Pipeline & Gas Journal, in partnership with the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA) presents the Pipeline Opportunities Conference. The day-long conference features energy executives who represent pipeline operators, associations, service companies and the federal government. Join us on Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at the JW Marriott Houston as natural gas and pipeline experts gather to discuss where we go from here.

The keynote speaker is ExxonMobil economist Rob Gardner who directs the company’s highly anticipated annual Energy Outlook. In addition to being an international player in the oil market, ExxonMobil is the nation’s leading natural gas producer through its XTO subsidiary.

The speakers chosen for the conference will provide timely analysis on critical issues, including unprecedented pressures facing midstream operators. Leading off for a third year will be panelists from the Maguire Energy Institute at Southern Methodist University’s Cox School of Business, all of whom are longtime energy experts including Institute Director Bruce Bullock and Associate Director Bud Weinstein.

One big bright spot for 2016 and beyond is the continued pipeline integrity mandates as stiffened federal and state regulations are requiring utilities to spend billions of dollars to upgrade their pipeline systems. Jeff Wiese, associate director for the federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, is the agency’s point man on pipeline safety and will discuss new and looming regulations and how they are likely to impact the industry.

Detailing political activity in Washington and its looming impact on pipelines is Don Santa, president and CEO of INGAA and the INGAA Foundation.

A second significant bright spot calling for a multi-year effort is the transition from coal to natural gas for power-generation plants; the need to build oil and gas pipelines from producing basins such as the Bakken in North Dakota and the Marcellus in Pennsylvania/Ohio/West Virginia to consuming markets; and supplying the global market through increased exports of LNG and the lifting of the ban on exporting crude oil.

On hand to explain those opportunities is a panel of analysts from Genscape Energy Consulting. Adam Bedard, CEO of ARB Midstream, and Curtis Cole, Director, Business Development, Kinder Morgan – East Region: TGP, will provide an outlook from an operator’s perspective.

Yet another bright spot for oil and gas pipelines is Mexico which has begun welcoming foreign investors under its historic Energy Reform Act. Nelly Mikhaiel, from Nexant Consulting, will discuss focus on those prospects in detail.

The agenda will be available in February.

The conference provides a forum for nearly 500 attendees to source key vendors and pipeline projects at a time and place that’s both practical and convenient. Held annually in Houston, TX, attendees hear the esteemed speakers representing pipeline operators, associations, service companies and the federal government.