26 January - 28 January 2021
Virtual event

Argus Crude Live - Virtual Conference

CET agenda

A video recording of all conference sessions will be available on demand so you can watch what you have missed at a convenient time.

  • 15:00 CET
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  • 15:45 CET
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  • 16:30 CET
*This session includes live Q&A
  • 16:30 CET
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  • 18:00 CET

*This session includes live Q&A

• US geopolitical landscape: What impact will the US elections have on sanctions and trade relations?
• How are Europe, Asia and the Americas recovering? Mapping recovery profiles and the challenges posed by debt, higher taxes and green recovery
• China resurgent: What factors contributed to China’s quick rebound and where is China’s oil import demand headed after Covid-19?
• Travel and mobility: Will we see structural changes and what does it mean for gasoline, jet and diesel?
• OPEC+ in the driving seat: How durable is effective production management, and is Russia in this for the long haul?
• US upstream supply: How is the sector adapting and what might future production rates look like?

Speakers:
Eirik Waerness,
SVP & Chief Economist, Equinor
Helima Croft,
Managing Director and Global Head of Commodity Strategy, Global Research, RBC Capital Markets
Saad Rahim,
Chief Economist, Trafigura
Michael Cohen,
Chief US Economist and Head of Oil Analysis, BP
David Fyfe,
Chief Economist, Argus

  • 19:00 CET
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  • 20:00 CET
  • US political landscape – How might the 2020 election impact the oil sector? - RealClear Media Group, AFPM

*This session includes live Q&A

• How would a Biden administration impact clean energy incentives, permitting, and drilling restrictions?
• If President Trump remains in office, then how will he approach the oil industry?
• What impact will the administration have on existing and new sanctions and trade relations?
• What risks would an administration change place on the industry and how are companies preparing?

Speakers:
Carl Cannon, Washington Bureau Chief, RealClearPolitics and Executive Editor, RealClear Media Group
Chet Thompson, President, AFPM

  • 20:00 CET
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  • 21:00 CET
  • Americas breakout sessions
*More information to be announced 
  • 01:00 CET
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  • 01:45 CET
  • Keynote interview: Navigating today's oil market Bernard Looney - CEO, BP
  • 01:45 CET
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  • 02:30 CET
  • Keynote interview: US crude infrastructure outlook Jim Teague - Director and Co-Chief Executive Officer, Enterprise Products
*This session is on demand
  • 02:30 CET
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  • 04:00 CET
  • Economist insights - Economic recovery and oil market impacts - Equinor, RBC Capital Markets, Trafigura, BP, Argus

*This session is on demand

• US geopolitical landscape: What impact will the US elections have on sanctions and trade relations?
• How are Europe, Asia and the Americas recovering? Mapping recovery profiles and the challenges posed by debt, higher taxes and green recovery
• China resurgent: What factors contributed to China’s quick rebound and where is China’s oil import demand headed after Covid-19?
• Travel and mobility: Will we see structural changes and what does it mean for gasoline, jet and diesel?
• OPEC+ in the driving seat: How durable is effective production management, and is Russia in this for the long haul?
• US upstream supply: How is the sector adapting and what might future production rates look like?

Speakers:
Eirik Waerness,
SVP & Chief Economist, Equinor
Helima Croft,
Managing Director and Global Head of Commodity Strategy, Global Research, RBC Capital Markets
Saad Rahim,
Chief Economist, Trafigura
Michael Cohen,
Chief US Economist and Head of Oil Analysis, BP
David Fyfe,
Chief Economist, Argus

  • 07:00 CET
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  • 08:00 CST
  • Asia-Pacific crude market in a post Covid-19 world - Equinor, Bharat Petroleum

*This session includes live Q&A

• What buying trends have we seen from independent refiners and oil majors in China?
• How is China’s refining complex evolving, and will light crude continue to be the preferred choice?
• How is India’s market rebounding and what buying trends might 2021 bring?
• How are Asian refineries managing demand destruction and refinery utilization?
• What consumption trends might we see for jet fuel, gasoline and diesel in the region?
• What is the role of US shale, Brazilian crude and OPEC supply in Asia’s market?

Speakers:
 
Ragnar Bulie,
Vice President for Asia-Pacific & Head of Crude Trading, Equinor
Shelly Abraham,
Head of Crude Trading, Bharat Petroleum


  • 08:00 CET
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  • 09:00 CET
  • Latin America - Future production and export volumes

*This session is on demand

• Brazil has continued to supply light crude to China amid the pandemic. What might future export volumes from the region look like?
• Colombia’s market: What is the future of production and export opportunities? How has Colombia’s oil market evolved during the pandemic?
• With Mexican production forecast to decrease and limited foreign investment opportunities, what might 2021 bring for the region’s oil sector?
• How has Covid-19 impacted production from new sources including Vaca Muerta and Guyana?

