2019 Agenda at a Glance

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08:30 - 08:40 Chairman Intro

Stone Pier Capital Advisors Charles Schliebs Managing Director Stone Pier Capital

08:40 - 09:10 Creating a Sustainable Future
  • Hear from THE head of the US Petrochemical Industry and his thoughts on the future of US Petrochemicals.
  • Develop a better understanding of the importance of clean and responsible manufacturing.
  • Create your own roadmap to a sustainable future.

BASF Corporation Wayne T. Smith Chairman & CEO BASF Corporation

09:10 - 09:40 Thriving Ahead: How Covestro Drives Growth and Sustainability through Community Engagement
  • Whether it’s partnering with Allegheny County school districts to strengthen STEM education, convening stakeholders to foster the region’s sustainability, empowering employees to use their purpose to build the nonprofit sector, or collaborating with industry and academic institutions to drive innovation, Covestro - the start-up with an 80-year history - attributes much of its success in Pittsburgh to engaging in the community in real, substantive ways.
  • In his speech, Jerry MacCleary, CEO of Covestro LLC, will recount Covestro’s story of community engagement - both top down with senior executives and bottom up with employees at all levels
  • how this type of engagement has contributed to the company’s ongoing success in a unique region of the country that will embrace companies - and industries - that are authentically responsible and truly committed to its people. 

Covestro LLC Jerry MacCleary Chairman & CEO Covestro LLC

09:40 - 10:10 Outlook for the US & Global Downstream Industry
  • Gain insight from an up-to-date the short-term energy outlook that looks at impacts to supply & demand of petrochemicals on the U.S. northeast, NGL production and projects that that will impact NGL market dynamics and takeaway capacity.
  • Understand the nature of the market for polyethylene and other derivatives of ethane, as well as derivatives of butane, propane and others that constitute wet gas along with methane: use this to inform your investments and strategy in the region.

American Chemistry Council Cal Dooley CEO American Chemistry Council

10:40 - 11:10 Delivering World Class Construction Projects in the Northeast
  • A discussion of key challenges projects are face in the north east and how to mitigate risks
  • Overview of key best practices teams should apply to reduce a project’s capital cost and improve schedule certainty
  • Hear best practices for tackling poor construction labor productivity head on
  • Explore best practices for capital efficiency enhancement

Bechtel Corporation Joe Thompson SVP - General Manager, Downstream & Chemicals Bechtel Corporation

11:10 - 12:55 Shell Chemical Appalachia
  • Hear the latest in the Northeast largest petrochemical project.
  • Understand key challenges experienced so far and how they overcame them and guarantees the project’s success.
  • Looking to the feature, understand shell’s key considerations and priorities when operating in the NE

Shell Speaker TBC Shell

14:15 - 15:00 Please Expect Delays - Supporting Petrochemical Growth Through Pipeline Development
  • It is no secret that the Northeast can be a frustrating regulatory climate for mega construction projects.
  • Apply lessons learned to become an expert in navigating approval processing and working with local and federal permitting.
  • Gain a complete 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.

Speaker TBC MVP

15:00 - 15:45 A Step-by-Step Guide to Site Availability in the Northeast
  • Get the facts on possible site locations in the North East for your project from those in the know.
  • Practical information on how to harness these sites potential and overcome any barriers that they may present.
  • Make the best choice for your project.

Speaker TBC

16:05 - 16:50 Appalachia NGL Fireside Chat Needs in 2019 and Beyond
  • Hear from key industry players on steps taken already to develop the US’s next NGL Hub.
  • Develop a better understanding on challenges to infrastructural development in the region and what steps are being taken to overcome them.
  • Gain expert insight on the impact the hub would have on the industry and pricing.

Appalachia Development Group LLC Steve Hedrick CEO Appalachia Development Group LLC

Mountaineer NGL Storage LLC David Hooker President Mountaineer NGL Storage LLC

KlaberGroup Katie Klaber Managing Director KlaberGroup

16:50 - 17:30 Collaborate! Readying the Next-Generation for Careers in Advanced Manufacturing & Petrochemicals
  • In this panel hear the latest on workforce development efforts between public and private entities.
  • Take a fresh look at efforts bringing workforce development under one cohesive umbrella, guaranteeing today and tomorrows workforce.
  • Get the facts on what gaps need filling and how we are doing it - dispel any doubts regarding the Northeast’s readiness!

