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Building on 16 years’ experience working in the GTL industry SMi is proud to announce its inaugural Gas to Liquids North America Conference. Gas To Liquids North America will provide delegates with an information pack agenda with representatives from across the industry giving a comprehensive overview of the market, looking at GTL Economics, Project Financing, licensing, GTL vs LNG, current gas demands in North America and in a global context, project and technological updates

The event will present its self as the perfect platform for learning about the real issues currently facing the industry expressed from leaders in the GTL community. SMi’s inaugural Gas to Liquids North America conference will be an opportunity for companies within the industry to talk with leading experts who are currently developing GTL project in North America. This is a unique opportunity to hear about GTL advances expressed from the resource holders as well as understanding key market challenges, economics, licensing and technology available.

Gas-to-Liquids North America – 2014: List of attending companies. Click here to download the list of attending companies. This document will be updated once a week.

INDUSTRY SURVEY RESULTS:"Gas to Liquids: Industry Trends, Challenges and Opportunities".

 

 

 

 

 

SMi’s inaugural Gas To Liquids  North America conference is a not to be missed event. The 2 day event will provide delegates with the perfect opportunity to gain a complete overview of the industry in North America and is a fantastic chance for information gathering, idea sharing and problem solving debate.

 

 

Understand GTL economics and how to apply them to your project
Discover what the banks need to see to secure your project finance
Discuss how the industry needs to develop in North America
Evaluate GTL vs LNG
Hear about the latest project developments
Evaluate the recent technological advancements and commercial challenges 
 

Key industry leaders and experts with job titles and companies that included:

Account Manager
Business Development Director
Business Development Manager
Business Development Manager XTL
Chief Economist
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Operating Officer
Chief Technology Officer
Commercial Manager, Conversion Technology Centre
Deputy General Manager
Director
Director, Licensing Business Development
Director, New Ventures
Expert Proposal Manager
FT Consultant
General manager, Business Development, GTL/CTL
General Manager, Project Planning Department
GLT Business Development Manager
Goverment Affairs Specialist
GTL Business promotion
GTL Proposal Manager
Head of Operations
Licensing Manager
Manager Market Assessment
Managing Director
Managing Director - Hydrocarbon Processing
New Business Development Manager
New Technology Manager
Operational Marketing Manager
President
Principal Engineer
Principal Process Engineer
Process Technology Director
Project Engineer
Project Manager
Proposals Manager
Research Engineer
Sales Manager
Senior Engineer
Senior Process Engineer
Senior Project Manager Sales
Senior Technologist
Senior Vice President Project Development
Technical Advisor
Technical Manager GTL CTL and Licensing
Technology Engineer Fluid-Dynamics & Combustion
Vice President
Vice-President Corporate Strategy
XTL Process Engineer

 

Air Products plc ; Argonne National Laboratory; AXENS; BP; Chevron Nigeria Limited; CompactGTL ; Delek Energy; Dow Europe Gmb H; Duncan Seddon and Associates; E-MetaVenture, Inc.; Energy Security Partners; ExxonMobil Research AND Engineering; Flint Hills Resources; Forbes Communications; Fugro Ltd; GDF SUEZ; H T E Aktiengesellschaft; Haldor Topsoe A / S; Hatch; IEA; Imperial College; Infineum UK Ltd; Interfax; Johnson Matthey; Linde; Macom Consulting; Malwell Corporate Projects Ltd; Methanol Casale; Narkangan GTL International Company; Nippon GTL Technology Research Association; NIPPON STEEL ENGINEERING CO.,LTD; Olympic Perú Inc., Sucursal del Perú; Petra Energia S.A.; Petrofac; Petrofac Engineering Services; PetroSA; PTT Public Company Limited; Rentech, Inc.; Sasol; Sasol Petroleum International; Shell; Shell Energy Europe B V; Shell Global Solutions; Siemens; Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery Limited; SMBC Europe Division; Statoil; Statoil ASA; Technip; Technip E&C ltd; The Shepherd Chemical Company; Totalfinalelf; U.S. Energy Information Administration; US GTL; Uzbekistan GTL LLC; Velocys Inc; Weir LGE Process; Western Hydrogen Limited; Ziff Brothers Investments;
 

Conference programme

8:00 Registration & Coffee

8:30 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Alex Forbes

Alex Forbes, Energy Journalist and consultant, Forbes Communications

8:40 Advancing America’s Energy Future

Gen. Wesley K. Clark (Ret.)

