09 março - 10 março 2020
Cape Town, South Africa

Argus Africa Roads Conference

  • 08:30
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  • 09:20
  • Morning registration and networking
  • 09:20
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  • 09:30
  • Chairman’s opening remarks and antitrust reminder Keyvan Hedvat - Europe/Africa Editor, Bitumen, Argus
  • 09:30
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  • 09:50
  • Nigeria’s road developments and growing appetite for bitumen in the country Chidi Izuwah - General Director and Chief Executive Officer, Infrastructure Concession and Regulatory Commission (ICRC), Nigeria
  • Ongoing and upcoming road development and maintenance projects

  • Where will the funds come from?

  • What opportunities are there in this market for local and international firms such as contractors, subcontractors, bitumen traders and future investors?
  • 09:50
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  • 10:10
  • South African’s upcoming road projects and opportunities for market players Krishna Naidoo - Principal Engineer-Public Transport Infrastructure-Transport for Cape Town, SANRAL (South African National Roads Agency)
  • The latest updates on upgrades of N2 and N3 freeways

  • What are the opportunities for market players?
  • 10:10
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  • 10:30
  • Zambia’s road developments one year on — what are the next steps? Elias Mwape - Chief Executive Officer, Road Development Agency, Zambia
  • Identifying plans for ongoing and emerging road products

  • Assessing opportunities for regional and international stakeholders

  • Overcoming the source-to-consumer logistical challenge
  • 10:30
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  • 11:15
  • Morning coffee and networking
  • 11:15
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  • 12:00
  • Strategic leaders’ discussion: What are the challenges facing road funding in Africa?

Session participants:

  • Chidi Izuwah, General Director and Chief Executive Officer, Infrastructure Concession and Regulatory Commission (ICRC), Nigeria

  • Krishna Naidoo, Principal Engineer, Public Transport Infrastructure, Transport for Cape Town, SANRAL (South African National Roads Agency)

  • Elias Mwape, Chief Executive Officer, Road Development Agency, Zambia

  • Professor Stephen Krygsman, Associate Professor, Department of Logistics, Stellenbosch University

 

Topics to be addressed include:

  • What are the challenges facing road funding in Africa? 
  • Are PPP projects positioned to demand improved standards, suitable specifications for paving designs?
  • What hedging tools can be designed for this market to sustain road budgets?
  • What are the prospects for possible solutions such as pay as you drive, distance-based tolling, etc?
  • 12:00
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  • 12:50
  • Strategic leaders’ discussion: Road developments and bitumen requirements in Africa—where do the most lucrative opportunities lie?

Session participants:

  • Frank Ramsay Lartey, Chief Executive Officer, Platinum Seal and Core Construction, Ghana

  • Ivanilson Machado, General Manager, Puma Energy Mozambique

  • Michael Ohiani, Director, Public Private Partnerships Department, The Presidency, Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC), Nigeria

  • Ronnie Muthusamy, Bitumen Sales Specialist, Chemicals and Special Products Department, Engen

Topics to be addressed include:

  • Which countries in Africa are expected to see economic growth and capital spending on road development and why?

  • What lessons can be learned from those regions?

  • Consistent supply of quality bitumen — transportation and storage across the region

  • What are the main concerns for market participants at this point?

  • Is a global or local approach more likely to provide opportunities?

  • How are advances in technology impacting these opportunities?
  • 12:50
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  • 14:20
  • Networking lunch
  • 14:20
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  • 14:40
  • On-stage interviews-The initial to medium-term impact of IMO 2020 on bitumen prices
  • Alfonso Berrocal, Business Development Manager, Oil Products, Argus

  • Aabha Gandhi, Asia Asphalt Editor, Argus
  • 14:40
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  • 15:00
  • South African refiner’s perspective: The initial impact of IMO 2020 on bitumen market fundamentals—what has changed?
  • Assessing the initial impact of the IMO 2020 regulation on bitumen quality, the availability of different bitumen grades and contract structure

  • Understanding the initial impact of the IMO 2020 0.5pc sulphur cap on marine fuels

  • Which stakeholders have been affected most? How have their trade strategies changed?
  • 15:00
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  • 15:20
  • Case study: Refinery developments and technologies—navigating IMO 2020
  • What opportunities exist for complex refineries? How will they ensure there is enough compliant fuel available to meet new demand?

  • How will refinery capacity and utilisation evolve with these changes?
  • What are the different technologies for residue processing and the possibility of combining the advantages of these technologies?
  • 15:20
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  • 15:50
  • Afternoon coffee and networking
  • 15:50
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  • 16:10
  • Russia and CIS markets—regulatory tax changes in the bitumen industry and the impact on production, quality and price
  • Update on Russian tax changes and regulation that will affect Russian bitumen export flows

  • Where are the most profitable regions to send new supply?