Speaker TBC

17:30 - 17:35 Chairman’s Day 1 Conclusion

Stone Pier Capital Advisors Charles Schliebs Managing Director Stone Pier Capital

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08:30 - 08:40 Chairman’s Day 2 Intro

Stone Pier Capital Advisors Charles Schliebs Managing Director Stone Pier Capital

08:40 - 09:10 Inbound Logistics for success in the Northeast Region
  • Inbound logistics can be a tough nut to crack in the Northeast but don’t let it be the downfall to your project being a success.
  • Hear from the industries foremost experts on inbound logistics in the Northeast and learn from their recent success stories and create your own checklist for success.
  • Don’t allow the Northeast landscape let your construction costs run away from you.

US Methanol Mike Hager CFO US Methanol

09:10 - 09:40 Site Selection, Site preparation and Permitting Experience - a PTTGC Case Study
  • Get the low down on the Northeast latest petrochemical project.
  • Understand key challenges experienced so far and how they overcame them when considering a plant in the NE. 
  • Practical, efficient and economical tools to navigate permitting processes in the region.

APEG & JobOhio Mike Jacoby President APEG & JobOhio

09:40 - 10:25 Creating a Culture of Safety in Mega Projects
  • Session details TBC

McCarls Ken Burk CEO McCarls

Jacobs Craig Martin Former CEO Jacobs

10:55 - 11:25 Shale Crescent USA, a World Class Opportunity for Petrochemical Producers.
  • If Ohio, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania were their own country , they would be the third largest natural gas producing country in the world.
  • In 2008, the three states were producing less than 3% of the nations natural gas. Today they are producing over 30%. In addition, even though three states have half the land mass of Texas, they now outproduce the former number one producing state of Texas in natural gas.
  • The abundance of Natural Gas and NGLs has led to economic advantages. A recent study shows that a polyethylene facility built in the Shale Crescent USA has a Net Present Value 4 times greater than one built on the Gulf Coast.

Solvay Specialty Polymers USA Wally Kandel Senior Vice President & Plant Manager Solvay Specialty Polymers USA

Artex Oil Company Jerry James President Artex Oil Company

11:25 - 11:50 Digital Performance in the Global Chemical Industry Master the art of developing an action plan in the new era of digitalization to ensure you aren’t left behind
  • Learn how to successfully adopt and exploit these technologies to optimize your processes. 
  • Get the facts on what digitalization, its implications, challenges and opportunities really mean for the manufacturing in terms of operational efficiency.
  • Hear from leading experts on what digitalisation means for your bottom line and how can it add value.

Voovio Speaker TBC Voovio

11:50 - 12:20 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

14:00 - 14:30 Port Optimisation in the Wake of Rising Exports
  • Its True! The US Petrochemical exports are rising to record levels and according to Rick Perry Appalachia is center stage of this rise.
  • Hear from the regions foremost port in the exportation of petrochemicals and their plans to manage and prepare the supply chain for the next mass exportation of petrochemicals.
  • An Experts eye on current and optimum capacity, initiatives for expanded services and more

Speaker TBC

14:30 - 15:00 The Mighty Marcellus - Coming of Age
  • A lookback on the first decade of the Shale Gas revolution
  • Current challenges and opportunities
  • Thoughts on its future

Energy Innovation Center Institute Steve Schlotterbeck Former CEO, EQT Corporation, now Member of the Board of Directors Energy Innovation Center Institute

15:00 - 15:10 Chairman Conclusion

Stone Pier Capital Advisors Charles Schliebs Managing Director Stone Pier Capital


2019 Sponsors & Exhibitors

Gold Sponsor

  • Voovio

Coffee Break Sponsor

  • SargentElectric

Lanyard Sponsor

  • S&B Shield


  • Brock
  • Crest Vista
  • draeger
  • Eagle
  • Elliott Group
  • Industrial-Info
  • Precision
  • PSB
  • SargentElectric
  • Satellite
  • Simtronics
  • SunnySideSupply
  • Superheat
  • Teadit
  • Fluid Engineering
  • Valdel

Media and Community Partners

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

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