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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 Two Program Agenda: Tuesday, September 16, 2014
7:30 - 8:30        Continental Breakfast
8:30 - 8:35
Opening Remarks from the Chair
Travis Brock, Vice President, Commercial Development & Strategy, Strobel Starostka Transfer
8:50 - 9:50
Keynote Address
Scott Mitchell, General Manager, Powder River Basin, Anadarko Petroleum
8:50 - 9:50
Panel Discussion
Developments in Upstream Terminal Access
MODERATOR: Colin Halling, Director, Oil Market Publications, Genscape
Chris Duke, Director-Crude Commercial Assets, Enserco
John Wadsworth, Chief Operating Officer, BOE Midstream, LLC
Travis Brock, Vice President, Commercial Development & Strategy, Strobel Starostka Transfer
  • Status of unit train facility projects
  • Impact of new transloading facilities on export capacity
  • Best practices in operating transloading facilities
  • Turnaround times for loading and unloading
  • Repercussions of potential safety regulations
9:50 - 10:10        Networking Break
10:10 - 11:10
Panel Discussion
Destinations and Markets for Bakken and Niobrara Crude
Jeff Goutcher, Director, Chemical Sales, CSX Transportation
Curtis Shuck, Senior Director of Sales, Port of Vancouver USA
Travis Brock, Vice President, Commercial Development & Strategy, Strobel Starostka Transfer
  • Potential markets for Bakken and Niobrara crude in the Gulf, Pacific, and East Coasts
  • Update on downstream delivery points: New markets that can be accesses by rail
  • Developments in refiner crude slates and appetites for Bakken and Niobrara crude
  • How refiners are adapting to new opportunities created by crude-by-rail
  • Latest refiner infrastructure developments
11:10 - 12:00
Overcoming Challenges with Tank Car Procurement
Richard Kloster, Senior Vice-President, Business and Strategic Development, and Technical Services, AllTranstek; Principal and Senior 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
12:00 - 1:10        Luncheon Break
1:10 - 1:40
Assessment of Crude-by-Barge Opportunities from the Bakken and Niobrara Perspectives
Kevin W. Sterling, Senior Vice President, Senior Equity Research Analyst, Transportation Services Group, BB&T Capital Markets
  • Advantages of barge over rail and pipeline
  • Effectively using barge in combination with rail and pipeline
  • Cost comparison examples
  • New barge transport opportunities
  • Overview of marine terminal expansion projects
1:40 - 2:10
Case Study
Meritage Midstream's Experience with Tank Car Procurement
Trevin Hogg, Director, Crude Rail Operations and Marketing, Meritage Midstream
  • Current tank car market
  • North American fleet overview
  • Regulation update
  • Price volatility  
    2:10 - 2:25        Networking Break
2:25 - 3:25
Developments in Legal Risks and Liability Issues Surrounding Crude-by-Rail
James W. Rubin, Counsel, Dentons
  • Review of the relevant U.S. federal and state regulatory developments in production and transportation of crude
  • Description of recent enforcement issues and initiatives regarding such production and transportation
  • Liability issues arising from accidents and spills
  • Legal and regulatory implications of shipping across multiple jurisdictions
  • How to best insulate against such risks
3:25 - 4:00
Production Projections, Midstream Capacity and Takeaway Options for Natural Gas and NGLs
Cole Stanley, Vice-President, Crude Oil Services, Meritage Midstream
  • North America NGLs: supply, demand, and capacity
  • Infrastructure and fractionation projects
  • Rockies infrastructure and fractionation projects
  • North American NGL outlook
4:00        End of Day Two
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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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