09 September - 11 September 2019
Houston, Texas, US

Argus Methanol Forum

Welcome day and reception

Start End
  • 14:00
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  • 17:00
  • Registration opens
  • 17:00
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  • 19:00
  • Welcome reception- Sponsored by Southern Chemical Corporation

Conference day 1

Start End
  • 07:00
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  • 09:00
  • Breakfast and registration
  • 09:00
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  • 09:10
  • Welcome and opening remarks
  • 09:10
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  • 09:40
  • Keynote address
  • 9:40
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  • 10:10
  • The current state of global crude, the major issues affecting the industry:
  • How is the increase in shale crude production impacting the global market?
  • What geopolitical constraints are having the largest effect on global trade flows?
  • How are IMO regulations impacting refiners’ crude slate decisions?
  • 10:10
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  • 10:40
  • The bright burning future of natural gas markets:
  • What are the geopolitical factors affecting global LNG supply?
  • What does abundance in US supply mean for the market?
  • What new technologies and adaptations are on the horizon for natural gas?
  • 10:40
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  • 11:15
  • Morning break- Sponsored by Johnson Matthey
  • 11:15
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  • 11:45
  • The drivers affecting the global olefins market: Jimmy Levine - VP Ethylene and Derivatives, Argus
  • What challenges and opportunities exist in the global olefins market?
  • Global ethylene and products trade flows, who is the largest supplier and what is driving demand?
  • Propylene growth balance, what impacts will recycling have on production?

 

  • 11:45
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  • 12:30
  • Global methanol supply and demand trends: Dave McCaskill - VP Methanol & Derivatives Services, Argus
  • Description of regions increasing and decreasing methanol production and why?
  • Anticipated demand for methanol in the coming 3-5 years.
  • The future of methanol, and industries to watch new developments in.
  • 12:30
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  • 13:00
  • Methanol as an energy source: a new market for methanol:
  • What government incentives exist to promote the growth and adoption of methanol fueled industrial boilers?
  • What regions will see the largest adoption growth?
  • What is the cost associated with retrofitting a methanol boiler, what is the ROI?
  • 13:00
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  • 14:30
  • Networking lunch- Sponsored by OCI
  • 14:30
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  • 15:00
  • Can you handle the heat? The future of methanol cookstoves: Harry Stokes - Executive Director, Project Gaia
  • What competitive advantage do methanol cook stoves have when compared to more traditional fuel sources like LPG and coal?
  • What regions will drive adoption growth and why?
  • How will current supply chains adapt to meet new demand?
  • 15:00
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  • 15:30
  • India, the new China of methanol?
  • What does and Indian transition to a “methanol Economy” mean for global trade flows and prices?
  • In the face of Iranian sanctions, who will meet India’s demand?
  • What sectors will be the first to drive Indian demand growth?
  • 15:30
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  • 16:00
  • In-between two giants- meeting SE Asian demand:
  • Will inter-regional suppliers be able to meet SE Asian hunger in the short and long term as India and China’s demand is also projected to increase?
  • Will increased intraregional production be enough to meet demand?
  • What countries in the region are best positioned to weather methanol shortages and which will have more difficulties?
  • 16:00
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  • 16:30
  • Afternoon break- Sponsored by Haldor Topsøe
  • 16:30
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  • 17:00
  • European methanol markets- mirroring the continent’s GDP growth:
  • How is new production offsetting imports in Europe?
  • What changes will we see to European flows?
  • How might dwindling Chinese MTO demands impact European prices?

 

  • 17:00
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  • 17:30
  • US sanctions on Iran- How is Iranian production coping?
  • How can Iran remain competitive in the face of sanctions, and how is the world responding?
  • What realistic outputs can be expected from Iran?
  • How are how are banking and currency restrictions affecting buyers?
  • 17:30
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  • 19:00
  • Evening reception

Conference day 2

Start End
  • 07:00
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  • 09:00
  • Registration and breakfast
  • 09:00
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  • 09:30
  • China’s ever-growing methanol demand: Ken Yin - Director Strategic Support, Founder
  • Will the next driver of Chinese methanol demand be fuel? What is its projected growth?
  • Insights on Chinese methanol balance.
  • Will China continue to maintain its methanol growth?

  • 09:30
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  • 10:00
  • China’s MTO survival: Becky Zhang - Editor Olefins and Methanol, Argus
  • A deeper look at Chinese MTO production and progression of new and existing projects.
  • How are existing MTOs surviving in the face of fierce competition from new naphtha/ ethane crackers?
  • What opportunities exist for foreign investment?
  • 10:00
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  • 10:30
  • The future of China’s M100: Alicia Yuan - China President, IGP
  • What is the scalability of Methanol-fueled fleets?
  • Will current supply chains be able to keep up with new growth?
  • What government incentives exist to help boost Methanol’s appeal with consumers?
  • 10:30
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  • 11:00
  • Networking break
  • 11:00
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  • 11:30
  • US market breakdown- understanding North American trade flows:
  • An understanding of the factors behind US methanol pricing and volumes in the market.
  • Regions where production is expected to increase and decrease.
  • Learn which new players/ projects coming online will have the largest impact on trade flows.
  • 11:30
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  • 12:15
  • Panel discussion: An outside perspective on marine fuels- Can methanol compete?
  • What makes methanol an attractive marine fuel?
  • Can Methanol realistically change the marine fuel market? How much of the market can methanol conquer?
  • What barriers to entry and competition does Methanol face as an alternative marine fuel?
  • 12:15
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  • 12:45
  • Sustainable methanol production- the future of methanol supply:
  • How are companies using sustainable sources to produce renewable methanol?
  • How can renewable methanol production change the production market?
  • What is the projected growth of the renewable methanol market in the next 10 years?
  • 12:45
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  • 14:00
  • Closing lunch- Sponsored by G2X
  • 14:00
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  • Conference concludes