Midstream Monitor

Oil and gas companies still constitute wise investments, said panelists at Privcap's Game Change conference, despite the emergence of renewable sources of energy. Also, Hart Energy has announced its 25 honorees for the Women In Energy luncheon in February; and a steady rise in ethane prices at Conway, Kan., has narrowed the gap between Conway and Mont Belvieu, Texas.
How important is water management? It can make or break a play. A panel at the recent DUG Midcontinent conferences discussed the challenges of getting the right volume to where it is needed. Also, the M&A panel at the conference described the value of size to investors; and Jessica Morales returns to host Headlines, which focuses on OPEC's production decision.
Everybody wants a safe work environment but achieving it is a challenge. Experts at the recent DUG Midcontinent Conference's midstream technical forum offer their take. Also from the conference, Drillinginfo's Bernadette Johnson speaks to Steve Toon of Oil and Gas Investor about the outlook for prices and more; and a recent hike in natural gas prices has lifted NGL prices but squeezed margins.
Panelists at a natural gas operations roundtable at DUG Midcontinent's midstream technical forum stressed how difficult it is to recruit young talent into the industry. Also, the soaring price of gas, coupled with the falling prices of NGL has squeezed margins mightily; and the Permian still has plenty of possibilities.
Treat each other with respect, Energy Spectrum Capital's Ben Davis urged attendees of the recent Midstream Finance conference. Davis was offering advice on how to make private equity partnerships work. Also, Stacey Morris of Alerian says that the fundamentals remain sound for MLP investments; and technology, exports and all things Permian Basin were the topics at this week's Executive Oil Conference in Midland.
The outlook for energy exports is promising but the industry could encounter headwinds in a few years. Also, MLPs aren't dead yet; crude oil's fall has affected other commodities; and Venezuela's oil slump reflects the nation's decline. 
Enable Midstream Partners bought Velocity Midstream as part of its move toward liquids. Also, Cheniere's Jack Fusco discussed the opportunities for exporting LNG to China as the trade dispute with the U.S. escalates; and Alerian's Kenny Feng told attendees at the first Midstream Finance conference that capital efficiency is the dominant driver in midstream.
Pennsylvania business leaders are strategizing for converting the commonwealth's natural gas riches into regional growth. Also, exporters of petrochemicals could experience a rough 2019 if trade tensions between the U.S. and China continue to worsen; and workplaces will need to be rethought as automation becomes a bigger factor.
Antero Resources Corp.'s consolidation of its midstream affiliate into a simplified corporate structure is a "win-win-win" for the company, its CEO said. Also, soaring commodity prices could be an invitation to a sharp market correction; and Diversified Gas & OIl bought Core Appalachia Holding Co.
Final investment decisions to go forward with the two-train LNG Canada project and Coastal Gaslink pipeline have raised hopes in Canada's beleaguered energy sector. Also, a Royal Dutch Shell scenario depicts a technology-driven, low-emissions future; and OPEC expects IMO 2020 to spur a temporary spike in oil demand.

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