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Engineering & Construction Agenda 2024

June 24th

 

2.00pm – 6.00pm Exhibitor Set Up - Imperial Ballroom Situated on the 2nd Floor

6.00pm – 8.00pmPre-Event Networking Drinks Reception & Registration - Come and join is for a welcoming drinks reception, where you can meet and network with your fellow attendees and also print out your badge early to avoid the queues in the morning. 

Where? - In the exhibition hall in the Imperial Ballroom Situated on the 2nd Floor, hope to see you there!

June 25th

Please note - The LNG Export Engineering & Construction Conference Track Will Take Place in the West Part of the Imperial Ballroom on the 2nd Floor.  

 

7.30am – Exhibition Hall Opens - Serving Barista Coffee, Continental Breakfast and Refreshments

 

8.40am 

 

  • Chairmans Welcome & Keynote Speech

 

Jonathan Rennie, Executive Consultant, Leadership & Talent Coach, Honeycomb Anthems 

 

9.00am

 

Message from Mike Sommers, President & CEO, American Petroleum Institute

 

9.05am 

 

Keynote Panel Session - LNG Export Engineering & Construction Market Overview

 

  • Key Project Updates – how are projects progressing.

  • Craft Labor Shortage – impact on projects so far and how are we addressing it?

  • Biden LNG Pause – what impact is it having on your business?  What impact with it have on LNG Export projects in the US?

  • Modular Construction – are you using it in your projects?  Experience, challenges

  • Supply chains – how are project supply chains fairing?  Key crunch points, concerns, techniques to mitigate issues? 

  • Regulation – outside of biden pause, any other major regulation which is impacting your projects?  

  • Decarbonisation – what are some of the key ways in which you working to decarbonise your construction sites and your LNG Export operations? 

 

Eric Gutierrez, President - OGC, Kiewit 

Mike VanderMate, SVP Engineering & Construction, Cheniere Energy 

Paul Varello, Executive Chairman, Commonwealth LNG 

Jim Lewis, Vice President Western Operations, McDermott International 

Adam Prestidge, Executive Vice President – LNG, Glenfarne / Texas LNG 

 

Moderator - Jonathan Rennie, Executive Consultant, Leadership & Talent Coach, Honeycomb Anthems 

 

 

9.55am 

 

Panel - EPC & Contractor perspectives - Addressing the Craft Professionals Labor and Engineering Shortages 

 

  • How does the major EPC’s and contractors plan to manage the craft labor shortage challenge for major LNG projects

  • What does the current craft professional availability actually look like

  • How are EPC contractors pricing labor rates

  • What are we doing to improve the productivity of our craft professional labor workforce

  • Where/how does modularization and AWP fit in and mitigate this problem

  • What can we do to attract the talent (engineering, operations, HSSE, etc.) needed? – Development and Retainment

  • Are HVECs (high value engineering centers) actually working and if so, what are the keys to successful implementation

  • What does the pipeline look like for new resources, out of high school/college?

  • How important is work/life balance (integration)  and benefits such as flex time?

 

Scott Marshall, Senior Group People Operations Director, Worley 

Terrie Spencer, Director of Human Resources, Burns & McDonnell 

Zeke Smith, Director – Leadership & Workforce Development, Apache Industrial Services 

Chris Blike, President, Kodiak Labor Solutions

Moderator: Matt Clark, Sr Manager of Workforce Development, NCCER 

 

10.40am

Morning Coffee Break & Refreshments (In the Exhibition Hall) 

 

11.20am 

 

Keynote Fireside Chat – Delivering the $30bn LNG Canada Mega Project

 

Steve Corbin, Executive Project Director, LNG Canada 

Pierre Bechelany, President – LNG, Fluor Corporation 

11.50am 

 

Panel - Workforce Development – How Can the LNG Industry Compete with Silicon Valley?

 

  • Cross industry Collaboration – ways in which owners are working with stakeholders from across the industry to develop the LNG workforce needed to support the development of projects across the Gulf Coast and for our industry

  • Attracting Talent – Understand what the industry needs to do in order to make jobs in the LNG industry appealing to graduates and attract the talent it needs to prosper

  • Identify the Gaps that Need to be Filled – to drive the increased transition of students from the point of graduation (in the skilled trades or office roles) into careers in the LNG industry

  • Workforce diversity; business value and impact to the bottomline

  • Physical and Psychological Safety – Interconnection of Inclusion and Safety

  • How do we attract, develop, and retain a diverse workforce into the industry

  • Elements of diversity; visible and invisible - age, gender, race, experiences

  • How do we create an environment which is appealing to early career professionals, in field and office?

