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Crude By Rail 2014: New Destinations, Increasing Capacities

By American Business Conferences

Jan 11, 2014

How Rail Operators Are Planning Current Projects To Economically Meet The Demands Of Producers And Refiners 


The recent collapse of Brent & WTI Differentials has meant that a once obvious crude by rail movement to Gulf Coast refineries to capture higher differentials can no longer be justified with such ease. As a result, producers and rail operators have been forced to re-evaluate rail strategies in relation to how netbacks compare across existing and new rail markets, as well as how they compare against netbacks being offered by pipeline markets. 


As oil volumes continue to grow at pace from plays across the US and Canada however, understanding how railroad operators are planning the latest takeaway and offloading projects to meet E&P and refiner demands is critical to crude marketing strategies across the country. Understanding how rail operators are remaining competitive in light of increasing pipeline capacities, current market prices and potential increases in cost as a result of new mandates to retrofit railcars, is of paramount interest to producers, refiners and of course, the railroad operators themselves.


Crude By Rail 2014: New Destinations, Increasing Capacities will bring together key railroad operators to detail the capacity and cycle times of latest railroad, rail car and terminal expansions across the West, East & Gulf Coast, to determine how rail operators are planning current projects to meet the demands of refiners and producers. Producers and refineries from across the US will complement those discussions with forecasts of crude grades and volumes emerging from different shale plays as well as specifying demand from specific crude qualities across the hottest West, East & Gulf Coast refineries.




  • Rail Operator Led: designed specifically to determine how rail operators can meet the needs of producers and refiners
  • Solutions For All 3 Stakeholders: every session has been designed specifically to provide solutions for refiners, producers and rail operators
  • West Coast Markets: emphasis on the exploration of California and other West Coast markets as economically viable rail destinations
  • Addresses Recent Collapse Of Price Differentials: justifying the longevity of rail in light of recent collapse in price differentials
  • Rail Car Mandates: addressing latest FRA regulations with regards to rail car modifications to determine how this might impact cost







Day one will provide a keynote perspective from each of the major stakeholders: a rail operator’s perspective on how they seek to meet the demands of refiners and producers through the expansion of railroads. A producer perspective on the crude grades and volumes emerging from different US shale plays and a refiner’s perspective on future plans to redesign crude slates to take advantage of different crudes will then follow. Different delivery points and refineries across the West, East And Gulf Coast will be addressed to evaluate the volume capacity, rail connectivity and economics of each. An assessment of current rail and refinery capacity for Canadian crude and the flexibility of heavy crude terminals to accept light crude will close the day.




Day two will scrutinize the market differentials and the different options for minimizing rail costs to assess the long-term economic viability of rail to different markets. The following things will be discussed with regards to increasing rail efficiencies and minimizing costs: unit vs. manifest trains, increasing cycle time and creating efficiencies, railcar regulations and modifications. The day will end with a discussion of existing and future pipeline developments to enable an assessment of the longevity of crude by rail once these West Coast & East Coast pipelines have been built.




Speakers include VPs, CEOs, SVPs and Presidents of Midstream, Transportation, Supply and Trading, Emerging Markets, Crude Oil, Refining, Rail, Logistics, Business Development and Marketing.


Speaker Line-Up Includes:

  • Sébastien Labbé, Director of Sales and Marketing, Canadian National Railroad
  • Tracy Robinson, VP Energy - Coal & Merchandise, Canadian Pacific
  • Darin Selby, VP Energy Markets, Kansas City Southern Railway
  • Jarrett Zielinski, CEO, TORQ Transloading
  • Ryan Fischer, AVP Emerging Markets, Genesee & Wyoming Inc
  • Mike Lutz, VP Midstream, Hess Corporation
  • Todd Morgan, VP Crude Oil & NGL Marketing, Devon Energy
  • Mark Smith, VP, Tesoro
  • Joseph Israel, SVP Refining, Hunt Refining Company
  • Doug Johnson, SVP Supply and Trading, Western Refining
  • Dave Baker, VP, Paramount Petroleum
  • Mark Phair, VP and General Manager, Wilmington Refinery,Valero
  • Erik Johnson, VP and GM, Canopy Prospecting
  • Allan Roach, SVP Business Development, Watco Companies
  • Marvin Matthews, Manager of Customer Communications, Canadian Pacific
  • Joseph C Szabo, Administrator, FRA


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