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 Day 1: Wednesday 14 March

Workshop A: Infrastructure and Storage Workshop

08:45 - 10:00

With new infrastructure and storage facilities beginning to address supply questions, attention is starting to turn to the challenges and new opportunities that lie ahead for the LPG industry in Africa. Join your fellow industry colleagues to address the following points:
  • Key overview of LPG infrastructure projects nearing completion
  • Assessing new import facilities — Where does this position Africa in line with the US and Asia-Pacific in the LPG industry
  • Will an increase in storage facilities minimise product spiking and illegal filling?
  • Update on licensing regulation for import facilities
  • Assessing port approval processes 
  • Construction and operational process licensing 
  • Import parity pricing for LPG in line with anti-trust and competition commission guidelines
  • Is there a market for export facilities in Africa?
  • Private and local investment — what is the future?

James Grobler, Managing Director, Cengas

 9:05 - 10.05  Conference Registration and Opening of Exhibition
 10:05 - 10:10 Producer's Opening Speech
Tonika Campbell
, LPG Europe and Africa Conference Producer, Argus
10.10 - 10.15

Chairman's Opening Remarks

David Appleton, Senior LPG Analyst, Argus

10.15 - 10.25
Who Am I Ice Breaker Session
This short, fun ice breaker session could lay the foundation of fundamental business intelligence and opportunities. Before the conference begins, each attendee will be asked to write three key pieces of information alluding to their job title and organisation. Attendees on the table will then have to guess who that delegate is.

10.25 - 10.55
Developments in Africa in the Context of Global LPG Trends
  • Assessing LPG pricing and an outlook on pricing
  • International supply and demand dynamics 
  • What does this mean for LPG downstream in Africa? 
  • Analysing growth in the cylinder market in other regions and how it compares to sub-Saharan Africa
David Appleton, Senior LPG Analyst, Argus

10.55 - 11.25     Morning Networking Coffee Break
11.25 - 11.55  Future Plans for the LPG Industry in South Africa
  • Analysing LPG pricing: Regulated and de-regulated markets
  • Weighing the role of South Africa in pricing import parities and regulation
  • Future plans for productions
  • Addressing an outdated pricing system: How will this effect supply
  • Assessing cylinder tax import regulation
  • Assessing regulatory framework in line with LPG adoption
Maqubela Tseliso, Deputy Director General: Petroleum and Petroleum Product Regulations, Department of Energy, South Africa
11.55- 12.25   Analysing LPG in Sudan 
  • Assessing LPG consumption in Sudan
  • Demand for wood fuel and LPG
  • Key market challenges and what effect this has on government initiatives
  • Outlook and prospect
 Dr Abdel Rahman, H.E Minister of Petroleum and Gas, Ministry of Petroleum and Gas, Sudan
12.25 - 13.55  Networking Lunch and Exhibition Showcase
13.55 - 14.25 Assessing the Connection between East and South Africa: Transportation and Supply
  • Box storage and Walvis Bay: What opportunity does this open to land locked countries 
  • Assessing supply from the west coast countries
  • Analysing the Zambian market’s connections towards the southern coast
  • Angolan transportation and local developments
  • Rogue filling: Safety, legislation and consequences 
  • What is in the 5 year plan?
James Grobler, Managing Director, Cengas
14.25 - 14.55 
The Shifting Energy Economy 
  • Investigating the movement of natural gas
  • Opportunities for LPG created by rising electricity prices 
  • Medium-term challenges: Pressure from natural gas 
  • Where does LPG sit in regards to electricity?

Taiwo Adepoju, Head, Strategy & Support, Pinnacle Oil & Gas

14.55 - 15.25 Afternoon Networking Break
15.25 - 16.25   Regional Patisseries Roundtables

Regional roundtables give you an opportunity to discuss key challenges in your region or to delve into a neighbouring region. Accompanied by local patisseries and teas, this is a relaxed environment to collaborate with your LPG industry colleagues. Sign up to our roundtable sessions with 30 of your peers — places are limited to ensure maximum interaction.

Roundtable One: Central Africa
Leader: Virginia Bridgewater, LPG Editor, Argus

Roundtable Two: Eastern Africa
Leader: Samson Muumba, CEO, First Icon Energy Corporation and Chairman, Africa LPG Association

Roundtable Three: Western Africa

Leader: Zayyanu Tambari Yabo, Gas Division, Department Of Petroleum Resources, Nigeria

16:25 - 16.30
Chairman's Closing Remarks and End of Day One
David Appleton
, Senior LPG Analyst, Argus
16.30 - 19.00 LPG Collaboration Dinner and Networking Drinks

Day 2: Thursday 15 March

Workshop B: Logistics and Handling

08:30 - 09:45

As storage facilities begin to come on line throughout Africa, attention is turning to the next bottlenecks, as well as logistics and handling. Investment in the sector continues to be a struggle, but discussion seems to be increasingly focused on regulation, pricing and supply So join your colleagues in taking an active role in supporting the growth of safe logistics and handling and — in turn — the growth of the LPG industry.

