Wednesday 2018

Wednesday, January 31

Energy Geopolitics & Supply Chain

7:30 – 8:45


8:45 – 9:00

Opening Remarks

9:00 – 9:45

Keynote Address: Energy Outlook
Thomas Schuessler, President, ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company

9:45 – 10:45

Panel 1: Energy Geopolitics and Impacts to Critical Supply Chains
Energy has always had a central role in geopolitics. The geographical disposition of energy and related supply chains define some of the most challenging international issues of our time. Our panelists will discuss key friction points from several perspectives. They will explore tensions between Europe and Russia in regards to LNG, energy reforms in Latin America, territorial disputes in the South China Sea, and Mid-East oil diplomacy.
Dale Bradford, VP Worldwide Drilling & Services, Murphy Oil • Click to view PDF slides
Luc Boyer, Economic Counselor, Consulate General of France in Houston
Matthew Bey, Senior Global Analyst, Stratfor
Michael Mosser, Professor, UT Austin Department of Government (Moderator)

10:45 – 11:00


11:00 – 12:15

Panel 2: Innovation in Oil & Gas: Impacts of Digitalization on Operations
With the reduced price of oil, as well as oil companies operating in hotter, deeper and ‘new’ geologic formations, how is the industry innovating? What technologies, analysis and methods are being utilized to turn resources into reserves, optimizing well locations and operating strategies, and replacin fundamental reservoir models with data analytics. How is the sector moving forward to ‘Peak Demand’ and beyond?
Eric Van Oort, Professor, UT Austin Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering • Click to view PDF slides
James Courtier, Vice President Exploration & Geosciences Technology, Laredo Petroleum Inc. • Click to view PDF slides
David Castiñeira, VP, Quantum Technologies | VP, Automation, Quantum Reservoir Impact LLC (QRI) • Click to view PDF slides
Tom Edgar, Director, UT Austin Energy Institute (Moderator)

12:15 – 1:45

Lunch Keynote: Economic growth and the environment: what are the tradeoffs?
Sheila Olmstead, Professor, UT Austin LBJ School of Public Affairs • Click to view PDF slides

1:45 – 2:00


2:00 – 3:15

Panel 3: Natural Gas’ Future as a Versatile Global Commodity
The last decade has seen remarkable production gains for natural gas, particularly in North America, precipitating a reversal from net importer to net exporter for the United States. Other nations have also achieved historical natural gas production levels, such as Australia, Qatar, Russia, and even Egypt, creating a supply glut and likely persistent low-price environment. This panel seeks to discuss the role of natural gas as an increasingly global commodity in both the power generation and transportation sectors. Discussion topics will include: realistic projections of supply and demand in the context of low prices and tempered GDP growth outlooks; the role of natural gas in both domestic and international power markets as coal use continues to diminish and pressure from renewables increases; and the evolving LNG market’s role in providing flexible, responsive, and price-competitive natural gas to an increasingly global customer base.
Corey Grindal, VP of Supply, Cheniere • Click to view PDF slides
Jason Feer, Head of Business Intelligence, Poten & Partners • Click to view PDF slides
Carey King, Assistant Director, UT Austin Energy Institute • Click to view PDF slides
Richard Chuchla, Director, UT Austin Energy and Earth Resources Program (Moderator) • Click to view PDF slides

3:15 – 3:30

Farewell Remarks