November 2023
In-person: Singapore & Online Access

Argus Bitumen & Bituminous Products Asia Conference

  • 08:00
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  • 09:10
  • Registration and welcome refreshments
  • 09:10
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  • 09:15
  • Argus welcome Karl Kleemeier - Head of Asia, Argus
  • 09:15
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  • 09:20
  • Conference welcome Belle Andrews - Conference Producer, Argus
  • 09:20
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  • 09:25
  • Chairperson’s opening remarks Mahua Chakravarty - Editor, Bitumen, Argus
  • 09:25
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  • 10:00
  • Argus Presents: a fresh perspective on price volatility in the bitumen market today Mahua Chakravarty - Editor, Bitumen, Argus
  • An outlook and update regarding supply and demand in the Asian bitumen market  
  • Price has become a major issue over the past several months, what has caused this volatility?  
  • How has the bitumen supply chain evolved over the past two years? What role did the pandemic and various geopolitical events play in this evolution?  
  • 10:00
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  • 10:30
  • The foundation of the bitumen market: crude price and availability outlook for 2023 Richard Gorry - Head of Product Development, Energy Aspects
  • It is no secret that the crude price over the past couple years has faced intense volatility. What is causing this uncertainty? 
  • How have different players across the supply chain reacted to this recent price increase?  
  • What can end users expect in the coming year in regard to crude price and availability

Speakers:

Richard Gorry, Head of Product Development, Energy Aspects 

  • 10:30
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  • 11:00
  • Speed networking
  • A structured speed networking session to provide delegates with an introduction to people from across the industry. 
  • After the speed networking exercise, delegates will be encouraged to continue conversations with their new, and old, contacts during the coffee break before the next session.
  • 11:00
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  • 11:30
  • Coffee break
  • 11:30
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  • 12:00
  • A refiner’s perspective: how the global evolution of refining will affect the Indonesian bitumen market Riva Siahaan - Director Central Marketing & Trading, PT. Pertamina Patra Niaga
 
  • How have the impacts of global commitments to ending climate change affected the refining process in Asia? 
  • Are low-sulphur fuels more prevalent? If so, what does this mean for bitumen production and supply? 
  • What do refineries make of the current supply/demand outlook for the coming year? 

Speakers:

Riva Siahaan, Director Central Marketing &Trading, PT. Pertamina Patra Niaga 

  • 12:00
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  • 12:30
  • Specifications: how has the lack of uniformity among countries affected the Indian bitumen market? AS Prabhakar - Deputy General Manager – Bitumen, HPCL
  • What has prevented overarching specifications from being put in place for the Asian market or for each region?  
  • How have varying specification requirements affected producers and traders in this market? 
  • What strategies are being put in place today to help mitigate the lack of uniformity surrounding country specifications? Are these long-term solutions or will the market have to re-evaluate? 

Speakers:

AS Prabhakar, Deputy General Manager – Bitumen, HPCL  

  • 12:30
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  • 13:50
  • Lunch Break
  • 13:50
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  • 14:30
  • The infamous freight rate: how this significant price increase is impacting the bottom line - Richmond Mercantile, Asia Freight Argus
  • What has caused this significant jump in freight rate pricing?  
  • How has the shipping industry weathered the storm? From a shipping perspective, what can the market expect for the near future?  
  • How has the freight rate impacted end users and overall bitumen supply? 

Speakers:

Allen Pinto, Captain, Director of Shipping Operations and Head of Bulk Bitumen, Richmond Mercantile 

Andrew Khaw, Editor, Asia Freight Argus

Moderator: 

Mahua Chakravarty, Editor, Bitumen (Asia-Pacific and Middle East), Argus 

  • 14:30
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  • 15:15
  • Coffee break and roundtables
  • Green Corridors – the future of zero-emission solutions in the shipping sector: What technologies are being introduced to ensure that the bitumen transport industry is being environmentally conscious?   
  • Let’s talk solutions: How are market participants weathering the price volality storm? 
  • Outside Asia – looking at Europe and the Americas 
  • 15:15
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  • 15:25
  • Welcome back and roundtable summaries
  • 15:25
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  • 16:00
  • The changing landscape for bitumen in the journey towards net-zero Zhilin Yuan - Global Marketing and Sustainability Manager, Shell Construction and Road

 

  • What will drive the progress towards lower carbon road construction in Asia 
  • Looking into the future, will bitumen still be a viable option for road construction 
  • What are the possible levers and considerations to reduce the bitumen carbon emissions

Speakers:  

Zhilin Yuan, Global Marketing and Sustainability Manager, Shell Construction and Road 

  • 16:00
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  • 16:45
  • A new approach to the use of PMB technology - BASF, DMK Group
  • PMBs are frequently used throughout Asia, but how can this technology be utilised to support sustainability and environmental efforts?  
  • How can PMB technology continue to evolve? In other words, how can the market bridge the gap between high-performing asphalt and sustainable practices? 

