11 September - 13 September 2019
Houston, Texas, US

Argus Americas Petroleum Coke Summit

  • 08:30
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  • 12:00
  • Kinder Morgan Gulf Bulk Region petroleum coke tour

The Kinder Morgan Gulf Bulk Region is responsible for handling over 10 million tons of petroleum coke through several terminals located on the Texas Gulf Coast. In addition to petroleum coke, it also unloads aggregates from ocean going vessels and loads soda ash and potash to export vessels. It owns General Stevedores, a company that provides labor and equipment to load and unload vessels at several Texas ports.

This year’s conference will provide an exclusive tour of Kinder Morgan’s Deepwater Terminal located at the Gulf Bulk Region and is complimentary for delegates. Network with your peers while seeing what the infrastructure looks like for the US Gulf coast export market. Roundtrip transportation will be provided from the conference hotel to the facility. To participate, delegates must complete a release agreement and subject to authorization from Kinder Morgan.

Contact Emma Coverley to register for the tour: Emma Coverley

 

Wednesday, September 11

  • 08:30 - 08:45 Facility tour check-in
  • 08:45 - 10:00 Transportation to facility - Bus departs promptly at 08:45 (*Drive includes a 15-minute refreshment stop)
  • 10:00 - 10:05 Arrival at Kinder Morgan
  • 10:05 - 10:20 Briefing on Kinder Morgan operations
  • 10:20 - 11:00 Tour of facility
  • 11:00 - 12:30 Transportation to hotel - Bus departs by 11:00 (*Drive includes a 15-minute refreshment stop)


*Please note – the tour is weather permitting. In the event of inclement weather, the tour may be cancelled and delegates will be notified.

  • 16:00
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  • 19:00
  • Registration
  • 17:00
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  • 19:00
  • Welcome reception, sponsored by Impala Terminals
  • 07:00
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  • 09:00
  • Registration and breakfast
  • 09:00
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  • 09:10
  • Chairperson's remarks and antitrust reminder Michael Easterbrook - Vice President Business Development, Argus
  • 09:10
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  • 09:35
  • Global coke supply and coker expansions on the horizon Hayden Atkins - Consultant, Argus Consulting Services
  • What new coker projects are in the works or coming online globally?
  • What type of petroleum coke will be produced by region?
  • Where is supply growing outside of the US?
  • 09:35
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  • 10:00
  • Import restrictions, regulatory uncertainty and geopolitical constraints impact on trading Lauren Masterson - Editor, Energy Argus Petroleum Coke, Argus
  • What might trading activity look like under India’s import restrictions and escalating trade tariff disputes between the US and China?
  • How is Venezuela’s falling production impacting the market? Where are new suppliers emerging to fill the gap?
  • How will increasing carbon regulations in Canada affect refinery production and petroleum coke supply?
  • 10:00
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  • 10:30
  • When refiners look into their crystal ball for IMO 2020 to take effect, what are the different scenarios? How are companies preparing? Is it a wait-and-see approach? Who is making investments to become compliant? What are the obvious solutions?
  • How are refiners making their decisions based on global, regional, and local supply/demand concerns?
  • Will refiners change their crude slate? Will they add or modify their equipment to make compliant fuel oil or no fuel oil? Who will emerge to convert material into higher value products and what does that mean for petcoke supply?

 

  • 10:30
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  • 11:15
  • Networking break
  • 11:15
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  • 12:30
  • Preparing for uncertainty ahead - the rise of shale crude, renewable fuels demand and impact on refining operations Repsol, CHS Laurel Refinery and Argus
  • How has the abundance of US shale crude impacted refiners’ crude slate decisions? What is the impact on petroleum coke production?
  • What’s keeping refiners up at night? How are they preparing for increasing regulations and the rise in renewable fuels demand?
  • What is the future of refinery operations and what does that mean for petroleum coke supply?

Speakers
Oscar Pazos Buxo, Head of Petroleum Coke Department, Repsol
Mackenzie Nauman, Residual Marketing Manager, CHS Laurel Refinery
Ed Arnold, Senior Consultant, Argus Consulting Services

  • 12:30
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  • 14:00
  • Lunch and private meetings
  • 14:00
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  • 15:00
  • Cement industry and fuel grade coke - key regions to watch CIPLAN and Robindale Energy
  • What are the projections for petroleum coke imports into key demand centers?
  • Where are the major ports and terminals and how much volume is flowing into each region?
  • What are the sulphur limits and import restrictions by country?

 

Speakers:
Rodrigo Santana, Supply Manager, CIPLAN
Semih Nihmet, Physical Commodity Trader, Robindale Energy

  • 15:00
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  • 15:30
  • Networking break
  • 15:30
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  • 16:00
  • Market drivers in the aluminium industry and impact on anode grade coke Guanghui Lang - Chairman, SunStone
  • What is the current state of the aluminium industry?
  • How much anode grade coke supply does China need?
  • What are the economic and geopolitical constraints impacting the market?
  • 16:00
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  • 17:00
  • Anode grade coke supply in a post-2020 world Mitsui USA, Vantage Point Group Holding, Global Carbon Consulting
  • What will happen to the supply of anode grade coke when marine fuel regulations take effect?
  • How are market participants preparing?
  • What are the projections for anode grade coke and exports out of the US?

 

Speakers
Howard Childs, Coke Business Development Manager, BP
Bob Bestian
, Director, Sales and Operations Americas, Mitsui USA
Yao Zhao, Managing Director, Vantage Point Group Holding
Robert C. Dickie, President, Global Carbon Consulting

  • 17:00
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  • 19:00
  • Reception, sponsored by SGS
  • 07:00
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  • 09:00
  • Registration and breakfast
  • 09:00
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  • 09:15
  • Chairperson's opening remarks and antitrust reminder
  • 09:15
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  • 09:45
  • How the petroleum coke industry can use freight to its advantage Denny Sabah - Business Development Dry Cargo, Clarksons Platou Shipbroking
  • What impact will IMO 2020 regulations have on freight rates?
  • Is there greater volatility in the freight market?
  • How can petroleum coke producers harness this to their benefit?
  • 09:45
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  • 10:30
  • Coal versus coke - competitive fuel analysis Cimeurope and Argus
  • How does petroleum coke compete with coal exports out of the US?
  • What is the correlation between coal and petroleum coke prices?
  • What are the short-term and long-term projections for coal and petroleum coke in the international market?

Speakers
Frank O. Brannvoll, Independent Special Advisor in Energy Markets, Cimeurope (via Brannvoll Bvba)
Hayden Atkins, Consultant, Argus Consulting Services

  • 10:30
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  • 11:00
  • Networking break
  • 11:00
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  • 12:00
  • Infrastructure investment to support petroleum coke exports - US Gulf coast, Canada and beyond CN Rail and PTP Grouop
  • What investments might we see in export terminals? Where might new supply come online and where are the destinations?
  • What are the restrictions on building coke storage?
  • What are the logistical challenges and competition for capacity at terminals and on rail, barge and ship?

Speakers:
Erick Martins, Market Manager Bulk Sales and Marketing, CN Rail
Guillermo Misiano
, Founder and CEO, PTP Group

  • 12:00
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  • 12:15
  • Closing comments and conference concludes