2018 Agenda


07:00 - 08:30 REGISTRATION, EXHIBITION & WELCOME COFFEE - Sponsored by Sargent Electric
08:25 - 08:35 Chairman Intro

Stone Pier Capital Advisors Charles A. Schliebs Managing Director Stone Pier Capital Advisors

08:35 - 09:30 PLENARY KEYNOTE: Forging the Future with Energy – Boosting Economic Development Opportunities in the Tri-State Region
  • Evaluate the prospects to enhance the regions opportunities in petrochemical & plastics manufacturing
  • Understand how focussing on increases in gas fired power and heating and key gas pipeline projects can significantly boost economic growth
  • Hear how success will require coordinated across the region including leaders in business, government, economic development, academic & non-profit communities

Stone Pier Capital Advisors Chair: Charles A. Schliebs Managing Director Stone Pier Capital Advisors

West Virginia Department of Commerce Secretary H. Wood Thrasher Cabinet Secretary West Virginia Department of Commerce

Pennsylvania State Senator Camera Bartolotta State Senator Pennsylvania Senate

Chevron Stacey Olson President - Appalachia Chevron

Peoples Natural Gas Morgan O’Brien President & CEO Peoples Natural Gas

Reed Smith Tarek Abdalla Partner Reed Smith

09:30 - 09:55 China Energy Investment - A Game Changer for West Virginia
  • Details coming soon.

WVU Energy Institute Brian Anderson Director WVU Energy Institute

09:55 – 10:30 Session Title TBC
  • Details coming soon.

Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development Dennis M. Davin Secretary – Department of Community and Economic Development Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development

10:30 - 11:10 EXHIBITION & NETWORKING COFFEE BREAK - Sponsored by Sargent Electric
11:10 - 11:35 PLENARY KEYNOTE: Shell Chemicals Appalachia
  • Details coming soon.

Shell Hilary Mercer VP Pennsylvania Shell

11:35 - 12:20 PANEL: Digitalization, IIoT and Industry 4.0
  • Session details TBC

Chair: Chet Mroz CEO DxT3

14:15 - 14:40 Panel: Construction Workforce Development - A Northeast Petrochemical Focus
  • Insights into the challenges of those needs locally
  • A review of some of the programs the unions are utilizing to recruit and train apprentices
  • Training challenges and lessons learned from other mega projects

Industrial Info Resources Chair - Tony Salemme VP Craft Labor Group Industrial Info Resources

Shell Chemicals Anca Rusu Project Director - Pennsylvania Chemicals Shell Chemicals

IBEW Edwin Hill Jr Business Development International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers

Simtronics Tim Judge Managing Director Simtronics

Energy Innovation Center Institute Rich DiClaudio CEO Energy Innovation Center Institute

14:40 - 15:05 Mountaineer NGL Storage: Salt Cavern Storage Facility, Powhatan, Ohio
  • Session details TBC

Civil & Environmental Consultants Pat Sullivan Principal Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc.

Civil & Environmental Consultants Jonathan Niemiec Project Manager Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc.

Energy Storage Ventures Tim Hanley Energy Storage Ventures

15:05 - 15:30 Safety, Skills and Capacity – When Contractors and trades Collaborate the Client Wins!
  • Competition for talent: over 5k skilled workers needed. We have the capacity to recruit and train 50,000 per year.
  • A network to guarantee delivery of safe and trusted Human resources. 157 training centres; over 1500 welding booths; verifiable; 100s of construction and safety certifications.
  • Tailor our training to the needs of the customer to form a true partnership in with the industry.

IMPACT Kevin J. Hilton Chief Executive Officer IMPACT

15:30 - 16:15 EXHIBITION & NETWORKING COFFEE BREAK - Sponsored by Sargent Electric
16:15 - 17:00 A Step-by-Step Guide to Site Availability in the North East
  • Where might additional ethane crackers be sited in the Appalachia basin?
  • Discover the key factors that make a site desirable from the perspective of a project developer, and use this knowledge to inform your site selection strategy in Northeast
  • Practical information on how to harness these sites potential and overcome any barriers that they may present.
  • Make the best choice for your project.

The Thrasher Group Chad Riley CEO The Thrasher Group

The Hamman Consulting Group Jason Hamman President The Hamman Consulting Group

NAI Ohio River Corridor Bryce Custer Petrochemical & Energy Services NAI Ohio River Corridor

McGowan Corporate Real Estate Advisors Kevin McGowan President McGowan Corporate Real Estate Advisors

Gideon Gradman CEO & Managing Director Integrated Energy Advisors

Additional Speakers TBC

17:00 - 17:40 Developing a World Leading Petrochemical Supply Chain in Appalachia
  • Get an overview of supply chain & logistic investments and developments currently be made and planned to support the growth of plastics manufacturing in the region
  • What volumes are expected over the next 10 years and what will be the supply chain implications
  • Appalachia Polyethylene expansion ramifications to the local and global markets, how much will be exported and to where
  • Rail, Port, Trucking & Barge how are they working to support the growth of the industry in the region

Speakers TBC



08:30 - 09:30 REGISTRATION, EXHIBITION & WELCOME COFFEE - Sponsored by PJ-Trumbull
09:30 - 09:55 Driving Action in Pre-FEED for Timely Site Access and Successful Project Execution
  • Details coming soon.

