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Argus Petrochemical Feedstocks Seminar

Wednesday, September 28
07:30 - 09:00 Registration and Continental Breakfast 
09:00 - 10:30 Session 1: An Overview: Sources, Qualities, Commercial Considerations, Pricing, and Seasonality

  • An overview of the NGL feedslate.
  • US NGL supply and demand.
  • Pricing seasonality of US NGLs. 
  • International trends and exports.

Steam Crackers by Products: 
  • Pygas pricing structure, yields and seasonal values
  • C4’s pricing structure, yields and seasonal values
  • Others: DCPD, piperylenes

Chuck Venezia, Senior Vice President, Petrochemicals, Argus DeWitt
Amy Strahan,
US LPG and Petrochemical Editor, Argus 

10:30 - 11:00 Morning Coffee Break 
11:00 - 12:30 Session 2: Olefins and Feedstock Flexibility

Olefin Production and Market Overview

Cracker Operation and Feedstock Selection:
  • Product yields
  • Utilization rates
  • Plant constraints
New Production Routes:
  • MTO (Methanol to Olefins)
  • CTO (Coal to Olefins)
  • Propane dehydrogenation (PDH)
Paige Marie Morse, PhD, Vice President, Propylene and Derivatives, Argus
 12:30 - 13:30 Lunch and Presentation: The Future of Natural Gas to Ethylene and Liquids Technoloy

Guest Speaker: Rahul IyerVice President of Corporate Development, Siluria Technologies, Inc. 

 13:30 - 15:00 Session 3: Naphtha Qualities and Specifications

The Impact of Different Qualities and Specifications:
  • IBP (initial boiling point) - What does this tell us about the quality of the naphtha?
  • Distillation range - Importance to refiners and blenders; what does the distillation data directionally indicate about naphtha quality?
  • Paraffins - Attractive to ethylene producers; refiners less interested
  • Naphthenes and Aromatics - the molecules that produce aromatics (benzene, toluene, and xylenes) and strongly impact reformer economics
  • Olefins – The species that no one likes
  • Sulfur- Refiners and blenders target low sulfur for gasoline blending; types of sulfur also important
  • Vapor pressure - What does vapor pressure indicate? 
Values and End Markets: Producing aromatics, steam cracker feeds, blending – What do consumers/processors look for in these streams? How are they valued in the market place? How does the Argus methodology specify these streams?
  • Heavy naphtha 
  • Light naphtha 
  • Open spec naphtha
  • Full range naphtha 
Steve Weber
, Vice President, Petrochemical Consulting, Argus DeWitt
Daphne Tan,
Heavy Products Team Lead, Argus
 15:00 - 15:30  Afternoon Coffee Break
 15:30 - 17:00 Session 4: Aromatics

Gasoline Blending:
  • Future changes in US gasoline specifications
  • Impacts on sulfur and octane
  • Octane values
  • Aromatics content in reformate
  • Aromatics extraction economics
Benzene, Toluene, and Mixed Xylenes:
  • Production sources
  • Toluene conversion economics
  • Blend values and gasoline demand

Paco Rangel, Vice President of Aromatics, Argus DeWitt

 17:00 - 18:30 Reception

Argus Condensate & Naphtha Markets Conference 

September 28th - 30th

Houston, TX | Hilton Post Oak Hotel

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Argus, through its purchase of DeWitt and Jim Jordan & Associates now offers a full range of international petrochemical services.