Last week, SGA’s Supply Chain Management Conference (SCMC) met in Austin at the Omni Barton Creek Resort.

This one-of-a-kind annual meeting brings together supply chain professionals from natural gas pipelines, midstreams and LDCs, along with companies who provide goods and services to the industry.

This year’s conference content focused on strategic supply chain and project development issues impacting the industry—including an industry outlook discussion, “A View from the Top” featuring a panel of executive management leaders—technology updates and networking opportunities. SCMC also featured a golf scramble, hill country barbecue and wine tasting tour and casino night.

See the highlights from the conference below.

SGA would like to especially recognize the following people and companies for their time and support to help make the 2017 Supply Chain Management Conference such a success:

Industry Outlook: A View From the Top Panel

  • Kimberly Watson, president, north region pipelines, Kinder Morgan
  • Tanya Andrien, vice president, strategic development, Drillinginfo
  • Mack Brothers, chief consulting officer, Forrester Research
  • Bill Cantrell, president and chief executive officer, Southern Gas Association

Participating Sponsors

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At SGA’s Technical Conference on Environmental Permitting and Construction next week in Tampa, FL, the keynote address will attempt to un-complicate the macroeconomics of the energy industry. We’ve got a preview for you below:

The Macroeconomics of the Energy Industry … It’s Complicated

Natural gas is an essential commodity. After water, it is probably the most important natural resource of the 21st century. Yet, an aggressive political movement insists our global civilization must immediately halt all exploration and production of ‘fossil fuels’ in order to stave off an environmental catastrophe that will doom the survival of humanity.

Fortunately, more thoughtful observers question the logic of these doomsayers. They understand that natural gas, and other hydrocarbons, are—and because of scientific fact must always be—vital tools to lift humanity out of poverty, ignorance, disease, and other forms of suffering. Whether one applauds or opposes the Trump Administration, it sits on the more thoughtful side of this debate.

President Trump has also made an unequivocal commitment to reenergize U.S. manufacturing, especially autos, steelmaking, and metals-intensive consumer products. This commitment implies a strong uplift for industrial demand for natural gas and other hydrocarbons. These positions in turn show that the Trump Administration believes that both supply and demand of U.S. hydrocarbons will, and should, increase substantially over the coming decades. In concert with these views, President Trump has reversed President Obama’s blocking of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines. The new president also favors expanding U.S. natural gas pipelines into the consuming regions of the East.

At the same time, President Trump promises to erect physical and financial barriers with Mexico, the largest destination for U.S. natural gas exports. He also threatens to impose punitive tariffs on China, the most natural customer for growing exports of U.S. natural gas and crude oil. Unpredictable tweetstorms and other combative statements risk undermining whatever benefits might come from Trump’s policies on tax relief, cash repatriation, and infrastructure investment. These conflicts seem to threaten the business models of many natural gas producers.

And so: the session at SGA’s Technical Conference on Environmental Permitting & Construction in Tampa examines four scenarios for how the U.S. natural gas market may evolve over the next few years. The first, The Detroit Dent, envisions how a financial crisis stemming from the US auto sector might spill over into Venezuela, Mexico, and Asia, with significant consequences for US natural gas. The second, The Big Dig, plots how far the much ballyhooed infrastructure spending could propel natural gas demand and prices. A third scenario, Blowout, looks at how the unexpected arrival of the next economic recession could cause natural gas demand and prices to crater within the next fifteen months. A final scenario, Blizzard, enumerates several kinds of unexpected disruption that hold the potential to force natural gas risk to zig-zag suddenly.

Written by Colin Fenton, managing partner and head of research at Blacklight Research, LLC.

If you’re interested in attending the Technical Conference on Environmental Permitting & Construction, visit the event page for more information.

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The February issue of the Network News is now available in our Communication Center.

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The Last Supper

Yesterday, the Southern Gas Association said one last goodbye to a good friend and passionate leader, Mike Grubb.

He has been with the organization for two decades and served as president and CEO for the last eight years. His ideas brought about thoughtful change within the organization, and his contributions will continue to positively impact the membership as well as the industry well after he is gone.

While we know he is excited to sail away into retirement, the SGA staff couldn’t let him go without just a few more parting words…

  • “Mike, thank you for always showing up with a smile and a funny story!  You will be missed. All the best for you and Amber.”  – Jane Butler
  • “Mike, my advice as you depart SGA…Don’t hit anything!! You’ll know why I picked that. Priceless – and from a great man who originally said it.” – Gary Hines
  • “Mike, it has been an absolute pleasure being your Work Partner the last three years. Thank you for making me better and for investing in my career and life. May God’s blessings continue to be upon you and Amber in this new and exciting journey!” – Amanda Morgan
  • “Bye, and have a nice day (retirement). I have enjoyed the time that I got to spend with you and Amber.  Best wishes, always.” – Debbie Krawzik
  • “Mike, you’ve built such a great team here. Thank you for making me a part of it. Best wishes to you and Amber on all your adventures yet to come!” – Ashley Brazell
  • “Mike – You Da Man!” – Jake Wagner
  • “Thank you for being so welcoming, it was a pleasure to work with you. Have a happy retirement and try not to schedule too many conference calls in between! Best wishes!” – Amanda Campos
  • “I want to thank Mike for his leadership, his friendship and for his passion for our industry. Happy trails to Mike and Amber!” – Bill Cantrell

Wishing you all the best, Mike, and please don’t be a stranger!

