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Crude-by-Rail: Bakken and Niobrara

Explore Developments in Crude-by-Rail Markets, Optimize Your Crude Transportation Strategies, and Comply with New Safety Regulations

September 15 - 16, 2014  ·  Denver, Colorado
Day One Program Agenda: Monday, September 15, 2014
7:30 - 8:30        Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 - 8:35
Welcome and Opening Remarks from the Chair
Travis Brock, Vice President, Commercial Development & Strategy, Strobel Starostka Transfer
8:35 8:50
Keynote Address: PHMSA Update
Brigham McCown, Chairman and CEO, Nouveau Corp; Former Administrator, PHMSA
8:50 9:05
Keynote Address: Update from Transport Canada
Nicole Girard, Acting Director General, Transportation of Dangerous Goods, Transport Canada
9:05 - 10:05
Analyzing the Latest Regulatory Developments for Crude-by-Rail in North America
John Broadley, John H. Broadley & Associates; Former Chief Counsel, Federal Railroad Administration
  • Overview of regulatory priorities in North America
  • Tank car models and retrofitting
  • Alternating railway routes to avoid urban areas
  • Disclosure of tank car contents
  • State-by-state restrictions on crude-by-rail transport
  • Testing and crude-content requirements
  • Overlap and divergences between Canadian and US expectations that you need to understand
10:05 - 10:35        Networking Break
10:35 - 11:35
Understanding the Impact of New Crude-by-Rail Regulations
MODERATOR: John Broadley, John H. Broadley & Associates; Former Chief Counsel, Federal Railroad Administration
Jerry Charaska, Director Field Services, AllTranstek
Mark Babineck, Editor, Argus Petroleum Transportation North America, Argus Media
  • Overarching effects regulatory changes on the bottom-line
  • Challenges in complying with new regulations
  • Railway routing and effect on shipping times
  • Impact of testing on costs and turnaround times
  • Implications of disclosing tank car contents
11:35 - 12:20
Ensuring Compliance with Crude Testing Requirements
Representative, Maxxam Analytics - A Bureau Veritas Group Company
  • Overview of current DOT and Transport Canada expectations
  • Consequences of non-compliance
  • Best practices for efficient testing
  • Impact of testing on costs and turnaround times
  • Potential regulations to come
12:20 - 1:30        Luncheon Break
1:30 - 2:30
Bakken Market Update: Crude-by-Rail Economics and Market Forecasting
Jenna Delaney, Senior Energy Analyst, BENTEK Energy
  • Impact of rail expansion on crude prices
  • Market differentials
  • Price spreads
  • Economic drivers
  • Production projections
2:30 - 3:15
DJ-Niobrara Rail Solutions and Market Assessment
Adam Bedard, CEO, ARB Midstream
  • How the DJ drilling economics stack up against other growing shale oil plays
  • Evaluation of drilling activity over time
  • Crude oil supply forecast and sensitivities
  • Comparison of supply forecast and midstream infrastructure
  • Crude by rail end market and flexibility
  • Netback analysis of the various end markets
3:15 - 3:45        Networking Break
3:45 - 4:30
Pipeline Access and Status of Pipeline Projects
Juan Osuna, Senior Director, North American Oil, IHS
  • Comparison of rail and pipeline takeaway options for Bakken and Niobrara
  • Overview of pipeline infrastructure
  • Status of pipeline projects
  • Impact of Keystone XL decision on Bakken and Niobrara markets
  • Intermodal opportunities

4:30 - 6:30
Cocktail Reception

Take advantage of extended networking opportunities to meet other with crude, rail and logistics professionals at our end-of-day cocktail reception.

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Rail has facilitated the rapid development of the Bakken oil industry and allowed crude to get to market efficiently and cost-effectively. New government regulations however have made moving crude on rail more complex. New testing requirements will increase costs and turnaround times. Some states and cities have put temporary bans on Bakken crude, and others have required that trains alter their routes to avoid urban areas. Regulations like these will ultimately increase costs but rail will continue to be a viable option for transporting Bakken crude. The Niobrara region is increasingly using rail to transport crude as well, and new transloading facilities are being developed as production increases.

INFONEX's Crude-by-Rail: Bakken and Niobrara has been designed to provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the crude-by-rail industry, and at the same time give you opportunities to network and make connections. This conference will examine regulatory developments across North America and evaluate their impact on the Bakken and Niobrara markets. Our faculty of leading experts will give advice on how to ensure operations are in compliance with new government requirements and expectations.

Our speakers will provide insights into the economics of crude-by-rail along with pricing dynamics and production forecasts. Speakers from every link in the crude-by-rail supply chain will explore the markets for Bakken and Niobrara crude and the many options available for getting crude to market.

This will be the first conference dedicated exclusively to providing crude-by-rail solutions for the Bakken and Niobrara markets. Join us in Denver to get a comprehensive understanding of the crude-by-rail industry and develop strategies for optimizing your crude transport operations. Register today!

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