santiago Llano Zapatero
Ritch Mueller 
15:30 - 16:00 Afternoon Networking Break 
16:00 - 17:00
  • US entry into Mexico from a regulatory perspective: What do transporters vs refiners look for when evaluating the boarder adjustment tax? What are the major considerations around retail permits as well as inspection of refined product imports into Mexico?
  • Infrastructure- current and upcoming projects: What are the restrictions with current infrastructure and what are some of the most vital projects moving forward? Where are the major terminals planned on the border? How will all of this new infrastructure affect importing, transportation and storage as more participants enter the Mexican market?
Esteban Salas
SVP, Refined Products
Windstar LPG
17:00 - 19:00 Welcome Reception

(Open to all conference attendees) 
19:00 - 22:00 Industry Dinner

Join over 150 senior-level crude, LPG and refined products market participants for our annual industry dinner. Stay tuned for speaker announcement.

*$185 per person – tables available for purchase. Please contact

Guest speaker:
Nicholas Burns
  • Former US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs
  • Former US Ambassador to Greece and NATO
  • Former White House Special Assistant 
  • Current Harvard Professor
Wednesday, January 17
07:00 - 08:30 Registration and Morning Breakfast
08:30 - 08:40 Welcome and Opening Remarks
08:40 - 09:30  Opening Keynote Speaker: Grand Ballroom G & J

Robert Gates
  • US Secretary of Defense (2006-2011) 
  • President, Texas A&M University (2002-2006)
  • Director of Central Intelligence (1991-1993) 
  • Deputy National Security Officer (1989-1991)
09:30 - 09:45 Room Switch: All attendees of the Argus Americas Motor Fuels Summit please join us in Grand Ballroom F for the remainder of the day’s sessions.
09:45 - 10:30 Session 1: Refining Industry Health

  • Crude market impact on refined products: How will recent global changes such as Mexican energy reform and Asian demand shifts affect expected global crude production and supply for motor fuels? What is the projected light/heavy spreads spanning the next 12 months and how much shale oil and product is the US anticipated to be exported?
  • Refined product pricing outlook: What is the global appetite for US products and are those figures anticipated to remain steady? How will the abundance of crude in Corpus, Houston and Louisiana impact prices and what effect will Dakota Access have to capacity over the next year? How will this overall impact prices for products throughout 2018?
John Demopoulos
Vice President, North American Refined Products
10:30 - 11:00 Morning Networking Break
11:00 -12:30  Morning Interactive Panel Discussion- Financial Considerations: Join us as we identify and discuss timely market questions including:

  • What are some of the risks people are hedging against price moves and what widely used benchmarks are most likely subject to change? Are there new tools for financial markets that the exchanges will bring on? How will all of this affect your overall hedging strategy? 
  • How can you get more accurate information on the spot market when paper trading and how will upcoming regulations and exchanges impact your ability to enter the paper market? Will Dodd-Frank rolling back impact paper trading and what other regulations should you keep in mind? 
  • What are the financial options derivatives within refined products? What are the benefits of exchange-traded derivatives vs. over-the-counter derivative and how is this expected to shift in near future? 
Mike Davis
Director of Market Development
ICE Futures
12:30 - 14:00 Networking Lunch
14:00 - 15:30 Session 2: Regulations and Regional Focus for Motor Fuels

  • Refining Environmental Credit Planning: This presentation will discuss the refining planning aspects of both state and federal regulations that require the acquisition of environmental credits and impact pricing for products. The regulations that will be covered include The Renewable Fuel Standard, California Low Carbon Fuel Standard, Oregon Clean Fuels Program and Washington Clean Air Rule.
Gwen Mitchell
Manager, Specialty Products - Reg Fuels

  • The Canadian demand for products: What volume of refined products will Canada import and is the Sturgeon Refinery near Edmonton expected to sway this at all? What is the status of DAPL and other planned infrastructure projects in Canada?
  • South American spotlight: How much product will Chile, Venezuela, Peru and Ecuador be importing within the next 12 months? What effect will the liberalization of the Mexican market have on the region and how will this impact global supply and demand balances for the rest of Latin America?
Fidel Farías
Energy Market Consultant and Business Strategy Analyst
PDVSA, Petroleos de Venezuela S.A.
15:30 - 16:00 Afternoon Networking Break 
16:00 - 17:00 Afternoon Interactive Panel Discussion- Motor Fuels Regulations: Join us as we identify and discuss timely market questions.