 

Raquel Couri, SVP - Human Resources, Next Decade 

Margie Harris, Chief Administrative Officer, Tellurian Inc 

Lynn Buckley, Supplier Diversity & Business Development Sourcing Leader, Baker Hughes 

Reggie Poche, Dean of Instruction, Nunez Community College

 

Moderator: Macdonald Carheel, President, Carheel Consulting  

 

 

12.40pm 

 

Lunch Break - In the Arboretum Rooms (1st Floor)

 

2.00pm

 

Panel - Supply Chain Perspectives from the Major OEM’s & Logistics Providers

 

  • Hear from the major OEM’s & Logistics providers on the steps they are taking to mitigate supply chain issues and mitigate volatility for supply chain & logistics

  • Get an up to date picture on their view of the supply chain and what is happening with lead times

  • Hear what impact they see a large amount of FID’s hitting the market impacting the supply chain

 

Jennifer Adams, SVP of Engineering & Project Management, Chart Industries 

 Gerry Dillemuth, Head of Downstream Sales Americas, Siemens Energy

Nathan Tungseth, Senior Vice President – LNG, ABB

 

Moderator – Darya Swaby, Director of Supply Chain, Sempra Infrastructure  

 

2.45pm

On-Time and On-Budget: How Great Transportation Helps Your Project

  • Increase access to craft by 2-4x

  • Support diversity initiatives – almost 75% of Hotard drivers are women!

  • Decrease impact on traffic and the community

Trisha Fridrich, Vice President, Hotard Coaches

2.55pm

Afternoon Coffee Break (Main Exhibition Hall)

3.20pm

 

LNG Project Regulation Panel Session

 

  • PHMSA, FERC, TCEQ, Coast Guard – Hear from the other key regulators on the steps they are taking to prepare for increased project development as well as the latest on updated codes and regulations that may impact your project planning

  • FERC, PHMSA, EPA, USCG feedback on permitting process and potential pitfalls  

  • How can acceptance/approval of non-material changes from FERC filing (pre-FEED) to FEED be streamlined?

 

Moderator – Julie Nelson, SVP, Cheniere Energy 

 

Jonathan Turquette, Director Branch 3, FERC 

Bryan Lethcoe, Director Southwest Region Office, PHMSA 

Catrina Gonzalez, Commissioner, TCEQ 

Keith Donohue, Sector Commander – Houston Galveston, US Coast Guard 

 

 

4.10pm 

 

Panel - Execution & Design Strategies – to improve schedules and productivity

 

  • What can we do with the design early, so you can start construction earlier

  • How can we streamline that process to get to the field earlier

  • Prefabrication and assembly – what are the capabilities to do key tasks offsite in advance to help improve productivity and mitigate labor shortages

  • How can we do more with less?

  • Are digital twins helping and how can EPCs handover digital twins to the Owner in a manner to where they are useful during the operating life-cycle

  • How are drones being used to monitor/measure progress and work front availability

  • What are the benefits of digitizing engineering and vendor data to improve access to field construction personnel

  • How can regulatory process improve to allow for early activities to begin w/o final design of some elements of the facility

 

Mona Setoodeh, President, CH-IV  

Peter Zhang, Sr Principal LNG Consultant, Gulf LNG Solutions 

Bronson Burke, Executive Director – Engineering & Construction, Bron & Claude

Steve Borsos, Vice President – LNG, Fluor Corporation

Mike Britton, Project Director - Train 4, Freeport LNG

 

​Moderator : Steve Cabano, President, Pathfinder LLC 

 

 

5.10pm 

 

Networking Drinks Reception (in the exhibition hall) 

 

7.30pm 

 

Day One Closes 

 

 

 

June 26th 

 

7.30am – Exhibition Opens

 

9.00am 

 

  • Chairmans Welcome & Keynote Speech

 

Jonathan Rennie, Executive Consultant, Leadership & Talent Coach, Honeycomb Anthems 

