LONDON OIL & ENERGY
FORUM 2018

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February 19, 2018
8 am – 4:30 pm GMT

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Hilton Park Lane, 22 Park Lane, Mayfair, London W1K 1BE
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Platts London Oil & Energy Forum

Platts London Oil & Energy Forum is a key event in the calendar, and each year our respected editors and analysts share their latest insights on oil and energy markets, engage in market dialogue, and converse with delegates. It’s all part of what S&P Global Platts has been doing for the last 100 years – bringing clarity and transparency to the energy and commodities markets through independent price benchmarks and analysis, and enabling companies, governments and individuals to act with conviction.


Agenda

8 am

Registration & Networking

9:30 am

Plenary Session Opening

Vera Blei, Global Director, Oil Markets

9:35 am

Market Update & Outlook

Chris Midgley, Head of Global Analytics

9:55 am

Platts Benchmarks Update

Jonty Rushforth, Senior Director, Energy Price Group

10:20 am

Networking Break

11:15 am

Session 1: Finding the balance: the major supply and demand trends in crude oil

  • Trading patterns of North Sea crude, and the future of the North Sea benchmark

  • Impact and outlook of the OPEC/non-OPEC agreement

  • The rise of US exports into the global flow

  • Demand growth and supply disruption

Joel Hanley, Editorial Director, European & African Oil
Paula VanLaningham, Managing Editor, European & African Crude Oil
John Morley, Editor, European & African Crude Oil
Herman Wang, Senior Writer, Oil News
Gillian Carr, Associate Editor, Europe & African Crude
Matt Cook, Associate Editorial Director, Americas Oil

Session 2: The changing product landscape ahead of 2020

  • The challenges for road fuels

  • The effect of the IMO’s sulfur cap on refined products markets

  • West African refined products outlook

  • Light ends overview

Andrew Bonnington, Editorial Director, European & African Oil
Francesco Di Salvo, Managing Editor, European and African Middle Distillates
George Shaw, Editor, European & African Middle Distillates
Caroline Knight, Editor, European & African Middle Distillates
Iain Stevenson, Managing Editor, European and African Light Ends
Eleni Pittalis, Associate Editor, European & African Fuel Oil

12:30 pm

Networking Lunch

1:30 pm

Analytics presentation: Crude trade flows

Chris Midgley, Head of Global Analytics

1:55 pm

Analytics presentation: LNG pricing and analytics

Frank Konertz, Head of LNG Analytics

2:20 pm

Analytics presentation: Changing Lanes

Chris Midgley, Head of Global Analytics

2:50 pm

Networking break

3:15 pm

Platts Oil Methodology Explained Session

Joel Hanley, Editorial Director, European & African Oil
Andrew Bonnington, Editorial Director, European & African Oil

4:45 pm

Forum Ends

Agenda subject to change

Speakers

Vera Blei

Vera Blei

Global Director, Oil Markets
S&P Global Platts

Chris Midgley

Chris Midgley

Head of Global Analytics
S&P Global Platts

Jonty Rushforth

Jonty Rushforth

Senior Director, Energy Price Group
S&P Global Platts

Joel Hanley

Joel Hanley

Editorial Director, European & African Oil
S&P Global Platts

Paula VanLaningham

Paula VanLaningham

Managing Editor, European & African Crude Oil
S&P Global Platts

John Morley

John Morley

Editor, European & African Crude Oil
S&P Global Platts

Herman Wang

Herman Wang

Senior Writer, Oil News
S&P Global Platts

Gillian Carr

Gillian Carr

Associate Editor, European & African Crude
S&P Global Platts

Matthew Cook

Matthew Cook

Associate Editorial Director, Americas Oil
S&P Global Platts

Andrew Bonnington

Andrew Bonnington

Editorial Director, European and African Oil
S&P Global Platts

Francesco Di Salvo

Francesco Di Salvo

Managing Editor, European and African Middle Distillates
S&P Global Platts

George Shaw

George Shaw

Editor, European & African Middle Distillates
S&P Global Platts

Caroline Knight

Caroline Knight

Editor, European & African Middle Distillates
S&P Global Platts

Iain Stevenson

Iain Stevenson

Managing Editor, European & African Light Ends
S&P Global Platts

Eleni Pittalis

Eleni Pittalis

Associate Editor, European & African Fuel Oil
S&P Global Platts

Frank Konertz

Frank Konertz

Head of LNG Analytics
S&P Global Platts

Meet with S&P Global Platts during our forum and IP Week. Our Hospitality Suite will be located at The Hilton on Park Lane from Monday 19 – Wednesday 21 February.

