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INFONEX Crude-by-Rail Conference


Jan 27, 2014

Explore Developments in Crude-by-Rail Markets, Optimize Your Transportation Strategies, and Analyze the Impact of Changing Safety Regulations.  


INFONEX’s Crude-by-Rail conference in Calgary on April 8-9th will bring together key players from the crude oil supply chain to examine regulatory developments, crude-by-rail economics, rail networks and destinations, and other critical issues in the industry.


Rail is now a serious alternative to pipeline for getting crude to market. The crude industry has become familiar with rail, and crude transporters are shifting their focus to understanding best practices and optimizing their crude transportation strategies. At the same time, new questions are being asked about crude-by-rail’s long-term viability.


Understanding how to take advantage of rail and how to make rail profitable for your business is a complex and time-consuming challenge. Regulators are evaluating new safety rules that could increase costs; shrinking price differentials are creating new challenges in making CBR profitable; and looming decisions on Keystone XL and other pipeline projects could limit the appeal of rail. Rail however offers a flexibility that pipeline can’t, and the pipeline diluent penalty increases the cost of piping heavy crude.


This rail conference will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the issues that impact your crude-by-rail decisions. Our faculty of leading experts will show you the networks, destinations, and markets that are available; discuss the future of crude-by-rail, crude pricing dynamics, and crude-by-rail economics; and explain incoming safety regulations and the impact on the cost of crude-by-rail.



Key topics include:


  • Expert insights on crude-by-rail economics and crude pricing forecasts
  • Developments in safety regulation and assess their impact on the crude-by-rail industry
  • What markets are accessible by rail and what prices you can expect 
  • Status updates on Keystone XL and other pipeline projects
  • Evaluation of the legal risks and potential liability issues with crude-by-rail
  • Best practices in developing transloading infrastructure
  • Railcar supply and get strategies for railcar procurement
  • Integration of rail with pipeline and barge infrastructure
  • Rail network capacity and future capacity in North America
  • Assessment of safety risks in crude transportation
  • Discussion of the future of crude transportation in North America



Confirmed speakers include:


  • Greg Molaro, Vice-President Operations, Altex Energy
  • Sébastien Labbé, Director of Marketing, Crude Oil and Condensate, CN
  • Knut Ohm, Rail Safety Officer, Alberta Transportation
  • Jackie Forrest, Senior Director, North American Oil, IHS CERA
  • Mike Miller, VP, Western Canada Petroleum Rail Solutions, Savage Services
  • Ed Koshka, VP Operations & Crude Marketing, E-T Energy
  • Ryan Fischer, AVP Emerging Markets, Genesee & Wyoming Inc.
  • Alex MacWilliam, Partner, Dentons Canada LLP
  • Lee Jebb, VP Railway Operations, Cando Railway Services
  • Jarrett Zielinski, President & CEO, TORQ Transloading
  • Dr. Kenneth P. Green, Senior Director, Natural Resource Studies, The Fraser Institute
  • Scott Arnold, Director, Sustainability & External Relations, Canadian Oil Sands Ltd.
  • Steve Elliott, Director, Rail Business Development, Enbridge Pipelines Inc.



RefinerLink readers are being offered 10% OFF regularly published rates with discount code 1097-RL. Details HERE.


For complete information, or to register, please visit or call Infonex customer service at 1.800.474.4829.


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