 

9.20am 

 

Keynote Fireside Chat with Bechtel & Cheniere 

 

Corey Grindal, Chief Operating Officer, Cheniere Energy 

Bhupesh Thakkar, SVP & General Manager LNG, Bechtel Corporation 

 

10.00am

 

Morning Coffee Break & Refreshments (In the Exhibition Hall) 

 

10.40am

Modular Construction Part 1 – Panel – Perspectives from Subject Matter Experts

 

  • Hear from globally recognised subject matter experts on modular construction

  • Understand the key aspects of modularisation

  • When you should go modular & when you shouldn’t

  • What are the key benefits and downsides

  • Learn what the modular capabilities are in the US and Mexico (and around the world)

  • Understand key factors in managing an effective modular supply chain and transportation network

  • What impact does going modular have on the EPC’s and Client’s resources

​David Gardner, Senior Manager for Proposals, Plant Layout, Modularisation & Visualisation, McDermott 

Michael Kluck, Sr Project Manager – Engineering, KBR 

Lina Gonzalez, Project Engineering Manager, Kiewit

Bhupesh Thakkar, SVP – LNG, Bechtel Corporation

 

 

Moderator: Mike Britton, Project Director – Train 4, Freeport LNG 

11.40am

Insourcing Data Management

In this session Geoff Ryan from Insight-AWP will present the framework that they use to support Advanced Work Packaging with Data

  • Project Data is a commodity

  • Data is the bridge between Engineering/Procurement and Construction

  • The Data environment needs a strategy and management

 

Geoff Ryan, CEO – Insight-AWP

 

11.55am

 

Project Development – Value Improving Practices on LNG Projects

 

  • Implementation of Project Management Value Improving Practices on LNG Projects (Assurance, Framing, Value Engineering, Constructability Review.)

  • Technology overviews in support of project portfolio trends (carbon management, etc.)

  • Improvements to reduce schedule and capital cost

 

 James McCuish, Partner, Pinnacle Results LLC 

 

12.25pm 

 

Lunch Break - In the Arboretum Rooms on 1st Floor

 

1.45pm 

 

How to Develop a Lean, Cost Efficient & Resilient Supply Chain in a hot construction market

 

  • How to effectively manage your supply chain in an environment where multiple mega projects under construction add complexity and risk

  • Strategies for developing lean, cost efficient and resilient supply chains to help LNG players successfully develop major LNG projects

  • Supplier Diversity – How the EPC contractors and owners are supporting small / historically underserved businesses and communities.

​Darya Swaby, Director of Supply Chain Management, Sempra Infrastructure 

Faraz Shahid, Director of Supply Chain Center of Excellence, Cheniere Energy

Matthew Saunders, Director of Contracts & Procurement, Next Decade 

 

Moderator – Jim Claunch, Expert Partner, Bain & Company  

 

2.40pm

 

Panel - LNG Project Decarbonisation, Driving Towards Net Zero LNG

 

  • Carbon Reduction Strategies – Evaluate the various ways in which project developers are integrating greener technology into their projects such as carbon capture and storage, sequestration, flaring reduction, bringing efficiencies from the renewable sector and digital led technology solution

  • Can the industry successfully deploy carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies at both a large enough scale and a low enough cost to make them viable?

  • Green Economics - How will these changes impact the economic model of your plants?  What will it take for buyers to be willing to step up and absorb those additional costs

  • Greenfield & Brownfield Assets – Assess the best approach for carbon reduction strategies on both green and brownfield projects

  • Carbon sequestration for LNG projects, what are the options?

 

 

Andrea Iuretig, MV Drives Sales Director Power Electronics, Nidec Conversion

Jan Sherman, Chief Development Officer,​ Carbonvert 

Peter Zhang, Sr Principal LNG Consultant, Gulf LNG Solutions 

Aurelien Guichard, Sr Director/Sr Manager - Energy Transition, Sustainability, Climate Risk, Decarbonization, Ernst & Young 

 

Moderator: Dick Westney, Founder / Director, R/MW Consulting 

 

3.30pm 

 

Panel - Gas Supply & Infrastructure Challenges (Ethane / Ethylene / Nitrogen)

 

