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Shale Gas + LNG + Midstream

March 27-28, 2024 | Shreveport, LA | Shreveport Convention Center

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About DUG GAS+

DUG GAS+ Conference and Expo is the two-day event for all things natural gas, liquid natural gas (LNG), midstream and all related technologies with a focus on the gas-rich shale plays of the U.S.  The gas-focused content from previous events including DUG East, DUG Appalachia and DUG Haynesville has been combined and expanded to create the must attend gas show of 2024. This year we’re holding DUG GAS+ in one of the most prolific gas shale plays in America, The Haynesville.

For two full days the rich agenda and exhibition floor will provide direct access to the latest information and technological advancements in shale, gas and midstream. Leading speakers will cover topics including energy security, global geopolitical crises, inflation impacts, emissions control, regulatory hurdles, investment trends, technology advancements and more; while exhibitors from across the nation and the globe will showcase what's new in gas and midstream technology and will have the engineers onsite to share the details with you.

Join Hart Energy LIVE in Shreveport, Louisiana on March 27-28th to gain insights on the elevated upstream and midstream activities and beyond.

Gas Drillers Predict Price Slump will Rebound

According to Bloomberg, US shale-gas drillers are betting that a price slump eroding their cash-flow outlook will be short-lived and that a rebound awaits in 2024. A group of suppliers including EQT Corp. and Southwestern Energy Co. used the latest round of earnings calls with analysts to reassure investors that natural gas supply and demand fundamentals remain structurally bullish even after prices have slumped by more than half this year.

The second-largest natural gas play in the US by production has output reaching new heights leaving a backdrop for US natural gas prices. Growing production, increased well productivity and drilling efficiencies, and proximity to LNG export projects are supporting growth opportunities for midstream and contributes to a positive long-term outlook.


Key Topics to be Covered

Join us in March when industry leaders will discuss topics such as:

  • Production Operations and supply growth
  • Best practices in OFS with case studies
  • LNG operators' demands for Haynesville RSG and CCS
  • Midstream activities currently underway
  • Gas producers’ direct sales contracts with overseas buyers
  • M&A Activity, price and outlook

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Day One Wednesday, March 27th
12:00 PM
1:00 PM

Welcome to DUG Gas +


1:05 PM

Navigating the Shifting Energy Landscape: Natural Gas Market Dynamics and the Roles of the Haynesville Shale and the Appalachian Basin

Gas prices took a beating in 2023. But some analysts predict Henry Hub prices could reach $5+/MMBtu by 2025 as LNG demand increases. In our opening session, you’ll hear an in-depth analysis of:

  • Natural gas price outlook for 2024
  • The role of the Haynesville Shale and Appalachia in meeting global energy demand

  • Overcoming natural gas takeaway challenges in the Permian Basin and Marcellus/Utica

  • How regulatory questions and global conflict will impact the natural gas market

1:35 PM

Haynesville Shale Well Designs: Conquering Technical Hurdles with Innovative Strategies

The Haynesville Shale is one of the most technically difficult plays in the world to drill wells. Cookie-cutter wells won’t cut it. This session will provide insights to help navigate the complexities of these reservoirs and maximize their production potential. Here, you will learn: 

  • How regional operators are tackling high-temperature reservoirs for production optimization
  • Approaches to drilling technologies and extended reach laterals
  • Trends in well proppant loading
  • Well spacing to address parent/child well interactions
1:55 PM

Unlocking the Potential: Technological Innovations for Enhanced Efficiencies

Improved efficiencies start with the right tools. Discover how these transformative tools are revolutionizing the energy sector, empowering smarter decision-making, optimizing processes and driving exponential efficiency gains. Highlights from this session will include:

  • Embracing the digital revolution through machine learning and automation
  • Optimizing productivity with drilling techniques for extended reach laterals and complex wellbores
  • Precision engineering through real-time well completion designs
  • Unleashing the power of data analytics and artificial intelligence with production optimization methods
2:15 PM

Midstream Masterclass: Unlocking Efficiencies in the Haynesville

In the Haynesville Shale, operating expenses are low. But opportunities exist to optimize midstream operations by navigating cost efficiencies, supply-demand dynamics and emissions reductions strategies. This session will cover:

  • Unveiling the Haynesville’s hidden infrastructure efficiencies by optimizing gathering and transportation costs
  • Navigating the supply and demand market dynamics with adaptable midstream strategies
  • Emissions reduction efforts that result in a more sustainable and environmentally responsible energy industry
  • Logistical solutions and market intelligence tools to move gas to market effectively and efficiently
2:35 PM
Networking Break
3:10 PM

The Light at the End of the Tunnel: LNG: Unleashing a Global Energy Supply and Overcoming Infrastructure Bottlenecks

