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Argus Bitumen & Asphalt Europe Conference

Madrid, Spain
13 May - 14 May 2024
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Agenda

12:00 - 13:30

Registration and welcome lunch

10:10 - 10:15

Chairperson’s opening remarks

Jonathan Weston

Jonathan Weston

Editor, Speciality Products
Argus
10:15 - 11:00

How has the war in Ukraine impacted oil flows and how have Mediterranean refiners responded to sanctions on Russian crude?

-What impact do EU and UK sanctions on Russian crude have on growing east Mediterranean bitumen flows? How will it continue to evolve?
-How have Turkish, Greek, Italian and Spanish Bitumen exports evolved to feed northwest European and African markets?
-If the Americas and Asia-Pacific region re-emerge as a draw on Mediterranean surpluses, how will it affect price and supply trends in Europe?

11:00 - 11:30

What’s happening in the Americas: Expectations for imports and exports market?

-How is the market approach evolving and what are the price trends and regional demand indicating?
-Will there be a surge in US crude oil production, if so, what effect will it have on European exports?
-The aftereffect: Transatlantic arbitrage into Latin America, trade flows and relations in the Americas amid impending uncertainty around sanctions

11:30 - 12:15

Morning coffee break

Future of bitumen: Pushing high sustainability standards in technology & innovation

-Pitching new technology and innovative and sustainable alternatives including the usage of Bio-bitume and Polymer Modified Bitumen (PMBs) – expectations and consequences
-How does mixing of chemical additives reduce CO2 emissions?
-How to adapt to the current trend of pavement engineering?: Is Re-refined Engine Oil Bottom (REOB) replacing standard bitumen?

15:00 - 15:35

Spotlight on sub-Saharan African markets: Risks and rewards during major shifts

-What are the price trends and opportunities in Nigeria, South Africa and Kenya?
-How is the Nigerian government’s push to switch from asphalt to concrete roads impacting the country’s bitumen market and import flows?
-Zero harm goal: Reducing carbon intensity with cutting-edge technology in a bid to grow a sustainable business

15:35 - 16:45

Roundtable: Through the supply chain

I: From reservoir to refinery: Production of crude oil and processing of Bitumen:
-Optimising crude oil production with advanced techniques to become cost efficient
-Quality specification: Refining and upgrading of Bitumen for maintaining the optimum quality
-Identifying the effect of chemical composition of grade quality on asphalt performance

II: Bitumen quality resilience: While adapting to the supply chain amid diversifying suppliers, how to maintain bitumen quality?

-What do the new unconventional forms of bitumen contain? What does the supplier soften the bitumen with?
-Asphalt producers have experienced fluctuations in bitumen product quality in recent years, necessitating openness regarding monitoring and testing procedures: What are the different practices of quality control?
-Navigating environmental challenges and strategies to evolve with latest pavement grade specifications

III: With Bitumen moving longer distances, how to navigate the transport and logistical challenges?
-Discussion on the latest trends of secure storage facilities and terminals
-How to optimise the supply chain with increase in the freight costs?
-Addressing unpredictability in logistics owing to varying international standards, supply and new technology

16:45 - 16:50

Closing Remarks

Keyvan Hedvat

Keyvan Hedvat

Europe/Africa Editor, Bitumen
Argus
09:30 - 10:10

Breakfast and networking

10:10 - 10:15

Chairperson’s opening remarks

Jonathan Weston

Jonathan Weston

Editor, Speciality Products
Argus
10:15 - 11:00

How has the war in Ukraine impacted oil flows and how have Mediterranean refiners responded to sanctions on Russian crude?

-What impact do EU and UK sanctions on Russian crude have on growing east Mediterranean bitumen flows? How will it continue to evolve?
-How have Turkish, Greek, Italian and Spanish Bitumen exports evolved to feed northwest European and African markets?
-If the Americas and Asia-Pacific region re-emerge as a draw on Mediterranean surpluses, how will it affect price and supply trends in Europe?

11:00 - 11:30

What’s happening in the Americas: Expectations for imports and exports market?

-How is the market approach evolving and what are the price trends and regional demand indicating?
-Will there be a surge in US crude oil production, if so, what effect will it have on European exports?
-The aftereffect: Transatlantic arbitrage into Latin America, trade flows and relations in the Americas amid impending uncertainty around sanctions

11:30 - 12:15

Morning coffee break

13:00 - 13:30

Future of bitumen: Pushing high sustainability standards in technology & innovation

-Pitching new technology and innovative and sustainable alternatives including the usage of Bio-bitume and Polymer Modified Bitumen (PMBs) – expectations and consequences
-How does mixing of chemical additives reduce CO2 emissions?
-How to adapt to the current trend of pavement engineering?: Is Re-refined Engine Oil Bottom (REOB) replacing standard bitumen?

15:00 - 15:35

Spotlight on sub-Saharan African markets: Risks and rewards during major shifts

-What are the price trends and opportunities in Nigeria, South Africa and Kenya?
-How is the Nigerian government’s push to switch from asphalt to concrete roads impacting the country’s bitumen market and import flows?
-Zero harm goal: Reducing carbon intensity with cutting-edge technology in a bid to grow a sustainable business

15:35 - 15:45

Networking break

15:45 - 16:45

Roundtable: Through the supply chain

I: From reservoir to refinery: Production of crude oil and processing of Bitumen:
-Optimising crude oil production with advanced techniques to become cost efficient
-Quality specification: Refining and upgrading of Bitumen for maintaining the optimum quality
-Identifying the effect of chemical composition of grade quality on asphalt performance

II: Bitumen quality resilience: While adapting to the supply chain amid diversifying suppliers, how to maintain bitumen quality?

-What do the new unconventional forms of bitumen contain? What does the supplier soften the bitumen with?
-Asphalt producers have experienced fluctuations in bitumen product quality in recent years, necessitating openness regarding monitoring and testing procedures: What are the different practices of quality control?
-Navigating environmental challenges and strategies to evolve with latest pavement grade specifications

III: With Bitumen moving longer distances, how to navigate the transport and logistical challenges?
-Discussion on the latest trends of secure storage facilities and terminals
-How to optimise the supply chain with increase in the freight costs?
-Addressing unpredictability in logistics owing to varying international standards, supply and new technology

16:45 - 16:50

Closing Remarks

Keyvan Hedvat

Keyvan Hedvat

Europe/Africa Editor, Bitumen
Argus

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