Gen. Wesley K. Clark (Ret.), Chairman, Energy Security Partners

• Redefining national energy strategy in the global economy
• Energy, environment, economy, and security—the role of transportation fuels
• Natural gas and the U.S. energy renaissance
• High Oil & Low Gas—capturing the value in between
• GTL in America: Enhancing security and revitalizing the economy

9:20 Sasol GTL: Projects, Products, and US Perspectives

Mark Schnell

Mark Schnell, General Manager, Marketing, Strategy and New Business Development, Sasol North America

• Update on Sasol’s GTL developments, in particular it’s Louisiana USA project
• Review of US GTL product slate and market opportunities
• Perspectives on the fit of GTL in the North American energy landscape

9:50 Developing Distributed Scale Gas to Liquids Facilities in North America

John Baardson

John Baardson, CEO, Pinto Energy LLC

  • The onshore GTL opportunity in North America
  • Regional differences and advantages of distributed scale GTL
  • Challenges for developers
  • 10:20 Morning Coffee Sponsored by Ceramatec

    10:50 GTL Implementation- Project Update

    James Davis

    James Davis, Senior Vice President, XTLH, SCG Energia

    • SGE Energia is a privately held company implementing projects to convert low-cost, abundant feedstock into a range of fields and chemical products
    • As Co-Owner and operator, SGE Energia’s projects will create a product slate representing the entire spectrum of Fischer-Tropsch liquids, fuels and waxes
    • Two current GTL projects are: 1) the relocation, expansion and restart of the pilot plant, and 2) the EPC for Juniper GTL- a 1,000 bpd plant in Louisiana.
    • Project status, resolution of the major challenges to implementation and next steps are presented
    • How does Juniper see the outlook for GTL industry

    11:20 EmberClear's Mississippi GTL project

    Raj Suri

    Raj Suri, President, EmberClear

    • Overview of Emberclear’s developments to date
    • Philosophy of project development and construction
    • Benefits that GTL will bring
     

    11:50 INFRA - new generation of GTL Technology

    Vladimir  Mordkovich

    Vladimir Mordkovich, Chief Technology Officer , INFRA Technology

    • INFRA’s version of Fischer-Tropsch process results in a liquid monoproduct, easily upgraded to diesel, gasoline or jet fuel
    • Unique technology offers economic viability of gas-to-liquids conversion for the first time in history
    • As a first step, INFRA is offering standardized compact modular transportable GTL units adjustable to gas changes in gas volume and composition - first prototype to be launched in Q4 2014.Unique benefit of the new technology single liquid product
    • INFRA’s technology can be used for monetisation of shale gas, utilisation of associated gas and production of any stranded resources

    12:30 Networking Lunch

    13:30 Building Momentum – Recent Developments in the BP / JM Davy Fixed Bed Fischer-Tropsch Process

    Paul Langston

    Paul Langston, Business Development Manager, Conversion Technology Centre, BP

    • New GTL technology developments in BP and JM Davy
    • BP / JM Davy Compact Reforming technology for smaller scale GTL plants
    • A licensor’s perspective on the North American GTL market
     

    14:10 Smaller Scale GTL: Projects, Partnerships and Opportunities

    Roy Lipski

    Roy Lipski, CEO, Velocys

    • Upstream, midstream and downstream opportunities for smaller scale GTL
    • Modular approach for distributed GTL
    • Updates on commercial roll-out of Velocys technology

