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Growth opportunities in light of IMO 2020 regulation, Opec cuts and rising US crude exports

Argus Global Crude 2018 - Geneva will address opportunities and challenges in today’s crude market.

You can join the most influential decision-makers at this annual meeting place for the entire crude oil supply chain. Meet with international and national oil companies, refineries crude oil trading companies, brokers, regulators, shipping companies, banks and more. This is your opportunity to get strategic intelligence on the global crude market from those in the know.

You can save £400 with the Super Early Bird discount if you book by 11 May

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Your advisory board members and speakers at the 2018 event include:

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Co-head of Group
Market Risk
James Foster James Foster
Global Commodity Head
BP Oil International
David Fyfe 100x100 David Fyfe
Chief Economist
James Gooder James Gooder
Vice-President, Crude
Antonio Ruggiero

Antonio Ruggiero
Senior Vice-President
Head of Global Oil Trading

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You can review the agenda for Argus Global Crude 2018 - Geneva here.

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Conference only fee includes*:

  • Access to all conference sessions
  • Evening drinks reception on 17 October
  • Networking lunch on 17 and 18 October
  • Refreshment breaks during the conference
  • One set of conference documentation 

Conference + Workshop fee includes:

  • All items listed above
  • Access to the pre-event workshop on the afternoon of 16 October

* Travel and accommodation are not included in the conference fee.

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Antitrust compliance reminder 

Argus takes compliance with antitrust law seriously. The purpose of Argus’ Global Crude - Geneva 2018 event is to provide participants with a high-level update on the global developments in, as well as the changing dynamics of, crude trading in Europe and the rest of the world. The conference sessions will follow the agenda as circulated.

Argus reminds all participants of the need to be mindful of the requirement to comply with antitrust and competition laws. There should be no discussion of any matters relating to competition among participants, including discussion of individual prices, rates or market strategies and no exchange of information concerning any other competitive aspect of an individual company’s operation. Should any participant to this conference attempt to initiate a discussion with other participants on any of these matters, we recommend that other participants end the conversation immediately, and at all times act in accordance with their own antitrust compliance policies and all applicable laws.

Conference day one - Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Morning coffee and networking


Chairman's opening remarks: Matthew Thompson, Chief Strategy and Business Development Officer, Argus


Views from the top

 10.00 Global oil market dynamics for 2018-19 (part 1)

  • Geopolitical overview: Macro-economic, geopolitical outlook, Opec and other producers’ strategies, and their effect on the industry
  • Who’s in control? Opec or shale oil?
 10.20 Global oil market dynamics for 2018-19 (part 2)

  • How is the industry adjusting and evolving in the new economic and geopolitical landscape?
  • How can crude trading be best positioned to take tactical advantage of a new market landscape?
 10.40 Shale oil: What is the future of shale oil?

  • What does the next growth wave look like? 
  • Where does shale oil output go next? 
  • Can the US shale oil phenomenon be partly replicated in other promising basins in Argentina, Russia and China?
 11.00 Morning coffee and networking 

Strategic leaders' debate


Senior decision makers from some of the world’s biggest trading houses, oil companies and refineries will debate the outlook for the industry, reflect on their recent performance and discuss how they are adapting to new opportunities and challenges.

A moderated 50-minute discussion on stage featuring 4-5 panelists. Each panelist has 5-10 minutes to introduce themself and their perspective on the topic.
The remaining 10-15 minutes will consist of a Q&A with the audience.

Among session participants:
  • James Foster, Global Commodity Head, BP Oil International
  • David Fyfe, Chief Economist, Gunvor Group


New for 2018

: An interview on stage with Ben Luckock, Co-head of Group Market Risk, Trafigura

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Looking at the world from a risk perspective – Credit and political risk cover for crude buying

 13.00 Networking lunch

Head of commodity trade finance's discussion


New for 2018: Outlook for financing, and how banks can support crude oil trading business in 2018-19

A moderated 40-minute discussion on stage featuring 3-4 panellists. Each panellist will speak for 10-15 minutes, outlining their perspective. This will be followed by a 5-10 minute Q&A, ending with a summary.

  • What is the outlook for commodity trade finance in an age of technological innovation and in the current regulatory landscape?
  • To what extent are banks embracing the next generation of trade technologies such as blockchain?
  • How does the use of these technologies impact commodity trade finance and risk?
  • How can banks support crude trading business in 2018-19?