-Team Southern Gas




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Southern Gas Association enjoyed a productive year in 2016.

The organization hosted 33 events with 4,000+ attendees, partnered with three state associations and hired a new president and CEO.

You can read more, including a letter from Mike Grubb, immediate past president and CEO, by accessing the SGA’s 2016 Year-End Report to Members.

Watch the 2016 highlight video below.



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The January issue of the Operations & Engineering Newsletter is now available in our Communication Center. To subscribe to the newsletter, visit your SGA profile to adjust your communications preferences.

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The Gas Machinery Research Council enjoyed a successful year in 2016. A summary of the past year with a look ahead into 2017 is outlined in the GMRC 2016 Year End Report to Members.

View the report here.


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Earlier this week, the Southern Gas Association (SGA) offices were disrupted by severe weather in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. High winds during a late night and early morning storm damaged several of the exterior-facing offices blowing debris throughout the interior.

SGA’s executive management team have been in close conversation with insurers and the building’s property management contacts. Steps are currently being taken to repair and replace affected property.

“While some of the damage is significant, we are thankful this happened during non-working hours and all our employees are safe,” said Bill Cantrell, president and CEO of Southern Gas Association. “Our team is working with the appropriate people to fix windows, replace furniture and clean up the dust and debris.”

Though repairs are already underway, most staff will be working remotely for the remainder of the week. This is a precaution to ensure the safety of SGA’s staff and limit any liability. SGA staff is equipped to work effectively offsite; however, member companies should be advised response times could be delayed.

“Our plan is to have the office up and running as soon as possible,” said Cantrell. “In the interim, I am confident SGA’s staff will continue to provide support and service to our membership as seamlessly as possible.”

Additional updates will be made as necessary.

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The new 2017 Operations & Engineering Webinar Series starts Monday, January 30.

The SGA team used member feedback and partnered with industry leaders to curate this year’s topics and agenda. This series of 10 LIVE web conferences promotes the discussion, learning and knowledge about issues and potential improvements for natural gas facilities processes.

The first three webinars in this series focus specifically on the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) as it relates to pipelines, pipeline safety and PHMSA’s proposed “Mega Rule.” Below is the complete agenda for 2017 Operations & Engineering Webinar Series.*

  • To sign up for the 2017 O&E Webinar Series, please visit the Event Calendar and register.


2017 Operations & Engineering Webinar Series

Session 1: NPRM 1 | Monday, Jan. 30, 2017: 9:30 to 11:30AM CT

Session 2: NPRM 2 | Monday, Feb. 27, 2017: 9:30 to 11:30AM CT

  • Pipe Material Identification
  • Multiple Threats
  • Extreme weather events
  • Repair Criteria
  • P&M
  • MOC
  • Risk Models

Session 3: NPRM 3 | Monday, March 27, 2017: 9:30 to 11:30AM CT

Impact of the proposed rule and the ripple effect it will have:

  • Financial
  • Resources
  • Culture

Session 4: PSMS Update | Monday, April 24, 2017: 9:30 to 11:30AM CT

  • Implementation
  • Challenges
  • Lessons Learned

Session 5: Pipeline Construction | Monday, May 22, 2017: 9:30 to 11:30AM CT

  • Pipe Manufacturing
  • Construction QMS

Session 6: Underground Storage | Monday, June 26, 2017: 9:30 to 11:30AM CT

  • Regulations
  • California Incident

Session 7: ILI Advances | Monday, Aug. 28, 2017: 9:30 to 11:30AM CT

  • New NDE methods being applied and potentially on the horizon
  • Improvements in performance of existing technologies
  • Overcoming operational challenges
  • Acceptance of standards for better characterizing ILI systems, personnel and procedures to make their application and decision-making processes easier

Session 8: Leak Detection 1 – Gas Pipelines | Monday, Sept. 25, 2017: 9:30 to 11:30AM CT

  • Regulations
  • Good practices – including API 1149 and API 1175
  • Valve spacing
  • Remote, automatic control
  • DNV GL Synergi Pipeline Simulator (leak-finder software)
    • Highlights of the software
    • Example of applications

Session 9: Leak Detection 2 – Gas Distribution | Monday, Oct. 30, 2017: 9:30 to 11:30AM CT

  • Advanced Techniques

Session 10: Research & Development in the Gas Industry | Monday, November 27, 2017: 9:30 to 11:30AM CT

  • 2016 and 2017 Research Results
  • 2018 Research Plans



*Event content and speakers are subject to change.

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