14 February - 16 February 2023
Abu Dhabi, UAE

Argus Clean Ammonia Middle East Conference

Day 1 - Main conference

Start End
  • 12:00
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  • 13:00
  • Registration opening and welcome lunch
  • 13:30
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  • 13:35
  • Conference welcome and chairperson's opening remarks Andrea Valentini - Principal – Consulting, Argus
  • 13:35
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  • 13:45
  • Founding Partner Welcome Dr Nobuhiko Kubota - Managing Executive Officer, IHI Corporation
  • 13:45
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  • 14:15
  • Government keynote: Cop 27 reflections and hopes for Cop 28: What does this mean for clean ammonia and future fuels?
  • What have been the main outcomes from Cop 27 and what are the ambitions for Cop 28?
  • How is Abu Dhabi looking to incorporate ‘green’ resources into its energy mix to achieve emissions reduction goals by 2050?
  • How will these contribute to the development of a global market for clean ammonia? 
  • 14:30
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  • 15:15
  • Keynote Panel: New age of energy partnerships: Key role for the Middle East in the new world order Speakers include - Dii Desert Energy & MENA Hydrogen Alliance, NEOM Green Hydrogen Company (NGHC), Qatar Fertiliser Company (QAFCO)
  • Looking East and West: How are countries in the Middle East positioning themselves as key energy partners for both European and north Asian countries?
  • What key partnerships have already been formed and how will they contribute to the creation of a global market for clean ammonia? Why are these significant?
  • What role will traditional oil majors play in enabling development of these projects and partnerships? How are the molecules produced changing?

Moderator: Andrea Valentini, Principal – Consulting, Argus

Speakers: 

Cornelius Matthes, CEO, Dii Desert Energy & MENA Hydrogen Alliance

David Edmondson, CEO, NEOM Green Hydrogen Company (NGHC)

ElSayed Ashraf Hassan, Chief Strategy Officer, Qatar Fertiliser Company (QAFCO)

  • 15:15
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  • 16:00
  • Coffee break
  • 16:00
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  • 16:40
  • Regulatory and policy challenges: How are governments in the Middle East incentivising clean ammonia industry development?
  • How is regulation developing and what is missing? What can be learnt from policies implemented in Europe and the US?
  • What role will carbon taxes play, given the prevalence of ‘blue’ ammonia in the region? And how will ‘green’ production be incentivised?
  • How is the Middle East positioning itself as an ‘exporter’ of clean ammonia/hydrogen? Why is it placed to cater for regional as well as international needs?

Moderator: Ruth Sharpe, Editor – Ammonia, Argus

  • 16:40
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  • 17:10
  • Selling ammonia: How to certify a product’s carbon intensity credentials? Emile Herben - Director Product Management & Certification, Yara Clean Ammonia
  • What have been the main developments in certification schemes for clean ammonia products?
  • Is Europe leading the way in certification? How could Europe’s systems be used as a model?
  • How to measure emission lifecycles? How does this change how a product can be certified, and how does this feed into how this market is priced?
  • Why are they important in allowing product to be moved from one place to another retaining their clean credentials?

Moderator: Andrea Valentini, Principal – Consulting, Argus 

Emile Herben, Director Product Management & Certification, Yara Clean Ammonia 

  • 17:10
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  • 17:40
  • To go blue, or to go green? Clean ammonia production questions Ashok Sivasubramanian - Chief Scientist, Global Technology, SABIC
  • What is the ammonia production process today? Grey, blue and green – what are today’s market drivers, and what is driving demand for different products?
  • What are the pros and cons of green and blue ammonia production? What are some of the challenges in distinguishing between products in this way?
  • What level of development is technology at for Carbon Capture Storage/Carbon Capture Use Storage (CCS/CCUS) as well as different electrolyser types? Why are these important to consider?
  • 17:40
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  • 17:45
  • Chairperson's closing remarks Andrea Valentini - Principal – Consulting, Argus
  • 17:45
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  • 19:30

Day 2 - Main conference

Start End
  • 09:00
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  • 09:05
  • Chairperson's opening remarks Andrea Valentini - Principal – Consulting, Argus
  • 09:05
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  • 10:00
  • Project capacity: What projects are in the pipeline in the Middle East? When is it all coming and what will be the reality? Speakers include - EDF Renewables, NEOM Green Hydrogen Company (NGHC) , thyssenkrupp, ACME Group
  • What’s next for green and blue projects?
  • At what speed can projects develop and reach scale? How green and blue ammonia projects come together?
  • What are the project boundaries – what does it take to be certified as ‘blue’ or ‘green’?
  • What is renewable generation potential and what will it take to unlock ‘green’ production? What are the current CCS/CCUS technologies available for blue production?
  • What is needed to reach FIDs in blue or green projects? Who are the likely offtakers?

