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Argus Petrochemical Summit 2017

*topics, speakers and session timing are subject to change

Thursday, March 23
07:30 - 08:30 
Registration & Breakfast 
08:30 - 08:35 Welcome Remarks and Introduction

Chuck Venezia, Senior Vice President, Petrochemicals, Argus
08:35 - 09:00  Presentation: Ethane and Naphtha Competition

The long-awaited wave of ethane-based ethylene production is about to enter the market. As the U.S. exports its ethylene advantage, the global petrochemical industry will be confronted with competitive pressures in other regions, supply reductions of cracker co-products, and logistical constraints.

Eric Smith, Associate Director, Energy Institute, Tulane University 
09:00 - 09:30 Presentation: Changing Ethylene Dynamics

The first wave of shale driven new builds of ethylene and polyethylene is almost here. Where will this new product go and can the market absorb it? How will this impact the global ethylene market?

Jimmy Levine, Vice President, Olefins - Ethylene, Argus
09:30 - 10:00 

Keynote Presentation: Global Styrene Outlook

Global styrenics margins remain strong. Will new capacity announcements in China impact styrene exporters?

Brad Crocker
, CEO, Americas Styrenics
10:00 - 10:30
Morning Break
10:30 - 12:15 Session 1: Shifts in Feedstock Demand and the Impact on Cracker Co-Products

  • Propylene Production - Diversity Reigns: Changes in cracker feedslates are but one consideration in the dynamic propylene market. Trends in regional and end-use demand will be discussed in the context of evolving propylene processes.
  • Butadiene – Supply growth in the US and the impact on trade flow: The expansion of ethane crackers in the US will add substantially more BD supply over the next three years. Can this new BD supply be consumed in North America? How will this impact global trade flows? 
  • Benzene: The new wave of gas ethylene crackers will continue to limit pygas supplies in an already short US benzene market. Is there enough excess pygas in the world to supply US extraction units? Can refinery streams fill this gap?
Paige Marie Morse, PhD, Vice President, Propylene and Derivatives, Argus
Paul Brisson,
Vice President, C4 Olefins and Derivatives, Argus
Paco Rangel,
Vice President, Aromatics, Argus
12:15 - 13:30 Lunch
13:30 - 14:30 Session 2: Outlets for North American Olefins Derivatives

  • China: Can China's polymer demand accommodate US imports and new domestic production from coal-to-olefins units?
  • Europe: Will Europe’s investment in feedstock flexibility and future use of LPG make Asia’s export market more attractive? How will European producers counteract competitive pressures from US polyolefin production? What logistical constraints is this market facing?
Anu Agarwal, Business Development Manager, Asia, Argus
Sarah Rae,
Vice President, Propylene, Polymers & Derivatives, Argus
14:30 - 15:30 Session 3: Logistical and Infrastructure Constraints

How is North America’s petrochemical market preparing for increased capacity and exports? What investments are being made and what still needs to be done to increase supply chain efficiencies?

Dan Penovich, President, Mitsui Rail Capital
Bruce Mann, Director, Freight Mobility, Port of Houston Authority
15:30 - 16:00 Afternoon Break 
16:00 - 17:00 Panel Discussion: Feedstocks Optimization

How are petrochemical producers optimizing their feedslates to remain competitive in today’s market?

Steve Weber, Vice President, Petrochemical Consulting, Argus
Almir Cotias, Strategy, Marketing and Planning Director, Base Petrochemicals, Braskem
Peter Kaestner,
Vice President - Feedstocks, Reliance Holding USA
17:00 - 19:00  Cocktail Reception

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