Speakers:

Pedro Manrique, Commercial & Marketing Vice President, Ecopetrol
More to be announced

  • 09:00 CET
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  • 10:00 CET
  • Europe's demand recovery and pandemic response

*This session includes live Q&A

• How has Europe’s refining and oil sector been impacted by the pandemic and what might recovery look like?
• Will we see pre-Covid demand levels return to the region? What might a new normal look like?
• What trends have we seen in diesel, gasoline and jet demand across various countries?
• Will we see more refinery conversions in Europe to support the clean energy transition?

Speakers:
Joel Couse,
Special Advisor - Directorate of Energy Markets and Security, International Energy Agency (IEA)
More to be announced


  • 10:00 CET
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  • 11:00 CET
  • Crude trader’s insights: Mitigating uncertain oil markets - OMV Supply & Trading, BB Energy Trading

*This session included live Q&A

• What trading trends have we seen since the start of the pandemic and how might they shape Europe’s market in the future?
• What opportunities and challenges exist for traders in Europe?
• How has the freight market impacted trading opportunities amid the pandemic?
• How are trading houses planning and optimizing for a greener energy future?

Speakers confirmed:
Vladmir Langhamer,
Trading Director, OMV Supply & Trading
Alessandro Liberati
, Global Head of Crude Trading, BB Energy Trading 

  • 12:00 CET
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  • 13:00 CET
  • Supplying Europe - The role of the US and alternative crude sources

*This session includes live Q&A

• How have US crude imports into Europe been impacted by the pandemic, and what trends might we see in the coming months?
• What role is West African, Russian and North Sea production playing in Europe and how are refiners evaluating various supply sources?
• Is WTI on the way to becoming a global benchmark?

Speakers to be announced

  • 16:00 CET
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  • 17:00 CET
  • Future health and dominance of US shale

*This session includes live Q&A

• Is there enough investment to sustain US shale production levels as the market recovers? How might independent producers and majors react?
• At what price could we see investment uptick and how long will the industry take to ramp production back up?
• What M&A activity are we seeing and how might the market react?
• How might OPEC+ supply decisions evolve and could US shale continue to be a dominant force?
• What US crude export trends have we seen and how might exports evolve as markets begin to recover?

Speakers:
Marshall Adkins, Managing Director & Head of Energy Investment Banking, Raymond James
More to be announced

  • 17:00 CET
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  • 18:00 CET
  • US Infrastructure and midstream projects - Have we overbuilt?

*This session includes live Q&A

• How has the midstream and infrastructure sector handled the Covid-19 crisis?
• Have we overbuilt US Gulf coast export terminals, pipelines and infrastructure?
• What is the status of various projects and which ones are viable?

Speakers:
To be announced

  • 19:00 CET
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  • 20:00 CET
  • Asia-Pacific crude market in a post Covid-19 world - Equinor, Bharat Petroleum
• What buying trends have we seen from independent refiners and oil majors in China?
• How is China’s refining complex evolving, and will light crude continue to be the preferred choice?
• How is India’s market rebounding and what buying trends might 2021 bring?
• How are Asian refineries managing demand destruction and refinery utilization?
• What consumption trends might we see for jet fuel, gasoline and diesel in the region?
• What is the role of US shale, Brazilian crude and OPEC supply in Asia’s market?

Speakers:
 
Ragnar Bulie,
Vice President for Asia-Pacific & Head of Crude Trading, Equinor
Shelly Abraham,
Head of Crude Trading, Bharat Petroleum
  • 02:00 CST
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  • 03:00 CST
  • Future health and dominance of US shale

*This session is on demand

• Is there enough investment to sustain US shale production levels as the market recovers? How might independent producers and majors react?
• At what price could we see investment uptick and how long will the industry take to ramp production back up?
• What M&A activity are we seeing and how might the market react?
• How might OPEC+ supply decisions evolve and could US shale continue to be a dominant force?
• What US crude export trends have we seen and how might exports evolve as markets begin to recover?

Speakers:
Marshall Adkins, Managing Director & Head of Energy Investment Banking, Raymond James
More to be announced

  • 03:00 CET
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  • 04:00 CET
  • Restructuring of China's refining capacity - from independent to mega refineries - Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, Rongsheng International

*This session includes live Q&A

• Potential implications of the consolidation process on crude oil imports
• Recovery in downstream profitability – what might it means for Chinese refineries

Speakers:
Dr Michal Meidan,
Director, China Energy Programme, Oxford Institute for Energy Studies
Jonathan Xu Jun,
Trade Director, Oil Products, Rongsheng International


  • 04:00 CET
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  • 05:00 CET
  • Price volatility and the need for flexibility to manage demand destruction - Reliance, COSMO Oil

*This session includes live Q&A

• How is the products market rebounding and what buying trends might 2021 bring?
• How might refiners navigate uncertain markets in the coming year?

Speakers:
J. Rajaraman,
Head of Supply, Trading & Logistics, Reliance
Mitch Kawaguchi,
General Manager Crude Oil & Tanker, COSMO Oil

  • 06:00 CET
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  • 07:00 CET
  • Deep dive into aviation and road fuels - How might demand rebound?

