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Future of Natural Gas on Tap at P&GJ’s Pipeline Opportunities Conference in Houston

HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Energy executives from throughout North America will meet in Houston March 31 at the George R. Brown Convention Center to discuss "The Future of Natural Gas" at an industry conference sponsored by Pipeline & Gas Journal, the leading authority on pipeline operations and management.

"With natural gas now firmly entrenched as an important solution to clean energy with an abundant supply available, now is a perfect time to take a close look at where our industry is in terms of meeting global and U.S. demand," said Jeff Share, editor of P&GJ, founder and organizer of the 6th Annual Pipeline Opportunities Conference.

The event, which is co-sponsored by the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA), will include 20 speakers discussing a wide variety of topics concerning natural gas. A consultants' roundtable will begin the conference featuring Mike Fulwood, principal, Global Gas, Nexant Consulting; James Diemer, vice president, Pace; J. Mark Robinson, Principal, JMR Energy Infra; Robert Bryce, author of Power Hungry, The Myths of "Green" Energy And The Real Fuels of the Future; and Carol Freedenthal, principal, JofreEnergy. Among the issues the panel will discuss is the U.S. natural gas outlook; impact of regulatory, government, infrastructure changes and an international outlook and its impact on the U.S.

Karen Buchwald Wright, president and CEO of compression manufacturer Arial Corp., will offer an executive's perspective on natural gas issues, and Vivek Kashyap, of Welspun Tubular, will discuss future prospects for pipeline projects in North America.

Hal Kvisle, president and CEO of TransCanada Corp., will deliver the keynote address during lunch. That will be followed by the first discussion in the continental U.S. on the Alaskan natural gas pipeline project since TransCanada and its partner, ExxonMobil, filed for an open season last month. Leading that detailed talk will be Mark Myers, coordinator, Alaskan Gasline Inducement Act; Tony Palmer, vice president, Alaska Development, TransCanada Corp., and Vice Admiral Thomas Barrett USCG (ret.) deputy, Office of Federal Coordinator for Alaskan Natural Gas Projects. Larry Persily, President Obama's nominee as the new federal coordinator, is also expected to attend the conference.

The meeting will conclude with business executives of five major North American pipeline companies - Kinder Morgan, Spectra Energy, Alliance Pipeline, El Paso Corp., and Panhandle Eastern Co., reviewing their new and ongoing projects including the latest developments on alternative fuels.

"We'll have the latest news from Alaska as well as new developments on pipeline projects throughout North America, and we'll also be able to explain what is driving the industry forward during these complex times," Share said.

The Pipeline Opportunities Conference and Pipeline & Gas Journal are produced and managed by Oildom Publishing Company of Texas. For information or to register, visit pgjonline.com/conference or contact conference manager Karen Francis at 281 558-6930 ext. 222.

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