  • How to effectively address challenges in transportation and delivery logistics
  • 16:10
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  • 16:30
  • East Africa — bitumen value chain and best practice in overcoming barriers to achieve stable bitumen suply Dhruv Nanda - Bitumen Trader and Downstream Business Development Manager, MENA Energy
  • 16:30
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  • 17:00
  • Panel discussion: The latest developments in bitumen storage and logistics in Africa

Session participants:

  • Dhruv Nanda, Bitumen Trader and Downstream Business Development Manager, MENA Energy

  • Charles Nyagah, Commercial Director, Cinergy

Topics to be addressed include:

  • How will developments in the freight market impact bitumen trade and shipping?
  • New challenges in bitumen transport and logistics — what are the unique requirements of the African region?

  • What are customers looking for?

  • What new technologies are available to help reduce costs?

  • What incentives do bitumen traders require to invest in a fully-fledged bitumen terminal?

  • What lessons can be learned from those regions that have bitumen terminals?


 

  • 17:00
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  • 17:50
  • Country-focused champagne round-table discussions

Join 15-20 of your peers and discuss the prospects for doing business across different countries in Africa. You can use the champagne round-tables to ask any questions or to examine a topic that came up earlier in the day in more depth.

 

Round-table one: South Africa — In a changing world how can we incentivise refineries to continue to produce bitumen?
Leader: Keyvan Hedvat, Europe/Africa Editor, Bitumen, Argus


Round-table two: Nigeria — Identifying new opportunities and key lessons learnt in the market
Leader: Michael Ohiani, Director, Public Private Partnerships Department, The Presidency, Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC), Nigeria

Round-table three: Kenya/Uganda—Exploring polymer-modified bitumen (PMB) development and demand in these countries. Key strengths and weaknesses



  • 17:50
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  • 18:00
  • Chairman’s closing remarks and end of day one
  • 18:00
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  • 20:00
  • Argus Africa Roads networking drinks

Meet influential regional and global decision makers drawn from road construction groups, road authorities, bitumen producers, trading firms and innovative service providers in a relaxed and convivial setting.




  • 08:50
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  • 09:50
  • Morning registration and networking
  • 09:50
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  • 10:00
  • Chairman’s opening remarks and antitrust reminder Keyvan Hedvat, Europe/Africa Editor, Bitumen, Argus
  • 10:00
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  • 10:30
  • Performance grade specification for bituminous binders—what we need to know Saied Solomons - President of the South African Road Federation (SARF) and Chief Executive Officer of the Southern African Bitumen Association (SABITA)
  • The good and bad lessons learnt from international standards

  • What do road construction companies and contractors need to consider when using it?
  • 10:30
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  • 11:00
  • Questions and answers session with regional and global experts
  • 11:00
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  • 11:30
  • Morning coffee and networking
  • 11:30
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  • 12:15
  • On-stage interviews-Adapting to regional requirements—exploring developments in road maintenance and upgrades

On-stage interviews with

  • Dickson Ndhlovu, Director for Planning and Design, Road Development Agency, Zambia

  • Frank Ramsay Lartey, Chief Executive Officer, Platinum Seal and Core Construction, Ghana

  • Anton Beloshapkin, Head of New Markets Development, Gazpromneft–Bitumen Materials

Topics to be addressed include:

  • Key causes of road deterioration

  • Overcoming challenges to improve road longevity

  • What specification of bitumen is best suited for the construction of roads taking into consideration the African climate?

  • Road maintenance — what are the latest, most cost-effective and reliable ways of maintaining roads?
  • 12:15
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  • 12:35
  • How can WMA technologies improve the sustainability of pavement development? Alex Marais - Sales Manager - Asphalt Additives, South East Asia, Africa and Gulf Region, Sasol
  • Assessing available WMA technologies

  • What are the benefits? 

  • What are the challenges encountered in using the material? How to address them effectively?

  • What does the future hold for the industry?
  • 12:35
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  • 12:55
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages to consider when using PMB in road development in a pan-African context
  • Key growth drivers and changing market dynamics across the continent

  • Key strengths and weaknesses of PMB

  • Which countries in Africa are looking for improved performance from PMBs? What are the recent initiatives and next steps?
  • 12:55
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  • 13:15
  • Construction group’s perspective: High-performance pavements—how to build faster, cheaper and more accurately? Eng. Tiago Couto - Director, Gabriel Couto Construction Group
  • 13:15
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  • 13:35
  • The latest developments in crumb rubber modified bitumen for use in asphalt and seals—the South African experience
  • Cost considerations for rubber modified bitumen

  • What do road construction companies and contractors need to consider when using rubber modified bitumen?
  • 13:35
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  • 14:50
  • Networking lunch
  • 14:50
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  • 15:20
  • On-stage interview-South Africa’s first “plastic road”—location, how it works, and what it costs
  • 15:20
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  • 15:30
  • Chairman’s closing remarks and close of Argus Africa Roads conference