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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.
Sponsored by:
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
Jimmy Vallee, Partner, M&A and Energy Practice, Winston & Strawn LLP
Josh Sherman, Partner, Opportune LLP
Sunil Sibal, Manager Director, Energy Infrastructure/MLPs, Seaport Global Securities LLC
10:00 AM
Networking Break
10:40 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
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.
M. Chris Doyle, President & CEO, Olympus Energy
Matt Rucker, Executive Vice President, Resource Planning & Development, Montage Resources
Sponsored by:
11:45 AM
Spotlight: Shell’s Vote of Confidence
One of the biggest bets on the future of Appalachian energy comes with Shell’s multi-billion dollar Pennsylvania Petrochemicals Complex, going up now in Beaver County, Pa., along the Ohio River. What will be the impact on the upstream and midstream when the plant goes online, producing 1.6 million tonnes per year of polyethylene?  Here’s a look ahead.
Michael Marr, Business Integration Lead, Shell Chemical Appalachia
12:15 PM
Networking Lunch
1:30 PM
Afternoon Keynote: Midstream’s Changing Face
This senior executive outlines what he sees happening in midstream infrastructure as the sector enters a new decade.
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.
Patrick Redalen, President, Stonehenge Energy Resources II, L.P.
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.
3:40 PM
Spotlight: Here And Abroad
The North American midstream increasingly has a foreign flavor, as new markets open overseas and foreign investors show interest in the sector’s comparatively predictable returns. This chief executive for one of Asia’s largest energy consulting firms shares his views for what lies ahead.
Heejun Park, CEO, Energy Innovation Partners
4:00 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
Mark Mathis, President, Clear Energy Alliance
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
Building on its sizeable midstream operations in other basins, Crestwood has established a West Virginia gathering and processing system with a capacity of 875 million cubic feet per day, serving Marcellus producers. It moves residue to gas to three major gas transmission systems.
John Powell, Senior Vice President Marketing, Supply & Logistics, Crestwood Equity Partners LP
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, Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer, East Daley Capital Advisors, Inc.
11:30 AM
Conference Adjourns