10 June - 11 June 2020
Athens, Greece

Argus Mediterranean Solid & Alternative Fuels Conference

Day One

Start End
  • 08:30
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  • 09:30
  • Registration and welcome refreshments
  • 09:30
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  • 09:40
  • Opening remarks and antitrust reminder by Chairperson

The current climate: A global overview of the solid fuels sector in Europe

Start End
  • 09:40
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  • 10:10
  • Global & European solid fuels markets: What to expect in the new decade
  • What’s driving the petcoke markets as we move to the next decade?
  • The markets in a world of political and economic uncertainty
  • Asia’s position as the key global consumer – is growth assured? 
  • 10:10
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  • 10:40
  • Will the cement sector continue to fuel the coal and petcoke markets?
  • Current solid fuel demand from the cement sector in the Med region
  • Factors affecting a cement producer’s choice of solid fuels
  • The role of alternative fuels in the cement sector
  • 10:40
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  • 11:10
  • Powering past coal: The role of utilities and power companies in Europe’s solid fuel energy shift
  • The economics of different fuel types for the power sector
  • Will coal continue to be a significant player in future energy mixes?
  • Supply and policy developments impacting the use of traditional fuels
  • 11:10
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  • 11:55
  • Networking break

Efficiency & the role of technology in fuel selection: Coal, coke & waste derived fuels

Start End
  • 11:55
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  • 12:40
  • Interactive panel discussion: Coal vs coke vs waste derived fuels
  • Value vs cost of competing fuels
  • Evaluating the demand for RDF & SRF in the region - short term expectations
  • What are the key obstacles to overcome to deliver a successful switch to more sustainable fuel sources?
  • 12:40
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  • 13:05
  • Wasting away: The realities and risks of using waste derived fuels in the cement sector
  • The future of cement production technologies and impact on alternative fuel usage
  • Understanding fuel quality requirements
  • What are the key obstacles to overcome to deliver a successful switch to more sustainable fuel sources?
  • 13:05
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  • 13:30
  • Embracing change: Will emerging technologies hinder or prolong coal’s dominance in the cement and power sector?
  • Is technology making coal-fired plants more environmentally compatible?
  • Are new technologies really fast-tracking the use of renewables?
  • What does clean energy look like in the future?
  • 13:30
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  • 15:00
  • Networking lunch

Workshop

Start End
  • 15:00
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  • 16:00
  • Understanding the dynamics of waste related fuels in the cement sector – Part1
  • Understanding the RDF & SRF markets as they go from being extremely local to regional 
  • Fuel utilisation and profitability
  • 16:00
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  • 16:30
  • Networking break
  • 16:30
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  • 17:30
  • Understanding the dynamics of waste related fuels in the cement sector – Part 2
  • Best practises in efficient alternative fuel utilisation
  • Case studies from the cement sector
  • 18:00
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  • 20:00
  • Networking drinks reception

Day Two

Start End
  • 08:30
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  • 09:30
  • Registration and welcome refreshments
  • 09:30
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  • 09:40
  • Opening remarks and antitrust reminder by Chairperson

Complications ahead for the coal sector: What to expect in the 2020’s

Start End
  • 09:40
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  • 10:10
  • New opportunities for coal: Upcoming shifts in demand and impact on trade flows
  • Growth markets for coal – will Asia alone continue to drive demand?
  • Development of new export terminals on trade flows
  • Exploring the competitiveness of coal by region of export
  • 10:40
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  • 11:10
  • The rise and rise of Russia: A view to 2025
  • Is Russian coal a reliable alternative for the Mediterranean?
  • How is quality and pricing impacting the use of Russian coal in the region?
  • Investment in overland and seaborne export terminals
  • 11:10
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  • 11:40
  • Networking break
  • 11:40
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  • 12:10
  • Coal to gas switching: Evaluating the options
  • What role does the policy & regulatory environment play?
  • Cost competitiveness and the implications for global coal and gas prices
  • Is a phase-out of coal imminent?
  • 12:10
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  • 12:50
  • Interactive panel discussion: Purchasing strategies in the Mediterranean cement and power sectors
  • What is the interaction between gas, coal and coke in the Med?
  • Unlocking opportunities in North Africa – the future of fuel requirements in Egypt and Morocco
  • What role will end-users play in the pace of Europe’s solid fuels energy shift?
  • 12:50
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  • 13:35
  • Workshop: IMO, freight rates and the dry bulk sector: Forecast vs reality
  • A closer look of the dry bulk markets in the aftermath of IMO 2020
  • What are the real and expected consequences of IMO on freight rates and vessel availability?
  • Potential impact of shifting demand patterns on a regional and global scale
  • 13:35
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  • 13:40
  • Closing remarks by chairperson
  • 13:40
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  • 15:00
  • Networking lunch and end of conference