• Discover business opportunities stemming from the current geopolitical landscape
  • Get an overview of global M&A activity, supply and demand economics
  • Receive an update on the current status of the worldwide investment market in the dynamic LPG marketplace.


An unparalleled line up of experts analyzes key LPG markets and their changing landscapes. Don’t miss their exclusive insights and invaluable guidance!




8:00 - 9:00 a.m.

Registration/Continental Breakfast

9:00 - 9:15 a.m.

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Diane Miller, Director Global LPG/Feedstocks, OPIS
Karen Tang, Managing Editor – Europe LPG, OPIS

9:15 – 10:15 a.m.

Keynote Address: The Current Geopolitical Climate – Crisis or Opportunity?

Carlos Pascual, Senior Vice President, Global Energy, International Affairs, IHS Markit

In the politically charged and economically challenging environment of the new US administration, Brexit, and OPEC, our keynote speaker will explore the pitfalls and opportunities of the geopolitical landscape the LPG industry faces.

10:15 – 11:00 a.m.

Developments and Challenges in the Waterborne LPG Trade

Scott Gray, Senior Director, Waterborne Energy Insight

Changes in the global waterborne markets have huge implications for the market: for producers, petchems, traders, and everyone in between. A recognized industry expert, Mr. Gray will outline the latest developments in waterborne trade in this can’t miss session.

11:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Refreshment Break

11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Europe – The Outlook for LPG in a Redefined Fuel Market

Nerissa Scheik, Market Research Manager, SHV GAS Supply & Risk Management

What are the latest opportunities and challenges facing the distribution and retail sector in Europe? Get up to date with the ever-changing demand and supply profile, technological advances and the redefined fuel market in Europe.

12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Networking Lunch

1:30 – 2:15 p.m.

Global LPG Trade Dynamics

Colin Shelley, Managing Consultant, FGE
Moderator: Karen Tang, Managing Editor – Europe LPG, OPIS

We begin the afternoon sessions with a detailed conversation and high level overview of the global LPG market today, including the diverging patterns for propane and butane traffic, India as the demand driver for butane, as well as the U.S. as the supply driver for propane. Join us for this unconventional yet intimate fireside chat, during which you’ll be able to ask questions and engage with Mr. Shelley and fellow attendees on all things LPG.

2:15 – 3:00 p.m.

LPG in West Africa – Balancing Challenges and Opportunities

Anthony Baranello, Director, Vitol Group

The West Africa market is a boomtown with explosive growth opportunities coupled with a high risk of failure. Our industry expert will provided you with market intelligence from a company on the ground floor of developments in WAF.

3:00 – 3:15 p.m.

Refreshment Break

3:15 – 4:00 p.m.

EU Energy Policies – How do they impact the LPG industry?

Samuel Maubanc, General Manager, European LPG Association (AEGPL)

The European Union is working on revamping some of the policy fundamentals affecting the energy and transport sectors, with the objective of tackling issues such as climate change, air quality, and energy efficiency. Our expert speaker, Samuel Maubanc, will provide an overview of recent policy developments, and will highlight the threats and opportunities they represent for the European LPG industry.

4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

The Lightning Round
Panel Discussion/Q&A

Interactive group discussions between our Day 1 speakers and the audience. Topics covered in the first day of the Summit will be revisited and elaborated upon, knowledge shared and questions answered – this session is always a crowd favorite!

5:00 – 6:30 p.m.

Networking Cocktail Reception


8:00 – 9:00 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

9:00 – 9:45 a.m.

The Ethane Trade – Overview and Analysis

Keefer Douglas, Director, Midstream & NGL, IHS Markit

Ethane exports from the US to Europe, India and Brazil are ramping up rapidly. Mr. Douglas will discuss the rationale underpinning ethane export contracts and provide a detailed perspective on pricing, feedstock economics, and the outlook for future growth of the waterborne ethane trade.

9:45 – 10:30 a.m.

LPG – A View from the Petrochemical Crow’s Nest

Hugh Carmichael, Director, Trading & Shipping, INEOS

Join our expert speaker as he outlines INEOS' plans for their new PDH project and the company's progress on its butane storage tank in Antwerp. Attendees will also gain insight into the potential capacity upgrades at the Rafnes and Grangemouth cracker as well as a feedstock outlook for the olefins and petrochemicals market. Attend this can't-miss session as Mr. Carmichael breakdowns for attendees the latest petrochemical infrastructure investments and their impact on the European LPG market.

10:30 – 10:45 a.m.

Refreshment Break

10:45 – 11:30 a.m.

Treading Buyer’s Market of Naphtha

Nick Rados, Ph.D., Global Business Director, Chemical Feedstocks & Energy, IHS Chemical

With US shale renaissance induced jump in NGL production, as well as refining capacity additions in Middle East, India and China, the global naphtha is oversupplied. Oversupply in US, low crude prices and decreasing demand from petrochemical sector in Europe and Asia have all put downward pressure on naphtha prices. Traded volumes on some routes have declined, while new trading routes are emerging. Attend this informative session to get the IHS Markit expert perspective on current issues and anticipated changes of major world Naphtha markets, with focus on developments that have important implication on larger European markets.

11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

In-Detail/Closing Remarks

Day Two Speakers
Diane Miller, OPIS

The Summit concludes with the opportunity to delve into Day 2 topics in more detail in a relaxed, interactive session with our speakers and moderators and reinforce and recap the key points of the past two days. A great opportunity to address your individual questions to our experts!

12:15 p.m.

Summit Adjourns


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