Key areas of discussion are:
  • New areas of investment in sub-Saharan logistics 
  • National and regional logistics challenges
  • Addressing safety challenges in transporting LPG
  • Assessing trucking as a solution to fill the gap between storage and bottling LPG
  • Transport and cylinder filling regulation and control
  • A comparative study of tax for landlocked countries and export countries 
  • Analysing rail as an option for inland transportation
  • Future prospects

James Gooder, VP Crude Oil, Argus

09.00 - 09.50

Morning Conference Registration and Opening of Exhibition

09.50 - 10.00

Chairperson’s Opening

James Gooder, VP Crude Oil, Argus

10.00 - 10.30 Assessing the Israeli LPG Market 
  • Market opportunities and threats
  • Market outlook
Chen Bar Yoseph, Head of Fuel & LPG administration, Ministry of Energy, Israel
10.30 - 11.00 
Keynote Presentation NPA’s National LPG Safety Campaign
  • From the field: Educating consumers on the safe use of LPG
  • Addressing responsibility and ownership: The government, suppliers and distributors
  • An update on inspection and monitoring for operation and safety requirements
  • Usage and storage within retail outlets
  • Outlook on enforcement, Compliance and consequences
Hassan Tampuli, Chief Executive Officer, National Petroleum Authority, Ghana
11.00 - 11.30   Morning Networking Break
11.30 - 12.00 ‘20k metric tonnes will be available to the national storage grid’: Nigerian Infrastructure, Pricing and Supply
  • Overview and update on key projects: Skid plants, plant automation and transportation infrastructure
  • Assessing pricing stability in line with supply
  • Update on consumption in Nigeria
  • Recognising fire safety precautions and procedures in retail outlets
  • How will developments in the Nigerian LPG market affect LPG in East Africa?
Zayyanu Tambari Yabo, Gas Division, Department Of Petroleum Resources, Nigeria
12.00 - 12:30  Dry Gas Coupling for as Safe and Quick Connection and Disconnection
  • Why is this dry gas coupling superior to existing ones?
  • What will be the spillage at the disconnection?
  • What will be the impact in the area of its application?
  • New coupling for filling and emptying tanks, trucks, boats and tank storage
  • How these couplings increase the safety?
Alain Deleuse, International Business Development, Mann-Tek
 12.30 - 13.30 Networking Lunch and Exhibition Showcase
13.30 - 14.00 Assessing Local Zambian Challenges in Addressing Continental LPG Developments
  • Tackling local issues on a broader scale: How can East Africa learn from their neighbours?
  • Streamlining operations to maximise resources and development across the continent
  • Plans for future public uptake of LPG within East Africa: What does this mean for growth within the continent?
Samson Muumba, CEO, First Icon Energy Corporation and Chairman, Africa LPG Association
14.00 - 14.30 Pan-African Collaboration in LPG Panel
  • How can collaboration reduce illegitimate filling?
  • LPG growth on a regional scale: How can neighbours support landlocked countries? 
  • Outlook for LPG in Africa
  • Analysing safety on a regional scale: Addressing challenges in domestic and commercial LPG usage
  • Discussing anti-trust regulation in a vastly expanding market
  • Integrated operations: Assessing logistics through national collaboration
Abdul-Kadir K Ahmed
, Manager - Marketing & Development, Nigeria LNG
Joseph Eromosele
, Executive Secretary and CEO, Nigeria Liquefied Petroleum Gas Association (NLPGA)
David Appleton, Senior LPG Analyst, Argus

14.30 - 14:40 Chairperson’s Closing Speech and End of Conference
James Gooder
, VP Crude Oil, Argus

“A great conference, both the agenda and the setting. Thank you to Argus for taking the initiative. See you next year.
Gambetta Nacro, Director General, DG SONABHY

“The conference was an eye opener for me and an excellent opportunity to network with players in LPG. Hope to attend the next conference.
Andrew Guri, Engineer, Petroleum Infrastructure, Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority

“Good networking, great coverage about many different African countries.
Jerome Ryu, Trader, SK Gas

“Very good content, all the presentations were interesting so excellent choice of speakers.
Alison Abbot, Communications Director, WLPGA

“My objective to meet prospective clients was fulfilled!
Rishad Khan, Managing Director, Fluor Igoda

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