01 сентября - 30 сентября 2020
Houston, Texas, US

Argus Methanol Forum

Welcome day and reception

Start End
  • 16:00
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  • 17:00
  • Registration opens
  • 17:00
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  • 19:00
  • Welcome reception- Sponsored by Southern Chemical Corporation

Conference day 1

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  • 07:00
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  • 09:00
  • Breakfast and registration- Sponsored by Atlantic Methanol
  • 09:00
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  • 09:10
  • Welcome and opening remarks
  • 09:10
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  • 09:25
  • Methanol Institute's 30th year anniversary
  • Special commemoration for the institute’s anniversary
  • A background on the institute’s founding and its 30-year journey
  • The value of the trade association

Speaker: 

Greg Dolan, CEO, Methanol Institute

Special guest speaker 

  • 09:25
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  • 10:00
  • Methanol as an energy source – a new market for methanol Greg Dolan - CEO, Methanol Institute
  • Introducing new applications for methanol providing heat for industrial boilers, kilns, tobacco/tea drying
  • Looking at expansion in China, and introduction in other global markets
  • Policy drivers and economic analysis
  • 10:00
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  • 10:30
  • The current state of global crude, the major issues affecting the industry Steve Weber - Vice-President, Petrochemical and Refining Consulting, Argus
  • How is the increase in shale crude production impacting the global market?
  • What geopolitical constraints are having the largest effect on global trade flows?
  • How are IMO regulations impacting refiners’ crude slate decisions?
  • 10:30
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  • 11:00
  • The bright burning future of natural gas markets Brian Pieri - Vice President, Sundance Energy
  • What are the geopolitical factors affecting global LNG supply?
  • What does abundance in US supply mean for the market?
  • What new technologies and adaptations are on the horizon for natural gas?
  • 11:00
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  • 11:45
  • Morning break- Sponsored by Johnson Matthey
  • 11:45
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  • 12:15
  • The drivers affecting the global olefins market Jimmy Levine - VP Ethylene and Derivatives, Argus
  • What challenges and opportunities exist in the global olefins market?
  • Global ethylene and products trade flows, who is the largest supplier and what is driving demand?
  • Propylene growth balance, what impacts will recycling have on production?

 

  • 12:15
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  • 14:00
  • Networking lunch- Sponsored by OCI
  • 14:00
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  • 14:30
  • Global methanol supply and demand trends Dave McCaskill - VP Methanol & Derivatives Services, Argus
  • Description of regions increasing and decreasing methanol production and why?
  • Anticipated demand for methanol in the coming 3-5 years.
  • The future of methanol, and industries to watch new developments in.
  • 14:30
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  • 15:00
  • US market breakdown- understanding North American trade flows Roel Salazar - Methanol and derivatives consultant, Argus
  • An understanding of the factors behind US methanol pricing and volumes in the market.
  • Regions where production is expected to increase and decrease.
  • Learn which new players/ projects coming online will have the largest impact on trade flows.
  • 15:00
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  • 15:30
  • Afternoon break- Sponsored by Haldor Topsøe
  • 15:30
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  • 16:00
  • Plant efficiency- how technology can help boost production Elmar Peters - CEO, Navigance
  • What are the challenges in implementing artificial intelligence during the chemical production processes?
  • How can digitization help to reduce consumption of resources?
  • How can we use adaptive data driven optimizers to improve chemical operations?
  • 16:00
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  • 16:30
  • An insider’s perspective on the marine fuels industry- Can methanol compete? Jan Hagen Andersen - Business Development Director, DNV•GL
  • What are the various contenders for alternative marine fuels?
  • Can Methanol realistically change the marine fuel market? How much of the market can methanol conquer?
  • What barriers to entry and competition does Methanol face as an alternative marine fuel?
  • 16:30
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  • 17:00
  • European methanol markets- mirroring the continent’s GDP growth Christian Meinecke - Managing Director, Solvadis Methanol Gmbh
  • How is new production offsetting imports in Europe?
  • What changes will we see to European flows?
  • How might dwindling Chinese MTO demands impact European prices?

 

  • 17:30
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  • 19:00
  • Evening reception

Conference day 2

Start End
  • 07:00
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  • 08:30
  • Registration and breakfast- Sponsored by Mitsubishi
  • 08:30
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  • 09:00
  • Keynote- Building connections between the US and China His Excellency, Wei Cai - Consul General of the People’s Republic of China, Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Houston
  • Chinese government’s message on US Chinese business relations
  • Increasing mutual trust between the two nations
  • How US methanol producers can help with supplying the Chinese market.
  • 09:00
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  • 09:20
  • China’s ever-growing methanol demand Ken Yin - Director Strategic Support, Founder
  • Will the next driver of Chinese methanol demand be fuel? What is its projected growth?
  • Insights on Chinese methanol balance
  • Will China continue to maintain its methanol growth?

  • 09:20
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  • 09:40
  • China’s MTO survival Becky Zhang - Editor Olefins and Methanol, Argus
  • A deeper look at Chinese MTO production and progression of new and existing projects
  • How are existing MTOs surviving in the face of fierce competition from new naphtha/ ethane crackers?
  • What opportunities exist for foreign investment?
  • 09:40
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  • 10:00
  • The future of China’s M100 James S Lamoureaux - CEO, IGP
  • What is the scalability of Methanol-fueled fleets?
  • Will current supply chains be able to keep up with new growth?
  • What government incentives exist to help boost Methanol’s appeal with consumers?
  • 10:00
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  • 10:30
  • Panel discussion on China
  • How does China’s methanol demand affect the US?
  • Besides the M100, what other new markets in China is methanol looking to expand into?
  • How can the US help meet china’s methanol demands?

Speakers:

Ken Yin, Director Strategic Support, Founder
Becky Zhang, Editor Olefins and Methanol, Argus
James S Lamoureaux, CEO, IGP

  • 10:30
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  • 11:00
  • Networking break
  • 11:00
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  • 11:30
  • US sanctions on Iran- How is Iranian production coping? Joe Barnes - Bonner Means Baker Fellow, Rice University Baker Institute
  • What is the US’s strategy on sanctions, what other players are involved?
  • How is Iran responding to pressure and why?
  • How are tensions affecting the stability of the region?
  • 11:30
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  • 12:00
  • Inbetween two giants- meeting SE Asian demand Masato Hayashi - Methanol and Acetic Acid Marketing, Sojitz
  • Will interregional suppliers be able to meet SE Asian hunger in the short and long term as India and China’s demand is also projected to increase?
  • Will increased intraregional production be enough to meet demand?
  • What countries in the region are best positioned to weather methanol shortages and which will have more difficulties?

  • 12:00
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  • 12:30
  • India, the new China of methanol? Hemal Sanghani - CEO, Arihant Global
  • Indian methanol demand, production & imports, and India’s planned transition to “Methanol Economy"
  • In the face of Iranian sanctions, who will meet India’s demand?
  • What sectors will drive Indian demand growth?
  • 12:30
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  • 12:40
  • Closing remarks
  • 12:40
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  • 14:40
  • Closing lunch- Sponsored by G2X
  • 14:40
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  • Conference concludes