Two new speakers have been confirmed for the 13th annual Pipeline Opportunities Conference on March 21, 2017 at the Omni Galleria Hotel in Houston

Joining the program will be Lee Laviolette, Managing Director, Global Oil and Gas Practice for Navigant Consulting and Jesus Soto, Senior Vice President of Natural Gas Operations for Pacific Gas & Electric Co.

Conference organizer Jeff Share, Editor of Pipeline & Gas Journal which sponsors the conference, said Laviolette will offer a post-election overview of construction opportunities for natural gas and oil products pipeline operators, developers and contractors in North America.

Soto, who was former executive at El Paso Corp., now part of Kinder Morgan, is among the key architects involved in rebuilding P&GE’s gas division following the 2010 San Bruno explosion. He is widely regarded as one of the leading natural gas operations experts in the industry.

“PG&E is being recognized as one of the model utility companies of the 21st century, although it still has plenty of challenges remaining,” Share said.

The conference is co-sponsored by the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America, the Association of Oil Pipelines, and the Maguire Energy Institute at SMU’s Cox School of Business.