11 сентября - 13 сентября 2019
Houston, Texas, US

Argus Americas Petroleum Coke Summit

Confirmed speakers

Oscar Pazos Buxo
Head of Petcoke Department, Repsol
Oscar has been in his current role since February, heading up a petcoke team responsible for trading 4mn t/yr in 35 countries. Before joining Repsol, he spent two years as Sourcing Co-ordinator at Repsol’s Cartagena refinery, where he handled scheduling and budgeting, and monitored the production of 1.4mn t/yr of Petcoke. Oscar has represented Repsol at various industry su...
Oscar has been in his current role since February, heading up a petcoke team responsible for trading 4mn t/yr in 35 countries. Before joining Repsol, he spent two years as Sourcing Co-ordinator at Repsol’s Cartagena refinery, where he handled scheduling and budgeting, and monitored the production of 1.4mn t/yr of Petcoke. Oscar has represented Repsol at various industry summits.
Mackenzie Nauman
Residual Marketing Manager, CHS Inc.
CHS is a leading global agribusiness owned by farmers, ranchers and co-operatives across the US, with refineries at McPherson in Kansas and Laurel in Montana. Mackenzie is currently in charge of the Laurel refinery’s petcoke, asphalt, sulfur and fuel oil sales.
CHS is a leading global agribusiness owned by farmers, ranchers and co-operatives across the US, with refineries at McPherson in Kansas and Laurel in Montana. Mackenzie is currently in charge of the Laurel refinery’s petcoke, asphalt, sulfur and fuel oil sales.
Guanghui Lang
Chairman, Sunstone Development
Lang Guanghui is the founder and Chairman of Sunstone Development Company Ltd. With its corporate offices in Beijing, Sunstone has been the top anode exporter from China since 2008. Mr. Lang is an Engineer and holds a Master of Technology Degree from China’s Northeastern University. He is an active participant in many industry associations including the current position of...
Lang Guanghui is the founder and Chairman of Sunstone Development Company Ltd. With its corporate offices in Beijing, Sunstone has been the top anode exporter from China since 2008. Mr. Lang is an Engineer and holds a Master of Technology Degree from China’s Northeastern University. He is an active participant in many industry associations including the current position of Chairman of the Aluminium Applied Carbon Association of the CNIA. Mr. Lang believes in a data driven approach to quality manufacturing of carbon anodes and actively pursues environmental and socially responsible policies and technology in his companies. Sunstone is a recipient of China’s highest Environmental, Health and Safety recognition. He was the recipient of the Application to Practice Award at the 145th annual TMS Conference in 2016, the first person from China who has ever achieved this distinction.
Yao Zhao
Managing Director, Vantage Point Group Holding
Yao Zhao is the Managing Director at Vantage Point Group Holding since 2014. He has been heavily involved in the Aluminum Industry for the last 15 years and the Petroleum Coke Industry for the last 6 years.
Yao Zhao is the Managing Director at Vantage Point Group Holding since 2014. He has been heavily involved in the Aluminum Industry for the last 15 years and the Petroleum Coke Industry for the last 6 years.
Denny Sabah
Mining and Dry Bulk Analyst, Clarksons Platou Shipbroking
Denny spent a decade working for mining research and metal trading companies as an analyst and trading strategist. He has held seats on the statistics committees of two international industry bodies. Denny joined Clarksons four years ago as a dry bulk analyst, shifting his focus to freight markets, and is now in a business development role. Denny has degrees in economics f...
Denny spent a decade working for mining research and metal trading companies as an analyst and trading strategist. He has held seats on the statistics committees of two international industry bodies. Denny joined Clarksons four years ago as a dry bulk analyst, shifting his focus to freight markets, and is now in a business development role. Denny has degrees in economics from the University of Birmingham and the Sorbonne in Paris, as well as a master’s in international politics from the University of London.
Rodrigo Santana
Head of Petcoke and Power Procurement, Ciplan
Rodrigo has worked at Ciplan for 19 years, starting as a trainee engineer and going on to hold various positions, including project engineer and production manager. He has been in his current role for 10 years. Rodrigo has a degree in electrical engineering from the Federal University of Brasilia.
Rodrigo has worked at Ciplan for 19 years, starting as a trainee engineer and going on to hold various positions, including project engineer and production manager. He has been in his current role for 10 years. Rodrigo has a degree in electrical engineering from the Federal University of Brasilia.