Speakers:

David Edmondson, CEO, NEOM Green Hydrogen Company (NGHC)

Francois Dao, Vice-President for Middle East & Africa, EDF Renewables

Malcolm Cook, Senior Vice President - Chemicals and Process Technologies, thyssenkrupp

Ashwani Dudeja, President & Director (Green Hydrogen and Ammonia), ACME Group

  • 10:00
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  • 10:20
  • India focus: How is India building its clean ammonia capacity? Prabhat Mishra - Head of International Business Development, ReNew Power
  • What will happen in the country? What projects are being developed?
  • How will India meet increasing demand? Who is involved in these projects and why is that significant?
  • How is existing infrastructure going to be used to develop capacities? 
  • 10:20
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  • 10:40
  • Pricing clean ammonia: What are the potential models? Andrea Valentini - Principal – Consulting, Argus
  • What is the projected volume of production coming out of the Middle East and other key production regions?
  • What are the project costs and forecast prices? How is carbon pricing being factored in?
  • When are we likely to have a clean ammonia trading market?
  • 10:40
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  • 11:30
  • Coffee break
  • 11:30
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  • 12:15
  • Buyers and sellers: How are potential buyers and sellers of clean ammonia working together on developing a market for clean ammonia? Speakers include - Steem1960 Shipbrokers, Addleshaw Goddard
  • What does it take to transport low-carbon ammonia today? What are the main learnings from initial offtakes?
  • Getting down to business: How are these developments moving us beyond the hype? Critical success factor: Matching demand with supply – how will the market get there?
  • What will ammonia procurement look like? How will this impact project developers and project development moving forward?

Moderator: Ruth Sharpe, Editor – Ammonia, Argus

Speakers:

Lisa Maria Assmann, Senior Shipbroker, Steem1960 Shipbrokers

Alexander Sarac, Partner, Addleshaw Goddard

  • 12:15
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  • 13:00
  • How will a global clean ammonia supply chain be developed for a market likely to massively expand in volume? Speakers include - Yara Clean Ammonia, Cummins and thyssenkrupp uhde

Building up supply chain capabilities and infrastructure for handling, transporting and storing clean ammonia

  • What might be some of the limitations placed on project developers in terms of speed of infrastructure construction for export and import?
  • How is the market going to change? And how will larger volumes of ammonia be handled, transported and stored?
  • Are import terminals ready to receive ammonia imports in Europe and elsewhere? How will port infrastructure receive volumes from new projects in the future?

Vibeke Rasmussen, SVP Product Management and Certification, Yara Clean Ammonia

Francisco Jimenez, Senior Business Development Manager – Green Ammonia, Cummins

  • 13:00
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  • 14:30
  • Lunch
  • 14:30
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  • 15:30
  • What will be the role of ammonia in different offtake markets? A geography and sector overview Speakers include - IHI Corporation, LOTTE Fine Chemical , Wartsila

Japan and power generation – how to reach a 20pc ammonia co-firing rate?

  • What technology is needed to unlock clean ammonia’s application for the decarbonisation of power generation in Japan? What is next for coal power plants?
  • How will an ammonia supply chain be developed? How much ammonia will be needed and where will it come from?
  • What role will the industry play in kickstarting a trading market for clean ammonia?
  • Progress in development of supply infrastructure and building ammonia turbines

Dr Nobuhiko Kubota, Managing Executive Officer, IHI Corporation

South Korea and clean industries – how will blue and green  be used?

  • Government policies and trends
  • Industry activities and Lotte
  • Power sector, marine fuels and ammonia cracking (hydrogen)

John Kwon, Senior Manager, Chemical Business Division, LOTTE Fine Chemical

Europe and Ammonia’s role in shipping: decarbonisation of shipping sector and marine fuels

  • How is Europe leading the way? What is missing in other regions? What do they need to catch up? 

