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Argus Clean Ammonia Europe Conference

Rotterdam, Netherlands
26-28 November 2024
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Agenda

Join our expert speakers as they discuss key developments taking place in Europe from policy to infrastructure to financing of clean ammonia projects as well as international speakers providing insight into production project development and much more. Contact us on the details below for speaking opportunities at the conference:

Matilda Wall
+44 20 4570 3543
matilda.wall@argusmedia.com

Pre-conference day - 26 November

Port of Rotterdam site visit

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Site visit sponsored by Port of Rotterdam

This year, attendees of the Argus Clean Ammonia Europe Conference will have the opportunity to participate in a boat tour hosted by our host sponsor Port of Rotterdam on Tuesday 26 November, during our pre-conference day.

Join the port tour for just an additional €100 to see developments taking place in the port real-time, as well as the opportunity to network ahead of a busy schedule across the two main conference days.

More details to be released soon, register your interest now to book your place – spaces will be limited.

Registration open and welcome drinks

16:00

Registration open

16:30 - 18:30

Welcome drinks reception sponsored by Port of Rotterdam

Day one main conference - 27 November

Registration and ammonia and carbon 101 session

08:00

Registration open and morning coffee

08:00 - 09:00

CEO Roundtable (by invitation only)

08:15 - 08:45

Ammonia and carbon 101: Disconnect between carbon and green hydrogen and ammonia: a matter of economics? Open to all attendees

How companies are working to bridge the lack of knowledge in the green hydrogen space around carbon
- EU ETS: an explainer – where does it sit in European policy? Why is this important to understand? How much of an incentive is EU ETS in the whole package?
- What are price expectations for EU ETS and what does this mean for clean hydrogen and ammonia projects?
- Making the price of clean work: what is the price that would create the conversion to low-carbon alternatives?

Speakers Include:

Adam Nye

VP Global Carbon Markets
Argus

Jack Merriott

Senior Manager - Consulting Services
Argus

Main conference morning sessions

09:00 - 09:05

Argus welcome

Tim Cheyne

SVP - Global Head of Agriculture, Fertilizers, Ammonia, DEF
Argus
09:05 - 09:15

Welcome from Host sponsor: Port of Rotterdam

Boudewijn Siemons

CEO
Port of Rotterdam
09:15 - 09:35

Ministerial address: Clean ammonia’s role in the energy transition in Europe

09:35 - 09:55

Geopolitics and macroeconomics: Correcting the hydrogen hype

Strategic keynote address
- Macroeconomics: despite ambitious climate targets, hydrogen and ammonia projects are not ramping up, how are current global macroeconomics contributing to this?
- Election year – has this accelerated or decelerated initiatives in the energy transition? The main changes so far in regulatory frameworks
- The preliminary impacts of the outcome of the US election

09:55 - 10:40

Keynote panel: Unlocking ammonia’s potential in the energy transition

-How can blue ammonia bring cost competitiveness that will enable the transition in Europe faster?
-The main bottlenecks in ammonia’s adoption as a fuel in new sectors
-How does direct use of low-carbon ammonia get unlocked? Power, maritime, fertilizer sector perspectives
-Social governance: ammonia handling and safety – what is being done?

Speakers Include:

Nadja Håkansson

CEO
thyssenkrupp Uhde

Mark Stoelinga

Director, Energy & Infrastructure
Port of Rotterdam

Rik Sneep

Director of Strategy and Transformation
CEPSA

Louise Hornby

Head of Europe Customer Development, New Energy
Woodside Energy
10:40 - 11:00

Policy and regulation: Further clarity or more confusion? RED III targets and transposition

- RED III – what do industry targets mean? How is transposition into key EU states progressing and how do they vary?
- What’s holding Europe back? Does the policy in place provide economic business models for businesses?
- Are regulatory frameworks in Europe helping projects get to FID or not?

11:00 - 11:30

Networking break

11:30 - 12:00

EU hydrogen bank tenders: Who were the winners in the first round and what were the main learnings?

- Bid levels vs realisation rates – the real test: project timelines?
- How will tenders help the industry get to mass scale with a combination of incentives and technological improvements, and create demand making economics work?
- What are the ambitions for what comes next?

