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Pre-Conference Focus Day: Competing Fuels | Monday 4 December 2017

Attend Argus’s Competing Fuels Focus Day to understand more about how naphtha, petrochemicals, LNG, and transportation fuels affect the LPG industry.

Our exclusive pre-conference focus day will bring together stakeholders from Europe and beyond to examine key developments and opportunities across the LPG and competing fuels markets. Led by the Argus Consulting team, attendees will choose an area of interest from the competing fuels landscape to discuss with like-minded colleagues. Subjects to include: LNG, naphtha and petrochemicals, transportation fuels and other areas.

Your topic leaders will include:

Joe DuffyJoe Duffy
Principal Petrochemicals
Consulting, EAME
Kristen MuellerKristen Mueller
Senior LPG
& LNG Analyst
Francis OsbornFrancis Osborne
Head of forecasting,
Crude Oil and
Refined Products

Main Conference Day One | Tuesday 5 December 2017


Registration and Coffee

08.15 Conference Producer’s Welcome
Tonika Campbell, Conference Producer, Argus Conferences

Chairman's opening remarks
Nick Black, Vice President of LPG, Argus 

08.30 Crude Oil Pricing and LPG Pricing: A General Picture
  • Crude oil price overview and outlook
  • Eastern European pricing update: How is this affecting activity in the Black Sea and Mediterranean region?
  • Assessing how crude oil weighs on LPG pricing: What are the results of this within the shale gas and oil producer price war?
  • How will crude price fluctuation affect demand and supply?
Francis Osborne, Head of forecasting, Crude Oil and Refined Products, Argus Consulting
Demand vs. Production: A Reflection of the Current Market
  • Assessing product availability in Europe: Eastern Europe vs. the Mediterranean region
  • Finding the right product at the right price: Will the US remain the price setter?
  • A trader’s perspective: Arbitrage in the current market 
  • New LPG terminals: How that will this effect pricing
David-Arthur Nabet, LPG trader, LUKOIL Pan-Americas
The Off Grid Commercial Market in Britain: Challenges and Opportunity
  • British market growth in commercial LPG sales
  • LPG’s benefits and appeal versus oil
  • Industry’s response and raising awareness
  • The digital campaign: Joining forces and working together
  • Domestic challenges and government policies
Rob Shuttleworth, Chief Executive, UKLPG

6 in A Row Networking Game
Each attendee will have a card with six numbers, each one allocated to another attendee, find each one and write down three facts about them. Once you have found all six shout 6 in a row! First three to complete their card will receive a prize.

Morning Networking Break
 10.50 Market Evolution: The Progression of the European LPG Market
  • Analysing current drivers in the European LPG market
  • Assessing developments in the US 
  • Growth of storage
  • The future of LPG: A global outlook on new and innovative uses for LPG
Joel Pedessac, General Manager, French Committee of Butane and Propane
 11.20 Eastern European LPG: Challenges and Opportunities
  • Supply, demand and trade flows in this region
  • The rise of LPG in the Ukraine: What impact is this having on the market?
  • Assessing the role of the Mediterranean region on the eastern European market
  • Developments in Russian production and exports
  • Policy, regulation and taxation update
Ernst Brandstaetter, General Manager, SHV Gas Supply & Risk Management
 11.50 Panel Discussion LPG Storage Capacity, Shipping and Infrastructure
  • Transportation restrictions in eastern Europe
  • Capacity in western Europe
  • The Panama Canal expansion
  • The growing need to shift source of supply over summer: What does this mean for storage?
  • Growing competition from the US: Does Europe have enough storage facilities to compete with the US
Panellist: Ernst Brandstaetter, General Manager, SHV Gas Supply & Risk Management
Panellist: Guray Isikguner, LPG import manager, OMV Petrol Ofisi
 12.30 Lunch Break
14.00 An Overview of Autogas in Italy
  • Autogas consumption and vehicle fleet in Italy
  • Assessing autogas injection systems
  • Developments in the automotive industry
  • An update on governmental incentive policies and political infusions on gas systems
Francesco Franchi, President & CEO, Costiero Gas Livorno

Assessing the Developments of Autogas in the Balkan Peninsula
  • Autogas overview in the Balkan region
  • Increasing competition from electric vehicles: Measuring LPG car emissions to demonstrate the benefits of autogas
Lilian Alexandru, General Manager, Rompetrol Gas
 15.00 Innovation and Development of LPG in the Petrochemical Industry
  • Petrochemical demand for LPG
  • LPG usage in the petrochemical industry
  • Petrochemical feedstock dynamics and consumption in crackers 
  • What does cheap ethane mean for the petrochemical market?
Ildefonso E. Sánchez-Romo, Global Head of LPG, Naphtha & Petrochemicals Trading, Repsol