Schedule a meeting with our editors, analysts or a product specialist to discuss your needs and demo our analytics products, giving you the opportunity to get our view on topics including supply and demand balances, global trade flows and price trends.

These one-to-one meetings are a great opportunity to gain deeper insights, whilst getting your queries clarified.

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Monday, February 19, 8 am – 12 pm GMT
Monday, February 19, 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm GMT
Tuesday, February 20, 8 am – 12 pm GMT
Tuesday, February 20, 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm GMT
Wednesday, February 21, 8 am – 12 pm GMT
Wednesday, February 21, 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm GMT

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Tuesday, February 20, 8 am – 4:30 pm GMT
Wednesday, February 21, 8 am – 4:30 pm GMT

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Speakers

Vera Blei

Vera Blei

Global Director, Oil Markets, S&P Global Platts

As Global Director, Oil Markets, Vera is responsible for global oil markets coverage. Prior to that, Vera was Content Director – Metals, responsible for ferrous and non-ferrous metals pricing, news and analytics globally. Previously, Vera launched the Steel First service at Metal Bulletin and was named Steel Journalist of the Year 2016 by the World Steel Association. Prior to that, Vera worked in pricing and news roles in different energy markets (power, gas, LNG, coal, emissions, crude oil) for organizations including Platts, Gas Strategies and NYMEX. Vera has worked as a freelance journalist in Germany, the UK and Russia.


Chris Midgley

Chris Midgley

Head of Global Analytics, S&P Global Platts

Chris recently joined S&P Global Platts as the Head of Global Analytics and member of the Executive Committee. He has over 25 years’ experience in the oil industry starting his career engineering design and manufacturing with Exxon having gained degree in Chemical Engineering. In 1997 he joined Shell where he held a number of roles in Supply & Trading based both in Europe and Australia including heading up their Fuel Oil Trading Team. He spent five years in Strategy running Shell’s Downstream Management Consultancy and as Senior Strategy Adviser for Cost Reduction and Joint Venture Excellence.

In his most recent role before joining S&P Global Platts, he was Chief Economist to Shell Trading and Head of Oil Markets Analysis, where he advised business on short-term dynamics effecting Global Oil Markets in order to develop Trading Strategies. He led a team which model the future crude, oil products and chemicals trends in order to provide fundamentals and pricing to support strategic planning, and capital investment decisions across the Group. His most recent work included developing a Future Mobility Strategy for the Group and articulating the fundamental which will influence the Energy Transition.


Jonty Rushforth

Jonty Rushforth

Senior Director, Energy Price Group, S&P Global Platts

Jonty works at Platts as the Senior Director, Energy Price Group and is based in the London office. He was previously the Editorial Director for Asia and Middle East Oil Markets, and was based in Singapore for seven years where he managed the market reporting team that assesses crude and products prices across the region.

Prior to this he covered commodities markets in Europe. He has a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University and an MA from Cardiff University in International Journalism.


Joel Hanley

Joel Hanley

Editorial Director, European & African Oil, S&P Global Platts

Joel Hanley is Senior Director, European and African Oil, responsible for Platts’ oil price assessments and market reporting in the region, including several benchmarks such as Dated Brent. Joel joined Platts in 2002, reporting on the crude oil markets of the North Sea, West Africa, Russia and the Middle East. Prior to his work at Platts, Joel wrote for Energy Risk magazine where he covered risk management and energy market deregulation. He also launched Oil & Gas Technology magazine for the Chinese market. Joel holds a degree in Russian and Information Technology from The University of Exeter.


Paula VanLaningham

Paula VanLaningham

Managing Editor, European & African Crude Oil, S&P Global Platts

Paula VanLaningham is the Managing Editor of the European, Middle East and African crude oil team at Platts in London. Her primary focus has been on the Russian, Mediterranean and Middle East crude markets, but she has also been responsible for Platts’ coverage in the North Sea and West Africa, among the most widely used price assessments globally. She began her career at Platts looking at both the European jet fuel and light ends markets. Paula graduated from the London School of Economics with a Master’s of Science degree in International Political Economy and with Latin Honors from the George Washington University in Washington DC with a degree in International Politics and European affairs.


John Morley

John Morley

Editor, European & African Crude Oil, S&P Global Platts

John Morley is an editor in the European and African crude oil team. He has covered the Atlantic Basin crude market for Platts since October 2016, with his primary focus on the North Sea crude market. He has also covered the West African and Mediterranean crude sectors. Prior to this John spent three years covering the West of Suez dirty and clean freight markets at Platts. He previously worked as a bond analyst with Informa Global Markets. John holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and an MSc in Financial Economics from University College Cork.


