NAPE Summit 2002, let the energy dealmaking begin

Bringing the Energy Industry together

The premier expo took place in Houston, Texas. The edition joined dealmakers, decision-makers, and information seekers. Also, finalists in the NAPE/TCU Energy Innovation Case competition presented their projects. And the Job Fair exhibited 17 companies in the energy industry.

“We are so excited to welcome old friends and new back to NAPE Summit — the place where deals happen,”

Bryan E. Hennigan, CPL, chair of the NAPE Operators Committee.

Specialists at NAPE Global Business Conference

In “The Future of the Power Grid” session, Max Minzner, general counsel at Arcadia, gave a perspective of the U.S. electricity markets. He emphasized the transformation of power production over the last decade by the rise of renewables, the collapse of coal, and the success of natural gas.

The expert highlighted how power consumption remained flat since 2005, declined during the pandemic, started moving slowly under the Biden government and the state’s support to reach 100% renewable grid targets.

Robin Fielder, EVP of low carbon strategy and chief sustainability officer at Talos Energy, during “Positioning the E&P Industry for Energy Transition Participation,” offered tips to leverage engineering, geology expertise, and operational capabilities for leading the development of carbon capture and storage project opportunities.

She spoke about the U.S. Gulf Coast as it offers a significant CCS market opportunity as America’s industrial epicenter and a world-class storage region. Finally, the specialist shared Talos’ new strategic partnerships and technology alliances.

Through the GBC Keynote, Chesapeake Executive Chairman and Three Rivers Operating founder and CEO Mike Wichterich and DrivePath Advisors Managing Partner Gordon Pennoyer discussed the current landscape of E&P companies. They predicted the future top performers during the interactive presentation “Picking Winners in 2022 and Beyond.”

Exploring the future of ESG

Jim Wicklund, managing director at Stephens Inc., moderated “Past the Talk and Into the Implementation,” which included the panelist’s Barbara Baumann, president of Cross Creek Energy Corp.; David de Roode, EVP at Lockton Companies; and Jason Issac, director of Life: Powered.

The panel discussed the challenges of implementing policies to ensure ESG goals become a reality. They remarked on the importance of measuring and looking the real-time data to manage the impact and operate correctly.

At last, the experts motivate to focus on the “S” of ESG, the social concept, through education. Today there is more public interest in sustainability, and it is the opportunity to improve education efforts.
A look at the oil and gas future

During “Oil & Gas Outlook,” Marshall Adkins, managing director and head of energy investment banking at Raymond James, detailed the supply/demand fundamentals that will lead to sustainably higher oil prices over the next five years.

He analyzed near-term oil price drivers such as COVID demand recovery, the need for capital on the U.S. oil supply, and OPEC capacity to produce at different prices. He closed by talking about longer-term issues such as oil demand displacement from electric vehicles, the consequences of electric grid transformation to wind and solar, and the challenges of increasing oil supply.

The Energy Innovation Case Competition

In January, 18 teams of MBA students representing 12 universities competed virtually. During the summit, the four finalist teams representing Rice University, TCU, the University of North Carolina, and the University of Texas at Austin competed in person.

The teams had five hours to prepare before presenting their solutions before a panel of judges comprised of energy industry leaders. They debated the question, “How can U.S. E&Ps leverage their energy transition strategy to reduce global energy poverty?” The winning group competed for $40,000 in prize money.

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The Job Fair and the Networking Event

The summit also included a Job Fair, where seekers contacted companies looking to hire as the industry rebounds. The exhibition included upstream oil and gas companies, renewable energy producers, colleges, and other leaders in the energy industry.

Finally, TexasFile sponsored NAPE’s renowned networking event. The session reconnected old friends, made new connections, and closed great deals.


This year’s NAPE Summit marks the debut of an all-new digital platform: NAPE Month, powered by Energy Domain. NAPE Month is taking energy deals to the next level with an extended run of electronic transactions.

NAPE Summit exhibitors can list prospects for zero commission and zero associated costs until February 18th. Buyers can quickly scroll through deals and access documents and granular information related to revenue, expenses, tracts, leases, and production to make informed buying decisions. Both parties also benefit from the quickness and efficiency of the automated closing process.

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