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Monday, May 8th: Pre-Conference Day
17:00 - 19:00

Opening Night Casino Reception

Hilton Post Oak 

Network with conference participants while trying your luck at blackjack, roulette, craps and poker! Don't miss this fun-filled reception.

Tuesday, May 9th
07:00 - 08:30

Registration and Breakfast 

08:30 - 08:35 Chairman's Opening Remarks 
08:35 - 09:30

Opening Address and Fireside Chat:

The Impact of the New Administration on US Energy Policy and the Future of Renewable Energy and Natural Gas

Guest speaker:
Bill Richardson
, Governor of New Mexico (2003-2010), Former U.S. Energy Secretary, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and Member of the U.S. House of Representatives

Moderator: Euan Craik, CEO Americas, Argus
09:30 - 09:45


09:45 - 11:15 Session 1: Production, Pricing and Politics – The Changing Natural Gas Landscape

  • What basins are key growth areas and what areas are in transition or decline? What is the future of drilling economics in the next six months to a year? How has the decline in oil drilling impacted associated gas production and what will this dynamic look like in the future? 
  • What short and long-term natural gas price forecasts have been projected? Will $4 gas in 2017 become a reality? How have coal plant retirements, LNG exports, Mexico’s market and industrial demand impacted pricing and what is the outlook for the future? 
  • Looking forward – An outlook for production: What are the growth opportunities for natural gas in North America? How has increased industrial demand in the Midwest, coal plant retirements and Mexico’s market impacted production growth and economics?

Porter Bennett, Board Member & Executive Energy Advisor, Drilling Info
Andrew Bradford, CEO, BTU Analytics
Brian Pieri, Marketing, Natural Gas, NGLs and Crude, LINN Energy

Moderator: David Givens, Head of Natural Gas and Power Services, North America, Argus 

11:15 - 11:45 


11:45 - 13:00  Session 2: Supplying Mexico’s Market

  • What E&P investments are being made in Mexico? How much production will come from the domestic market and how will gas prices impact new drilling activity?
  • What is the outlook for natural gas demand from Mexico through 2020? What sectors will be key areas of demand growth? How much gas will be supplied by the US versus other regions? How might the Trump administration impact exports to this market? 
  • Who is investing in pipeline and transportation infrastructure and how much capacity is projected to come online? What are the current routes to market? How will regulatory uncertainty impact infrastructure projects?

Rosanety Barrios, Head of Industrial Transformation Policy Unit, SENER
Guillermo Turrent,
CEO, CFE Internacional and CFEnergia
Santiago Garcia,
CEO, Santa Fe Gas

Moderator: Ken Irvin, Partner, Co-Chair Energy Practice Team, Sidley Austin LLP

 13:00 - 14:30


 14:30 - 15:45 Session 3: Panel Discussion - Gas Demand for Power Generation and Competing Fuels

  • What is the future of natural gas demand from utilities under an uncertain Clean Power Plan and coal plant retirements?
  • Will upgraded power generation equipment improve efficiency and decrease future fuel demand?
  • How are wind, hydro and other renewable power sources competing with natural gas generation? How are utilities managing fuel flexibility and changing economics? 
  • What is the status of the regional haze rule and how might this impact utilities in Texas?

Lynda Clemmons, VP Business Solutions, NRG Energy
Craig Adams,
Director of Gas Supply, Calpine Corporation
Tim Sherwood,
Vice President, Gas Supply Operations, Southern Company Gas
Robert Hardman,
Vice President of Fuel Supply, Dynegy

Moderator: Bill Loveless, Co-host, Columbia Energy Exchange

 15:45 - 16:00


 16:00 - 17:00  Session 4: Driving Natural Gas Demand – US Industrial Expansions and Global Consumer Growth

  • How much new methanol and petrochemical processing capacity will be added through 2025? How much natural gas will this sector use and how does gas compete with other feedstock alternatives? Will North America’s methanol market continue to grow or will activity become stagnate because of oversupply?
  • What is the future of growth for the US ammonia and fertilizer markets? Are production economics in the US still attractive to producers? Who is investing in new ammonia and urea expansion projects? Will ammonia imports into the US continue to decline?

Dave McCaskill
, VP Methanol & Derivative Services, Argus
Mike Hamm, Manager, Raw Materials, CF Industries

Moderator: Steve Weber, Vice President, Petrochemical Consulting, Argus 

 17:00 - 17:30 Bus Departs for Minute Maid Park 
 17:30 - 22:00

Baseball Outing: Astros vs. Braves

Minute Maid Park - 501 Crawford St, Houston, TX 77002
*Complimentary transportation to be provided 

Wednesday, May 10th 
07:30 - 09:00

Registration and Breakfast

09:00 - 09:05 Chairman's Opening Remarks and Summary of Day One 

David Givens, Head of Natural Gas and Power Services, North America, Argus
09:05 - 09:15 Presentation: The Shale Revolution Spurs New Indexes - An Update on the Role of Argus in the Natural Gas Market

Speaker: David Givens, Head of Natural Gas and Power Services, North America, Argus
09:15 - 10:45 Session 5: North America’s Role in the Global LNG Market – Will there be Enough Demand to Meet New Export Capacity? 

  • Global demand and competition: How is supply from Australia and Qatar competing with the US? How will Mexican and South American LNG demand impact the market and pricing? 
  • How much LNG export capacity will the US have access to in the next four years? What export terminals and projects will come to fruition? 
  • US LNG exports: The impact of US Gulf Coast LNG on the global LNG trade and potential evolution of USGC as a LNG hub/benchmark. Typical destination markets for US LNG and changing landscape of global LNG demand especially the emergence of new demand centers.
David Givens, Head of Natural Gas and Power Services, North America, Argus
Lance Goodwin,
Director, Business Development, Freeport LNG
Ajay Batra,
Senior Vice President, Redwood Markets, LLC

Moderator: David Givens, Head of Natural Gas and Power Services, North America, Argus
10:45 - 11:15


11:15 - 12:45
Session 6: Session 6: Changing Pipeline and Transportation Flows – Perspectives from Interstate Pipeline Companies on Staying Competitive in North America’s Market

  • What is the most efficient way to move supply from the northeast to the midcontinent, southeast and Gulf coast? How will pipeline delays in this region impact transportation dynamics? 
  • An update on gas pipeline infrastructure in the Midcontinent and a look at Gulf coast demand.
  • What new pipelines are scheduled to come on line and which ones have been delayed? What investments still need to be made to better connect changing supply and demand markets? 

Ajey Chandra,
Managing Director, Muse, Stancil & Co.
Jill Edwards, Vice President, Producer Services, Boardwalk Pipeline Partner, LP
Doug Walker, Vice President Business Development, Tallgrass Energy

Moderator: David Givens, Head of Natural Gas and Power Services, North America, Argus

12:45 - 14:00


14:00 - 14:30

Presentation: Coming Out of Winter

What weather trends and forecasts can the natural gas industry use to best plan for the year ahead?

Speaker: Matthew Rogers, Founder & President, Commodity Weather Group

Moderator: David Givens, Head of Natural Gas and Power Services, North America, Argus

14:30 - 15:00 Presentation: US Storage Markets – New Opportunities and Challenges 

  • Where are new storage facilities being invested in and developed? Will Mexico’s increased demand lead to new storage opportunities? Is more storage still needed in the northeast?

Jed Howard, Director, Business Development, U.S. Storage, Enbridge

Moderator: David Givens, Head of Natural Gas and Power Services, North America, Argus

 15:00  Chairman's Closing Remarks 

David Givens,
Head of Natural Gas and Power Services, North America, Argus 

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