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2018-01-12 / Front Page

Appalachian Gas Takes On the World

The Marcellus-Utica Midstream Conference Celebrates the ‘Beast of the East’


Photo courtesy of Hart Energy Conferences Photo courtesy of Hart Energy Conferences The prolific Marcellus and its deeper sister-shale, the Utica, are collectively called ‘The Beast in the East’ because they’re loaded with natural gas. This remarkable bounty is driving a renaissance in manufacturing throughout the Northeast, ushering a new era of cleaner power generation – and opening doors for U.S. gas traders around the world.

Business prospects abound with largescale pipelines coming on-stream in 2017- 18, an LNG export terminal online to serve international markets and companies like Shell moving ahead with massive ethane crackers to tap the region’s abundant resources.

As the nation’s second LNG export facility starts running in 2018, Appalachian operators will gather in Pittsburgh, for the Marcellus-Utica MIDSTREAM conference and exhibition Jan. 30–Feb. 1, 2018, joining industry professionals for the two-day event at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.

The Marcellus-Utica MIDSTREAM conference and exhibition is an important resource for anyone in the shale gas business, offering the latest production forecasts from the region’s top E&P companies; up-to-date status on pipeline projects to expand regional takeaway capacity from leading midstream operators; intelligence on emerging markets that will change the game for Appalachia’s manufacturing economy; and face-to-face networking with decision-makers and professionals.

“Cove Point’s LNG terminal opening will draw operators’ attention to the Marcellus and Utica,” said Chris Sheehan, senior financial analyst, for Oil and Gas Investor. “The keynote presentations at this year’s Marcellus-Utica MIDSTREAM conference give insights to takeaway capacity and forward-looking strategies, offering valuable market intelligence to all who attend.”

In the Wednesday morning keynote, Crestwood Equity Partners’ CEO Robert (Bob) G. Phillips will compare and contrast supply dynamics and infrastructure across the regions’ two plays. Phillips will share his company’s predictions of pending opportunities opening up in 2018 and beyond.

During Thursday’s opening keynote, Dominion Energy’s senior vice president Donald R. Raikes will discuss the Cove Point LNG export facility poised to begin shipments in early 2018. Dominion’s LNG terminal launch marks the debut of an East Coast outlet for U.S. gas exports to markets across the Atlantic and beyond.

Other Marcellus-Utica MIDSTREAM Conference speakers include a special presentation on FERC by Robert F. Powelson, commissioner, FERC, as well as one by Erin Petkovich, director, Northeast business development, Enbridge. Additional speakers include:

• Kristina Kazarian, Managing Director of Equity Research for the U.S. Midstream, Credit Suisse

• Tara Dziedzic, Senior Director, Capital Markets & Head of Business Development, New York Stock Exchange

• Welles Fitzpatrick, Managing Director, E&P Research, SunTrust Robinson Humphrey

• Steven M. Woodward, Senior Vice President—Business Development, Antero Resources

• Greg Haas, Director of Integrated Energy, Stratas Advisors

• Chris Akers, President & Chief Operating Officer, Eureka Midstream

• Matthew Hite, Vice President of Government Affairs, GPA Midstream Association

• Maria Halmo, Director of Research, Alerian

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