Wednesday 27 May 2015

18.00 Welcome Reception. The Houstonian Hotel

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Thursday 28 May 2015


08.30  Introduction
Mike O’Driscoll, Director, IMFORMED, UK

08.45  Oil & gas market outlook
Steven Ilkay, President, Oil & Gas Advisor, USA

09.15  Oilfield minerals: supplying the market
Dave Frattaroli, Chief Commercial Officer, Unimin Energy Solutions, USA

09.45  Coffee


10.15  Global barytes industry overview
Peter Huxtable, Director, The Barytes Association, UK

10.45  Barytes sourcing & marketing
John Allen, Managing Director, Anglo Pacific Minerals Ltd, UK

11.15  Mexico as a reliable source of barytes
Mario Treviño Saldívar, Vice President Marketing, Baramin SA de CV, Mexico

11.45  Application of barytes in drilling fluids – the recent past and most likely future
John Newcaster, Vice President, Distribution and Logistics, Baker Hughes Inc., USA

12.15  The latest trends in worldwide shipping
Jesper Hoppe, Managing Director, Viking Shipping Co. A/S, Norway & Morten Petersen, Managing Director, Viking Shipping Co. (Hong Kong) Ltd, Hong Kong

12.30  Lunch sponsored by  RockFin thumb


14.00  Bentonite supply & demand in drilling
Sue Shaw, Senior Analyst, Roskill Information Services Ltd, UK

14.30  A bright future: hectorite in oilfield drilling
Frank Wright, President, Hectatone Inc., USA

15.00  Increase asset utilisation and reduce costs with garnet abrasive
R. Randolph Rapple, President, Barton International, USA

15.30 Coffee


16.00  New techniques for drying and grinding barytes and bentonite
Jean-Francois Marechal, Managing Director, Poittemill, France

16.30  Use of fluid bed and rotary dryers for frac sand
Doug Spisak, Director of Proposals & Technical Sales, Heyl & Patterson Inc., USA

17.00  Bulk handling systems for minerals
Neal Levine, Business Development Manager, Arrows Up Inc., USA

17.30  Close of Day 1: Reception sponsored by Anaconda Barite logo smaller

Friday 29 May 2015


09.00  North American proppant market supply, demand, & pricing outlook
Samir Nangia, Principal, IHS (formerly PacWest Consulting Partners), USA

09.30  Frac sand: US exploration and production – where’s it heading?
Mark Zdunczyk, Consultant Geologist, USA

10.00  Coffee


10.30  Proppants from Brazil: Curimbaba Group past, present, & future
Rafael Curimbaba, Director Business Development, Curimbaba Group, Brazil

11.15   Chinese ceramic proppant & oilfield chemicals: recent development, status & future
Gene Kim, CEO, AM2F Energy Inc., USA

11.45  The future of ceramic proppants in the unconventional shale market
Jack Larry, General Manager, Saint-Gobain Proppants, USA

12.15  Lunch sponsored by  Unimin Energy Solutions logo thumb


14.00  The outlook for the Indian proppant market and shale gas industry
Manan Shah, Director, Ashapura International Ltd, India

14.30  Ceramic proppant development using fly ash as raw material
Siegfried Konig, Executive Director, Coretrack Ltd, Australia

15.00  Frac sand developments for the Argentinean shale gas market
Richard Spencer, President & CEO, South American Silica Corp., USA

15.30  Closing Remarks

18.30-20.00  Port of Houston Dinner Tour aboard the M/V Sam Houston

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Included in delegate registration fee.