|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:
New Production Routes:
- Product yields
- Utilization rates
- Plant constraints
- 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 Iyer, Vice President of Corporate Development, Siluria Technologies, Inc.
| 13:30 - 15:00
||Session 3: Naphtha Qualities and Specifications
The Impact of Different Qualities and Specifications:
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?
- 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?
- 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
- Future changes in US gasoline specifications
- Impacts on sulfur and octane
Benzene, Toluene, and Mixed Xylenes:
- Octane values
- Aromatics content in reformate
- Aromatics extraction economics
- Production sources
- Toluene conversion economics
- Blend values and gasoline demand
Paco Rangel, Vice President of Aromatics, Argus DeWitt
| 17:00 - 18:30