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5:00 PM
Opening Reception in the Exhibit Hall
Pick up your conference badge and enjoy networking with exhibitors and fellow attendees on the exhibition floor the night before the conference opens.  The catered reception offers drinks and hospitality unmatched for a Wednesday night in Midland, Texas.
7:30 AM
Breakfast & Networking in the Exhibit Hall
8:30 AM
Welcome & Opening Remarks
8:35 AM
Opening Keynote: The Permian Problem
Permian Basin oil and gas output has surged beyond the industry’s most optimistic projections. This leading midstream executive reviews what the midstream is doing to handle that swelling tide. Once the big new pipes start flowing, will all be well?
9:00 AM
Panel: The Rest O’ Texas
The Permian gets lots of attention nowadays—and rightly so—but other plays, such as the Eagle Ford and Haynesville, are deep into development. Where are upstream producers spending money, how much production is coming on stream, and how will midstreamers move it to markets?
Dave Marchese, CEO, Caliche Development Partners
Phil Anderson, Senior Vice President - Corporate Development, Enbridge
9:40 AM
Spotlight: Regulatory Update
What’s happening in Austin? The Texas Legislature has wrapped up its biennial session and the Texas Railroad Commission continues to confront industry challenges in the Permian and beyond. Here’s a detailed look at evolving policies and possible controversies on the state scene.
Laura Chandler, Manager of State Government Affairs, GPA Midstream Association
10:00 AM
Networking Break
10:30 AM
Spotlight: You Can’t Tell the Pipes Without a Program
Multiple midstream operators have proposed new oil and gas pipelines linking the burgeoning Permian to the Gulf Coast and other markets. Which ones will actually get built, and when?
10:55 AM
Finance Roundtable: Cornering Capital
What can the sector do to appeal to investors put off by a sluggish energy market? These specialists discuss where they see opportunities and problems ahead, including new capital coming into the midstream, M&A and restructuring trends.
Robert Coble, Portfolio Manager, Senior Research Analyst, OppenheimerFunds
Stacey Morris, Director of Research, Alerian
Becca Followill, Senior Managing Director, U.S. Capital Advisors
11:35 AM
Spotlight: Energy’s Big Picture—What’s Happening & Why?
As always, the oil and gas business continues to evolve. Where are the new markets? What products are most in demand? What is forecast for prices, and how are tariff and trade issues affecting the sector? What can midstream executives do to respond to change?
Greg Haas, Director, Integrated Oil & Gas, Stratas Advisors
Networking Luncheon
1:15 PM
Panel: Driving the Delaware
If the Permian’s Midland Basin is hot, the Delaware must be sizzling. Here are up-close perspectives on the Far West Texas play. How are midstream operators grappling with the abundance of gas in this part of the basin?
1:55 PM
Technology Spotlight: Getting Out Front
The Internet of Things (IoT) and related technologies are making midstream operations more efficient, less costly and safer. Here’s a look at what can be done and the challenges operators are facing.
Louis Krannich, CEO, Remote Operations Center LLC
2:20 PM
Roundtable: Permian Beyond Pipes
The midstream is far more than just pipelines and the sector is responding to the Permian’s transportation challenges in creative ways. Here’s a look at what’s happening with terminals, rail, trucking and more.
C.R "Bubba" Saulsbury, Jr., Executive Vice President - Corporate Strategy, Saulsbury Industries
3:00 PM
Networking Break
3:30 PM
Spotlight: Water, Water Anywhere?
Water is a particular problem for Texas producers in the Permian and Eagle Ford plays. This midstream water specialist looks at what needs to be done to meet producers’ needs for fracking and disposal of both flow-back and produced water.
3:55 PM
Closing Keynote: A Midstream Perspective          
The executive leading one of the sector’s largest trade associations provides a personal view of what lies ahead for oil and gas in general and the midstream in particular. Are midstream companies prepared for consolidation? How will the PE-backed firms achieve exits? What trends are afoot in automation and how will this impact the future midstream workforce?
4:20 PM
Closing Announcements
4:30 PM
Conference Adjourns & Exhibit Hall Closes