    14:50 Gasel® : the Engineered FT Technology for Bankable GTL Projects

    Stephane Fedou

    Stephane Fedou, Alternative Fuels Technology Group Manager, Axens

  • R&D Background and Licensing Experience
  • Fully Engineered and Referenced FT Technology
  • 15:30 Afternoon Tea Sponsored by Ceramatec

    16:00 Modular, Transportable Gas-to-Liquids Technology

    Lyman Frost

    Lyman Frost, Director of Business Development, Ceramatec

     

     

     

  • Modular FT (Fischer Tropsch) laboratory system testing
  • Design for a modular FT reactor
  • Manufacturability and maintenance
  • 16:40 Panel Discussion - Hurdles of Project Development- Moderator: Rick Smead, RBN Energy

    James Davis

    James Davis, Senior Vice President, XTLH, SCG Energia

    Raj Suri

    Raj Suri, President, EmberClear

    Roy Lipski

    Roy Lipski, CEO, Velocys

    Paul Langston

    Paul Langston, Business Development Manager, Conversion Technology Centre, BP

    Rick Smead

    Rick Smead, Managing Director, Advisory Services, RBN Energy LLC

    17:20 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Alex Forbes

    Alex Forbes, Energy Journalist and consultant, Forbes Communications

    17:30 Networking Drinks Reception- Sponsored by INFRA.xtl technology

    8:00 Registration & Coffee

    8:30 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Mindi  Farber-DeAnda

    Mindi Farber-DeAnda, Team Lead, Biofuels and Emerging Technologies, U.S. Energy Information Administration

    8:40 Financing GTL Project- What do you need to do to secure finance?

    • What are the incentives for investment in GTL technology
    • GTL and the Energy Market
    • Lenders Risks and Possible Mitigation Strategies
    - Market risk
    - Price risk
    - Technology risk
    - Cash flow risk
    - Reserve risk

    John Bills

    John Bills, Managing Director, BNP Paribas

    Renato Plastina

    Renato Plastina, Managing Director, BNP Paribas

    9:10 Contracting strategies for GTL projects

    Denmon Sigler

    Denmon Sigler, Partner, Winston & Strawn

    • Risk Mitigation Strategies
    • Shared Site Issues and Considerations
    • Project Financing Considerations
    • IP Protection

    9:50 GTL project economics

    Lesa Adair

    Lesa Adair, Chief Executive Officer , Muse, Stancil & Co

    • Competing with US natural gas prices and managing the risks
    • Analysing capital cost for a standalone GTL plant
    • Analysing operating expenses
    • Other site-specific factors that you must consider
    • Competing options
     

    10:30 Morning Coffee Sponsored by Ceramatec

    11:00 Panel Discussion- Project Finance

    Renato Plastina

    Renato Plastina, Managing Director, BNP Paribas

    Lesa Adair

    Lesa Adair, Chief Executive Officer , Muse, Stancil & Co

    John Bills

    John Bills, Managing Director, BNP Paribas

    Denmon Sigler

    Denmon Sigler, Partner, Winston & Strawn

    11:40 Methanol to Gasoline: An Alternate Route to Liquid Fuel Production

    Mitch Hindman

    Mitch Hindman, Licensing Manager, ExxonMobil Research AND Engineering

    • Gas to Liquid Fuels Background
    • ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company’s (EMRE’s) Methanol to Gasoline (MTG) technology
    • EMRE’s MTG Technology Licensing
     

    12:10 What’s wrong with the U.S. Outlook for GTL?

    Mindi  Farber-DeAnda

    Mindi Farber-DeAnda, Team Lead, Biofuels and Emerging Technologies, U.S. Energy Information Administration

    • Technology assumptions
    • Oil/gas price ratios
    • Competition with LNG, NGL, CTL, petrochemicals
    • Incentives

    12:40 Networking Lunch

    13:50 Catalyzing the development of transformational GTL technologies

    Ramon Gonzalez

    Ramon Gonzalez, Program Director, ARPA-E, Department of Energy

     • Role of ARPA-E as a catalyst for energy innovation
    • ARPA-E’s investment in GTL technologies
    • Opportunities and challenges for the bioconversion of natural gas to liquids

    14:20 GTL vs. LNG- Pros and Cons

    Rick Smead

    Rick Smead, Managing Director, Advisory Services, RBN Energy LLC

    • What are the overall market dynamics of each?
    • What is the value of the upgrade?
    • How does the upgrade fit the capital?
    • Does one carry more risk than the other?
     