Speaker:

Ewelina Daniel

Policy Officer, DG CLIMA
European Commission
12:00 - 12:30

Certification and registration approaches: The mass balance approach

- What is it and how does it work?
- Why is this an important step for the existing fertilizer industry as well as for new applications of ammonia?
- What are the benefits of such a scheme? What are the applications for other industries?

12:30 - 13:00

Argus hydrogen and ammonia perspectives

- How can green ammonia prices be forecasted?
- Understanding what quantities will be available

Speakers Include:

Joyce Grigorey

Hydrogen Principle, Consulting
Argus

Alistair Wallace

Principal - Consulting
Argus

Networking lunch

13:00 - 14:00

Networking lunch highlighting women in clean ammonia

Speakers Include:

Vibeke Rasmussen

SVP Product Management and Certification & President
Yara Clean Ammonia & Ammonia Energy Association

Main conference afternoon sessions

14:00 - 14:05

Chairpersons’ opening remarks

Tim Cheyne

SVP - Global Head of Agriculture, Fertilizers, Ammonia, DEF
Argus
14:05 - 14:30

Keynote: What is the power sector doing in Europe?

- How is the European power sector looking at the Asian direction of travel for power generation in the energy transition?
- What plans are in the pipeline for demonstrations of transition to lower-carbon fuels for power generation? What have pilot demonstrations shown?
- Have there been any signals from governments on their views on adoption of ammonia for power generation?

Speakers Include:

Olivia Barnes

Head of Low Carbon Commodities
EnBW
14:30 - 15:15

The case for ammonia as a fuel in the maritime sector: What commitments have been made by shipowners in 2024?

- Operational risk: how is industry preparing for ships to be ready for ammonia bunkering? How are actors across the value chain playing a role in ensuring safety?
- Ammonia engine developments: what role will these play? What are the main updates?
- Methanol or ammonia – what are the pros and cons? What has been learnt from the first deployed methanol ships and how will this be useful for ammonia’s application as a marine fuel?

Speakers Include:

Navid Ostadian-Binai

Head of Green Vessels and Fuels
Maersk Tankers

Christian Berg

Managing Director, Norway
Amogy

Carl-Antoine Saverys

CEO
Exmar

Naomi van den Berg

Program Manager Sustainable Transport
Port of Rotterdam
15:15 - 15:45

How are policies at EU and IMO levels planning to support the transition to low-carbon fuels across sectors?

- What regulatory frameworks have been announced so far? EU and IMO overviews
- How are the frameworks complementary and where are the discrepancies between policy aims?
- How are regulations for the energy and agricultural sectors converging on the adoption of low-carbon ammonia? What is missing?
- What are the implications for businesses planning their net zero strategy?

15:45 - 16:15

Networking break

16:15 - 17:00

Low-carbon ammonia’s role in the fertilizer industry: How will low-carbon products help in the agricultural sector?

The food sector is one of the biggest emitters in the world, and farmers are price sensitive – how do we bridge the gap?
- How can different participants in the food value chain be drivers for adoption of low-carbon fertilizers and decarbonising the wider value chain. (FMCGs, co-operatives)
- CBAM is not enough: What policies are needed to support European farmers to bridge the price premium between fossil incumbents and low-carbon products?
- Case studies: how are global companies working on decarbonisation of the value chain? What are the main drivers and results seen so far?

Speakers include:

Jose Antonio de las Heras

CEO
FertigHy

Oliver Hatfield

VP Fertilizers
Argus
17:00 - 17:30

What is happening in respect to CBAM and what does it mean for the clean ammonia market

- CBAM and how it affects imports ― some countries will be more favoured than others to bring products to Europe
- CBAM question ― which countries are well positioned to import into Europe?
- Measures in different end-user sectors

Moderator:

Adam Nye

VP Global Carbon Markets
Argus
17:30 - 17:35

Chairpersons’ closing remarks

Tim Cheyne

SVP - Global Head of Agriculture, Fertilizers, Ammonia, DEF
Argus

Main networking drinks reception

17:45 - 19:30

Main networking drinks reception

Day two main conference - 28 November

Registration open and morning coffee

08:00

Registration open and morning coffee

08:15 - 08:50

Breakfast roundtables

Main conference morning sessions

09:00 - 09:05

Chairpersons’ opening remarks

09:05 - 10:00

Panel discussion: What does the project development landscape look like globally?

