25 March - 27 March 2019
Muscat, Oman

Argus Middle East Fertilizer

  • 08:30
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  • 18:00
  • Registration and exhibition area open
  • 10:50
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  • 11.00
Chairperson’s welcome remarks
  • 11:00
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  • 11:30
  • Global sulphur market overview Claira Lloyd - Editor – Sulphur, Argus

International trade flows 
Demand drivers

New projects 
  • 11:30
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  • 12:00
  • Sulphur production developments in the Middle East Dr Evgenia Apostolopoulou - Marketing Executive – Fertilizers, Qatar Chemical and Petrochemical Marketing and Distribution Company (Muntajat)

- Regional production trends
- International supply and demand trends
- Gas production developments 

- Outlook for 2019


  • 12:00
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  • 12:30
  • Impacts of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) limit Christophe Barret - Senior Oil Analyst, International Energy Agency (IEA)
  • How does the IMO limit impact the oil market?
  • What does this mean for ship owners?    
  • Expectations for 2020
  • 12:30
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  • 14:00
  • Networking lunch
  • 14:00
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  • 14:30
  • The changing demand for sulphur in the international market Dr. Sherif El-Gabaly  - Chairman, Polyserve Group
- International supply and demand trends
- Market production capacities
- Existing and future projects

  • 14:30
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  • 15:00
  • The rise in demand for added value sulphur products Cyrille Allais - Sales Manager, Sulphur & Thiogro, ME & Africa, Shell Sulphur Solutions
Product innovations in the industry
The development of speciality products
Market demand and opportunities
  • 15:00
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  • 15:30
  • Urea Ammonium Sulphate (UAS) for meeting sulphur requirements Joey Dobrée - Product Portfolio Manager, Stamicarbon
The influence of UAS on the crop
Application process
International demand for UAS
  • 15:30
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  • 16:00
  • Coffee
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  • 16:00
  • End of forum
  • 17:30
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  • 18:00
  • Speed networking
Bring plenty of business cards and be prepared for 2-minute conversations before the bell rings and you meet someone new. All delegates welcome!
  • 18:00
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  • 20:00
  • Networking reception
  • 08:30
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  • 18:00
  • Registration and exhibition open
  • 09:20
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  • 12:30
  • Plenary session – Middle East fertilizer market update
  • 09:20
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  • 09:30
  • Chairperson’s welcome remarks Carl Roache - Editor, Manager – Asia, Argus
 
  • 09:30
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  • 10:00
  • Welcome address: Agricultural developments in Oman
  • Policy update
  • Food production development
  • Agricultural developments and growth potential
  • 10:00
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  • 10:30
  • Keynote Address: An overview of the Middle East fertilizer market
  • Global position
  • Regional challenges for producers
  • Product capacities
  • Opportunities for 2019
  • 10:30
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  • 11:00
  • Urea production in the Middle East and new trade flows Steve Mitchell - Editor – Nitrogen, Argus
  • Production capacities
  • Distribution routes
  • New projects
  • 11:00
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  • 11:30
  • Coffee
  • 11:30
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  • 11:50
  • Potash capacities in Jordan Bishara Sayegh - KEMAPCO, Arab Fertlizers and Chemicals Ind
- SOP, MOP and NOP production capacities
- International demand for SOP
- Market expectations for 2019

  • 11:50
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  • 12:10
  • Regional DAP production update and international demand
  • Strategy update
  • Meeting international demand for phosphates
  • Outlook for the phosphate market
  • 12:10
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  • 12:30
  • Q&A with speakers
  • 12:30
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  • 14:00
  • Networking lunch
  • 14:00
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  • 15:00
  • International demand for fertilizers
  • 14:00
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  • 14:30
  • Serving the African fertilizer market Ashish Lakhotia - CEO - Fertilizers and Agri Inputs, Export Trading Group (ETG)
  • Market dynamics and growth potential
  • Fertilizer trends
  • Distribution, logistics and financial challenges
  • 14:30
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  • 15:00
  • Fertilizer requirements in Pakistan Dr. Abdul Rashid PhD - Editor-in-Chief, Pakistan Academy of Sciences
  • Consumption trends
  • Imports vs exports
  • Market expectations
  • 15:00
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  • 15:30
  • Coffee
  • 15:30
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  • 17:00
  • Agronomic best practices
  • 15:30
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  • 16:00
  • Improving nitrogen efficiency with urease and nitrification inhibitors Matthew Carabott - Head Agronomist Asia, EuroChem Agro Asia
  • Inhibitors for minimising environmental losses
  • Improving crop outputs
  • Market opportunities
  • 16:00
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  • 16:30
  • Improving banana crop growth and yield with NPK’s Rashid Abdullah Al-Yahyai, Ph.D - Associate Professor, Sultan Qaboos University
  • Regional application trends 
  • Finding the right fertilizer balance
  • Improving long-term nutrient efficiency
  • 16:30
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  • 17:00
  • The role of biofertilizers for enhancing date palm crop quality Prof. Dr. Mohammed Refdan Al-Hajhoj - Director, Date Palm Research Center of Excellence (DPRC) - King Faisal University
  • Successful application rates 
  • Factors impacting nutrient uptake
  • Challenges and opportunities for achieving success
  • 17:00
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  • End of presentations
  • 18:00
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  • 20:00
  • Networking reception
  • 08:30
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  • 14:30
  • Registration and exhibition area open
  • 09:20
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  • 09:30
  • Chairperson’s opening remarks
  • 09:30
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  • 10:00
  • Drivers for environmentally friendly production in the industry
Achieving environmental sustainability
The role of better fertilization for increased efficiency
Regional outlook for improving efficiency
  • 09:30
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  • 12:30
  • Technical developments for improving production efficiency

Topics to be discussed during this session include:

- Drivers for environmentally friendly production in the region
- Case study: Large scale urea plant revamp
- Advances in urea process and product technology
- The need for technology advances in the UAE to improve fertilizer production efficiency
   

  • 10:00
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  • 10:30
  • Improving product diversification in the Middle East
  • Demand for high yield crops
  • Using resources efficiently
  • Improving the quality of the product

  • 10:30
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  • 11:00
  • Plant revamping to increase production capacity and optimize energy consumption Nitin Joshi - Licensing Manager, Stamicarbon
  • Technology for enhancing production efficiency
  • Establishing ROI when investing in improvements for energy efficiency
  • Combinations to save energy and increase productivity
  • 11:00
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  • 11:30
  • Coffee
  • 11:30
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  • 12:00
  • Advances in urea process and product technology Mark Brouwer - Owner, UreaKnowHow
  • Establishing ROI and enhanced performance
  • Improving safety, reliability and production efficiency
  • Long term strategies for improving product quality

  • 12:00
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  • 12:30
  • Technology advances in the UAE and the importance for improving production efficiency
  • Introducing innovative solutions for high value crops
  • The importance of investing in R&D for improved production
  • New projects and market outlook
  • 12:30
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  • 14:00
  • Networking lunch
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  • 12:30
  • End of presentations
  • 14:30
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  • End of conference