Herman Wang

Herman Wang

Senior Writer, Oil News, S&P Global Platts

Herman Wang is a London-based senior writer, oil news, for S&P Global Platts, reporting on OPEC. He covers OPEC’s semi-annual ministerial meetings in Vienna, and is the principal editor for Platts’ closely followed monthly OPEC production survey. Prior to this, he was a senior editor for Platts based on Washington, D.C., covering US oil policy. He was a co-creator and co-host of Platts Capitol Crude, The US Oil Policy Podcast, which won the 2015 Jesse H. Neal Award for best webcast. Herman is a Northwestern University alum and worked for daily newspapers in Tennessee, North Carolina and Pennsylvania before joining Platts in 2009.


Matthew Cook

Matthew Cook

Associate Editorial Director, Americas Oil, S&P Global Platts

Matt currently leads the US market reporting teams covering Americas crude, fuel oil and bunker fuel.

Prior to that, he worked as the senior managing editor for Americas clean refined products. He has worked at Platts since 2004, covering a variety of markets, including electricity, gasoline and crude oil.

He holds bachelor degrees in journalism and radio-television-film from The University of Texas at Austin.


Andrew Bonnington

Andrew Bonnington

Editorial Director, European and African Oil, S&P Global Platts

Andrew Bonnington is Editorial Director, European and African Oil. Andrew joined Platts in 1999 in a commercial role before joining the oil editorial team in 2004. Andrew has reported on all the major refined products including diesel, gasoline and fuel oil. Andrew started in his current role in March 2013, having previously been responsible for managing Platts European and African coverage of refined products markets. Andrew has also managed the European electricity and shipping reporting teams during his career at Platts. Andrew has a BA honours degree in Political Studies from the University of Leicester.


Francesco Di Salvo

Francesco Di Salvo

Managing Editor, European and African Middle Distillates, S&P Global Platts

Managing Editor, European and African Middle Distillates, S&P Global Platts

Francesco Di Salvo is Managing Editor, Europe and African Middle Distillates. At Platts, he has been covering the refined product markets since 2013, focusing on gasoline and distillates in Europe and Africa.

Prior to joining Platts, Francesco analysed the upstream oil and gas markets, with field postings in Nigeria, UAE, Turkey and the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, where he followed the nascence and consolidation of the hydrocarbons industry.

Francesco holds a BA from the University of Bologna and an MSc from the London School of Economics (LSE).


George Shaw

George Shaw

Editor, European & African Middle Distillates, S&P Global Platts

George Shaw is a Middle Distillates editor in Platts oil team. He has been covering distillate markets since June 2014, focusing on gasoil and diesel. Prior to joining Platts, George worked for two years at Total Gas & Power as a pricing analyst.

George holds an MA in Hispanic Studies from the University of Glasgow and an MSc in European Governance from the University of Bristol.


Caroline Knight

Caroline Knight

Editor, European & African Middle Distillates, S&P Global Platts

Caroline Knight is an Editor in European and African Oil at S&P Global Platts with a special focus on the Northwest European and Mediterranean jet fuel and kerosene markets along with associated middle distillate physical and paper markets. Caroline has been with Platts since 2014, previously covering the pricing of European agriculture products and biofuels, focusing mostly on the ethanol benchmark.


Iain Stevenson

Iain Stevenson

Managing Editor, European & African Light Ends, S&P Global Platts

Iain Stevenson is Managing Editor for European and African Light Ends markets in London, comprising gasoline, naphtha and LPG. Iain joined Platts in 2013 as an Assistant Editor and has covered a range of markets across Light Ends and Middle Distillates in Europe and the US. Prior to joining Platts, he worked for a capital markets financial publishing company. Iain holds a BA honours degree in Economics from the University of Leicester.


Eleni Pittalis

Eleni Pittalis

Associate Editor, European & African Fuel Oil, S&P Global Platts

Eleni Pittalis is an Associate Editor for European & African Fuel Oil at S&P Global Platts. She joined Platts in March 2017 on the Commodity Associate Program and the fuel oil team permanently in September 2017. Prior to Platts Eleni graduated from Cass Business School in London with an MSc in Shipping, Trade and Finance.


Frank Konertz

Frank Konertz

Head of LNG Analytics, S&P Global Platts

Frank is S&P Global Platts Head of LNG Analytics, leading a global team of LNG analysts in the US, Europe and Asia focusing on fundamental analysis and forecasting. In a previous role Frank was responsible for the prompt and long term gas analysis service in Europe.

Prior to joining Platts in 2015, Frank held various analyst positions in the gas industry and as a management consultant in the energy industry.

He holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Cologne, Germany and an MBA from Eastern Illinois University/USA. Frank is a certified Financial Risk Manager (FRM).