Kaj Portin, GM Sustainable Fuels and Decarbonisation, Wartsila

 

  • 15:30
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  • Chairperson's closing remarks Andrea Valentini - Principal – Consulting, Argus
  • 15:30
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  • 16:00
  • Coffee break
  • 16:00
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  • 18:30

Green Marine Fuels Focus Day (*Focus Day pass holders only)

Start End
  • 09:00
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  • Registration open
  • 09:15
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  • 10:00
  • 10:30
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  • 10:35
  • Chairperson’s welcome and opening remarks Farhana Anuar - Principal Consulting – Hydrogen and Future Fuels, Argus
  • 10:35
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  • 11:15
  • Keynote panel: How are different regions around the world pursuing low/zero-carbon fuels for shipping? Speakers include: Ajay Singh - Managing Executive Officer, Mitsui OSK Lines
  • Future fuels matrix: How do shipowners view the fuel mix over the next 30 years?
  • How are key regions such as Europe and north Asia leading changing policies and the movement towards low-carbon fuels?
  • Middle East’s role in developing production and supply of future fuels: a competitive source of renewable fuels
  • What more is needed from the shipping industry?

Moderator: Farhana Anuar, Principal, Consulting – Hydrogen and Future Fuels, Argus

Speakers include:

Ajay Singh, Managing Executive Officer, Mitsui OSK Lines

  • 11:15
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  • 12:00
  • Alternative fuels for shipping: What are the options? LNG, methanol, ammonia, biofuels and hydrogen producers Speakers include - Yara Clean Ammonia, SEA LNG
  • What technology maturity level are alternative fuels at, globally?
  • What production capacity is planned globally, compared with the Middle East in particular, and what are the projected costs for different fuels?
  • How will bunkering needs change? How can current facilities be adapted for low-carbon fuel suitability?

Moderator: Sammy Six, Deputy Editor – Marine Fuels, Argus

Speakers:

Steve Esau, COO, SEA LNG

Tessa Major, VP Bunkering – Port Regulations & Market Development, Yara Clean Ammonia

  • 12:00
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  • 12:30
  • Argus views: Pricing considerations for alternative marine fuels compared with the traditional market Sammy Six - Deputy Editor - Marine Fuels, Argus
  • Status of activities: What fuels are being considered in the fuel mix?
  • What do their current markets look like? How are they projected to change?
  • How do existing costs compare with those in the future?
  • 12:30
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  • 13:30
  • Lunch
  • 13:30
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  • 13:50
  • Debunking Ammonia myths Laurent Ruhlmann - HESQ Director, Yara Clean Ammonia
  • What are the main safety considerations and how can the public perception of new fuels such as ammonia be improved? 
  • 13:50
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  • 14:35
  • Key success factors: Overcoming key hurdles to unlock future fuel markets at scale Speakers include - MAN Energy Solutions, Marsh, Wartsila
  • How can current transport, storage and logistics facilities be adapted for low carbon fuel adoption? What new infrastructure is needed and how quickly can it be developed?
  • What are the main safety considerations and how can the public perception of new fuels be improved?
  • How quickly are engines being developed for ships to enable future fuel adoption? What are the major developments?
  • How are players across the value chain working in partnership to overcome challenges for clean fuel production towards a zero-carbon shipping future?

Moderator: Farhana Anuar, Principal, Consulting – Hydrogen and Future Fuels, Argus

Speakers include: 

Alexander Feindt, Global Business Development Manager, Marine Four-Stroke, MAN Energy Solutions 

Richard Freeman, Energy & Power, Marsh

Kaj Portin, GM Sustainable Fuels and Decarbonisation, Wartsila

  • 14:35
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  • 14:50
  • Mini break
  • 14:50
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  • 15:45

Join a roundtable for the opportunity to discuss key topics with delegates interested in the same topic, led by a market expert.

 

Roundtable topics to be announced soon. 

  • 15:45
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  • 16:00
  • Roundtable round-up: Conclusions and key takeaways from roundtable leaders
  • 16:00
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  • End of conference