  • What are the annual price forecasts for RINs and what influences from policy and state incentives should be considered? What are the challenges in navigating an unhedged market and what are the corresponding impacts on buying?
  • How are the opportunities and constraints within the US biofuels market being impacted by renewable fuel standards? What are some of the risk factors and tax credits within RFS’ and how does this impact expectations for these standards moving forward? How will an anti-EPA Trump administration affect this market, will they roll back expectations and what are the potential scenarios? 
  • How is the IMO MARPOL announcement effecting bottom of the barrel products? What will compliance look like, how will regulations be enforced and what will the penalties be come 2020? 
  • What will be the market implications if the Trump administration relaxes CAFE fuel economy standards for cars and light trucks? How will refiners react to this news? 
Paul Niznik
Manager, Biofuels & Environmental
Argus Consulting Services
17:00 - 19:30 Networking Cocktail Reception

(Open to all event attendees)
Thursday, January 18
07:00 - 08:30 Registration and Morning Breakfast 
08:30 - 08:40 Chairperson's Opening Remarks
08:40 - 09:15 Refining Keynote Address: The Future of North America’s Refining Sector: How will Mexico’s energy reform, Trump’s policies and feedstock economics impact the refining sector? How might new marine fuel specifications impact refiners? Where are the global opportunities for US refined products?

Dan Romasko
President and Chief Executive Officer
Motiva Enterprises LLC
09:15 - 10:00 Midstream Keynote Address- Oil Exports and Changing Infrastructure Needs: What opportunities have US oil exports created for the midstream sector? What infrastructure is still needed to best move oil from producing basins to export terminals? Will foreign investors become involved in transportation projects in the US to help expedite larger export volumes?

Stay tuned for the official announcement of our keynote speaker
10:00 - 10:30 Morning Networking Break & Room Switch: All attendees of the Argus Americas Motor Fuels Summit please join us in Grand Ballroom F for the remainder of the day’s sessions.
10:30 - 12:00 Session 3: Alternative Motor Fuels

  • Compressed natural gas as a competing fuel: Will CNG stand the test of time as a fossil fuel substitute? Can this fuel be competitive in the open market prior to, and following the 2020 sulfur regulations? 
  • Advanced Biofuels: All growth in the RFS will now come from advanced biofuels, the vast majority of which will be blended into distillates. How will the Trump EPA’s first RFS rule, Congress’ tax legislation, and the Department of Commerce’s trade actions impact advanced biofuels supply and demand and ultimately drive the broader American distillate market?
Gene Gebolys
Founder, President & CEO
World Energy

  • Electric vehicle demand and future of consumer adoption: What is the outlook for electric vehicle demand over the next year and when can we see real consumer adoption? How will this affect pricing for traditional and alternative fuels? How are electric vehicles providers handling credits and what are their incentives for broader consumer adoption?
12:00 - 12:30 Closing Interactive Panel Discussion- Mexican Energy Reform: A year into liberalization, early adopters and other organizations in the USGC and throughout the globe have only scratched the surface of the real-world potential of this historic shift in policy. During this closing panel discussion we will:

  • Examine ongoing logistics challenges, both existing and planned for moving products into Mexico 
  • Explore legal and tax considerations 
  • Understand end user demand and specification needs
  • Evaluate best practices for moving product across the boarder
Dan Gordon
Executive Vice President, Business Development & Strategy
Delek US Holdings
12:30 Main Conference Concludes

*Program subject to change