Speakers: 

Mario Sandor, Head of Business Management Asphalt Performance EMEA  

BASF 

Indra Maizir, Vice Director of Business Development and HSSE, DMK Group 

  • 16:45
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  • 17:00
  • Closing Remarks
  • 17:00
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  • 19:00
  • Drinks Reception
  • 09:00
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  • 09:30
  • Registration and welcome refreshments
  • 09:30
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  • 09:40
  • Chairperson’s opening remarks Mahua Chakravarty - Editor, Bitumen, Argus
  • 09:40
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  • 10:40
  • The end users: a more detail-oriented perspective on the impacts of bitumen and freight price on road infrastructure projects across Asia - Malaysia’s Ministry of Public Works, Fulton Hogan

•  A short presentation (10 mins maximum) on the countries’ plans for infrastructure projects that pertain to the bitumen market. How bitumen/crude price and the freight rate issue may impact these plans, and what strategies are in place to mitigate these potential obstacles. 
• How has climate change impacted the country’s use of and dependence on bitumen for infrastructure building? Have bitumen alternatives been discussed? If so, what are they?   

 

Confirmed Speakers: 

Mark Ford, General Manager Bitumen, Fulton Hogan 
Dr. Vo Dai Tu, Chief of Research and Development Department, BMT Construction 

Rajendra Singh Sisodia, Former Executive Director, Indian Oil Corp Ltd 

 

Moderator: 

Mahua Chakravarty, Editor, Bitumen (Asia-Pacific and Middle East), Argus 
  • 10:40
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  • 11:00
  • Argus Presents: European bitumen exports and changing global supply trends Jonathan Weston - Editor, Bitumen, Argus
  • How European bitumen exports compete with Asian and Mideast Gulf supplies 
  • Changes to European bitumen production and supply and opportunities for arbitrage in a global bitumen market 
  • Focus on Africa and the key trends in sub-Saharan Africa that are driving the need for increased imports

Speaker:  

Jonathan Weston, Editor, Bitumen, Argus   

  • 11:00
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  • 11:30
  • Coffee and networking break
  • 11:30
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  • 12:10
  • Key market movers (part one): how the Middle East and African regions interact with Asia Pacific - TOSAS, Skytrade Global
  • Updates on trade flows as well as supply and demand in the Middle East and Africa 
  • Where is bitumen from these regions (Africa and Middle East) being exported to? 
  •  Are Asian markets at all reliant on and/or interested in Iranian bitumen? 

Speaker:

Deon Pagel, Managing Director, TOSAS 

Hanieh Zadeh, CEO, Skytrade Global 

 

  • 12:10
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  • 12:40
  • Key market movers (part two): a spotlight on China Senior Representative - PetroChina
  • Since the pandemic, China has been a silent giant. When it returns to the market, what can we expect its impact to be, specifically from a pricing standpoint?  
  • Will Chinese end users be investing in road infrastructure post pandemic? If so, what are their plans? 

Speaker:

Senior Representative, PetroChina

  • 12:40
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  • 13.20
  • The future of green and technologically advanced bitumen in Asia  Erik Denneman - Global Technical Manager, Puma Energy
  • How can new additive and polymer technology, such as bio-bitumen, help propel the fight for energy transition in Asia forward?  
  • Many market players in Asia believe that bio-bitumen and other sustainable alternatives have a marginal effect on today’s market. Is this true and when can the market expect to see drastic change? 
  • Will bio-bitumen, as it stands today, be able to adapt to the different climates and environments in Asia?  
  • Why is RAP more prevalent in Europe? What can Asian markets learn from the European market’s utilisation of RAP? 

Speaker:

Erik Denneman, Global Technical Manager, Puma Energy

  • 13:20
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  • 13:30
  • Closing Remarks
  • 13:30
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  • 14:00
  • Networking Lunch