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5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Opening Reception
Jump start your conference experience! Pick up your badge early and avoid the lines, then join us at the opening reception for networking, food and drinks on the exhibit hall floor.
7:30 AM
Registration, Breakfast & Networking
8:30 AM
Welcome & Opening Remarks
Paul Hart, Midstream Editor-at-Large, Oil and Gas Investor
8:35 AM
Opening Keynote: The Future Of The Appalachian Plays
What does the future hold for Appalachian natural gas? The region has emerged as one of the world’s top gas-producing provinces, yet challenges loom to the full economic development of the Marcellus and Utica.
Ryan Savage, Vice President & General Manager, Pennsylvania & New York, The Williams Companies Inc.
9:00 AM
Finance Panel: Private Equity To The Rescue
Wall Street may ignore the sector, so where will necessary capital come from? Private equity providers have a growing role in financing the buildout.
Mike Mayon, Partner, Energy Spectrum Capital
James Vallee, Partner, M&A and Energy Practice, Winston & Strawn LLP
10:00 AM
Networking Break
10:40 AM
Operator Spotlight: Connecting The Mountain State
The midstream operator has plans in place to expand its gathering system to link West Virginia producers to the nation’s major gas transmission systems.
11:05 AM
Producer Roundtable: What We Need From The Midstream
Three Appalachian E&P firms talk about what their needs to fully develop the Marcellus and Utica.
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11:45 AM
Spotlight: Another Winter Begins, Is The Gas Market Ready?
The nation’s working gas in storage numbers have been all over the place in the past year, from a new five-year low last winter to the high side of average this summer. What are the gas market’s prospects as a new heating season begins, and what does that mean for the Appalachian plays?
Greg Haas, Director, Integrated Oil & Gas, Stratas Advisors
12:15 PM
Networking Lunch
1:30 PM
Afternoon Keynote: Midstream’s Changing Face
This senior midstream executive outlines where his firm has been—and where it’s going—in the Marcellus and Utica.
Patrice Laporte, Vice President Oil and Gas North America Sales, Siemens
2:00 PM
Operator Panel: Growing With Appalachia
What does the future hold? These midstream executives share their visions for Appalachia’s future.
Chris Tennant , Senior Vice President, Commercial , EnLink Midstream Partners LP
2:45 PM
Networking Break
3:15 PM
Financial Spotlight: Will The IPO Market Reopen For Midstream?
The midstream faces crosscurrents as it pursues capital for the needed buildout to serve producers. This market observer shares what he sees for the sector.
Frank Murphy, Co-Head of Energy Group, RW Baird & Co. Inc.
4:05 PM
Roundtable: Breaking Through The Regulatory Wall
Untapped gas markets in New York and New England loom just out of reach, thanks to state regulators. What can the industry do to work with a doubtful public and break the impasse?
Steven C. Russo, Shareholder and Chair of Environmental Practice, Greenberg Traurig LLP
4:45 PM
Networking Reception
7:30 AM
Registration, Breakfast & Networking
9:00 AM
Welcome & Opening Remarks
Paul Hart, Midstream Editor-at-Large, Oil and Gas Investor
9:05 AM
Opening Keynote: The Pipeline Picture
John Powell, Senior Vice President Marketing, Supply & Logistics, Crestwood Midstream
9:30 AM
Spotlight: Congress, The EPA & More
There have been major regulatory changes impacting the midstream. This trade association’s Washington representative provides an update on what has happened—and what may occur going into an election year.
Matthew Hite, Vice President - Government Affairs, GPA Midstream Association
9:50 AM
Spotlight: Optimizing MUM
A major gas transmission provider has major plans for moving Appalachian gas to market.
Eddie Willets, CEO, Willets Midstream
10:20 AM
Panel: New Ideas, New Markets
The markets for Appalachian gas are always someplace else. There are growing opportunities to use the abundant resource close to home—stimulating economic growth and creating jobs.
Jeff Pinter, Executive Vice President, NGL Liquids
Wally Kandel, Senior Vice President, Solvay Specialty Polymers USA
11:05 AM
Closing Keynote: Broadening The Midstream’s Appeal
Is the sector taken for granted? Maybe, and if so, there are steps to be taken help the broad energy industry, investors and the public see the vital role the midstream plays.
Justin Carlson, Vice President & Managing Director, Research, East Daley Capital Advisors, Inc.
11:30 AM
Conference Adjourns