12 сентября - 14 сентября 2022
In-person: Houston, Texas, US

Argus Methanol Forum

Welcome day and reception

Время начала Время завершения
  • 16:00
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  • 17:00
  • Registration opens
  • 17:00
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  • 19:00
  • Welcome reception

Conference day 1

Время начала Время завершения
  • 07:30
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  • 09:00
  • Breakfast and registration
  • 09:00
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  • 09:10
  • Chairperson’s introduction and opening remarks Dave McCaskill - VP Methanol & Derivatives Services, Argus 
  • 09:10
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  • 09:50
  • How inflationary pressures and geopolitical tensions are affecting macro-economy and the global energy market - Argus and Rice University's Baker Institute

What is the situation? Inflationary pressures on GDP and consumer spending.
Where will gas be plentiful and where will it be scarce? What does this mean for price?
Energy security versus energy transition. Is this going to accelerate or decelerate transition and what does that mean?

 

David Fyfe, Chief Economist, Argus
Kenneth Medlock, Senior Director, Rice University’s Baker Institute. 

  • 09:50
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  • 10:20
  • The impacts of shifting global market fundamentals and crude flows on pricing expectations and volatility - Argus
What does the post-pandemic new normal look like? And what are the price implications?
How are sanctions on Russia affecting global crude markets and flows?
What role will US benchmark WTI play in the global stage going forward?
 

Speakers:

Gus Vasquez, Senior Editor, Americas Crude, Argus
Bruce Fulin, VP Crude Oil Business Development, Argus

 
  • 10:20
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  • 11:05
  • Coffee Break
  • 11:05
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  • 11:45
  • Global methanol outlook: What will the methanol market look like in the next 5-10 years? Dave McCaskill - VP Methanol & Derivatives Services, Argus
What impact is the Russia-Ukraine conflict having on trade flows? What are the implications for the rest of the methanol market?
What is the overall supply and demand outlook? 
What is the future for industry pricing over the next few years?
  • 11:45
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  • 12:05
  • Methanol as a future proof fuel: A look into the different avenues of methanol Greg Dolan - Chief Executive, Methanol Institute

What is the forecasted growth in methanol’s application as a transportation fuel? 
Will methanol for cookstoves and boilers remain a niche market?
Could methanol become a universal fuel for future fuel cells and other applications?

  • 12:05
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  • 12:30
  • An exploration of new applications of methanol which are emerging with technological innovations - Kaizen Clean Energy, Air Company, KnipBio, ControlRooms.ai, Methanol Institute

A series of short product-related presentations by innovative companies sharing their latest technologies. 

Methanol as a hydrogen carrier fuel for marine and road transport applications.
Production of e-methanol using only captured carbon dioxide, water, and renewable electricity with zero waste
Pioneering applications to use methanol as a feedstock by biotechnology
Computer machine learning for the safe operation of methanol plants 

Speakers

Robert Meaney, Co-founder, Kaizen Clean Energy
Cory Phillips, Director of Engineering, Air Company 
Larry Feinberg
, Chief Executive, KnipBio
Omar Talib, President, ControlRooms.ai
Moderator: Greg Dolan
, Chief Executive, Methanol Institute

  • 12:30
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  • 13:40
  • Networking lunch
  • 13:40
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  • 14:40
  • Key methanol derivative interviews: Meet representatives from formaldehyde, MTBE, acetic acid, DME and biodiesel producers - Petronas, Oberon Fuels, Renewable Energy Group, Argus

10 minute presentations followed by 5-minute interviews with representatives from each derivative, finishing with an audience Q&A with all participants. 

How is the formaldehyde sector coming out of the pandemic? What other applications for formaldehyde could be explored?
What are the offshore drivers of MTBE? What are the fuel price value drivers?
How can DME help Renewable Methanol access new opportunities in the propane and hydrogen markets?
What is acetic acid’s growth potential? What challenges will the acetic acid market face in the future?
What is the impact of the rise of renewable diesel on biodiesel and how is that going to impact methanol production? What are the feedstock economics? 

 

Speakers

Shahrom Yusuf, Head Marketing and Sales, Petronas
Neville Fernandes, VP Corporate Affairs and Development, Renewable Energy Group
Rebecca Boudreaux, Chief Executive, Oberon Fuels
Roel Salazar, Chemicals Consultant, Argus 
Moderator: Dave McCaskill, VP Methanol & Derivatives Services, Argus 

  • 14:40
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  • 15:20
  • Facilitating the transition to renewable methanol; an enabler for carbon neutrality - Proman, Sodra, ABEL Energy, Generate Capital, Methanol Institute

A forecast of renewable methanol production and cost competitiveness: how can renewable methanol production scale up and become economically viable? 
The benefits and challenges of the two low carbon routes to methanol: Hydrogen and biomass-based methanol. 
How can we guarantee systematic investment through the value chain, including technology development, infrastructure, and deployment? 

 

Speakers

Steve Hirsh, Managing Director Business Development, Proman
Johannes Bogren, VP Sodra Cell Bioproducts, Sodra
Michael van Baarle, Co-founder & Chief Executive, ABEL Energy
Brandon Moffatt, Vice President, Generate Capital
Moderator: Greg Dolan, CEO, Methanol Institute

 
  • 15:20
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  • 16:00
  • Afternoon Coffee Break
  • 16:00
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  • 16:45
  • Investigating the carbon intensity of different methanol production pathways - Argonne National Lab, bp, Topsoe, Thyssenkrupp, Argus
  • What's the life cycle carbon assessment of green, blue, and grey methanol?
  • Green and blue methanol demand forecasts. What government incentives are on the horizon for green methanol?
  • Is green fuel more stable than fossil fuels and what is the value long term of green fuels?

