Houston – 2019

Location: Westin Memorial City

Our Houston Summit agenda has now been finalized. The full agenda with speakers can be found below.

Annual Summit, September 11, 2019

Morning sessions

8:30 – 9:00Registration and coffee
9:00 – 9:30Welcome speech
Jarand Rystad, Founding Partner, CEO
9:30 – 10:00Oil markets update: unstable equilibrium as clouds form on the 2020 horizon
Bjørnar Tonhaugen, Head of Oil Market Research

  • Oil demand trends and outlook in the context of economic headwinds, trade disputes and "IMO 2020"
  • US and non-OPEC+ supply outlook amid calls for capital discipline in US shale
  • OPEC+ supply trends and outlook for the "call-on-OPEC+" to maintain market stability
10:00 – 10:30The role of gas in the global energy transition
Carlos Torres-Diaz, Head of Gas Market & Renewables Research
  • Historical gas market trends – how is gas used?
  • Natural gas demand outlook – how will gas compete in the long run?
  • Natural gas supply outlook – where will the gas come from?
  • Regional balances and prices – at what cost can the market grow?
10:30 – 11:00US shale: addressing common misconceptions
Artem Abramov, Head of Shale Research
  • Activity level in the US is not as low as the market sentiment suggests
  • Robust production additions persist in the Permian despite associated bottlnecks
  • Average well performance hits new records in 2019
11:00 – 11:10Coffee break and networking
11:10 – 11:40Panel discussion: Managing an E&P portfolio at a time of industry turmoil
11:40 – 12:10Oilfield services: learning from the past to win the next decade
Matthew Fitzsimmons, Vice President, Oilfield Service Research
  • The failures and successes of the 2010s
  • Defining service industry success for the 2020s
  • How will future cycles rise and fall?
12:10 – 12:40Panel discussion: Surviving in oilfield services: is M&A the answer?
12:40 - 1:20Lunch & networking

Afternoon sessions

Session 1: Unconventionals

1:20 – 1:50North America midstream infrastructure: where's the growth?
Andrew Shepard, Senior Consultant
  • Review of growth areas across US and Canada crude oil and natural gas
  • Upcoming pipeline and terminal developments
  • Investments enabling US crude oil and LNG exports
1:50 – 2:20Shale supply outlook: bottom-line, upside potential and risks
Artem Abramov, Head of Shale Research
  • Has capital discipline already eliminated production growth outside of the Permian Basin?
  • Deep dive into the latest well design, productivity and spacing trends: basin-by-basin
  • Remaining US shale inventory in different oil price scenarios, update on well and project economics
2:20 – 2:50US shale corporate strategy evolution
Alisa Lukash, Senior Analyst
  • Shale financing and capital efficiency trends
  • Value creation – downspacing vs single well NPV improvements
  • M&A activity – who can afford to remain independent?
2:50 – 3:00Break and networking
3:00 – 3:30Future developments in liquefaction infrastructure
Carlos Torres-Diaz, Head of Gas Market & Renewables Research
  • Recent developments in the LNG market
  • LNG demand – is organic demand growth expected to continue?
  • LNG balance – from a loose to a balanced market?
  • Project overviews
  • International gas forecast
3:30 – 4:00Shale competitiveness: chasing every dollar
Tim Bjerkelund, Principal Consultant
  • Cutting costs, scaling up developments or redesigning?
  • Increasing productivity, output and revenue
  • Are the economics of shale still attractive vs offshore?
4:00 – 4:30US land oilfield services: surviving in an oversupplied market
Ryan Carbrey, Vice President, Shale Research
  • Could cost deflation and efficiency gains offset any activity decline due to capital discipline?
  • Have we seen services bottom-out yet?
  • Will electric frac fleets be a market disruptor?
  • Will those fleets gain market share?
  • Pressure puming supply and demand trends
4:30 – 5:00Water management and proppant market: latest trends and future outlook
Thomas Jacob, Senior Analyst, Shale Research
  • Oversupply of in-basin sand in the Permian - how will producers and prices react?
  • In-basin sand vs northern white sand - is there a clear winner?
  • Current water treatment/recycling market in the US and how market share will evolve
  • Deep dive into water disposal volumes and pricing trends?