SABIC Sajjad Ahmed Senior Project Manager SABIC

09:25 - 09:50 Langan Session
  • Details coming soon.

Langan Langan

09:50 - 10:35 Readying the Next-Generation for Careers in Advanced Manufacturing & Petrochemicals
  • In this panel we explore the role of community colleges, business and government in providing the next generation with the education and support to fully leverage the new opportunities and jobs that will come with a sharp uptick in manufacturing activity and downstream facility operations and maintenance
  • How can businesses and schools, both secondary and post-secondary, work together in a continuous and flexible manner to ensure that educational programming keeps pace with anticipated and changing employer requirements?
  • As major employers often hire from a multi-state labor shed, how can education and training providers work together, across geopolitical boundaries, to meet the same standards of workforce preparation?

Benedum Foundation Chair - William “Pat” Getty President Benedum Foundation

Community College of Beaver County Christopher Reber President Community College of Beaver County

TeamNEO Paul Boulier Vice President, Industry and Innovation Team NEO

Pierpont Johnny Moore President Pierpont Community and Technical College in West Virginia

Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing Institute Stephen Catt Deputy Director, Education and Workforce Development Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing Institute

Additional Speakers TBC

10:35 - 11:15 REGISTRATION, EXHIBITION & WELCOME COFFEE - Sponsored by PJ-Trumbull
11:15 - 12:00 Pipeline Development in Support of Petrochemical Expansion in the Appalachian Basin
  • Overview on recent, on-going and planned NGL pipeline infrastructure development in the Appalachian Basin
  • Insight from a major midstream operator regarding strategy for developing an ethane system
  • Deep dive on pipeline system being developed to convey ethane to Shell’s petrochemical plant in Beaver County
  • Lessons learned on pipeline operational safety

AECOM Chair - Rick DeCesar VP - Pipeline & Midstream Services AECOM

Babst Calland Keith Coyle Attorney Babst Calland

Kallanish Energy Doug Scott P.E.Major Projects Manager Shell Pipeline Company LP

Blue Racer Speaker TBC Blue Racer

Additional Speakers TBC

13:30 - 13:55 How Northeast Petrochemical Logistics Will Change the Industry Landscape
  • Development factors and challenges in NE petrochemical production over the next decade and what it means for rail shipments and car demand in sand, refined products, chemicals, and other commodities
  • Best practices in petrochemical industry logistics
  • Developing logistics and supply chain strategies that lead to a competitive advantage

PLG Consulting Taylor Robinson President PLG Consulting

13:55 - 14:40 Combatting Cost Escalation: New Thinking for Effective Cost Management
  • Exploring why mega project costs come in 23% higher than FID budget, on aver-age
  • Overcome challenges relating to cost controls and achieve effective cost management – driving better end results
  • Integrate successful cost management initiatives at design phase – benefit from multi stakeholder input on your bottom line

SABIC Abdulaziz Al-Shaikh Director - Planning & Cost Control E&PM - Projects Assurance & Compliance SABIC

Additional Speakers TBC

14:40-15:05 Ensuring world class safety
  • Ensure world class safety on your project
  • Key insight into effective safety planning, safety practices, safety performance, and safety trends
  • Understand the ‘knowledge gap’ in safety practices in the industry and how key stake-holders are working to address this, to ensure safety isn’t compromised on projects

Speaker TBC


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2018 Sponsors & Exhibitors

Gold Sponsors

  • Industrial-Info
  • impact
  • Langan

Silver Sponsors

  • Advisian
  • CEC

Bronze Sponsor

  • stone and webster

Coffee Break Sponsors

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  • SargentElectric


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  • BenedumFoundation
  • Eaton
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  • Canal-barge
  • champion
  • Curtiss-Wright, EST Group
  • DeZurik
  • Dixon
  • Elliott
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  • InfoSight
  • Integrity
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  • Mammoet
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  • Orion
  • praxair
  • psb
  • SargentElectric
  • Satellite
  • Simtronics
  • stone and webster
  • Superheat
  • TorcSill
  • TTG
  • united resources
  • Valtronics
  • WSoule

Industry Partnerships

  • apeg
  • Northeast PA Oil and Gas Hub

Media and Community Partners

  • Hydrocarbon Engineering
  • Kallandish
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