 

Speakers

Pingping Sun, Principal Energy Systems Analyst, Argonne National Lab
Mark Aufmuth, Managing Director, Low Carbon & Cross-Commodity Origination, bp
Hassan Modarresi, Senior Technology Licensing Manager, Topsoe
Elijah Philipp, Director Business Development & Sales, Thyssenkrupp
Moderator: Roel Salazar
, Chemicals Consultant, Argus

 
  • 16:45
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  • 17:30
  • Waste to methanol: Is a circular economy possible and what does that mean for the methanol industry? - Enerkem, GIDARA Energy, Repsol, J.P. Morgan, Rice University's Baker Institute, Methanol Institute
A comparison of the different processes for making sustainable methanol. What are the costs associated with sustainable methanol? How will this play a key role in achieving emission reduction goals? 
Will there be an increase in regulatory requirements in the methanol industry, in the same way that is starting to take shape with plastic cycle content? How will this impact methanol derivative production? 
How can we scale up the technology and infrastructure of these low carbon projects?
 

Speakers

Denis Arguin, VP Commercial Development, Enerkem
Dennis Chafia
, Manager Business Development, GIDARA Energy
Marilyn Ceci,
Managing Director and Senior Advisor to the Center for Carbon Transition, J.P. Morgan
Fernando Santos, Senior Business Development Manager, Repsol
Rachel Meidl, Fellow in Energy and Environment, Rice University’s Baker Institute.
Moderator: Lawrence Nevin, Director of Government & Public Affairs, Methanol Institute

  • 17:30
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  • 17:35
  • Chairperson’s closing remarks Dave McCaskill - VP Methanol & Derivatives Services, Argus 
  • 17:35
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  • Drinks Reception

Conference day 2

Время начала Время завершения
  • 08:00
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  • 08:55
  • Registration
  • 09:00
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  • 09:05
  • Chairperson’s opening remarks Dave McCaskill - VP Methanol & Derivative Services
  • 09:05
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  • 9:50
  • Spotlight session: What does the future look like for methanol as a marine bunker fuel? - Maersk, Proman, Methanex, Sea-LNG, Argus

Is methanol the preferred alternative marine fuel? Analysing green methanol, green ammonia and LNG. 
The pathways to zero carbon shipping: short, medium, and long-term solutions.
Are zero-emission targets realistic and what role will national government and International Maritime Organization regulation play in increasing the use of methanol as a marine fuel? 

Speakers

Pernille Olsen, Senior Business Development Manager Decarbonisation, Maersk
Jason Chesko
, Director, Global Market Development & Head of Methanol Marine Fuels, Methanex
Anita Gajadhar
, Managing Director Marketing, Logistics and Shipping, Proman
Adi Aggarwal, General Manager, Sea-LNG
Moderator: Stefka Wechsler
, Marine Fuels Editor, Argus

  • 9:50
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  • 10:35
  • Decarbonising the shipping supply chain and prospects for collaboration: Logistical, technological, and financial challenges - Maritime Partners LLC, Wartsila, MAN Energy Solutions, ESGplus LLC, American Bureau of Shipping
A port perspective: What future fuels they will be able to bunker at ports? How are ports being prepared and how can methanol be safely stored? 
What needs to be considered for retrofits and newbuilds?
Methanol as a way to decarbonise inland waterways in the US. What new regulatory or market-based incentives are on the rise?
 

Speakers

Beau Berthelot, VP Business Development & Director of Government Affairs, Maritime Partners LLC
Joel Thigpen,
General Manager, Global New Build Sales Program, Wartsila
Makbule Baldik
, Regional Product Manager, MAN Energy Solutions
Anuj Chopra
, Co-founder & Chief Executive, ESGplus LLC
Moderator: Joshua Padeti
, Senior Sustainability Engineer, American Bureau of Shipping

  • 10:35
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  • 10:50
  • Enabling Lower Carbon Transportation via Methanol-to-Jet Siva Ariyapadi - Global Business Manager, Bioenergy, ExxonMobil
What are the advantages of Methanol-to-Jet vs. conventional technologies?
Process flexibility to produce jet fuel and/or arctic diesel
Status of ASTM approval process for ExxonMobil methanol-to-jet
  • 10:50
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  • 11:35
  • Coffee Break
  • 11:35
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  • 12:10
  • China’s supply and demand outlook: Will they continue to dominate the methanol market? Leanne Tan - Associate Editor, Argus
  • How has China’s zero Covid policy affected methanol supply and demand, focusing on the slowing down of China’s economic growth and the impact this has had on methanol demand?
  • What will the future hold for China's methanol to olefins demand? Will growth continue at a steady pace, or is the sector facing shrinking consumption? 
  • How will other Asia-Pacific markets navigate ever-evolving shifts in consumption and trade-flow patterns?
  • What will China's push to meet climate targets mean for the methanol industry? What is China doing in the short to medium-term from a supply and demand perspective?
 
  • 12:05
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  • 12:35
  • China’s energy transition: Is China truly shifting from coal to natural gas as their feedstock and how will this impact the global economy? James Lamoureaux - Chief Executive, IGP Methanol
Can China meet its climate targets? What will this mean for the methanol industry?
What is China doing in the short to medium-term from a supply and demand perspective? Is methanol growing in other spaces, such as fuel blending, or is it only growing in the GDP space? 
How will China’s development of renewable technologies and electrolyser impact traditional methanol demand? 
 

 

Speakers

James Lamoureaux, Chief Executive, IGP Methanol

 
  • 12:10
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  • Chairperson's closing remarks Dave McCaskill - VP Methanol & Derivatives, Argus