Session 2: Conventionals and offshore

1:20 – 1:50Supply and macro outlook: medium-term perspectives
Bjørnar Tonhaugen, Head of Oil Market Research
  • Global upstream investment outlook and breakeven price development
  • The US' path toward oil supply dominance
  • The cycle ahead – drivers of growth/decline in global oil supply and the "call-on-Saudi Arabia" in the medium term
1:50 – 2:20Gulf of Mexico outlook: what does it take to keep up momentum?
Jon Marsh Duesund, Head of Americas Consulting
  • Latest exploration trends, key discoveries and continued interest in lease sales
  • Changes in operator landscape affecting both exploration and future FIDs
  • Smaller tiebacks vs new hub developments
2:20 – 2:50Latin America: novel solutions compensate for plummeting legacy supply
Aditya Ravi, Senior Upstream Analyst
  • Regional overview – drivers behind the supply and cost trends
  • A deep-dive into the major growth regions – Brazil and Guyana
  • Mexican outlook since the reform – will the declines ever be reversed?
2:50 – 3:00Break and networking
3:00 – 3:30Finding winners and losers from recent project cost performance
Matt Fitzsimmons, Vice President, Oilfield Service Research
  • Putting regional cost performance into a global context
  • Who is separating themselves from their peers?
  • How will this evolve going forward?
3:30 – 4:00Exploration and its place in E&P strategies
Jai Singh, Principal Consultant
  • Recent exploration value creation performance
  • Infrastructure-led exploration
  • Exploration hotspots globally
4:00 – 4:30Rig market update: is Wall Street panic reflective of the market fundamentals?
Lars Eirik Nicolaisen, Senior Partner
  • Where is floater and jackup demand headed?
  • Which asset classes are the next to recover?
  • Where will rig rates move in the next 24 months?
4:30 – 5:00Global subsea market: with the stage set for growth over the next few years, will alliances be vital for key players?
Henning Bjørvik, Senior Analyst, Oilfield Service Research
  • The subsea market has a big role to play in the new wave of offshore sanctioning
  • Have integrated contracts structurally changed the landscape?
  • With the recent oil price drop, is the subsea market at risk?

Recap and closing

5:00 - 5:15Summary and closing
5:15 – 6:45Cocktail reception

Client User Meeting, September 12, 2019

Welcome and Intro to Basics

8:30 – 9:00Registration and coffee
9:00 – 9:10 Welcome
Nick Livingstone, Head of Americas
9:10 – 9:30Recent extensions to the Rystad Energy offering and new ways to access our best-in-class data
9:30 – 9:45Energy analysis redefined: Introduction to dashboards
9:45 – 10:10Products to watch: An evolution of our product offerings
10:10 – 10:30Rystad Energy analytics: A success story that continues to deliver valuable insight

Breakout Session 1: Unconventionals

10:30 – 11:00Workflow: Well productivity analysis and learning curves using Shale Solutions
11:00 – 11:30Workflow: Basin evaluations and operator benchmarking using Shale Solutions
11:30 – 12:00Shale dashboards
12:00 – 12:30Workflow: Investor relations, company and peer metrics using ShaleWellCube, UCube and the Economic Model

Breakout Session 2: Conventionals

10:30 – 11:00Workflow: Operations benchmarking: production and costs using UCube and ServiceCube
11:00 – 11:30Workflow: Service company benchmarking: market share, exposure and pricing power analysis using ServiceCube
11:30 – 12:00Workflow: Offshore rig markets contracting activity and utilization using RigCube
12:00 – 12:30Workflow: Analyzing the demand for subsea infrastructure using SubseaCube and the Subsea Market Report

Breakout Session 3: Market fundamentals

10:30 – 12:00Workflow: Oil market analysis using UCube, OMCube and the Oil Market Trend Report
12:00 – 12:30Workflow: Gas and LNG analysis using UCube, GasMarketCube (Pilot) and the Gas Market Report

Lunch and afternoon

12:30 – 12:35Wrap-ups and closings (in each respective room)
12:35 – 1:30Lunch and open forum for feedback and discussion
1:30 – 2:30Product managers and research experts available for one-on-one sessions


Jarand Rystad — Managing Partner and CEO

Jarand founded Rystad Energy in 2004 and is managing the company. Jarand has extensive experience in oil and gas strategy advisory work from McKinsey and Rystad Energy. He has led a number of strategy projects for international oil and gas companies and oilfield service companies. He has also worked with governments and international organizations on topics related to the global energy agenda, and he is advising investors on deal screening, transactions and portfolio management. He is among the most cited petroleum analysts in the industry and been the keynote speaker on numerous international conferences. His areas of expertise include E&P strategy, asset and company transactions, macro analysis and oil service industry analysis. Jarand has also worked for Kvaerner Engineering and as a research scientist within Industrial Economics, gaining wide expertise in statistics and programming. Jarand holds a M.Sc. degree in Physics from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, where he majored with a thesis on astroseismology. He also has an academic background in philosophy, and has been the leader and founder of various organizations.

Nick Livingstone — Head of Americas

Nick joined Rystad in 2017 and is responsible for the overall business across the Americas. Nick has 20 years of experience in the oil and gas sector working in London and Houston across product development, analyst, business development and leadership roles. Prior to joining Rystad, Nick spent 13 years with Wood Mackenzie where he was SVP, Sales & Marketing responsible for expanding the company’s regional presence and revenues. He has worked with oil companies, NOCs, financial institutions and utilities all over the world and is now based in Houston. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Nottingham.

Bjørnar Tonhaugen — Partner and Head of Oil Market Research

Bjørnar is the Head of Oil Markets Research at Rystad Energy and co-manages the Markets Team. He is the company’s macro expert in oil markets with responsibilities spanning full oil coverage. He also works with the Upstream Research team to develop production forecasts and is involved in consulting projects. He holds a B.S.c. in Mechanical Engineering from the Oslo University College and an M.S. degree in Industrial Economics from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.