*This session includes live Q&A

• Impact of travel pattern change: Is the rise of domestic flight travel sufficient to sustain jet fuel demand? What can we learn from China’s strong rebound in domestic air travel?
• Agriculture and freight transport have been a lifeline for diesel and fuel oil demand in lockdowns: What are the implications going forward?

Speakers to be announced

  • 09:00 CET
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  • 10:00 CET
  • Europe's clean energy transition – Leading the way

*This session includes live Q&A

• Will Europe’s clean energy transition accelerate because of Covid-19 and current refining margins?
• Who is investing in renewable and alternative energy sources in Europe?
• Could we continue to see petroleum refinery divestments and conversions to produce renewable fuels?
• What role will renewable fuels versus electric play in Europe’s future fuels mix?
• How are European policies incentivizing the switch towards cleaner burning fuel sources and net-zero emissions?

Speakers to be announced

  • 10:00 CET
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  • 12:00 CET
  • European breakout sessions
More information to be announced
  • 15:00 CET
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  • 16:00 CET
  • Prioritizing environmental, social and governance in the oil industry

*This session includes live Q&A

• How are energy companies evolving to meet ESG goals and what role has the pandemic played in accelerating these initiatives?
• How are investors valuing ESG in an organization’s culture?
• How can the industry attract and maintain a more diverse workforce?
• What inclusion lessons have we learned, and how we can set the industry up for long-term success and equal representation?

Speakers:

To be announced


  • 16:00 CET
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  • 17:00 CET
  • Session 7A: Crude freight and storage markets - BIMCO, Jefferies

*This session includes live Q&A

• How has the pandemic impacted crude freight markets?
• What freight arbitrage opportunities have we seen, and what might we expect for the coming year?
• How have the floating storage markets been impacted, and how will a market recovery impact pricing, availability and inventory levels?
• Perspectives from shipowners and charterers on navigating today’s market

Speakers:
Peter Sand,
Chief Shipping Analyst, BIMCO
Randy Giveans,
Senior Analyst, Group Head of the Energy Maritime Shipping Equity Research Group, Senior Vice President, Jefferies

  • 17:00 CET
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  • 17:30 CET
  • Capstone conversations - Europe

Join us for a recap of our 2021 sessions and review the highlights and takeaways from this year’s event.

  • 18:00 CET
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  • 19:00 CET
  • Latin America - Future production and export volumes

*This session includes live Q&A

• Brazil has continued to supply light crude to China amid the pandemic. What might future export volumes from the region look like?
• Colombia’s market: What is the future of production and export opportunities? How has Colombia’s oil market evolved during the pandemic?
• With Mexican production forecast to decrease and limited foreign investment opportunities, what might 2021 bring for the region’s oil sector?
• How has COVID-19 impacted production from new sources including Vaca Muerta and Guyana?

Speakers:

Pedro Manrique, Commercial & Marketing Vice President, Ecopetrol
More to be announced

  • 19:00 CET
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  • 20:00 CET
  • Canada - Market access and US Gulf Coast demand

*This session includes live Q&A

• How has the pandemic impacted the Canadian barrel and is there enough heavy crude to supply the US Gulf Coast?
• What barriers have the Canadian federal and provincial government imposed on the industry, and what support is needed to progress the sector?
• WCS at Houston has become the benchmark price for Canadian crude. How might this impact other heavy crude prices?

Speakers:
Norrie Ramsay,
Executive Vice President, Upstream, Cenovus
More to be announced


  • 20:00 CET
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  • 21:00 CET
  • Capstone conversations - Americas

*Live

Join us for a recap of our 2021 sessions and review the highlights and takeaways from this year’s event.

  • 02:00 CET
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  • 03:00 CET
  • Prioritizing environmental, social and governance in the oil industry

*This session is on demand

• How are energy companies evolvi0ng to meet ESG goals and what role has the pandemic played in accelerating these initiatives?
• How are investors valuing ESG in an organization’s culture?
• How can the industry attract and maintain a more diverse workforce?
• What inclusion lessons have we learned, and how we can set the industry up for long-term success and equal representation?

Speakers:

To be announced


  • 03:00 CET
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  • 04:00 CET
  • Crude freight and storage markets - BIMCO, Jefferies

*This session is on demand

• How has the pandemic impacted crude freight markets?
• What freight arbitrage opportunities have we seen, and what might we expect for the coming year?
• How have the floating storage markets been impacted, and how will a market recovery impact pricing, availability and inventory levels?
• Perspectives from shipowners and charterers on navigating today’s market

Speakers:
Peter Sand,
Chief Shipping Analyst, BIMCO
Randy Giveans,
Senior Analyst, Group Head of the Energy Maritime Shipping Equity Research Group, Senior Vice President, Jefferies

  • 04:00 CET
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  • 05:00 CET
  • Capstone conversations - Asia

Join us for a recap of our 2021 sessions and review the highlights and takeaways from this year’s event.

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