An oversupply of natural gas has put a dent in Henry Hub prices, and therefore company financial returns. But the more than half dozen liquified natural gas plants coming online next year will go a long way in meeting growing global energy demand. Discussion points in this session will include:

  • Latest updates on LNG export terminals, infrastructure development and the impact on the global market
  • How LNG is helping to meet worldwide energy demands amid geopolitical dynamics and helping secure global energy security
  • What the future holds for LNG supply and demand projections that will shape market trajectory
  • Where the bottlenecks are and how breakthroughs can ensure better energy infrastructure development
3:30 PM

Permian Associated Gas Potential: Tackling Takeaway Challenges, Pricing Strategies and Flaring Reduction Alternatives

The heart of the Permian Basin holds an immense resource of associated gas potential. Associated gas makes up 14% of U.S. supply, with the Permian Basin contributing 56% of that. Discover the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead in unlocking the value of this valuable resource. This session will cover:

  • Addressing infrastructure development hurdles with strategies for efficient natural gas transport
  • Maximizing economic value through usage adaptation and gas pricing dynamics
  • Alternatives to flaring and embracing sustainable methane mitigation alternatives
  • Diversifying market horizons by looking beyond Gulf Coast export options
4:10 PM

Comstock Ventures Westward: Examining the Potential of the “North Houston” Play

It takes an hour to get from Houston to Houston. That might explain why Comstock’s Western Haynesville play touches the far western reaches of the Haynesville Shale basin. The Jerry Jones-owned operator may ramp up production there to 2 Bcf/d by 2028. In this session, we’ll hear about:

  • Comstock’s development plans for its ambitious project
  • The take on early well returns in Robertston and Leon counties, which turned into sales in 2023
  • What makes this play attractive to Comstock and how it fits into its overall portfolio
  • The production potential of the Western Haynesville play and Comstock’s operational plans going forward
4:35 PM 

Expert Insights: Navigating Energy Market Dynamics and Cost Challenges in the Post-COVID Landscape

Well costs have reverted to pre-COVID levels and breakevens are hovering in the high $3/MMBtu. Striking the right mix between meeting demand, managing growth and implementing cost-reduction strategies is a balancing act. Here’s what one industry analyst will tell us:

  • Rig activity estimates and trends for 2024 and what those estimates mean for growth strategies
  • The impact of service prices on cost optimization and operational efficiency
  • Where greater efficiencies throughout the entire energy value chain can be achieved
  • The long-term economics of LNG and the factors that influence its viability as a cost-effective and reliable energy source
5:00 PM
Networking reception 
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
After party
Agenda Subject to Change
Day Two Thursday, March 28th
7:30 AM
8:30 AM
Welcome to THE DUG Gas+ CONfERENCE 2024
8:40 AM

Operator Fireside Chat: Insight from the Leaders and the Wildcatters

Haynesville, Appalachia, Eagle Ford, Permian and Rockies producers have two goals: getting their gas to market and generating returns. We’ll get together leading producers from across the country to hear their insight. From this discussion, you’ll hear:

  • Strategic production plans to meet growing natural gas demand
  • Effective strategies for overcoming headwinds and challenges in 2024 and beyond
  • In-depth perspectives on M&A activity and investment trends in the natural gas sector
  • What works and what doesn’t for well designs, pad spacing and lateral lengths
9:10 AM

LNG Revolution: Unleashing the Potential of U.S. LNG Exports in a Booming Global Market

Five LNG terminals are under construction along the Gulf Coast, with nearly a dozen more possibly along the way to dramatically add to U.S. export capacity. LNG operators will talk about where their projects are at in the development cycle. You’ll also learn:

  • The role of U.S. LNG exports on the international market and the global energy landscape
  • The relationship between natural gas demand and the burgeoning LNG market amid market fluctuations
  • What infrastructure and regularly hurdles need to be overcome to pave the pathway for LNG’s full potential and export competitiveness
  • How LNG could help solidify natural gas prices and become a stabilizing force and reduce market volatility
9:30 AM

Private Equity Navigates the Natural Gas Landscape: Unveiling Investment Opportunities and the Importance of Environmental Stewardship

With increasing demand and higher prices near, natural gas investors could see something short of a windfall in the coming years. Discover the factors driving their bullish stance, explore the areas where they perceive the greatest opportunities, and hear their perspectives on the importance of responsible and sustainable practices. Discussions for this session will explore:

  • Where the private equity market is seeing the greatest opportunities and their outlook on markets
  • Decoding private equity’s investment criteria and their quest for high-potential ventures
  • Identifying diverse investment opportunities beyond the Haynesville Shale and Appalachia Basin
  • The importance of environmental responsibility and regulatory compliance by E&P companies and how they shape investment decisions
9:50 AM

Unlocking Stranded Gas: Addressing Takeaway Capacity Challenges, Pipeline Bottlenecks and Global Cost Competitiveness