Carlos Torres Diaz — Head of Gas Market and Renewables Research

Carlos is the Vice President of Gas and Renewables Markets Research at Rystad Energy. He and his team develop the gas and renewables coverage for the company and he frequently participates in related consulting work. Carlos holds a Bachelor in Civil Engineering from the Universidad Iberoamericana, an M.S.c. in Energy and Environmental Engineering from the University of Sheffield and an MBA from the University of Oxford.

Artem Abramov — Partner and Head of Shale Research

Artem is the Head of Shale Research at Rystad Energy with main responsibilities in analyzing upstream E&P data from governmental sources along with empirical research of well production profiles. Artem is the product manager for the NASWellCube, Rystad Energy’s North America Shale well database. He holds an M.Sc. in Financial Economics from BI Norwegian Business School and a B.Sc. in Applied Mathematics with the Major in Statistics from the Novosibirsk State University, Russia.

Matthew Fitzsimmons — Vice President, Oilfield Service Research

Matthew Fitzsimmons is Vice President for Cost Analysis at Rystad Energy in the Oilfield Service Department. He heads the Rystad Energy Services Price Index and Rystad Energy’s Oilfield Services Analytics products. Prior to joining Rystad Energy, Matt spent nearly eight years at ExxonMobil evaluating and managing cost analysis projects around the world. He holds a Bachelor’s of Engineering degree from Stevens Institute of Technology (USA) and an Executive Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Global Markets from BI Norwegian Business School.

Andrew Shepard — Senior Consultant

Andrew Shepard is a Senior Consultant at Rystad Energy. Andrew supports clients on bespoke engagements from strategic planning to investment decision support, and brings experience in North American pipeline, and terminal and refinery transaction due diligence. Andrew holds Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Texas State University.

Alisa Lukash — Senior Analyst

Alisa is a Senior Analyst on Rystad Energy’s shale research team responsible for the financial analysis of US shale E&Ps, asset sale modeling and company research. Prior to joining Rystad Energy, she worked as a market data consultant covering the global Investment Banks in London. She holds a B.A. in International Economics from Taras Shevchenko National University in Kiev and an M.S. in Finance from Hult International Business School in London.

Tim Bjerkelund — Head of New York Consulting

Tim Bjerkelund is Head of New York Consulting for New York. He has been involved in a variety of market assessments and strategy development projects for energy and service companies. His key areas of focus include macro oil, oil services, natural gas markets and renewables. Tim holds his Master’s in Engineering from NTNU.

Ryan Carbrey — Senior Vice President, Shale Research

Ryan is the Senior Vice President leading the Shale Intel research team at Rystad Energy. He is responsible for overseeing the research covering North American shale, unconventional product development and related work in the consulting space. He holds a B.S.c. in Economics from Texas A&M University and an MBA from Rice University.

Thomas Jacob — Senior Analyst

Thomas is a Senior Analyst and contributes to Rystad Energy’s Shale Intel solution. Thomas has expertise and experience in North America unconventional oil and gas, market research/intelligence, strategy consulting and advisory services. As the lead analyst for the proppant market coverage in North America, he plays a major role covering the pressure pumping, oilfield water management and stimulation chemicals markets. He holds an M.S. in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin and a B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering from VIT University in India.

Jon Marsh Deusund — Head of Houston Consulting

Jon Marsh is a Partner and Head of Rystad Energy’s Houston consulting practice. Jon is responsible for leading consulting projects out of Houston and has been with Rystad Energy for more than nine years. He holds a Master of Science in Industrial Economics from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.

Aditya Ravi — Senior Analyst

Aditya is a Senior Analyst on the Global E&P team at Rystad Energy responsible for Latin America E&P operations coverage and the analysis of global oil and gas fiscal regimes. He holds a Bachelors in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Pune in Maharashtra, India.

Jai Singh — Principal Consultant

Jai Singh is a Principal Consultant at Rystad Energy and is responsible for executing consulting projects for clients in the Americas. Jai holds a BA in Economics from Brown University and an MBA from Columbia University.

Lars Eirik Nicolaisen — Deputy CEO and Senior Partner

Lars Eirik Nicolaisen has been with Rystad Energy since 2008. His areas of experience include rig supply and demand analysis, well technologies and exploration performance analysis. Lars Eirik has been managing the development of RigCube. He has been key speaker at conferences on a variety of topics spanning from rig market analysis and investment forecasts for Norway to oil service opportunities in Northern Norway. Lars Eirik was also a member of the Rystad Energy winning team at the ONS’ “Young Professional Company Award“ in 2010. In addition, Lars Eirik has been a core member of the team behind the NCS Business Development Atlas.

Henning Bjørvik — Senior Analyst, Oilfield Service Research

Henning is a Senior Analyst with Rystad Energy’s Oilfield Service research team with a focus on subsea, offshore field development as well as operations and life extension for existing offshore assets. He has experience from an E&P and the oilfield service background and has spent many years working as an engineer both onshore and offshore. Henning holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and an MSc in Marine Technology, both from NTNU.