  • Engineering impacts of increasingly nitrogen heavy feedgas – will the suppliers remove the nitrogen upstream or will LNG exporters need to install the NRU at the plant? – how to effectively mitigate

  • Understand the feedgas mix is changing, what the production companies are doing to mitigate and what the long-term horizon looks like (are nitrogen and heavy components, CO2, and BTEX, Helium/hydrogen levels going to go up or down)

  • High purity Ethane / Ethylene & Nitrogen refrigerant supply – how are industrial gas suppliers going to ensure they are ahead of the curve to provide enough supply and the supporting pipeline & storage infrastructure for the LNG Export industry

​T. Madray, Director of LNG Refrigerants, Gas Innovations 

Chesley Russo, Director of LNG, Enbridge 

Greg Thomas, Licensing Director, ConocoPhillips

Edmund Knolle., Chief Commercial Officer, Gulf Coast Midstream - Partners LLC 

 

Moderator – Julius Leitner, Consultant, Reese Energy Consulting 

 

4.15pm 

 

Conference Closes 

 

5.00pm 

 

Exhibition Closes & Exhibition Tear Down 

Operations, Maintenance, Commissioning & Turnaround Agenda 2024 

June 24th

 

2.00pm – 6.00pm Exhibitor Set Up - Imperial Ballroom Situated on the 2nd Floor

6.00pm – 8.00pmPre-Event Networking Drinks Reception & Registration - Come and join is for a welcoming drinks reception, where you can meet and network with your fellow attendees and also print out your badge early to avoid the queues in the morning. 

Where? - In the exhibition hall in the Imperial Ballroom Situated on the 2nd Floor, hope to see you there!

 

June 25th 

Please note - Morning of Day 1 will feature a shared keynote / plenary section.  This will take place in the engineering & construction track room or can be live stream viewed in the LNG operations & maintenance (O&M) track room. The O&M track will begin at 11:20am. Scroll down to view the full agenda. 

7.30am – Exhibition Hall Opens - Serving Barista Coffee, Continental Breakfast and Refreshments

 

8.40am 

 

  • Chairmans Welcome & Keynote Speech

 

Jonathan Rennie, Executive Consultant, Leadership & Talent Coach, Honeycomb Anthems 

 

9.00am

 

Message from Mike Sommers, President & CEO, American Petroleum Institute

 

9.05am 

 

Keynote Panel Session - LNG Export Engineering & Construction Market Overview

 

  • Key Project Updates – how are projects progressing.

  • Craft Labor Shortage – impact on projects so far and how are we addressing it?

  • Biden LNG Pause – what impact is it having on your business?  What impact with it have on LNG Export projects in the US?

  • Modular Construction – are you using it in your projects?  Experience, challenges

  • Supply chains – how are project supply chains fairing?  Key crunch points, concerns, techniques to mitigate issues? 

  • Regulation – outside of biden pause, any other major regulation which is impacting your projects?  

  • Decarbonisation – what are some of the key ways in which you working to decarbonise your construction sites and your LNG Export operations? 

 

Eric Gutierrez, President - OGC, Kiewit 

Mike VanderMate, SVP Engineering & Construction, Cheniere Energy 

Paul Varello, Executive Chairman, Commonwealth LNG 

Jim Lewis, Vice President Western Operations, McDermott International 

Adam Prestidge, Executive Vice President – LNG, Glenfarne / Texas LNG 

 

Moderator - Jonathan Rennie, Executive Consultant, Leadership & Talent Coach, Honeycomb Anthems 

 

 

9.55am 

 

Panel - EPC & Contractor perspectives - Addressing the Craft Professionals Labor and Engineering Shortages 

 

  • How does the major EPC’s and contractors plan to manage the craft labor shortage challenge for major LNG projects

  • What does the current craft professional availability actually look like

  • How are EPC contractors pricing labor rates

  • What are we doing to improve the productivity of our craft professional labor workforce

  • Where/how does modularization and AWP fit in and mitigate this problem

  • What can we do to attract the talent (engineering, operations, HSSE, etc.) needed? – Development and Retainment

  • Are HVECs (high value engineering centers) actually working and if so, what are the keys to successful implementation

  • What does the pipeline look like for new resources, out of high school/college?

  • How important is work/life balance (integration)  and benefits such as flex time?