Stranded gas remains untapped due to infrastructure limitations. The lack of natural gas takeaway capacity, particularly in the Appalachian Basin, is keeping a sizeable chunk of U.S. natural gas in the pipeline and off the market. In this session, you’ll learn: 

  • The latest developments on new and proposed pipeline infrastructure projects, and how the permitting process and regulatory hurdles are impacting project completion
  • Identifying infrastructure bottlenecks and how they may be resolved to pave the way for smoother gas flow and enhanced energy market access
  • The key to maintaining global cost-competitiveness and economic viability in the natural gas and liquified natural gas markets
  • Perspective on the policy landscape and regulatory framework, and navigating the maze of project approval
10:10 AM
Networking Break
10:40 AM

Examining the Landscape of Available Acreage and Finding High-Potential Opportunities

Much of the core of U.S. natural gas plays are drilled up, but new development opportunities still exist. Explore the best approaches to identifying and unlocking new potential assets and risk mitigation strategies. Among the topics a panel of industry experts will discuss include:

  • Mapping the untapped acreage potential and identifying emerging exploration areas
  • The development strategy for non-top-tier acreage and maximizing recovery potential in challenging reservoirs
  • Assessing the economic feasibility of non-top-tier acreage acquisition and identifying profitable ventures
  • The potential of brownfield exploration and redevelopment
11:40 AM

The Growing Role of Certified Natural Gas: What CNG Means for the Future Energy Landscape

Certified Natural Gas and Responsibly Sourced Gas are a testament to the industry’s commitment to environmental stewardship. More than 30% of all natural gas produced in the U.S. is third-party certified, and that amount is only growing. Takeaways from this session will include:

  • The factors driving the growth of CNG and RNG and its role in promoting sustainable practices
  • Buyer perspective on a higher priced product and the factors influencing purchasing decisions
  • Navigating the certification process and the key to ensuring transparency and earning market credibility
  • Strategies to meet a growing global demand and meeting international needs for CNG and RSG
12:05 PM
Networking Lunch
1:05 PM

Powering the Nation: Strategies for Meeting Domestic Natural Gas Demand

Even though the U.S. is a net exporter of natural gas, meeting our supply at home means keeping the AC running and the energy bills low. Public utilities balance infrastructure resilience, regulatory compliance and customer expectations. This session will focus on the end of the natural gas value chain, where topics covered will include:

  • How the U.S. natural gas industry can meet rising utility demands
  • Navigating the challenges faced by public utilities
  • Striking the balance to achieve both reliability and affordability
  • Innovative approaches employed by utilities to manage rising demand
1:35 PM

A family office makes its move

A private investor group, PW Consortium, which was led by family offices, took ownership of Wyoming-based PureWest Energy in a blockbuster expansion in 2022. Just under a year after the deal, here’s what you’ll learn about the play: 

  • Deciphering PureWest’s strategic appeal to PW Consortium
  • Examining PureWest’s latest development plans
  • Factors driving the deal’s substantial value
  • The intricacies of the deal-making process
2:15 PM

The Impact of U.S. Natural Gas on the Geopolitical Landscape

With much of the world embroiled in turmoil or outright war, energy security has never been more important. U.S. natural gas supply is poised to rise to the global challenges. This discussion will cover:

  • The shifting energy landscape and the dynamics between the U.S. and OPEC
  • How have wars in Ukraine and in the Middle East have reshaped the power dynamics
  • Understanding the U.S.’s position as a global energy producer and supplier
  • Harnessing energy for geopolitical influence and how U.S. energy policy and energy security can strengthen our position in the global arena
2:45 PM

The Gulf Coast Hydrogen Hub: What is it and What Does it Mean?

In October, the U.S. Department of Energy selected the U.S. Gulf Coast as one of seven regional hydrogen hubs in the country. The project could position the region at the center of the global marketplace for clean energy. In this session, you’ll hear more about:

  • The structure and operational framework of the Gulf Coast Hydrogen Hub
  • Knowing the key players and their roles in the grand initiatives
  • Perspective on the impact of the Hydrogen Hub on the U.S. natural gas industry
  • The path to unlocking the economic potential of the Hydrogen Hub
3:15 PM
CLOSING Networking reception 
4:00 PM
conference adjourns
Agenda Subject to Change
Agenda Subject to Change
Matthew Bernstein

Senior AnalystRystad Energy

Gordon Huddleston

President and PartnerAethon

Craig Jarchow

President & CEOTG Natural Resources

Russell Painter

Managing Director, Fuel Procurement and LogisticsNewFortress energy

Simon Javier Palacio

Business DevelopmentBurns & McDonnell

Alan Smith

Co-Founder, President & CEORockcliff Energy

Frank Tsuru

CEOMomentum Midstream

Rob Turnham

InvestorTurnham Interests

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