Mitchell Maloney
Delayed Coker Operations and Technology Lead, ExxonMobil Research and Engineering
Robert Dickie
Independent Carbon Consultant
Robert has offered consulting services to the primary aluminium and calcined petroleum coke industries since 2009. He was Director and Vice-President of Sales at Oxbow Carbon and at Great Lakes Carbon (GLC) from 1992 until its sale to Oxbow in 2007, and Plant Manager at GLC's Oklahoma calciner from 1989 to 1992. Before joining GLC, Robert spent 16 years with Alumax, holdin...
Robert has offered consulting services to the primary aluminium and calcined petroleum coke industries since 2009. He was Director and Vice-President of Sales at Oxbow Carbon and at Great Lakes Carbon (GLC) from 1992 until its sale to Oxbow in 2007, and Plant Manager at GLC's Oklahoma calciner from 1989 to 1992. Before joining GLC, Robert spent 16 years with Alumax, holding various positions at their smelters in Maryland and South Carolina. He has a BSc in chemical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and completed a master’s in business management at Frostburg State University, Maryland. He has presented at Argus conferences and visited around 90 smelters worldwide.
Frank Brannvoll
Independent Special Advisor in Energy Markets, Cimeurope (via Brannvoll Bvba)
Frank O. Brannvoll has been Manager of Energy, Economic Studies and Statistics at European cement association Cembureau since June 2016. Frank is responsible for price forecasting across the entire energy complex, covering oil, coal, gas, power, CO2, and particularly petroleum coke markets. He previously worked for Electrabel – now Engie – establishing and managing the tra...
Frank O. Brannvoll has been Manager of Energy, Economic Studies and Statistics at European cement association Cembureau since June 2016. Frank is responsible for price forecasting across the entire energy complex, covering oil, coal, gas, power, CO2, and particularly petroleum coke markets. He previously worked for Electrabel – now Engie – establishing and managing the trading desks within energy. Frank was also a Board Member of the Romanian, Bulgarian and Greek trading companies within GDF Suez and a member of the group of hedging committees responsible for physical purchasing and hedging decisions. Frank has also worked for StoraEnso, where he established and headed the firm’s commodity and energy risk management worldwide, covering power, oil, coal, gas, and carbon, and participated in establishing markets for pulp and paper products, as well as the recycled paper market. Prior to joining StoraEnso, Frank worked as Treasurer within industrial group FLS Industries, covering exposures for the sale of cement plants and spare parts for kilns within the cement industry. Since 1980, before he joined industrial companies Frank worked within the foreign exchange market in Nordea and Citibank.
Bob Bestian
Director, Misui USA
Michael Easterbrook
Vice-President, Business Development, Argus Consulting
Guillermo Misiano
Founder and CEO, PTP Group
Over 20 years of firsthand experience, with background as Lawyer specialized in both Administrative and Maritime Law, and a Master’s Degree in Foreign Trade. Able to assess market opportunities through an innovative perspective, leading the company to become both a pioneer and a key player in the development of new alternatives for the supply chain around the Paraná-Parag...
Over 20 years of firsthand experience, with background as Lawyer specialized in both Administrative and Maritime Law, and a Master’s Degree in Foreign Trade. Able to assess market opportunities through an innovative perspective, leading the company to become both a pioneer and a key player in the development of new alternatives for the supply chain around the Paraná-Paraguay Waterway, directly contributing to the region´s economic growth.
Evan Hyde
Co-Owner, Senior Technologist, Coking.com Inc.
Evan Hyde is the Director of Field Services for Coking.com Inc. Formerly he was president of Telaxe, a coker consulting firm. He previously was president of C2 Nano Technology where they researched surface treatments to combat fouling and corrosion issues in cokers and other petrochemical process units. He was a Senior Engineering Advisor for Becht Engineering Co., Inc. Ne...