 

Natalie Wane, Global Workforces Manager, Bechtel 

Scott Marshall, Senior Group People Operations Director, Worley 

Terrie Spencer, Director of Human Resources, Burns & McDonnell 

Zeke Smith, Director – Leadership & Workforce Development, Apache Industrial Services 

Chris Blike, President, Kodiak Labor Solutions

Moderator: Matt Clark, Sr Manager of Workforce Development, NCCER 

10.40am

Morning Coffee Break & Refreshments (In the Exhibition Hall) 

11.20am

Please note - The LNG Export Operations & Maintenance Conference Track Will Take Place in the Window Box Room on the 1st Floor. 

11.20am

 

Chairmans Welcome & Opening Speech

Tom Maramba, Executive Director, Fluor

11.25am

Building Robust Operational Readiness Plans during FEED and EPC Integration

  • Best practices for building robust operational readiness plans during the FEED phase

  • Impact of EPC contracting strategy on operational readiness plans 

  • Identifying the final scope and deliverables that should be included in EPC contracts to ensure operational success

  • Case studies on the early development of operational readiness plans and their impact on project success

Moderator - Jim Kizer, President, Kizer Energy

Les Hanson, VP Operations, Commonwealth LNG

Tony Degens, Vice President of Operations, Mexico Pacific Limited

Tony Cooper, Sr. Director Operational Readiness, NextDecade

12.35pm

Lunch Break - In the Arboretum Rooms (1st Floor)

 

2.00pm 

Environmental Responsibility

  • BOG management: Electric versus GT-driven LNG trains - Advantages, challenges, and industry trends

  • Complying with existing and future regulations for environmental responsibility in LNG projects

  • Effective decarbonization measures and strategies to reduce the carbon footprint

  • LDAR programs: Breaking the status quo and adopting innovative practices for emissions control and compliance

Tom Maramba, Executive Director - LNG, Fluor Corporation

2.20pm 

The Application of Pressurized Welding Enclosures in LNG Facilities

This session will explore how to:

 

  • Sustain continuous production whilst doing necessary maintenance

  • Minimize the risk of gas leaks and fire and explosion hazards

  • Comply with regulatory and environmental standards

  • Implement cost-cutting measures to manage your OPEX more effectively

Kristopher Patin, Vice President of Operations,  Safe Arc Technology 

2.35pm

Maintenance Management Strategies

  • Developing Maintenance Management Philosophies: The importance of defining clear principles to guide maintenance practices

  • Enhancing Preventive Maintenance (PM) Plans and Procedures: Strategies, plans and procedures to proactively address equipment reliability and performance

  • Strategizing Regulatory Compliance: Navigating the complex landscape of regulatory compliance in the LNG industry

Drew Jackson, Senior Project Engineer, CH-IV

3.00pm

Afternoon Coffee Break (Main Exhibition Hall)

3.20pm

Developing Effective CSU Strategies

  • Defining versatile CSU strategies for LNG projects

  • Systemization and startup sequence

  • Division of responsibilities

  • Defining CSU scope during FEED to align with project goals

  • Modular versus Stick built: Adapting the CSU scope for different construction approaches

  • Managing CSU quality for modular LNG trains, ensuring a smooth transition from construction to operation

Moderator: Randy Pound, Executive Director, Tormod

Leslie Pereira, LNG Operations Manager, Sempra Infrastructure

Lexie Hall, Senior Technical Trainer, Freeport LNG  

David Gilbert, Director Commissioning & Start Up, Kiewit 

Johnie Boutwell, Relationship Manager LNG, Rev1 Energy

4.05pm

Workshop - TAR Best Practices and Challenges (open to all, no pre registration required)

AP-Networks will facilitate a give-and-take session on the challenges faced by LNG facilities. Specific areas for discussion will include fit-for-purpose work processes, scope development, benchmarking, sustaining capital projects identification and integration, asset management and resourcing

Peter Shirley, Managing Director, AP Networks

TJ Felts, VCAP Manager, AP Networks

5.05pm 

Chairmans Closing Remarks 

Tom Maramba, Executive Director, Fluor

5.10pm 

Networking Drinks Reception - Main Exhibition Hall (2nd floor Imperial Ballroom)

7.30pm 

Day One Closes

June 26th 

Please Note - Morning of Day 2 will feature a shared keynote / plenary section.  This will take place in the engineering & construction track room or can be live stream viewed in the LNG operations & maintenance (O&M) track room. The O&M track will begin at 10:40am. Scroll down for full agenda. 