- How bankable are clean ammonia projects? How are the risks different to conventional transactions? Technology, regulation
- What are the ingredients for success to bring a project forward to FID?
- What are the key requirements for financing institutions? E.g., is it better to have one reliable offtaker vs various offtakers?

Speakers Include:

Benedikt Messner

Senior Vice President
Uniper Global Commodities

Robert Vroege

Director ING Metals Mining & Fertilizers
ING Bank
10:00 - 10:30

Investment dynamics in the energy transition space: Investing in green hydrogen and ammonia as an alternative to wind and solar energy

- Climate funds barometer: what money is coming from where? How important is income from carbon schemes compared with other income streams?
- Will green hydrogen and ammonia projects get enough funds from climate transformation funds if CO2 prices keep falling?
- How is the gap between different types of lending being closed?
- Who is investing at what stage? (commercial banks, VCs, infrastructure funds)

Speakers include:

Adam Nye

VP Global Carbon Markets
Argus

Graham Weale

Professor for Energy Economics
Ruhr University Bochum
10:30 - 10:50

Traders: Why is their role critical in kickstarting the market?

- How are traders looking at the clean ammonia market today?
- What are some of the important positions already being taken in the market?
- Traders and offtake: a means to get to FID for project developers?

Moderator:

Ruth Sharpe

Editor - Ammonia
Argus
10:50 - 11:30

Networking break

Getting infrastructure in place to make clean ammonia work in Europe

11:30 - 12:30

Supply infrastructure bringing clean ammonia to Europe: Where are port developments taking place?

Overview of future clean energy import hubs in European import ports: Rotterdam, Antwerp, Hamburg, Vlissingen
- What are the main developments taking place for terminals and storage of clean ammonia in key ports?
- Where are cracking projects located and how are they strategically linked to inland industry in Germany and Belgium?
- How are ports and key terminal owners working together to build out port infrastructure for ammonia in the energy transition?
- Case study: How Port of Rotterdam is working with Port of Duisburg (Europe’s largest inland port) to develop clean energy capacity

Speakers Include:

Duna Uribe

Senior Business Manager, Clean Ammonia
Port of Rotterdam

Gilles Decan

Program Manager Hydrogen
Port of Antwerp-Bruges

Johannes Eng

Corporate Development and Strategy
Port of Duisburg

Networking lunch

12:30 - 13:30

Networking lunch

Getting infrastructure in place to make clean ammonia work in Europe continued

13:30 - 14:15

Ammonia cracking in Europe: What next?

- Ammonia cracking or direct application? Pros and cons of how to get clean energy to users
- Cracking being developed in Europe: what announcements are being made? What have been the major developments taking place?
- Challenges in Europe: what are the main bottlenecks and issues?

Speakers Include:

Christian Renk

Head of Technology, Innovation & Sustainability (TIS)
thyssenkrupp Uhde
14:15 - 14:30

Case study: Ammonia cracking in South Korea: Is there something we can learn?

- The world’s first large commercial-scale ammonia cracking terminal has been sold to South Korea ― is it a good role model or example for the rest of the world?
- What lessons can Europe take from this project?

14:30 - 15:00

Transporting hydrogen and derivatives: Hydrogen pipeline infrastructure in Europe and alternative transportation methods for ammonia

As a crucial piece of infrastructure for hydrogen consumption and production in Europe, what are the latest developments and why is this important for clean ammonia’s development as a low-carbon fuel?
- What are the latest developments on the hydrogen backbone? What do end users need to know?
- Distribution of hydrogen in Germany delayed to 2037. As the most decarbonisation-friendly country, what does this mean for ammonia cracking terminals?
- What are the alternatives for transporting clean energy in the form of ammonia available in Europe?

15:00 - 15:30

Where next? Aspirations for the clean ammonia market in Europe in 2025

- Reflecting on 2024 as a landmark year for clean ammonia market development: what have been the highs and lows of the year?
- Where to next? Where do we expect to see next FID announcements for clean ammonia supply and what’s the expectation for demand side regulations in Europe and beyond?

Speakers Include:

Kevin Rouwenhorst

Technology Manager
Ammonia Energy Association
15:30

Chairpersons’ closing remarks and end of conference