    14:50 Afternoon Tea Sponsored by Ceramatec

    15:20 Key Factors to Build a Successful GTL Project

    Uday Turaga

    Uday Turaga, CEO, ADI Analytics LLC

    • A successful GTL project requires viable economics that can be improved through various levers
    • Project location is one such lever with some sites in North America offering superior economics
    • Creative feedstock sourcing contracts and risk mitigation models can also improve economics

    15:50 Viability of GTL in North America- A Resource Holders’ Perspective

    Chris Faulkner

    Chris Faulkner, Chief Executive Officer, Breitling Oil and Gas

    • Analyzing the existing shale gas market
    • Breitiling oil and gas’ view the GTL market in the US
    • Competition of GTL against other NGL
     

    16:20 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Mindi  Farber-DeAnda

    Mindi Farber-DeAnda, Team Lead, Biofuels and Emerging Technologies, U.S. Energy Information Administration

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    FEATURED SPEAKERS

    Gen. Wesley K. Clark (Ret.)

    Gen. Wesley K. Clark (Ret.)

    Chairman, Energy Security Partners
    John Baardson

    John Baardson

    CEO, Pinto Energy LLC
    Mark Schnell

    Mark Schnell

    General Manager, Marketing, Strategy and New Business Development, Sasol North America
    Paul Langston

    Paul Langston

    Business Development Manager, Conversion Technology Centre, BP
    Roy Lipski

    Roy Lipski

    CEO, Velocys

    Alex Forbes

    Energy Journalist and consultant, Forbes Communications
    Alex Forbes

    Chris Faulkner

    Chief Executive Officer, Breitling Oil and Gas
    Chris Faulkner

    Denmon Sigler

    Partner, Winston & Strawn
    Denmon Sigler

    Gen. Wesley K. Clark (Ret.)

    Chairman, Energy Security Partners
    Gen. Wesley K. Clark (Ret.)

    James Davis

    Senior Vice President, XTLH, SCG Energia
    James Davis

    John Baardson

    CEO, Pinto Energy LLC
    John Baardson

    John Bills

    Managing Director, BNP Paribas
    John Bills

    Lesa Adair

    Chief Executive Officer , Muse, Stancil & Co
    Lesa Adair

    Lyman Frost

    Director of Business Development, Ceramatec
    Lyman Frost

    Mark Schnell

    General Manager, Marketing, Strategy and New Business Development, Sasol North America
    Mark Schnell

    Mindi Farber-DeAnda

    Team Lead, Biofuels and Emerging Technologies, U.S. Energy Information Administration
    Mindi  Farber-DeAnda

    Mitch Hindman

    Licensing Manager, ExxonMobil Research AND Engineering
    Mitch Hindman

    Paul Langston

    Business Development Manager, Conversion Technology Centre, BP
    Paul Langston

    Raj Suri

    President, EmberClear
    Raj Suri

    Ramon Gonzalez

    Program Director, ARPA-E, Department of Energy
    Ramon Gonzalez

    Renato Plastina

    Managing Director, BNP Paribas
    Renato Plastina

    Rick Smead

    Managing Director, Advisory Services, RBN Energy LLC
    Rick Smead

    Roy Lipski

    CEO, Velocys
    Roy Lipski

    Stephane Fedou

    Alternative Fuels Technology Group Manager, Axens
    Stephane Fedou

    Uday Turaga

    CEO, ADI Analytics LLC
    Uday Turaga

    Vladimir Mordkovich

    Chief Technology Officer , INFRA Technology
    Vladimir  Mordkovich

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