    Among session participants: 

  • Alastair Houlding, Head of Trade & Commodity Finance, ING Belgium,Geneva Branch
 15.20 Afternoon coffee and networking
    IMO 2020 regulation: How will freight rates, ship owners, trading firms, crude producers and refiners be affected?

    A moderated 45-minute session on stage featuring 3 speakers. Each speaker will speak for 15 minutes, sharing their perspective. This will be followed by a 5-10 minute Q&A, ending with a summary.

    Opportunities and restrictions for crude producers, refiners and traders:

  • What are the opportunities for refiners and crude producers, and how will blending options change?
  • How much flexibility do refiners have to switch crudes, and how will the restrictions continue to impact blending up to and beyond 2020? 
  • What are the options for refiners, crude producers and traders following the introduction of the IMO sulphur regulation?

  • Impact on ship-owners: 

  • What are the anticipated changes in supply and demand for bunker fuel?
  • How is the bunker market preparing for the regulatory changes? What should we be aware of in terms of compliance, enforcement, penalties and other factors?
  • What are the key considerations for the global freight market, including LNG and scrubbers?

  • Port case-study:

  • How one major port plans to adjust to the new standards and guidelines
  • Assessing different types of exemptions and key metrics in compliance
  • Understanding permitting for different scenarios as the regulation rolls out
 16.45 Champagne roundtable discussions 

Chatham House Rule applies – no reporting, or attributing of quotes to participants.

These will be interactive sessions, with all roundtable participants offering a unique opportunity to discuss market-driven topics in small groups. You can use the champagne roundtables to ask any burning questions or to examine a topic which came up earlier in the day in more depth. 

 17.30 Close of conference day one

Networking Cocktail Reception

Entry strictly restricted to Argus Global Crude 2018 - Geneva conference badge holders only

Conference day two - Thursday, 18 October 2018
09.00  Morning registration and networking
09.50 Chairman's opening remarks: Matthew Thompson, Chief Strategy and Business Development Officer, Argus

Demand from Asia-Pacific region

 10.00  Chinese demand for crude 
  • Demand for European crude in China
  • Shape of China’s crude demand over the next few years
  • What other regions might emerge as demand centres?
 10.30  India country focus 
  • How is India securing its crude supplies? 
  • Shape of India’s crude demand over the next few years
  • Will Indian refining capacity continue to expand?
 11.00 Morning coffee and networking

Global producers' strategies

 11.30 Nigeria crude market outlook
  • Forecast for crude production and exports for 2018 and beyond
  • Potential expansion of markets for Nigeria’s crude
  • What are the main challenges exporting to these new markets?
 12.00 Russia crude market outlook
  • Assessing the impact of new US sanctions on Russian oil projects
  • Will this hinder Russia's crude exploration and production?
 12.30 Middle East crude market outlook

  • Overview of crude production, exports, logistics and infrastructure development
 13.00 Networking lunch
 14.30 Latest developments in futures and derivatives in oil trading

New for 2018: From big data through blockchain to artificial intelligence (AI): 

A moderated 40-minute discussion on stage featuring 3-4 panellists. Each panellist will speak for 5-10 minutes, giving an introductory presentation. The remaining 15 minutes will consist of an audience discussion in response to topics put forward by the panel.

  • Discussing which technology and process advancements will cause the greatest change over the coming years
  • Challenging business models by using new technologies to improve operations and maximise the value of your business
 15.55 Chairman's closing remarks
 16.10 Close of the conference

An exclusive and interactive workshopCrude price benchmarking, will take place on the afternoon of 16 October 2018

The crude benchmarking world is entering an uncertain phase, with long established indexes undergoing transformations and seeing their relevance challenged by alternative price markers - particularly in the highly competitive Asia-Pacific market. Crude oil producers, traders and consumers everywhere depend on the clarity and robustness of these benchmarks, in an environment of changing trade flows and increasing regulatory scrutiny.

This workshop will give an overview of this dynamic landscape and give you chance to debate the current state and future shape of the leading crude benchmarks.

Your workshop leader: James Gooder, Vice-President, Crude, Argus

James is responsible for crude oil business development at Argus. He has been with the company since 2004 and has performed several editorial roles, including editing European electricity and emissions market publications. From 2007-10, he was the editor of the daily Argus Crude report, managing a global team of reporters and developing new crude price assessments. Prior to joining Argus, James worked as a teacher, speechwriter and journalist. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English and American literature from Manchester University and a master’s degree in international journalism from City University, London.

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