Industry Leaders Provide Insight into Where We Go from Here at Pipeline Opportunities Conference

March 10, 2016

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HOUSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Billions of dollars are being budgeted to overhaul America’s aging pipeline infrastructure, and an architect of that process will speak at the 12th annual Pipeline Opportunities Conference March 22nd at the JW Marriott (Galleria) in Houston.

Jeff Wiese, associate director of the federal Pipeline & Hazardous Material Safety Administration, will explain what the industry needs to do to meet toughened safety standards. Congress is preparing to reauthorize PHMSA’s authority through 2019. Pipeline companies will spend huge sums upgrading their systems and replacing antiquated pipe. Operators are also upgrading compressor stations, leak-detection systems and record-keeping processes.

“There is more work available than most people realize,” said Jeff Share, conference organizer. “The questions are where will most of the work be and will there be enough equipment and manpower?”

The conference theme is “Where Do We Go from Here?” and is presented by Pipeline & Gas Journal, INGAA (Interstate Natural Gas Association of America), which represents North America’s pipeline transmission companies and the Maguire Energy Institute from SMU’s Cox School of Business.

Another prominent speaker will be Professor Bud Weinstein, associate director of the Maguire Energy Institute at Southern Methodist University’s Cox School of Business, who will discuss “The New Economic Realities of Oil and Gas and Their Impacts on America’s Economy.”

The keynote speaker will be ExxonMobil economist Rob Gardner who directs the company’s Energy Outlook through 2040.

A panel of midstream executives representing Kinder Morgan, Boardwalk Pipeline Partners, LP, and ARB Midstream will detail the challenges and opportunities facing operating companies in today’s challenging environment.

Analysts from Genscape Energy Consulting and Nexant will discuss pipeline construction opportunities and LNG in both the U.S. and Mexico. Don Santa, president and CEO of the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America, will offer an insider’s perspective of Washington activities during this election year.

The Pipeline Opportunities Conference and Pipeline & Gas Journal are produced and managed by Oildom Publishing Company of Texas. For information including the agenda, visit or contact Jeff Share at or Karen Francis at Early registration is encouraged.

Category: Oil & Gas