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“Energy pipeline managers need to look past the next quarter, and look at 10-15 years into the future. That view will constantly change but they must adopt a longer-term perspective so they will not simply be reacting to changes,” advises James Breaux, Director, Engineering Operations, Centurion Pipeline Co.

Breaux is a speaker at the marcus evans Energy Pipeline Management Summit 2018, taking place in Irving, Texas, July 16-17.

What forces are disrupting the energy sector today? 

The advance of technology is a very disruptive force. Nanotechnology and artificial intelligence (AI) are coming together to give us materials we could not even imagine before, with very efficient uses for them. That is a disruptive force in terms of being able to extract resources and to better utilize them once extracted.

How can resources be better utilized?

AI in itself is not that smart right now, but we are seeing advances in our ability to ask the right questions and applying them to the right things. Advances in digital twins and perhaps triplets will give us transparency on emergent behaviors for the more complex systems. Also, as we get better at extracting resources using AI robots, it will allow us to get more for less and get products out of the ground very efficiently.

What trends will give shape to an alternative energy future?

The strongest trends today are advances in communications and information technology, delivering information to the folks with their hands on the valve. People can also now work from different places around the world with less clunky interfaces; making global distances shrink and reducing solution delays.

Another mega trend is the dissolution of state boundaries and our ability to go from one place to another without official documentation. People can vote no matter where they are and have geopolitical influence in others areas.

We are also rethinking gender identities, which affect us socially, in the workplace, and in our visions of the future.

Where is energy evolving to in 25 years?

Energy is under a lot of pressure in terms of costing. Economics is always king. The pressure to lower incoming infrastructure, the economics of actually delivering the fuels as energy. I see liquids giving way to gas, fossil fuels giving way to more and more harvesting of social energy.

Is the pace of change in energy changing? What does that mean for pipeline managers?

Definitely pipelines are huge investments, in the ground and hard to move. The difficult decisions for pipeline managers will be on how to utilize tools for statistical analysis, forecasting and really understanding their customers’ needs. Even the volume of the product is changing, meaning the mixture of gas, water and oil, from the different fracking and enhanced oil recovery methodologies. It is a very difficult situation. It would be a good idea to share risks with partners and be smart about what is going on in the industry. They should not be the only ones stretched out. Everyone can share the profit.

How did you develop four scenarios for the future? What will your presentation cover?

The key question I seek to answer is: Where will energy be evolving to in the next 25 years? I will look at the prime movers in the area, the shift from fossil fuels to renewable fuels, from direct human intervention to machine control, and so on. I will look at the extremes of those, for example mega trends with two drivers, and develop scenarios where they come to complete fruition or they do not. That results in four scenarios with interesting possibilities. It allows people to think about the future differently, consider scenarios they might not have thought of.

Ahead of the marcus evans Energy Pipeline Management Summit 2018
read here 
an interview with James Breaux discussing the future of energy

James (Jim) Breaux

Director, Engineering Operations

Centurion Pipeline Co.

Where Energy is Evolving to in the Next 25 Years

About the Energy Pipeline Management Summit 2018

The Energy Pipeline Management Summit is the premium forum bringing solution providers and executives from the leading pipeline companies together. The Summit offers an intimate environment for a focused discussion of key new drivers shaping the future of the pipeline industry. Taking place at the Four Seasons Resort & Club Dallas at Las Colinas, Irving, Texas, July 16-17, the Summit includes presentations on steering technology and strategizing for security, regulatory compliance, pipeline development and integrity maintenance, and the future of the energy industry.

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Summit Speakers
  • David Roy, Former Vice President, US Natural Gas Pipeline Projects, TransCanada
  • Karl Rove, Iconic Political Strategist; Former Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to President George W. Bush; Fox News Contributor & WSJ Columnist
  • Susan Waller, Vice President, Stakeholder Outreach and Enterprise Public Awareness, Enbridge
  • William (Bill) C. Boyer, Senior Vice President, Operations, Southcross Energy Partners, L.P.
  • Peter Martin, Former Manager, Pipeline Engineering, Kinder Morgan
  • Ken Oostman, Vice President, Technical Services, TransCanada
  • Carl Haga, Director, Pipeline Investments, Southern Company

     and more...

July 16 - 17, 2018

Four Seasons Resort & Club Dallas at Las Colinas, Irving, Texas 

Recent Delegates
  • Director, Corporate Engineering, AGL Resources
  • Director, Pipeline Construction & Maintenance, Air Liquide
  • Director, Pipeline Integrity, American Midstream Partners
  • President, Pipeline & Midstream, Cheniere Energy
  • Manager, Project Management, Columbia Pipeline Group
  • Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Eureka Midstream
  • Senior Vice President, Engineering & Construction, Panda Power Funds LLC
  • Tariff Lands & Permitting Manager, Shell Pipeline Company LP
  • Vice President & Chief Compliance Officer, Southern Star Central Gas Pipeline

     and more...

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