04 March - 06 March 2019
Miami, Florida, US

Argus Americas Asphalt Summit

  • 11:00
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  • 13:00
  • Workshop registration
  • 12:00
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  • 17:00
  • Preconference workshop: Marpol VI requirements, risks, opportunities, planning and likely effects for refiners
Additional registration required- includes both part I and part II
- Government entities, free
- All others, $395

12:00 – 13:00 Preconference workshop part I- Marpol introduction for government entities, end users and others
- Overview refinery economics and shifts in crude slates
- Understand how the upcoming IMO Marpol regulation will impact refined products including asphalt
- Explore how this regulation will impact the asphalt supply pool and pricing
- Analyze the aspects of the asphalt market DOT’s rarely see

13:00 – 17:00 Preconference workshop part II: In-depth analysis for refiners and market participants as we approach 2020
- Now that we have laid the foundation, we take a deep dive into technical and market considerations connected to the Marpol 2020 including
- Options for refiners and traders regarding the IMO’s sulfur regulation deadline
- Opportunities for more dynamic refiners and outlook for Mediterranean refiners
- How flexible refiners switch crudes and how will these restrictions continue to impact blending as we approach and pass 2020
- Light-heavy spread’s impact on the timing of the spreads market for both crude and products, and who will take the high sulfur resid that cannot be converted
- Get answers to all your 2020 questions and join the conversation- this interactive workshop features continuous opportunities to interact with our speakers and other attendees around scenarios up to and through 2020

Stephen Jones – Senior Vice President, Business Development, Argus
Osvaldo Speranza – Senior Consultant, Argus Consulting Services
  • 17:00
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  • 19:00
  • Welcome and opening cocktail reception
Open to all conference and workshop attendees
  • 08:00
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  • 09:00
  • Registration and networking breakfast
  • 09:00
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  • 09:05
  • Welcome and opening announcements John Demopoulos - Vice President, North American Refined Products, Argus
  • 09:05
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  • 10:00
  • Morning keynote presentation: Marpol VI deadline’s impact on bottom of the barrel products and asphalt production
- Overview of the trends and outlook for US tight light oil and Canadian heavy crude production
- Supply and demand movements related to shortages and oversupply, for bottom of the barrel products
- Likely US and global impact of the Marpol VI regulation on asphalt and other bottom of the barrel products
  • 10:00
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  • 10:30
  • Setting the stage for 2020: Asphalt pricing, regional outlook and market shifts Osvaldo Speranza - Senior Consultant, Argus Consulting Services
- Asphalt pricing and economics
- US and Canadian market fundamentals
- Trends in other regions including Latin America, and the impacts on future asphalt pricing
  • 10:30
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  • 11:00
  • Morning networking break
  • 11:00
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  • 11:30
  • Asphalt quality, production, and supply considerations of Marpol 2020 from an end-user perspective Bill Lee - Terminal Manager, Century Asphalt
- Properties that affect asphalt quality
- Traditional and contemporary test methods
- What to expect with quality & supply from Marpol 2020
- Strategy from a terminal perspective
  • 11:30
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  • 12:00
  • Asphalt additives and proper reduction of hydrogen sulfide levels: An overview of H2S in asphalt and details producers should keep in mind
- Additives that help to reduce hydrogen sulfide from asphalt and in turn reduce corrosion
- How this can achieve health, safety and environmental compliance
  • 12:00
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  • 12:30
  • Evaluating asphalt additives and quality specifications Mo Rahman, M.Sc, P.E.* - Technical Marketing Manager, Pacific - West Region, Ergon
- Asphalt quality standards and technical specifications
- How polymers and chemical additives impact durability
- Key differentiators regarding specifications
  • 12:30
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  • 14:00
  • Networking luncheon
  • 14:00
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  • 15:00
  • Interactive panel discussion: Quality considerations impacting the domestic asphalt market Oldcastele Materials, Asphalt Sourcing Alliance and Century Asphalt
- Exposure to asphalt additives: How do they impact your responsibilities and market segment
- Failure scenarios attributed to use of asphalt additives
- Metrics related to responsible party in incidents and who is best positioned to prevent these issues from being repeated

Allen Smith, Managing Partner, Asphalt & Sourcing Alliance
Bill Lee
, Terminal Manager, Century Asphalt
Jim Musselman
, Asphalt Performance Manager, Oldcastle Materials
  • 15:00
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  • 15:30
  • Domestic road build projects and funding considerations
- How varying climates can create problems for paving professionals and roadway users
- Case studies of laying pavement and ensuring maximum durability
- Challenges facing contractors in an uncertain market and the necessity for stable prices
  • 15:30
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  • 16:00
  • Afternoon networking break
  • 16:00
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  • 16:30
  • Mediterranean arbitrage, international production and the US east coast supply gap Abraham García Prieto - Export Manager, Asphalt, CEPSA
- How are refineries around the Mediterranean poised to supply the US market
- How freight rates will impact the bottom line of asphalt projects
- Global asphalt maritime fleet, capabilities and anticipated shifts in routes
  • 16:30
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  • 17:00
  • US exports for liquid asphalt
- Understand how domestic availability is expanding US export opportunities
- Explore new trade routes to Europe and Africa and global asphalt patterns
- Assess how new international demand is impacting freight rates and availability for traditional asphalt flows to Central and Latin America
  • 17:00
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  • 17:30
  • Barge movements: Rates, reliability and routes
- Cost benefits for barge movements and anticipated shifts in routes
- Marine traffic and other considerations for delivery
- How barge movements tie into the global transportation of asphalt
  • 17:00
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  • 19:00
  • Evening cocktail reception
Open to all conference attendees
  • 08:00
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  • 09:00
  • Networking breakfast
  • 09:00
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  • 09:05
  • Welcome and day 1 recap John Demopoulos - Vice President, North American Refined Products, Argus
  • 09:05
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  • 09:30
  • Asphalt by rail
- Overview of asphalt by rail including rates and car availability
- Necessary equipment for efficient and safe transport of asphalt
- Builds and leasing rates for asphalt cars, as well as future expectations
  • 09:30
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  • 10:00
  • Trucking considerations in the asphalt market and seasonality trends
- Routes, infrastructure and other considerations associated with the physical movement of liquid asphalt
- Terminal operations and proper safe practices for loading and unloading
- Fleet differentiation in winter
  • 10:00
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  • 10:30
  • Barge movements- Rates, reliability and routes
- Cost benefits for barge movements and anticipated shifts in routes
- Marine traffic and other considerations for delivery
- How barge movements tie into PADD availability and the global transportation of asphalt
  • 10:30
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  • 11:00
  • Morning networking break
  • 11:00
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  • 11:30
  • Mexico’s asphalt market under the new administration
- Mexico’s market dynamics under AMLO
- The impact of the energy reform on the asphalt industry
- Future asphalt demand from the region
  • 11:30
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  • 12:00
  • The growing Brazilian asphalt market Flavio Vianna - General Manager, Bitunel Asfaltos
- Brazil’s procurement strategies
- Brazilian asphalt market dynamics and growth relative to GDP
- An outlook for projects and future financing
  • 12:00
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  • 12:30
  • Chilean market dynamics and upcoming projects
- How will Chile’s Chacao Channel bridge and other large projects impact asphalt demand in the region
- State and private financing options for projects in Chile
  • 12:30
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  • 12:35
  • Closing Comments John Demopoulos - Vice President, North American Refined Products, Argus