01 April - 02 April 2019
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Argus Global Gasoline

Global gasoline drivers

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  • 09:10
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  • 09:40
  • Keynote speech: Exploring the current gasoline landscape and promoting growth
- How is the global gasoline market changing and what are the future demand drivers?
- Assessing the future of gasoline within the transportation fuels mix
- Understanding the benefits of blending from a refiner’s perspective to stay competitive
- Increasing flexibility of plants to maintain high margins and blend economically
- Reviewing future policies that will incentivise gasoline use as an environmentally friendly product

Outlook for supply-demand trends

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  • 09:40
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  • 10:10
  • Diesel versus gasoline: Examining trends and future imbalances
- How have shifts in consumption and pricing between gasoline and diesel changed over time?
- How will gasoline demand in Europe change compared with diesel demand in the mid-term?
- Where do we see opportunities for gasoline demand growth in Europe?
- How will the share of gasoline increase compared with diesel?
- How will companies tackle demand for products in light of changing demand for crude?
- Understanding infrastructure for the diesel and gasoline industries, including storage
  • 10:10
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  • 10:40
  • 2050 vision: Understanding the rise of alternative fuels and the role of European gasoline in the fuel mix
- What are the current and future trends for liquid fuels?
- Exploring the likely impact of alternative fuels on the gasoline industry
- Understanding the rise in demand for petroleum products to 2040
- Where will gasoline find demand in an environment where electric cars play a bigger role?
  • 10:40
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  • 11:10
  • Morning coffee and networking
  • 11:10
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  • 11:40
  • US perspective: How future US supply will find its place on a global stage
- Assessing the changing gasoline market in the US and exploring new supply
- Exploring the shifting supply of crude to lighter sweet grades and the impact on gasoline
- How will new supply impact the relationship between European and US trade flows?
- Understanding how changing regulations, including RFS, will affect US gasoline
  • 11:40
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  • 12:10
  • Panel discussion: New global trade flows in response to shifting supply-demand dynamics
- How are changing refinery slates impacting gasoline production and supply?
- What are the current demands for gasoline in west Africa?
- Do we see overcapacity and how can traders remain competitive?
- Where do we see new regions becoming an exporter of gasoline?
- How will US exports compete with a surplus of gasoline in northwest Europe?
- Which regions in Europe and the Mediterranean are low on gasoline supply?
- How is the South African refinery landscape changing for gasoline?
- What new trade flows are emerging from Russia and the Baltic states?

Refinery slate changes as a result of new IMO regulations and the need for improved fuel quality

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  • 13:40
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  • 14:10
  • How will new IMO regulations impact refinery slates and will there be a knock-on effect on gasoline?
- Understanding how global refineries are adapting to IMO 2020 regulation
- What indirect impact does reducing sulphur levels have on gasoline output?
- Reviewing refinery investments and what this means for balances
- Exploring new gasoline supply and the interaction with diesel supply

  • 14:10
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  • 14:40
  • Understanding the naphtha-gasoline mix to improve octane levels and fuel quality

- Exploring current naphtha production and its relationship to gasoline
- What blends can be made to improve octane levels and fuel quality?
- Assessing the main product flows for fossil fuels with high and low sulphur contents
- Looking at the difference between naphtha, ethanol and petrochemical streams on supplying incremental octanes


  • 14:40
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  • 15:10
  • Africa focus: Refining spec changes and new trade opportunities in Ghana
- Looking at the changing fuel specification landscape in Ghana
- What new regulations across west Africa are encouraging higher-quality fuels?
- What advances are taking place to create a new spec for blending?
- The need to improve flexibility to meet demand for increasing fuel quality
  • 15:10
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  • 15:40
  • Afternoon coffee and networking

Infrastructure and storage to enable trade flows

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  • 15:40
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  • 16:10
  • Examining global logistics and infrastructure to support international trade
- Understanding the global supply landscape and current infrastructure to support trading
- What gaps are there in infrastructure across the supply chain that hinder efficient trade?
- Where do we see new US cargos going?
- What investments need to take place to aid gasoline flows?
  • 16:10
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  • 16:40
  • Investments in storage to increase gasoline capacity and meet the needs of the market
- What are the needs of the market in regards to gasoline storage tanks?
- Reviewing the current global storage landscape
- Developing a global network of terminals and storage to improve the supply chain
- Investments in storage tanks and improving flexibility

EU roadmap for curbing emissions and increasing the usage of bio-components

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  • 09:40
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  • 10:10
  • Reviewing EU targets for decarbonising transport fuels and standards on gasoline blending
- How can the industry promote gasoline as a safe option to decarbonise transport fuels?
- What is the future of gasoline blending in light of changing bio-mandates?
- What measures are being taken to improve gasoline blending?
- How can the gasoline and renewables industries work more closely?
- What are the incentives to move to ETBE blends over ethanol blends?
- What is the future for biofuels and will there be an ethanol blending cap?
  • 10:10
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  • 10:40
  • Panel discussion: Global mandates and regulations on bio-component blends in gasoline
- What new regulations and policies do we see coming into force in the next two years?
- How should refineries and blenders adapt to new policies on blending?
- Which European policies will drive demand for ethanol blending of E10?
- Producing ethers and synthetic gasoline as an alternative to switching to E10
- What E10 compatibility challenges do blenders face?
  • 10:40
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  • 11:10
  • Morning coffee and networking

Blender’s perspective and economics

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  • 11:10
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  • 11:40
  • A blender’s perspective: Identifying the right blends to improve margins
- Reviewing the growing demand for ethanol for gasoline blending
- What investments need to be made to adapt units and technologies for blending?
- Exploring best practice with calculating economics and decision making
- Understanding growing demand for blended products
  • 11:40
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  • 12:20
  • 360° panel debate: Exploring the economics of blending and finding the right composition
- What drives the choice of products used for blending?
- What is the optimal composition of components at current price levels?
- Understanding the challenge of gas and how much ethanol you would consider adding?
- What penalties could companies face for not complying to EU standards for bioethanol blends?
- How are refineries becoming more attuned to becoming a gasoline blender?
- What are the best economic factors for blending?

Testing and inspection

Start End
  • 14:00
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  • Close of main conference
  • 12:20
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  • 12:50
  • Testing your fuel to meet quality standards
- Understanding the importance of fuel testing as a risk management service
- Specification testing to a wide variety of fuel standards including EN228
- Establishing an effective fuel compliance programme with inspections and reporting systems
- Case study: Testing sulphur and gasoline grades delivered to Africa
  • 12:20
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  • 12:50
  • Networking lunch