Please find below the Kallanish North American Oil & gas 2017 conference program.  The conference takes place over 2 days, starting on at noon on May 23rd 2017, and ending at 4:30PM on May 24th 2017.  If you have any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch.

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The program was last updated on the May 10th 2017.


May 23, 2017


12:00  -  1:30 PM

Keynote Session Day 1: The North American outlook for oil and gas

1:35 PM  -  3:00 PM
Hall A

The year 2016 was chock full of important events – good and bad. Crude oil prices fell into the $20s per barrel, natural gas dropped at various times under $2/Mcf, nearly 200 oil and gas producers, midstream and oilfield services firms filed for bankruptcy. U.S. production got in line with low prices, with production falling by more than 750,000 barrels per day. On the plus side, OPEC and major non-OPEC producers agreed to cut 1.8 million barrels per day of crude production, helping prices rise, while demand continued on a slow, but steady upward path. The U.S. elected perhaps the ultimate outsider, a businessman who vowed to get the country moving – including increasing oil and gas production. Now, nearly half way through 2017, industry experts will kick off the North American Oil & Gas Conference 2017 by examining what happened in oil and gas during 2016, how OPEC cuts, President Trump, and increasing drilling will influence 2017 and beyond.     

Coffee Break

3:00 PM  -  3:30 PM

Session 2: LNG: Industry savior or much ado about nothing?

3:30 PM  -  5:00 PM
Hall A

The outlook for LNG exports. Looked at by some as the savior for natural gas production in the U.S., the race is on in the U.S. and, to a lesser extent, in Canada, to build liquefied natural gas exports terminals. Seven facilities are under construction, with three others approved but not under construction in the U.S., while there are four LNG export terminals approved but not under construction in Canada. One big problem is the U.S. isn’t alone when it comes to filling LNG needs in Asia, Europe and South America. This session will look at the LNG facility build-out, which facilities will be built, which won’t, what are the advantages and disadvantages of selling LNG abroad, will all the sellers be solvent down the road.

Networking Cocktail Reception

5:00 PM  -  7:00 PM
Hall A

May 24, 2017

Welcome Breakfast

8:00 AM  -  9:00 AM

Session 3: Appalachian Basin and Ethane Crackers: Back to the Future

9:05 AM  -  10:30 AM
Hall A

The first ethane cracker was built in West Virginia’s Kanawha Valley decades ago.  With Shell finally pulling the trigger on its Beaver County, Pa. facility in June 2016, and PTT expected to reveal its final investment decision on its Ohio cracker in early 2017, what is the future for building more crackers in the Basin? Did Shell break the logjam? Is there sufficient ethane to keep one, two or more crackers operating? Experts will look at the advantages, possible disadvantages to spending $4-$5 billion in Pennsylvania, Ohio or West Virginia.

Coffee Break

10:30 AM  -  11:00 AM

Session 4: Pipeline construction continues – Or not

11:00 AM  -  12:30 PM
Hall A

Pipelines: The U.S. had gone through a mind-boggling build out of pipelines in the last few years – with more under construction, soon to begin construction, or on the drawing board. From 2015 through 2018, the Energy Information Administration reports 141 pipeline projects worth more than $44 billion are on the books. Experts will address the outlook for more pipelines, where, how big, to flow what? What about the NIMBY impact? On the other side of the coin, are regions of the U.S. becoming over piped?


12:30 PM  -  1:00 PM

Session 5: Update/Status Report on Natural Gas Demand

1:00 PM  -  2:30 PM
Hall A

Update/status report on demand in North America. Most of the discussion concerning natural gas deals with the supply gut. What about the demand side? What is being done to expand the usage of natural gas? Are there new uses for the fossil fuel? Experts will jump into demand.

Coffee Break

2:30 PM  -  3:00 PM

Session 6: ‘Draining the Swamp’ and its impact on Oil & Gas

3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM
Hall A

With President Trump promising to “drain the swamp” (Washington, D.C. was built on a swamp, and many Americans believe it still swallows good intentions), what will be the impact of his efforts on the oil and gas industry? During the Presidential campaign Trump was strongly in favor of taking the “shackles” off oil and gas, along with nuclear and certainly coal. How much rhetoric will convert to a positive impact on the industry? Experts will address the situation.