 Afternoon Coffee Break
 16.00 Developments in Shale Gas and the Impact on the LPG Industry
  • What does more shale gas mean for export facilities in the US?
  • What does the “Trump effect” mean for shale?
  • Will the US continue to have an impact on this market?
  • What is the outlook for arbitrage?
Thomas Carlisle, Gas Analyst, Gibsons Shipbrokers
 16.30 Cafe Roundtable Afternoon
Returning for 2017 are the Cafe Roundtables; a format designed to create the environment of a cafe. Sign up to our roundtable sessions with 30 of your peers — places are limited to ensure maximum interaction

Roundtable 1: Developments in the Autogas Market
Led by: Cécile Nourigat, Autogas Manager, AEGPL

Roundtable 2: The Current LPG Shipping Landscape and De-risking Trading Strategies
Led by: Nicola Williams, Director, Clarksons Platou

Roundtable 3: Petrochemical Feedstock Dynamics and Consumption in Crackers
Led by: Joe Duffy, Principal, Petrochemicals Consulting, EAME, Argus Consulting

Roundtable 4: Future Innovations and Developments in Synthetic LPG
Led by: Nikos Xydas,Technical Director, WLPGA
 17.15 Roundtable Leaders Conclusions

Chairman's Closing Remarks
Nick Black, Vice President of LPG, Argus 

 17.45 Networking Drinks Reception

Main Conference Day Two | Wednesday 6 December 2017
Registration and Coffee
Chairman’s Recap
Nick Black
, Vice President of LPG, Argus Consulting
 10.00 Examining the LPG Market in Turkey
  • Developments in the Turkish LPG market
  • Amount of consumption, production and imports or exports 
  • Investment in storage in Turkey
Guray Isikguner, LPG import manager, OMV Petrol
 10.30 New Use Cases of LPG: Beyond Heating and Cooking
  • Analysing new technologies in this market space
  • Evaluating the use of LPG for domestic and industrial use: Lawnmowers and generators
  • How will new energy efficiency legislation affect the growth of new usages of LPG?
Rebecca Ball, Sales Manager, Greengear Global
 11.00 Heavy Oils and Industrial Usage: Opportunity to Grow LPG Industry
  • Increasing usage of LPG as an alternative to heavy fuels for industrial usage
  • How will CO2 emissions regulation impact LPG demand?
  • Assessing the role of distributors within the switch from heavy oils to LPG and natural gas 
  • Slovenian case study on replacing heating oil with LPG: Renovating boiler rooms; including replacement of boilers and burners
  • Implementing different energy solutions in industrial and public sector setting to increase savings on cost and to reduce emissions
Borut Sočič, Head of LPG Development, Petrol Slovenia
Morning Coffee Break
 12.00 The Outlook for Asia
  • Analysing the demand increase in China
  • Demand overview in south and southeast Asia
  • What is the impact of Asia on Europe?
  • How have southeast Asian economies increased demand for LPG
  • Analysing development in butane-heavy LPG infrastructure and production in Indonesia and India
David Appleton, Senior LPG Analyst, Argus Consulting
 12.30 The Marine and Heavy Trucks Markets for Autogas
  • What is the potential for LPG in heavy trucks?
  • LPG and diesel mix as a potential solution 
  • Post IMO: Is there an opportunity for LPG?
Diogo Barros, Head of LPG Bulk Business, Galp
Assessing the Divergence Between Propane and Butane
  • How is the outlook different for these two grades?
  • What are the demand drivers for propane and butane?
  • How will the price differ?
13.30 Chairman's Closing Remarks
Nick Black
, Vice President of LPG, Argus
13.40 Lunch Break
15.10 Close of Conference

Forecasting and adapting to a volatile pricing environment 
  • Understanding the market and influencing factors of LPG pricing
  • Assessing the impact of lower crude prices on LPG
  • Where will prices be in the next 12-18 months?
  • Looking at regional pricing for LPG and the factors driving change
Forecasting and adapting to a volatile pricing environment 
  • Understanding the market and influencing factors of LPG pricing
  • Assessing the impact of lower crude prices on LPG
  • Where will prices be in the next 12-18 months?
  • Looking at regional pricing for LPG and the factors driving change
Forecasting and adapting to a volatile pricing environment 
  • Understanding the market and influencing factors of LPG pricing
  • Assessing the impact of lower crude prices on LPG
  • Where will prices be in the next 12-18 months?
  • Looking at regional pricing for LPG and the factors driving change


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