9.00am 

 

  • Chairmans Welcome & Keynote Speech

 

Jonathan Rennie, Executive Consultant, Leadership & Talent Coach, Honeycomb Anthems 

 

9.20am 

 

Keynote Fireside Chat with Bechtel & Cheniere 

 

Corey Grindal, Chief Operating Officer, Cheniere Energy 

Bhupesh Thakkar, SVP & General Manager LNG, Bechtel Corporation 

 

10.00am

 

Morning Coffee Break 

 

10.40am

Please note - The LNG Export Operations & Maintenance Conference Track Will Take Place in the Window Box Room on the 1st Floor. 

Welcome & Chairman Opening Remarks 

Ani Ganguly, VP Business Development, Kiewit 

10.45am 

Early Integration of Operational Perspectives

  • Exploring the benefits of involving operational perspectives during the conceptual design, pre-FEED, and FEED phases

  • Highlighting real-world examples of how operational input improves project outcomes

  • Discussing the advantages of early collaboration between design and operations teams

  • Success stories of projects that integrated operational perspectives from the outset

Moderator Andrew Brown, International Operations Technology Manager, Woodside

Mahesh Hirpara, Head of Operations LNG Train, QatarEnergy LNG

Jonathan Matson, RFO Manager, Sempra Infrastructure

Dipanjan Battarcharya, Technology Manager, Kiewit

11.40am

Flaring Reduction Strategies

  • Technology and maintenance practices to reduce flaring

  • Exploring alternatives to traditional cooldown and flaring methodologies

  • Incorporating novel flaring strategies during the conceptual design phase

  • Industry case studies on successful flaring reduction and compliance initiatives

Dipanjan Battarcharya, Technology Manager, Kiewit

12.05pm 

Best Practices in Operational Excellence

  • A discussion on best practices and industry insights for achieving operational excellence, enhancing maintenance and reliability, and ensuring regulatory compliance in LNG projects

  • Sharing real-world case studies and lessons learned from successful maintenance and reliability initiatives

  • Addressing challenges in maintaining a high level of operational excellence

  • Operations and maintenance coordination and collaboration for excellence

 

 

Christopher Elko, Machinery Lead, Air Products

12.30pm 

Lunch Break - In the Arboretum Rooms (1st Floor)

1.45pm 

Achieving Excellence

  • Minimizing Maintenance Disruptions: Strategies and best practices to reduce unplanned maintenance events and improve operational continuity

  • Increasing Reliability and Trains Availability: Insights into enhancing the reliability of LNG trains and maximizing their availability for uninterrupted operations

  • Asset Integrity Management: Leveraging process safety management through condition monitoring, integrity checks and risk-based inspection.

  • Training for Excellence: Developing effective training programs and mentorship to foster a culture of excellence in maintenance and reliability

  • Defining Efficient Methodologies for CMMS Deployment

Moderator Marc de la Roche, Senior Project Manager, Sempra Infrastructure

Christopher Elko, Machinery Lead, Air Products

David M. Anderson, Vice President, Costa Brava Engineering

Randy Pound, Executive Director, Tormod

Timothy Truong, LNG Technology Manager, Bechtel

2.35pm 

CSU Management 

  • Understanding CSU Completion Workflows: Best practices for managing the various stages of CSU

  • Exploring the main CSU management frameworks and their application to LNG projects

  • Devising a robust CSU plan during the FEED phase to support Operational Readiness (OR) 

  • Navigating compliance requirements related to CSU and OR in the LNG industry.

Moderator Randy Pound, Executive Director, Tormod

Mark Oldam, Commissioning & Start Up Manager, Wood

Maury Hudson, Consultant, Ferro Spiritum

Manuel Gortarez, Commissioning & Start Up Manager, Fluor Corporation

3.25pm 

Chairman's Closing Remarks 

Ani Ganguly, VP Business Development, Kiewit

3.35pm 

Conference Closes

5.00pm 

 

Exhibition Closes & Exhibition Tear Down 

 

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