Friday, April 24, 2009

Senior level industry executives to participate in BENPOSIUM, the premiere natural gas industry conference presented by BENTEK Energy, June 2 - 4, 2009, Houston, Texas

HOUSTON, TX (April 24, 2009) - BENTEK Energy announced today the panel participants for its natural gas industry conference, BENPOSIUM 2009, June 2-4, 2009, in Houston, Texas. Industry panelists represent majors, independent producers, pipelines, banks, private equity firms, traders, government officials, midstream companies, analysts and associations to speak on a variety of current issues impacting the natural gas industry.

"BENTEK is very pleased to be joined by 18 of the most knowledgeable, pragmatic executives in the industry," said BENTEK Chief Executive Officer Porter Bennett. "BENPOSIUM will provide in-depth analysis to explore current national and regional market dynamics, as well as expected twists and turns in the coming months and years ahead as infrastructure projects are completed and continue to reshape the industry's supply/demand balance. We're in a very complex market environment, with unprecedented challenges. BENTEK industry analysts will provide their most rigorous assessment of the current environment and industry outlook. We have selected a group of industry panelists to challenge our assumptions and contribute their insights on the issues. We expect compelling industry dialogue and insights at this industry forum."

The BENPOSIUM conference will explore the most important developments in North American natural gas markets, including analysis of natural gas production forecasts, impacts of new pipeline and storage infrastructure, LNG market trends, the outlook for natural gas demand, and more. BENPOSIUM panelists will participate on the final day of the conference -- the Energy Markets Forum -- where BENTEK's senior executives and top analysts will present key findings from BENTEK's in-depth industry research followed by round-table discussions to debate conclusions and shed light on long-term market and pricing consequences.

Panel One, titled "Shifting Basis - New Pipelines, Flow Displacement, Regional Competition" will be chaired by Jim Simpson, BENTEK Vice President and Managing Director and will cover the impact of new pipeline capacity on interregional flows and bottlenecks, the limits to production growth, and why basis will trade at variable transportation costs across much of the U.S. Panelists will include:

Following Panel One, Dr. Vincent Kaminski, Professor, Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Management, Rice University will present the luncheon keynote "New Developments in Natural Gas Market Forecasting."

Panel Two will be chaired by Porter Bennett, BENTEK President and CEO, and is titled "New Technologies and the Economics of Natural Gas Production." This panel will cover how new drilling and completion technologies have changed the gas production game and the implications for production cycles, capex budgets, break-even cost and gas-price differentials. Panelists will include:

The next session addresses "The Demand Gap" and is chaired by BENTEK's Jim Simpson. Panel Three looks at the impact of the recession and lower prices on natural gas demand, then looks forward to the longer term, addressing questions such as: Can new gas-fired power generation, natural gas vehicles and backup fuel for wind turbines absorb domestic and LNG supply growth? How will natural gas and power markets respond? Panelists include:

Panel Four, titled "Capital Markets and Project Funding - Strategies for the Current Climate" will be chaired by Russell (Rusty) Braziel, BENTEK Vice President and Managing Director, exploring the impact of today's financial markets and credit constraints on infrastructure development projects, natural gas production and other market implications. The session will consider funding sources for new projects and which energy project finance structures will prove to be most viable. Panelists include:

In addition to the Energy Markets Forum described above, BENPOSIUM 2009 also includes two one-day workshops on June 2nd and 3rd.

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