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Argus Americas Crude Summit 2018

Tuesday, January 16, 2018
13:30 Registration Opens 
17:00 - 19:00 Opening Night Reception 
19:00 - 22:00
Industry Dinner

*$185 per person - tables available for purchase. Please contact sponsorship@argusmedia.com 

Guest speaker: 

Nicholas Burns

  • Former US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs
  • Former US Ambassador to Greece and NATO
  • Former White House Special Assistant 
  • Current Harvard Professor 

Sponsored by ICE

Wednesday, January 17, 2018
07:30 - 08:30 Registration and Breakfast 
08:30 - 08:40 Welcome and Opening Remarks

Adrian Binks,
Chairman and CEO, Argus 
08:40 - 09:30 Keynote Address: 

Robert Gates

Secretary of Defense (2006-2011); Author, New York Times Best Seller, DUTY: Memoirs of a Secretary at War and A Passion for Leadership

09:30 - 10:30 Keynote Session 1: Global Oil Market Dynamics

  • Global arbitrage opportunities: What are the trading opportunities for US supply in the international market? How do the Middle East and other regions compete? 
  • OPEC strategy: Oil exports from the US are rising dramatically, rivaling several OPEC member countries. Even so, OPEC and participating non-OPEC producers have largely complied with their late-2016 agreement to cut supply. Will cooperation or competition prevail as the market balances? What are the challenges that OPEC is facing to sustain global supply discipline?
Corey Prologo,
Director of Oil Trading - North America, Head of Houston Branch, Trafigura Trading LLC
Michael Cohen,
Head of Energy Commodities, Barclays
10:30 - 11:00 Break

Sponsored by Oiltanking
11:00 - 12:30 Keynote Session 2: Demand from Asia Pacific

  • Asia’s evolving crude supplies: How are Asia’s buyers securing quality crude supply and what are their challenges? What impacts will the new MARPOL bunker fuel specifications have on crude imports into Asia?
  • India – Increasing crude trade flows from North America: A refiner’s perspective.
Chen Bo, President, UNIPEC
Rajaraman J., Head – Physical Trading, Reliance Industries Ltd.
12:30 - 14:00 Networking Lunch and Presentation

Managing Risk in an Uncertain World

In the petroleum and petrochemical markets, we have come to expect extreme price volatility due to extreme weather events, macroeconomic pressures, geopolitical issues, capital flows and currency fluctuations which frequently cause dramatic swings in underlying values. But how do you effectively manage your risk in this market, whether you are a consumer or producer? Explore the challenges and opportunities in using financial risk management strategies to create a boost to your bottom line in an otherwise challenging market environment.

Gregory Broussard
, Senior Director, Energy Derivatives, Cargill
14:00 - 15:00 Session 3: Global Rebalancing, North America’s Competitiveness and International Strategies

  • Lower forever? What is the outlook for global crude production, demand and pricing? How will US production shift global dynamics? Can both OPEC and shale sources coexist? 
  • North American crude production break-even economics: What are the production break-evens in the US and Canada? How are operators improving efficiencies?
Amrita Sen,
Co-founder and Chief Oil Analyst, Energy Aspects
Bernadette Johnson,
VP Market Intelligence, Drilling Info, Inc.
15:00 - 15:30 Break

Sponsored by Genscape 
15:30 - 17:00 Session 4: Latin America- Investment Opportunities and Upstream Developments

  • How is Mexico defining royalties, production taxes, and other fiscal aspects of the bidding rounds? What are the main opportunities for international companies who have not yet participated in the bidding rounds? How might the Trump administration impact Mexican policy? 
  • Developments in Brazil and Venezuela: What is the outlook for Brazilian crude production, infrastructure build outs and investment? Will Venezuelan upstream and downstream sectors recover? How could US sanctions on Venezuela impact crude imports?
Santiago Llano Zapatero,
Partner, Ritch Mueller
Schreiner Parker
, Vice President, Latin America, Rystad Energy
17:00 Closing Annoucements

Stephen Jones,
SVP, Petroleum, Argus
17:00 - 19:00 Networking Reception 
Thursday, January 18, 2018
07:00 - 08:30 Registration and Breakfast 
08:30 - 08:35 Opening Remarks

Stephen Jones,
SVP, Petroleum, Argus 
08:35 - 09:15 Keynote Address: The Future of North America’s Refining Sector

How will future federal policies, feedstock economics and new marine fuel specifications impact the refining sector? What are the global opportunities for US refined products?


