INFONEX provided a top-notch conference. The high calibre of speakers and relevant material was excellent. Well worth attending.
- Traffic Manager,
Zenon Environmental Inc.


Explore Developments in Crude-by-Rail Markets, Optimize Your Crude Transportation Strategies, and Analyze the Impact of Changing Safety Regulations

April 8 - 9, 2014  ·  Calgary, Alberta
Day One Program Agenda: Tuesday, April 8, 2014
7:30 - 8:30        Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 - 8:40
Welcome and Opening Remarks from the Chair
Jim Benedict, President, GeoMetrix Rail Logistics; Founding Member, CORE (Crude Oil on Rail Enterprises)
8:40 - 9:10
Day One Keynote Address
Shaun Hammond, Assistant Deputy Minister, Traffic Safety Services, Alberta Transportation

Shaun Hammond is responsible for the delivery of provincial programs in the areas of vehicle commercial carrier safety, weights and dimension requirements, the safe transport of dangerous goods, and the oversight of provincial rail systems. In addition, he is responsible for all aspects of driver education, licensing and monitoring. Over the past 25 years he has been extensively involved in the development of national strategies for chemical spills response and risk reduction related to dangerous goods transportation.

9:10 - 9:55
Developments in Crude-by-Rail Economics and Crude Pricing Forecasts
Jackie Forrest, Senior Director, North American Oil, IHS CERA
  • Impact of rail expansion on crude prices
  • Market differentials
  • Price spreads
  • Economic drivers
  • Effect of the diluent penalty on crude-by-rail economics
  • Future viability of rail transport
9:55 - 10:15        Networking Break
10:15 - 11:15
Exploring Developments in Safety Regulation and Assessing their Impact on the CBR Industry
Greg Molaro, Vice-President, Operations, Altex Energy
  • Procedural requirements for rail operators
  • Minimum insurance requirements for railways
  • Rail car models and retrofitting
  • Shipping crude in smaller quantities per tank
  • Routing trains around urban and residential areas and operating at low-speed
  • Disclosure of tanker contents
  • Testing requirements for crude contents
11:15 - 11:55
Understanding What Pipeline Can and Can't Do: Why Grizzly Oil Sands ULC Has Committed to a Rail Solution
Glen Perry, Vice-President, Marketing, Grizzly Oil Sands ULC
  • Description of the Grizzly Windell, Alberta loading terminal and Paulina, Louisiana unloading terminal
  • Comparisons between pipeline and rail
    • light oil vs. bitumen
    • credit: pipe vs. rail
    • market destinations
    • risk and lead time
    • environmental issues
  • Impact of the diluent penalty and other diluent factors on rail vs. pipe debate
  • Acceptance/Development of new pipelines and rail in North American crude transportation
  • Accessing world markets for Canadian crude-by-rail
11:55 - 12:25
Evaluating Safety Risks in Crude Transportation
Kenneth P. Green, Senior Director, Natural Resource Studies, The Fraser Institute
  • Review available data on rail and pipeline incidents
  • Criteria for measuring safety risks: e.g. frequency of incidents, size of spills
  • Conclusions on the relative safety of each mode of crude transportation
  • Economic implications to using surface transportation to move oil to markets, rather than pipelines
12:25 - 1:35        Luncheon Break
1:35 2:50
Exploring Legal Risk and Potential Liability Issues with CBR
Alex MacWilliam, Partner, Dentons Canada LLP
  • Developments from recent legal cases
  • Liability issues to consider
  • Legal and regulatory implications of shipping across multiple jurisdictions
2:50 - 3:10        Networking Break
3:10 3:35
Integrating Rail with Other Transportation Infrastructure Part 1: Rail-to-Pipeline
Steve Elliott, Director, Rail Business Development, Enbridge Pipelines Inc.
  • Why Enbridge is participating in the crude-by-rail marketplace
  • Overview of Enbridge's crude-by-rail facility footprint.
  • How future expansion of pipeline capacity within and out of the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basic (WCSB) will affect crude-by-rail volumes
  • Impact of pipeline expansion on the economics of rail
  • How will crude-by-rail evolve to cement its place in the transportation portfolio of WCSB producers?
3:35 - 4:00
Integrating Rail with Other Transportation Infrastructure Part 2: Rail-to-Barge
Mike Miller, Vice-President, Western Canada Petroleum Rail Solutions, Savage Services
  • Brief overview of Savage Service's crude-by-rail operations
  • Advantages of moving crude by barge
  • Overview of existing rail-to-barge facilities
  • Possible infrastructure requirements to move crude through rail-to-barge facilities
  • Potential markets accessible through rail-to-barge
4:00 - 5:00
Best Practices in Working with Railways: Short-line Perspective on Crude-by-Rail
Ryan Fischer, Vice-President, Emerging Markets, Genesee & Wyoming Rail Services Inc.
  • Role of short-line railways in the crude-by-rail industry
  • Update on crude markets/facilities served by Genesee & Wyoming
  • Managing relationships and getting the most out of working with railways on crude-by-rail
  • Best practices for efficiently developing crude-by-rail facilities
5:00        End of Day One


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Rail has become a serious alternative to pipeline for getting crude to market in recent years. The crude industry has become familiar with rail, and companies like yours are shifting their focus to understanding best practices and optimizing their crude transportation strategies. At the same time, new questions are being asked about crude-by-rail's long-term viability.

Regulators are evaluating new safety rules that could increase costs; shrinking price differentials are creating new challenges in making CBR profitable; and looming decisions on Keystone XL and other pipeline projects could limit the appeal of rail. Rail however offers a flexibility that cannot be replicated by pipeline, but understanding how to take advantage of rail and how to make rail profitable for your business is a complex and time-consuming challenge.

INFONEX's Crude-by-Rail has been designed to provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the issues that will impact your crude-by-rail decisions. Our faculty of leading experts will show you the networks, destinations, and markets that are available; discuss the future of crude-by-rail, crude pricing dynamics, and crude-by-rail economics; and explain incoming safety regulations and the impact on the cost of crude-by-rail.

Understand the nuances of supply and demand of crude oil in North America. Get status updates on Keystone XL and other pipeline projects. Examine the legal risks involved in crude transportation and discuss liability issues related to crude-by-rail. Monitor the prices that different markets will pay for crude. Explore transloading infrastructure and new projects that integrate rail with pipeline and barge. Decipher railcar supply and procurement issues. Study safety risks in crude transportation. Compare the advantages and disadvantages of rail and pipeline. Hear upstream, downstream, and midstream perspectives on how to take. Discuss the state of public opinion efforts to increase the public's acceptance of crude-by-rail.

The crude-by-rail industry has evolved extremely quickly and navigating the market has become increasingly complex. Join us in Calgary to get a thorough understanding of available networks, pricing forecasts, and regulatory impacts. Register today!

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