20 March - 21 March 2019
Beijing, China

Argus China Crude and Products Markets

Day one

Start End
  • 08:30
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  • 09:20
  • Registration and refreshments
  • 09:20
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  • 09:30
  • Welcome and opening remarks

Start End
  • 09:30
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  • 10:40
  • Session 1: The future of China’s crude and products market amid changing trade flows and regulatory uncertainty

Global crude production outlook and shifting trade flows

- What is the future of crude supplies to China?

- How are global crude and oil product trade flows shifting? 

- What impact will increasing environmental regulations have on the global crude and products market?

 

Opportunities in China’s downstream sector and future refined product demand

- How might China’s new independent, mega refineries affect the domestic crude landscape?

- How are independent refineries staying competitive in today’s market?

- What is the future of diesel and gasoline demand in China and how might this shift in the coming years?

 

China’s export/import quotas and environmental policies

- Latest updates on crude import and product export quotas

- Expanding China’s energy mix to reduce the nation’s dependency on fossil fuels

- Reforming the domestic energy sector and attracting investment

  • 10:40
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  • 11:10
  • Networking refreshments

Start End
  • 11:10
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  • 12:20
  • Session 2: China’s upstream market and oil infrastructure reform

Future crude production in China – Opportunities and challenges

- What is China’s long-term plan for boosting domestic production?

- What are some of the latest developments in upstream project investments?

 

China’s oil pipeline and infrastructure reform 

- How might China diversify current pipeline assets to encourage increased pipeline investments and competition?

- What is the impact of opening pipeline access and increasing utilisation rates of the network grid to private companies?

- What role does pipeline safety plan in future infrastructure investments?

  • 12:20
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  • 14:00
  • Networking lunch

Start End
  • 14:00
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  • 15:10
  • Session 3: Changing crude pricing and contracting

China’s delivered crude reference takes shape in Shandong

- Taking a first step into China-generated pricing based on domestic market trade and market surveys

- First ever delivered Asia price for Brazilian pre-salt stream

- Price transparency at point of sale for trading companies in west African crude

- Indicator of regional prices and visibility down the seaborne supply chain

 

Argus WTI Houston

- What is the importance of WTI Houston in international and domestic contracts?

  • 15:10
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  • 15:40
  • Networking refreshments

Start End
  • 15:40
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  • 16:50
  • Session 3: Refinery roundtable – Opportunities in the downstream market

Latest developments on new mega refinery projects from independent refineries

- Review on latest throughput rates and crude demand from Hengli Petrochemical and Zhejiang Petrochemical’s latest mega refinery

 

Future refined products demand and exports

- Will demand for domestic refined products continue to rise? What other industries might contribute to this demand?

- What is the future of distillates and gasoline exports from China?

- Looking for alternative crude sources to avoid supply disruptions

  • 16:50
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  • 17:00
  • Chairman's closing remarks
  • 18:00
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  • 20:00
  • Conference dinner reception

Day two

Start End
  • 08:30
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  • 09:20
  • Registration and refreshments
  • 09:20
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  • 09:30
  • Welcome and opening remarks

Start End
  • 09:30
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  • 10:40
  • Session 5: Diversifying crude supply sources – Russia and the Middle East

Crude supplies from Russia

- Will China continue to import large volumes of Russian crude?

- What market factors are affecting Russia crude exports?

 

Securing crude supplies from Middle East producers

- The future of Opec production

- The impact of China boosting oil and gas investment in the Middle East

  • 10:40
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  • 11:10
  • Networking refreshments

Start End
  • 11:10
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  • 12:20
  • Session 6: Diversifying crude supply sources – West Africa and Latin America

West Africa crude finds its way to China

- Latest production outlook for west African crude

- Impact of economic instability in west Africa on supply security

- Will China continue to increase imports from west Africa?

 

Shifting petroleum trade patterns: Latin America reorients towards China

- Latest production outlook for Latin American crude

- Latin American crude increasingly looks to gain market share in China

- Establishing stronger economic and diplomatic ties to secure long-term sustainable supplies

  • 12:20
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  • 14:00
  • Networking lunch

Start End
  • 14:00
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  • 15:10
  • Session 7: Panel discussion – The impact of IMO 2020 regulations on China’s refining sector

Low sulphur fuel oil imposed on China’s coast ahead of IMO 2020

- Transforming key ports in China into bunkering hubs

- Providing higher demand for China’s diesel production

- Repercussions of IMO 2020 on fuel oil prices

 

China’s first fuel oil blending in Zhejiang FTZ

- Positioning China as a key supplier of blended fuels ahead of the IMO’s global sulphur limit rule for marine fuels

- The impact of China’s initiative to allow blended fuel oil exports to domestic refiners and bunker prospects

  • 15:10
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  • 15:40
  • Networking refreshments

Start End
  • 15:40
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  • 16:50
  • Session 8: The impact of increasing environmental regulations on the gasoline and diesel market

Latest updates on China’s E10 gasoline mandate

- Updates on China’s plan to double domestic ethanol output

- Trade opportunities for global producers to support China’s move in introducing ethanol blend into gasoline

- Investment opportunities in meeting domestic ethanol demand

- How will this mandate affect gasoline demand?

 

Future diesel demand in China

- Increasing demand for diesel in China under current environmental policies

- Will IMO 2020 regulations increase future diesel demand?

  • 16:50
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  • 17:00
  • Chairman's closing remarks