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Conference Day One: 20 June

7:00am - 8:30am (90 mins)


8:30am - 8:45am (15 mins)

Opening Remarks

Orion Strategies Brittany Ramos
Senior Account Executive
Orion Strategies

8:45am - 9:10am (25 mins)

Power Plant Digital Transformation - From Concept to Reality

  • Harness emerging software-based technology, to rely more heavily on the accuracy of our computing to increase uptime and reduce human error
  • Hear how the IoT-fueled revolution that is underway will enable leaders to train teams more efficiently and ensure their plants are optimized for peak performance
  • Learn how new digital solutions will help you identify operating efficiencies, improve safety and decrease unscheduled maintenance

Emerson Robert Yeager President - Power & Water Emerson

9:10am - 9:35am (25 mins)

New Turbines and Technologies - Equipping Power Projects for the Future

  • Hear from one of America's leading OEMs on what state-of-the-art turbines can do for your plant
  • Case studies into using ICT technology effectively to make your plant more competitive

Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Paul Browning CEO & President Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems

9:35am - 10:00am (25 mins)

Panda Power Constructing Large Combined-Cycle Powerplants

  • Understand how Panda Power dealt with the huge challenge of going from no projects to over five in a short period and the execution strategy they developed to succeed
  • Learn about how Panda Power utilized innovative project strategies to mitigate risks, address workforce shortages and deliver multiple world class projects across North America

Panda Power Funds Richard Evans Senior Vice President - EPC Panda Power Funds

10:00am - 10:40am (40 mins)

Morning Coffee Break

10:40am - 11:05am (25 mins)

NET Power’s Zero Emissions Gas Power Plant Project

  • NET Power’s landmark La Porte Texas plant which promises to capture all its emissions effectively at zero extra cost
  • Get the inside track on the effectiveness of the carbon capture and storage technology (CCS) employed at the plant
  • Learn about NET Powers plans to scale up to a full sized power plant (300 MW) as soon as 2021 and what that could mean for the future of gas power plant design

NET Power Charlie Bowser CEO NET Power

11:05am - 11:30am (25 mins)

DTE Energy - Best in Class Construction, Estimates and Timing

  • Gain insight from one of the US leading Utilities on their current $1Bn gas power plant construction project in Michigan
  • Learn how DTE’s team have developed a best in class construction, estimation and timing strategy and how you can do the same
  • Hear their experience so far on their current major project and what key lessons they have learned so far to drive continued project success

DTE Energy Michael BanksPlant Manager - Blue Water Energy CenterDTE Energy

11:30am - 11:55am (25 mins)

Duke Energy Case Study - Citrus Combined Cycle Station

  • Gain insight into the delivery of Duke Energy’s $1.5 billion Citrus County Station project, serving 1.8 million customers
  • Learn the key lessons and takeaway’s Duke’s team made looking back over the projects life cycle and apply them to your own
  • Understand Duke’s secret to successful project execution and integrate some of th eir best practices into your operations

Duke Energy Wayne Toms Project Director - Citrus County Duke Energy

11:55am - 12:20pm (25 mins)

Case Study - Fortress Transportation and Infrastructure Investors LLC New 485 MW Gas Power Plant Project for Ohio

  • Get the inside track on the successful FID of the brand new 485 MW Gas Power Plant at the Long Ridge Energy Terminal in Ohio
  • Hear how LRET worked with key investors, state and local governments in order to secure a successful FID on the project and how you could do the same
  • Learn about LRET’s project strategy to construct on of the most energy efficient power plants of its kind in the world on budget and to schedule

Long Ridge Energy Terminal Robert Wholey President Long Ridge Energy Terminal

12:20pm - 12:45pm (25 mins)

Major Project Developments Q&A

Duke Energy Wayne Toms Project Director - Citrus County Duke Energy

Long Ridge Energy Terminal Robert Wholey President Long Ridge Energy Terminal

NET Power Charlie Bowser CEO NET Power

DTE Energy Michael BanksPlant Manager - Blue Water Energy Center DTE Energy

12:45pm - 2:15pm (90 mins)


2:15pm - 2:40pm (25 mins)

Achieving Project Predictability Through Advanced Work Packaging: Strategies and Tactics for Success

  • Understand why you should adopt AWP and the key benefits to your organisation
  • Key components of the AWP system for your plant
  • Getting started with AWP: from pilot projects to a site transformation

Concord Project Technologies Olfa Hamdi CEO Concord Project Technologies

2:40pm - 3:05pm (25 mins)

Data Driven Successful Project Delivery

  • Hear from one of the US' largest EPCs on utilising data and technology to successful develop operational gas plants
  • Case study into digitalizing processes to cut costs and optimize efficiency 

Kiewit Jake Macholtz Vice President, Technology & Continuous Improvement Kiewit

3:05pm - 3:30pm (25 mins)

Optimizing Design: Using replication to improve constructability and reduce schedule risk

  • Using advanced tools to replicate design can significantly improve project delivery
  • Case studies show how constructability, schedule and sequencing can be optimized using innovative 3D modeling and replication techniques
  • Early coordination and rigorous management is key to this approach

Sargent & Lundy Peter Kelly Senior Vice President Sargent & Lundy

3:30pm - 4:00pm (30 mins)

Coffee Break

4:00pm - 5:00pm (60 mins)

What is the Best Contracting Method for the Delivery of a Natural Gas Fired Plant?

