How Shale Gas is Driving a U.S. Petrochemical Resurgence


Live Date: November 8, 2011 Time: 10:00 am CST Cost: $99

Overview:

The rush is on, as numerous North American petrochemical firms have begun announcing plant expansions, restarts and new facilities that use low-cost shale gas for energy and natural gas liquids for feedstock.

Downstream editor Greg Haas will moderate a panel of experts discussing the boom at U.S. olefins manufacturers that are lining up to use ample low-cost shale gas to produce price-competitive ethylene for local and export markets that are hungry for the chemistry and plastics that underpin our modern way of life.

Find out about more about North American shale gas, why the chemical manufacturing industry is becoming a major new source of shale gas demand, and the impacts of expanded U.S. petrochemical investment for the broader domestic manufacturing sector and U.S. economy.

Register Today and learn more about how access to vast new supplies of American natural gas from shale deposits is one of the most exciting domestic energy developments in decades, particularly for the business of chemistry. Get a copy of the new report from the American Chemistry Council, Shale Gas and New Petrochemicals Investment: Benefits for the Economy, Jobs and U.S. Manufacturing

What you will learn:

  • Which petrochemicals matter most to shale gas producers, processors and pipeline operators.
  • Which petrochemical manufacturers will have the greatest demands for which natural gas liquids.
  • Who is expanding U.S. NGL and petrochemical capacity?
  • Why NGLs are becoming the preferred feedstocks in key petrochemicals manufacturing facilities.
  • How U.S. petrochemical manufacturers are gaining global competitive advantage with U.S. shale gas.

Featured Speakers Details:

Seth Roberts, Director of Energy and Climate Change Policy, The Dow Chemical Company

Michael BodinoSeth Roberts manages the company's position and global advocacy activities in the areas of Energy and Climate Change. In this role, he works with industry, government, NGOs and Dow customers to identify and develop new solutions to address energy and climate change challenges.

Roberts joined Dow in 1991 and prior to his current position served as commercial director of feedstocks for Dow Europe in Horgen, Switzerland. Previously, Roberts helped to establish Dow's commodity risk management team to manage Dow's North American exposures to natural gas, crude oil and hydrocarbon feedstocks. Roberts began his career working as an engineer at Dow's Plaquemine, Louisiana site.

Roberts holds an MBA from Louisiana State University and a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Mississippi State University. He is a Six Sigma Master Black Belt as well as a registered professional engineer.

Dr. Thomas Kevin Swift, Chief Economist, American Chemistry Council

Michael BodinoDr. Swift is the chief economist at the American Chemistry Council (ACC) in Washington, D.C., where he is responsible for economic and other analyses dealing with markets, energy, trade, tax and innovation, as well as monitoring business conditions and identifying emerging trends for the domestic and global chemical sector.

Prior to joining the American Chemistry Council, Dr. Swift held executive and senior level positions at several business information/database companies, directing business research, forecasting, and consulting efforts, as well as domestic and international business forecasting services and related on-line databases. Dr. Swift started his career at Dow Chemical USA.

Dr. Swift is a graduate of Ashland University with a BA degree and a graduate of Case Western Reserve University with a MA degree in Economics.

Peter Fasullo, Principal, En*Vantage

Michael BodinoPeter Fasullo has 35 years experience in the energy business. In 1999, he co-founded En*Vantage, Inc, an energy investment and advisory firm which does management and strategic consulting for a wide range companies in the energy space. He has done numerous studies on the outlook for the U.S. refining industry and NGLs.

Prior to forming En*Vantage, Fasullo was with Valero Energy in various executive positions in Valero's midstream and refining businesses from 1983 to 1997. In 1996, he became head of Valero's Corporate Development Department and played a key role into restructuring Valero Energy into a major independent refining and marketing company.

Shortly thereafter, he was hired to head up MAPCO's Corporate & Business Development Department and helped merge that company into Williams.

Fasullo is a native Houstonian and has Bachelor and Masters Degrees in Chemical Engineering from Rice University and an MBA from the University of Houston.

Moderator:

Greg Haas, Editor, Refinery Tracker, Hart Energy

Bertie TaylorGreg Haas, editor for Refinery Tracker and refining editor for FUEL magazine, joined Hart Energy in 2010 with more than 20 years of combined experience in the downstream petroleum business including time in Exxon's downstream refineries and technology transfer organizations, environmental consulting, and most recently in energy financial consulting an energy equity analysis for sell side broker dealers. Greg's education background includes a Master's degree in Business Administration from Rice University as well as Mechanical Engineering Bachelor and Master degrees.

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