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Future Of Natural Gas Focus of Pipeline Opportunities Conference

HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--"The Future Of Natural Gas" will be hot on the minds of attendees and participants at the 6th annual Pipeline Opportunities Conference scheduled for March 31 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston.

The one-day conference will include 20 speakers including keynote speaker Hal Kvisle, president/CEO of TransCanada Corp. The conference is sponsored by Pipeline & Gas Journal and the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA).

Jeff Share, editor of P&GJ and conference organizer, said the emphasis being placed on natural gas both nationally and internationally has never been greater or timelier.

"Natural gas has long been recognized as the most environmentally friendly of the fossil fuels. That fact, combined with the focus on carbon sequestration and the abundance of the product in the United States, makes natural gas a truly premium fuel with an almost limitless potential," Share said.

The conference will begin with a consultants' roundtable offering North American and global perspectives on natural gas supply and demand. The panelists will be J. Mark Robinson of JMR Energy; Mike Fulwood of Nexant Consulting; Scott Thetford of Pace, Carol Freedenthal of Jofree Corp.

That session is scheduled to be followed by a panel of natural gas transmission operators who will discuss what is involved in managing a successful pipeline company today and the skill sets that will be required in the future.

Karen Buchwald Wright, president/CEO of Ariel Corp., will offer an executive's perspective on the natural gas business and Vivek Kashyap, Manager of Welspun Tubular LLC, will discuss future prospects for pipeline projects in North America.

TransCanada's Kvisle will discuss the emergence of the Calgary-based company into a North American energy giant with pipeline as well as electric power interests. Kvisle has been instrumental in building the company into a prime candidate for constructing the much talked-about Alaskan natural gas pipeline along with its partner, ExxonMobil.

Kvisle will be followed by the latest update on the Alaskan project, featuring Mark Myers, Coordinator, Alaskan Gasline Inducement Act; Vice Admiral Thomas Barrett USCG (Ret.), Deputy, Office of Federal Coordinator for Alaskan Natural Gas Pipeline Projects; and Tony Palmer, Vice President, Alaska Development, TransCanada Corp.

The conference will culminate in an in-depth discussion on new pipeline projects and the forces driving the industry featuring speakers from Spectra Energy; Panhandle Eastern Corp.; El Paso Corp.; Kinder Morgan and Alliance Pipeline.

Pre-registration is available online at www.pgjonline.com. For more information, contact Jeff Share at 281-558-6930 x 218 (jshare@oildom.com) or Karen Francis at x 223 (kfrancis@oildom.com). Seating is limited and recent conferences have sold out.

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