Bowen Tom Kyner Vice President Bowen

Panda Powers Richard Evans Senior Vice President - EPC Panda Powers

Wartsila Joshua Klopp Regional Business Development and Engineering Manager Wartsila

Robert Haupt Daymark Energy Advisors


Evening Networking


Conference Day Two: 21 June

9:00am - 9:10am (10 mins)

Opening Remarks

Orion Strategies Curtis Wilkerson President Orion Strategies

9:10am - 9:35am (25 mins)

Combined Heat and Power for Utilities - Insight Into Chesapeake's Amelia Island Power Plant

  • Case study into Chesapeake Utilities’ first combined heat and power plant
  • Working with State regulators to successfully secure the project
  • From Engineering and Construction to Operations - challenges in transition

Chesapeake Utilities Mark Cutshaw Director of Generation Chesapeake Energy

9:35am - 10:00am (25 mins)

The Importance of the Pre-Planning Phase to Your Project Development Success

  • Proven effective strategies to successfully realise and implement your project development objectives
  • Discover the secret to successful site development, permitting, facility and infrastructure cost, facility performance and equipment procurement

Southern Company Joey Steele Business Development & Acquisitions Southern Company

10:00am - 10:25am (25 mins)

The Challenges and Opportunities in Project Financing

  • Hear from the best in the business on how to ensure your vision doesn’t fall at the first hurdle.
  • Get the low down on what your future investors really care about
  • Create your own checklist for success to guarantee a smooth transition to the development stage

Emberclear Raj Suri CEO Emberclear

10:25am - 10:55am (30 mins)

Financing Gas Plant Mega Projects Q&A

Competitive Power Ventures Tom Rumsey Senior Vice President Competitive Power Ventures

Emberclear Raj Suri CEO Emberclear

Orion Strategies Moderator: Curtis Wilkerson President Orion Strategies

10:55am - 11:30am (35 mins)


11:30am - 12:00pm (30 mins)

Is Repowering with combined cycle the right choice for you?

  • Repowering Overview, with the drivers and benefits for repowering
  • Repowering vs. New CC Plant - Salient Attribute Comparison
  • Is Repowering the Right Choice?
  • Design Considerations & Optimization Approach for Repowering - case study

Worley Kajal Mukherjee Director of Engineering & Technology Worley

12:00pm - 12:30pm (30 mins)

Lessons Learned from Large Gas Power Generation Projects Associated with Chemical Process Plants

  • Plant Process Configurations - Benefits and drawbacks
  • Business Configuration - Benefits and drawbacks

Wood Frank Kalany Director of Power Engineering Wood

12:30pm - 2:30pm (120 mins)


GPEC and NEP combined

2:30pm - 3:00pm (30 mins)

What the Truck?

  • Much of the petrochemical industry will be within 700 miles of the customer base and will be connected not only by rail but also by road, now is the time to get the low down on trucking challenges and needs.
  • Be sure that your route to market is fully prepared, hear about the initiatives trucking companies are taking to improve human capacity and productivity.
  • Ensure your product gets to market as promised.

Schneider National Bill Matheson CCO Schneider National

3:00pm - 3:45pm (45 mins)

Strictly Business - Optimization of Supply Chain Year on Year In the Northeast

  • Get the facts current supply chain capacity in the Northeast Region
  • Get the low-down on plan to increase capacity in the wake of petrochemical investment in the region.
  • Advance your capabilities toward a digital supply chain.
  • Hear from the ultimate authority on what has been done, what more must be done, and quickly.

Waterways Council Mike Toohey CEO Waterways Council

Mary Ann Bucci Executive Director Port of Pittsburgh Commission

BeeMac Logistics Michael Ceravolo CCO BeeMac Logistics

3:45pm - 3:50pm (5 mins)

Chairman Conclusion

Stone Pier Capital Advisors Charles Schliebs Managing Director Stone Pier Capital


End of Conference

2019 Sponsors & Exhibitors

Platinum Sponsor

  • WVDO

Gold Sponsor

  • Voovio

Silver Sponsors

  • apeg
  • EY
  • Kintla
  • Lane
  • Langan
  • Ohio River

Bronze Sponsor

  • Orion Strategies

Coffee Break Sponsor

  • SargentElectric

Wi-Fi Sponsor

  • Satellite

Lanyard Sponsors

  • S&B Shield


  • ALL
  • AS
  • Brock
  • BSB
  • Canal-barge
  • Crest Vista
  • Dixon
  • draeger
  • Eagle
  • Elliott Group
  • GAI
  • impact
  • Industrial-Info
  • IntelliTrans
  • KAP
  • Maviro
  • Ohio River
  • Parker
  • Praxair
  • Precision
  • PSB
  • SafeRack
  • Sarcos
  • SargentElectric
  • Satellite
  • Simtronics
  • SpotterBuddy
  • STOlogix
  • Stone & Webster
  • Superheat
  • Tactexs
  • Teadit
  • Tilsatec
  • Fluid Engineering
  • Valdel
  • Voovio
  • WO Grubb
  • WVDO
  • Baker Hughes, a GE company

Media and Community Partners

  • Hydrocarbon Engineering
  • Innovoil
  • Kallandish
  • marcellus
  • natgasintel
  • Newsbase
  • NortheastONG
  • NorthwestPAOilGas

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