25 September - 27 September 2019
Singapore

Argus Bitumen and Bituminous Products Asia

Bituminous products day

Start End
  • 10:00
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  • 10:30
  • Registration and coffee
  • 10:30
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  • 10:40
  • Chairman’s remarks and antitrust reminder Azeem Remtulla - Director, Bitumen Solutions
  • 10:40
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  • 11:10
  • Preservation of bituminous pavements – what can be done?
  • Review of the variety of preservation solutions – chip seal, thin overlays and micro-surfacing
  • Use of polymer and additives to extend service life 
  • Finding out the right treatment on the right pavement at the right time
 
  • 11:10
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  • 11:40
  • Influence of plant-based rejuvenators on the performance properties of Reclaimed Asphalt Pavement (RAP) Hassan Tabatabaee - Global Technical Manager - Asphalt Solutions, Cargill
  • Concerns on the cost, availability and environmental impact of using petroleum-based materials
  • Saving money through using recycled material and reducing carbon footprint with bio-based material 
 
  • 11:40
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  • 12:10
  • Trends and strategies for cold mix asphalt additives
 
  • 12:10
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  • 12:20
  • Q&A
  • 12:20
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  • 14:00
  • Networking lunch
  • 14:00
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  • 14:30
  • Specialty application of polymer-modified bitumen
  • Growth drivers and changing market dynamics 
  • Cost-effectiveness and other restraining factors
 
  • 14:30
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  • 15:00
  • Optimisation in producing warm mix asphalt with polymer-modified binder
  • 15:00
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  • 15:10
  • Q&A
  • 15:10
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  • 15:40
  • Afternoon refreshments
 
  • 15:40
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  • 16:10
  • High-performance pavements – overview and their applications Hitoshi Yamauchi - Chief Engineer, Nippon Road Co
  • Use of modifiers such as epoxy resin and polyester resin
  • What to note in the development of a semi-rigid pavement 
  • Review of the appropriate sites for these products
 

  • 16:10
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  • 16:50
  • Panel discussion: Circular economy - access to raw materials into the future
  • Current practices in terms of sustainable highway construction
  • Use of reclaimed polymers to reduce price and extend service life
  • Innovation in technology with changing needs like hybrids and autonomous vehicles
 
  • 16:50
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  • 17:00
  • Chairman’s closing remarks Azeem Remtulla - Director, Bitumen Solutions
  • 17:00
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  • 19:00
  • Welcome reception
Open to all conference attendees

Bitumen day one - Decoupling of bitumen price from fuel oil price: is IMO 2020 the tipping point?

Opening session

Start End
  • 09:20
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  • 09:50
  • IMO 2020 impact on refiners and shifting product slates
  • How will inexpensive and simple refineries upgrade or reconfigure their operations to meet the changing fuel demand?
  • What opportunities exist for complex refineries and how will they ensure there is enough compliant fuel available to meet new demand?
  • How will refinery capacity and utilisation evolve with these changes? 
 
  • 09:50
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  • 10:20
  • Overview of the Asia-Pacific and Middle east bitumen markets Aabha Gandhi - Asia Editor, Argus Bitumen, Argus
  • Arbitrage movements - small but growing
  • Middle east and Asia-Pacific demand
  • Bitumen market in the short term
 
  • 10:20
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  • 10:30
  • Q&A
  • 10:30
  • -
  • 11:15
  • Morning refreshments
  • 11:15
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  • 11:45
  • Global crude production outlook and the implications on Asian refining David Fyfe - Chief Economist, Argus
  • Review of crude production outlook – volume and quality
  • The contribution from US shale – how durable a source of growth?
  • Supply risks & the consequences for the supply barrel
  • The role of OPEC+ in balancing the market
  • Implications for the Asian & global refining sectors
 
  • 11:45
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  • 12:15
  • Bitumen tanker market review – expectations after IMO 2020
  • What are the strategies for owners of small bitumen vessels – scrapping older vessels, sharing the costs of a new build with another owner or placing their vessels into shipping pools?
  • Will it fuel increased M&A activity among carriers?
 
  • 12:15
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  • 13:00
  • Networking lunch
 

Road projects in Asia

Start End
  • 11:15
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  • 12:15
  • Panel discussion: A roadmap of emerging projects in Asia
  • Update on road products in Vietnam, Malaysia and Thailand
  • Bitumen price fluctuations affecting budgeting and funding
  • Overcoming the source-to-consumer logistical challenge

Speakers:
Nguyen Thi Thu Trang, Bitumen Trading Manager, Tratimex
Mat Rosly Mat Daud, Under Secretary, Highway Planning Division, Malaysia's Ministry of Public Works


  • 15:00
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  • 15:30
  • Afternoon refreshments

Opening opportunities for Asia’s bitumen market: terminal and technology developments

Start End
  • 15:30
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  • 16:00
  • Challenges for oil terminals of varying sizes – from storage and blending to testing and fuel compatibility
  • How will terminals in smaller ports manage the additional storage for the different fuel grades?
  • Opportunities for terminals in hub locations with increased demand for blending of residual fuel oil with hydrocarbon cutters
  • Management of cutter stocks and the need for high-speed blending and testing
 
  • 16:00
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  • 16:30
  • Technology showcase: Residue process technologies
With volatility expected in the market, refiners around the world are also looking at operational changes to prepare for the known unknown. Only the best-prepared refiners are able to navigate through these changing waters. This session looks into the different technologies for residue processing and the possibility of combining the advantages of these technologies.  
  • 16:30
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  • 16:40
  • Q&A
  • 16:40
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  • 17:00
  • Fireside chat - more details to be announced shortly
  • Assessing the differing requirements of bitumen products 
  • Updates on terminal developments
 
  • 17:00
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  • 17:10
  • Charman's closing remarks Aabha Gandhi - Asia Editor, Argus Bitumen, Argus
  • 17:15
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  • 19:30
  • Cocktail reception (open to all conference attendees)
 

Bitumen day two - Regional demand outlooks: the future ahead

Start End
  • 09:20
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  • 09:30
  • Chairman’s remarks and antitrust reminder Jonathan Weston - Editor, Bitumen, Argus
  • 12:20
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  • 12:30
  • Chairman’s closing remarks Jonathan Weston - Editor, Bitumen, Argus
  • 12:30
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  • 14:00
  • Networking lunch followed end of day