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Pre-Conference Forum - The Ins and Outs of Exports
Waterborne exports of crude, NGL and refined products rose by almost 350% from 2007 to 2017* — and domestic oil production continues to skyrocket, with the U.S. contributing 60% of the 10.3 MMbbl/d of new oil production since 2008. When will midstream infrastructure match production growth? How will on-streaming new LNG facilities impact the U.S.' global exporter status? Does the secret to achieving America's full export potential lie south-of-the-border? Get answers to these questions and more at our pre-conference Exports ForumWednesday, Sept. 19 in the Hemisfair Ballroom at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. Afterward, join your fellow DUG Eagle Ford attendees in the exhibit hall as they network and nosh at the Opening Reception!  
1:00 PM
Welcome & Opening Remarks
Paul Hart, Midstream Editor-at-Large, Oil and Gas Investor
1:05 PM
Opening Address: Can We Fill the Need?
The midstream has a big job ahead. It is answering the call to add vital assets to link the crude oil, NGLs and natural gas flowing from the big shale plays—in particular the Permian and Eagle Ford—with growing markets abroad. Can it be done given the multiple challenges?
John Harpole, Founder & President, Mercator Energy
1:30 PM
Panel: Mission to Mexico
The nation’s southern neighbor has emerged as a substantial customer for U.S. natural gas and petroleum products. But when you cross the border, you will find the energy business to be different, sometimes in surprising ways, according to these panelists with experience working south of the border, down Mexico way.
Chad Smith, Senior Vice President of Terminal Operations, One Cypress Energy
James Bunsey, Director of Operations, Superior Energy Systems
2:10 PM
Spotlight: The Liquefaction Impact
LNG is an important outlet for domestic natural gas production, and U.S. capacity is rapidly increasing. Sabine Pass and Cove Point are online, and Corpus Christi, Elba Island, Cameron and Freeport terminals are under construction. Here’s a look at how this outlet for domestic production is changing the global supply picture.   
2:30 PM
Networking Break
3:00 PM
Operator Roundtable: Plumbing the Shales
These experts discuss the challenges the midstream faces to move the light crude being produced from the shale plays to points of export.
Timothy Brightbill, Trade Counsel, American Line Pipe Producers Association; Partner, Wiley Rein LLP
Brent B. Secrest, Senior Vice President - Commercial, Enterprise Products Partners LP
3:45 PM
Spotlight: Petrochemical Needs
Surging NGL output from the Eagle Ford and other shale plays has fueled a building boom on the Gulf Coast. Here’s an update on what’s happening—and what all these plants need from the midstream.
Greg Haas, Director, Integrated Oil & Gas, Stratas Advisors
4:10 PM
Closing Keynote: America's Port
Waterborne cargoes of crude oil, NGLs and LNG will take U.S. production to destinations in Europe and Asia. This expert discusses the state of the ports, and the projects underway to improve these crucial facilities.
Sean Strawbridge, CEO, Port of Corpus Christi Authority
4:30 PM
Forum Adjourns