Dan Romasko, President and Chief Executive Officer, Motiva Enterprises LLC

09:15 - 09:45 Fireside Chat: The Impact of Oil Exports and Changing Infrastructure Needs on the Midstream Sector 

What opportunities have US oil exports created for the midstream sector? What infrastructure is still needed to best move oil from producing basins to export terminals? Will foreign investors become involved in transportation projects in the US to help expedite larger export volumes?

Robert Barnes
, SVP Commercial - Crude Oil, Magellan 
09:45 - 10:15 Break 

Sponsored by Port of Corpus Christi 
10:15 - 10:45 Fireside Chat: Evolving Crude Export Infrastructure

What new terminal expansion projects will come to fruition? How many barrels of crude can the US Gulf coast sustainably export per day? What are the different advantages in exporting from Corpus Christi, Port of Houston and Port Arthur? What other ports and export locations might develop in the coming years?

Brent Secrest
, SVP, Enterprise Products
10:45 - 12:15 Session 5: Moving Crude to Market – Pipeline Expansions and Global Shipping Economics 
  • Increasing crude exports on port developments and traffic: How have increasing crude exports impacted port traffic and demurrage times? How has strong production from the Permian and Eagle Ford impacted export growth? What developments are ports investing in to more efficiently move crude oil to global markets?
  • Piping the Permian and Canadian developments: What expansion projects are in the works to move crude from the Permian to Houston, Cushing and Corpus Christi? What is the status of the Keystone? What is the future of pipeline capacity out of western Canada and how will this impact rail transportation? 
  • Global freight rates and shipping economics: What is the outlook for freight rates from the Gulf coast and Corpus Christi to Europe, Asia and Latin America? How are US crude exports disrupting traditional trade patterns? Will the rise of a backhaul help or hinder the supply and demand balance?
Jarl Pederson,
CCO, Port of Corpus Christi
Adam Bedard,
CEO, ARB Midstream
Vivek Srivastava,
Director of Tanker Research, SSY Consultancy & Research
12:15 - 14:00 Networking Lunch and Women in Crude Oil Session

In partnership with WEN and Girls Inc.

Maria Hooper, Vice President Global Trading, Phillips 66
Cindy Fisher,
VP, US Gulf Coast Crude Trading/Latin America, Occidental Energy Marketing, Inc.
Nicole O’Brien,
Director of Commercial Operations, Synergy Crude Resources, LLC

Moderator: Vanessa Viola, SVP Business Development Latin America, Argus
14:00 - 14:30 Presentation: The Evolving Role of the US Gulf Coast and the Impact on Crude Pricing

How are market dynamics impacting crude pricing and what is the evolving role of the US Gulf coast as a global benchmark?

Dr. Phil Verleger,
Owner and President, PKVerleger LLC and Visting Fellow, Colorado School of Mines
14:30 - 15:30 Session 6: US Refining Considerations and the Future of the Fuels Market

  • Global refined products demand: How will China and India’s refining sectors impact global refining? Will the growth in refined products exports to Latin America continue? What other regions might emerge as demand centers? 
  • The future of the transportation fuels mix: The global transportation sector is continuing to evolve to meet increasing emissions standards. What might this mean for diesel and gasoline demand? When will there be an increase in consumer adoption of electric, natural gas and renewable diesel vehicles? 
Joseph Israel,
CEO, Par Petroleum
Ed Arnold,
Senior Consultant, Argus
15:30 - 16:00 Break
16:00 - 16:30 Closing Address: Looking Forward 

Will OPEC, shale, and peak demand keep oil prices stable indefinitely?

Robert McNally, Founder and President, Rapidan Energy Group 
16:30 Closing Remarks and Conference Concludes 

Stephen Jones,
SVP, Petroleum, Argus 
17:00 - 19:00 Carl McCain Winter Cocktail Reception
Complimentary for all conference delegates

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