13 January - 14 January 2020
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Argus Middle East Petroleum Coke Conference

Day One

Start End
  • 08:30
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  • 09:30
  • Registration and welcome refreshments
  • 09:30
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  • 09:40
  • Opening remarks and antitrust reminder by Chairperson Lauren Masterson - Editor, Energy Argus Petroleum Coke, Argus, USA

Middle East supply: A growing presence in the global petcoke value chain

Start End
  • 09:40
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  • 10:10
  • Opening keynote address by ADNOC
  • ADNOC’s commitment to zero-fuel oil production
  • Impact of UAE’s green coke production on the global markets
  • Increasing flexibility of ADNOC’s refining assets and future potential of coke production
  • 10:10
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  • 10:35
  • KPC perspective: An update from the most experienced coke producer in the region
  • Calcinable-grade green coke production from Kuwait – current capacities
  • KPC’s regional pipeline – future of coke supplies from Duqm Refinery
  • Will regional demand continue to absorb green coke production?
  • 10:35
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  • 11:10
  • The Middle East’s future as a as a global exporter
  • Exploring the growing trend for downstream integration and impact on coke production
  • Will greater local demand result in a change in pricing dynamics for regional suppliers?
  • How competitive is Middle East coke compared to alternative sources?
  • 11:10
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  • 11:55
  • Networking break
  • 11:55
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  • 12:30
  • Market opportunities in MENA: Will growing production be matched by increasing consumption in the region? Raid Arabiat - Procurement & Logistics Manager, Manaseer Industrial Complex, Jordan
  • Exploring demand from the cement industry in the Middle East
  • Unlocking opportunities in North Africa – the future of petcoke requirements in Egypt and Morocco
  • Impact of subsidised fuel in the region on coke demand from the industrial sector

Petcoke markets: Current climate and future prospects

Start End
  • 12:30
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  • 12:55
  • Navigating IMO reforms: Beyond the transition Lauren Masterson - Editor, Energy Argus Petroleum Coke, Argus, USA
  • Are IMO reforms friend or foe to the petcoke industry – impact on coker feed and petcoke quality
  • Will IMO have a significant impact on new coker builds?
  • Potential impact on supply due to refiner shifts in crude slates – is the change regional or global?
  • 12:55
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  • 13:20
  • Petcoke to power: Is this a viable option for the Middle East Bob Giglio - SVP - Strategic Business Development, Sumitomo SHI FW, USA
  • Comparing petcoke CFB power plants to other fuel sources like natural gas, oil and coal
  • Value vs cost of petcoke as a power fuel for the Middle East refineries
  • Is this a viable solution for petcoke off-take in the aftermath of IMO regulations
  • 13:20
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  • 14:50
  • Networking lunch
  • 14:50
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  • 15:30
  • Trumping the trade war: Geopolitics and the impact on trade flows Jaskinder Shingwekar - Head B2B & Pricing, Nayara Energy, India
  • China-US trade constraints and what this means for trading activity
  • Implications of the current trade restriction for Middle East suppliers
  • Who is absorbing US supply in the wake of the China-US trade war?

Anode-grade coke: Preparing for uncertainty ahead

Start End
  • 15:30
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  • 15:55
  • Middle East aluminium and the growing appetite for coke Jason Moodley - Supply Chain Manager, Sohar Aluminium, Oman
  • Market trends impacting Middle East smelters
  • How to promote collaboration between calciners and smelters in the region
  • Managing CPC quality challenges for smelters and the role calciners can play
  • 15:55
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  • 16:20
  • Market movements: Asia’s aluminium production and the impact on anode coke demand Neeraj Singh Rathore - Head of Procurement & Sourcing, Vedanta Aluminium, India
  • Exploring volatility in regional aluminium production and impact on global markets
  • Economic challenges and other market conditions driving the aluminium industry
  • The role of anode-grade coke in the aluminium value chain
 
  • 16:20
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  • 16:50
  • Networking break
  • 16:50
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  • 17:15
  • Shifting dynamics of anode-grade coke production
  • Are refiners abandoning anode grade production in favour of cheaper feedstock?
  • What kind of premiums are needed for refiners to continue and expand production?
  • How does volatility in crude prices impact global coke production?
     
  • 17:15
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  • 17:20
  • Closing remarks by chairperson and end of day one
  • 17:30
  • -
  • 19:30
  • Networking drinks

Day Two

Start End
  • 08:30
  • -
  • 09:30
  • Registration and welcome refreshments
  • 09:30
  • -
  • 09:40
  • Opening remarks and antitrust reminder by Chairperson Lauren Masterson - Editor, Energy Argus Petroleum Coke, Argus, USA

The potential in cement: Opportunities and challenges

Start End
  • 09:40
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  • 10:05
  • The growing competition of fuel types: A GCC cement producer perspective
  • Understanding the role of petcoke in the Middle East cement markets
  • Current split between coal, coke and fuel oil 
  • Impact of price sensitivity on fuel demand
  • 10:05
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  • 10:30
  • China’s changing regulations and the impact on global petcoke trade flows Senior representative - Sunstone Development, China
  • Understanding the nature and potential impact of the new regulations taking effect in January
  • Shifting balance between high and low sulphur coke in China
  • Will the declining high-sulphur coke imports be off set by increasing low sulphur coke demand?
  • 10:30
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  • 10:55
  • India and the continuing regulatory uncertainty: What happens next? Sanjay Kumar - Strategic Sourcing Director – Solid Fuels, Lafarge Holcim, India
  • How has India’s role in the global petcoke markets been impacted by the new regulations over the last year?
  • Has demand from the cement sector been significantly impacted by the regulations?
  • What are the challenges to domestic production?
  • 10:55
  • -
  • 11:25
  • Networking break
  • 11:25
  • -
  • 11:50
  • Europe’s cement markets and the evolving trends in fuel types Frank O. Brannvoll - Senior Advisor Energy Markets, CIMEUROPE, Belgium
  • 11:30
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  • 12:10
  • Emerging markets in South East Asia: Consumption priorities for buyers Pioneer Cement, Cement Manufacturers Association (CMA), Lafarge Holcim,
  • Where is demand expected to grow – views from India, Pakistan, Malaysia, Vietnam
  • Key drivers of investments and expansions in the region
  • Price-sensitivity - can coke compete with coal in the region?

Panellists:

Senior representative, Cement Manufacturers Association (CMA), India

Asim Khawas, Head of Strategy & Procurement, Pioneer Cement, Pakistan

Sanjay Kumar, Strategic Sourcing Director – Solid Fuels, Lafarge Holcim, India

 

 

Beyond cement: The future of solid fuel demand

Start End
  • 12:10
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  • 12:35
  • Developments in the regional power sector: The growing impact of coal-powered plants
  • What are the main drivers of coal demand in the Middle East power sector?
  • Economic outlook for coal-powered plants in the UAE, Oman and Egypt
  • Exploring the UAE’s ‘clean coal’ power plant
  • 12:35
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  • 13:00
  • Can petcoke be a high-efficiency solution for refinery energy production?
  • 13:00
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  • 13:10
  • Closing remarks by Chairperson
  • 13:10
  • -
  • 14:40
  • Networking lunch and end of conference