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 Two Program Agenda: Wednesday, April 9, 2014
7:30 - 8:30        Continental Breakfast
8:30 - 8:40
Opening Remarks from the Chair
Jim Benedict, President, GeoMetrix Rail Logistics; Founding Member, CORE (Crude Oil on Rail Enterprises)
8:40 - 9:00
Day Two Keynote Address
Richard Masson, CEO, Alberta Petroleum Marketing Commission
9:00 - 10:30
Update on Crude-by-Rail Opportunities: New Destinations and Markets
MODERATOR: Ryan Fischer, Assistant Vice-President Emerging Markets, Genesee & Wyoming Rail Services Inc.
Sébastien Labbé, Director, Sales and Marketing P&C Upstream, CN
Shawn Mindrup, Senior Sales and Market Account Executive, Energy and Shortline Relations, Kansas City Southern Railway
Mike Miller, Vice-President, Western Canada Petroleum Rail Solutions, Savage Services
Dan Gordon, Vice-President, Fuel Supply, Pricing, and Distribution, Delek US
  • Update on where crude can be shipped on rail
  • Destinations on Gulf, Pacific, and East Coasts
  • Potential bottlenecks
  • Niche delivery strategies
  • Developments in downstream crude-by-rail infrastructure and delivery points
  • Downstream appetites for Canadian crude
  • How refiners are adapting to new opportunities created by rail
10:30 - 10:55        Networking Break
10:55 - 11:40
Challenges and Best Practices with Tank Car Procurement
Richard Kloster, Senior Vice-President, Business and Strategic Development, and Technical Services, AllTranstek; Principal and Sr. Consultant, FTR Consulting Group
  • Supply and demand issues for tank car to move crude
  • Effects the surging crude-by-rail market on the overall tank car fleet
  • Developments in the tank car regulatory regime
  • Fleet forecasts: car costs, production rates, backlogs, etc.
  • Strategies for acquiring tank cars and redeploying tank cars already in the market
11:40 - 12:25
Developments in Transloading Infrastructure
Jarrett Zielinski, President and CEO, Torq Energy Logistics Ltd.
  • Status of unit train facility projects in Canada
  • Impact of new transloading facilities on export capacity for Canadian crude
  • Best practices in operating transloading facilities
  • Turnaround times for loading and unloading
  • Diluent recovery and storage options
  • Developments in downstream transloading capacity
  • Repercussions of potential safety regulations
12:25 - 1:45        Luncheon Break
1:45 - 2:30
Regulatory Requirements for Establishing a Transloading Facility in Alberta
Knut Ohm, Rail Safety Officers, Alberta Transportation
  • Provincial verses federal jurisdiction
  • The rail safety program in Alberta
  • The rail operating approval process
  • Industrial Railway Circular No. 1: Guideline for the Transfer of Dangerous Goods to or from a Railway Vehicle
  • Industrial Railway Circular No. 2: Guideline for the Development of Security management Program for Dangerous Goods Transfer Sites
  • Audit and inspection requirements
  • Scale and types of crude transfer sites in Alberta: current and future
  • Crude oil transfer from trucks to rail cars issues
2:30 - 2:55        Networking Break
2:55 - 3:15
Custody Transfer Requirements for Crude Transloading in Alberta
Colby Ruff, Measurement Specialist, Field and Operations Branch, Alberta Energy Regulator
  • Describe the various rail loading facility configurations
  • Identify AER measurement requirements at each type of facility configuration
  • Describe required measurement equipment to meet delivery point measurement requirements
3:15 - 4:00
Assessing the Future of Crude-by-Rail in North America
Ed Koshka, Vice-President, Operations and Crude Marketing, E-T Energy
Greg Molaro, Vice-President, Operations, Altex Energy
  • Role of rail in the crude transport industry
  • Effect of new regulations on the cost and viability of rail
  • Assessment of crude-by-rail economics
  • Advantages and disadvantages of rail
  • Impact of Keystone XL decision and other pipeline projects
4:00        End of Day Two


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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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