Evan Hyde is the Director of Field Services for Coking.com Inc. Formerly he was president of Telaxe, a coker consulting firm. He previously was president of C2 Nano Technology where they researched surface treatments to combat fouling and corrosion issues in cokers and other petrochemical process units. He was a Senior Engineering Advisor for Becht Engineering Co., Inc. New Jersey. Evan has consulted on processing improvement and reliability initiatives for coking clients around the world. He also participated in onsite peer assessments of Coker Units at eight refineries which included improvements in maintenance work practices, process enhancements, and turnaround scope optimization. Prior to joining Becht, Evan worked for ExxonMobil Research and Engineering, as a process engineer, with assignments in research, and troubleshooting for heavy oil upgrading equipment. He holds a B.S. of Chemical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University. One of Evan's current projects is the Coker Roadshow - a 2 year tour to visit and support every delayed coker in the USA and Canada.
Semih Nihmet
Physical Commodity Trader, Robindale Energy
Semih Nihmet currently works at USA based ROBINDALE ENERGY’s ISTANBUL Office. He has 9 years of experience in the petroleum coke markets in Turkey and MEAN region; mainly dealing with Venezuela origin and USA origin materials. Previously, he was working for ION CARBON handling fuel grade petroleum coke sales in Europe, MENA and Asia regions. In his current role, Semih mark...
Semih Nihmet currently works at USA based ROBINDALE ENERGY’s ISTANBUL Office. He has 9 years of experience in the petroleum coke markets in Turkey and MEAN region; mainly dealing with Venezuela origin and USA origin materials. Previously, he was working for ION CARBON handling fuel grade petroleum coke sales in Europe, MENA and Asia regions. In his current role, Semih markets Robindale’s metallurgical and thermal coal as well fuel grade petroleum coke. Semih has experience in seaborne as well as domestic logistic processes. In Turkey, Semih oversees sales into steel companies, cement companies, power plants as well as stock and sale companies. Semih has an undergraduate degree from Duke University and MBA degree from University of Virginia.
Erick Martins
Market Manager, Bulk Sales and Marketing, CN Rail
Hayden Atkins
Coal and Petroleum Coke, Argus
Hayden leads the forecasting and analytics for the coal and petroleum coke markets, including the monthly publication of Argus Seaborne Thermal Coal Outlook and Argus Petroleum Coke Outlook. Prior to joining Argus, he was a senior commodities analyst working for Macquarie Group where he was responsible for price forecasting, demand and supply of thermal coal, precious meta...
Hayden leads the forecasting and analytics for the coal and petroleum coke markets, including the monthly publication of Argus Seaborne Thermal Coal Outlook and Argus Petroleum Coke Outlook. Prior to joining Argus, he was a senior commodities analyst working for Macquarie Group where he was responsible for price forecasting, demand and supply of thermal coal, precious metals and uranium markets. Hayden holds two BAs from University of Melbourne, one in commerce and the other in information systems.
Edward Arnold
Senior Consultant - Argus Consulting Services, Americas, Argus
Ed covers upstream, refining, US transportation trends, and biotechnology for Argus Consulting Services. He has 39 years’ experience conducting market analysis, project feasibility studies, and new process technology evaluation, working for Argus, Jacobs Consultancy and UOP/Honeywell. He has provided advisory services for many of the world’s most successful oil production,...
Ed covers upstream, refining, US transportation trends, and biotechnology for Argus Consulting Services. He has 39 years’ experience conducting market analysis, project feasibility studies, and new process technology evaluation, working for Argus, Jacobs Consultancy and UOP/Honeywell. He has provided advisory services for many of the world’s most successful oil production, refining, energy, logistics and bio-fuels organizations, as well as for banks, sovereign wealth funds and government agencies. Ed holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Chemical Engineering and Biochemistry from the University of California, a Master of Science degree in Microbiology from the Illinois Institute of Technology and he received a Master in Business Administration degree from the University of Chicago.
Lauren Masterson
Editor – Energy Argus Petroleum Coke, Argus
Lauren Masterson has been the editor of Energy Argus Petroleum Coke since the end of 2012, helping to relaunch it as a weekly publication and adding anode-grade market coverage. She started out at Argus covering the US coal markets. Prior to joining Argus, Lauren was the editor of an ocean technology magazine, and she had previously written for political and lifestyle pub...
Lauren Masterson has been the editor of Energy Argus Petroleum Coke since the end of 2012, helping to relaunch it as a weekly publication and adding anode-grade market coverage. She started out at Argus covering the US coal markets. Prior to joining Argus, Lauren was the editor of an ocean technology magazine, and she had previously written for political and lifestyle publications. A native of New York, Lauren has lived in Washington, DC, since 2006.