12 9月 - 14 9月 2022
In-person: Houston, Texas, US

Argus Methanol Forum

Welcome day and reception

Start End
  • 16:00
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  • 17:00
  • Registration opens
  • 17:00
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  • 19:00
  • Welcome reception

Conference day 1

Start End
  • 07:30
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  • 09:00
  • Breakfast and registration
  • 09:00
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  • 09:10
  • Chairperson’s introduction and opening remarks Dave McCaskill - VP Methanol & Derivatives Services, Argus 
  • 09:10
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  • 09:50
  • How inflationary pressures and geopolitical tensions are affecting macro-economy and the global energy market - Argus and Rice University's Baker Institute

What is the situation? Inflationary pressures on GDP and consumer spending.
Where will gas be plentiful and where will it be scarce? What does this mean for price?
Energy security versus energy transition. Is this going to accelerate or decelerate transition and what does that mean?

 

David Fyfe, Chief Economist, Argus
Kenneth Medlock, Senior Director, Rice University’s Baker Institute. 

  • 09:50
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  • 10:30
  • How is inflation impacting methanol projects around the world?
How has the increase in natural gas prices changed the economics of methanol plants and how has this affected current and future projects? How will plants recover?
What strategies and technologies are methanol manufacturers implementing in response to Covid-19 and inflation-related challenges within the industry?
Due to existing technologies not being scaled up to commercial levels in small-scale methanol plants, what risks do small-scale plants face? 
 
  • 10:30
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  • 11:15
  • Coffee Break
  • 11:15
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  • 12:00
  • Global methanol outlook: What will the methanol market look like in the next 5-10 years? Dave McCaskill - VP Methanol & Derivatives Services, Argus
What impact is the Russia-Ukraine conflict having on trade flows? What are the implications for the rest of the methanol market?
What is the overall supply and demand outlook? 
What is the future for industry pricing over the next few years?
  • 12:00
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  • 12:20
  • Methanol as a future proof fuel: A look into the different avenues of methanol Greg Dolan - Chief Executive, Methanol Institute

What is the forecasted growth in methanol’s application as a transportation fuel? 
Will methanol for cookstoves and boilers remain a niche market?
Could methanol become a universal fuel for future fuel cells and other applications?

  • 12:20
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  • Networking lunch
  • 12:45
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  • 13:15
  • An exploration of new applications of methanol which are emerging with technological innovations - Kaizen Clean Energy, Air Company, ControlRooms.ai

A series of short product-related presentations by innovative companies sharing their latest technologies. This will be held in the networking area during the lunch break.

Methanol as a hydrogen carrier fuel for marine and road transport applications.
• Production of e-methanol using only captured carbon dioxide, water, and renewable electricity with zero waste
Computer machine learning for the safe operation of methanol plants 

 

Speakers

Robert Meaney, Co-founder, Kaizen Clean Energy
Cory Phillips, Director of Engineering, Air Company 
Omar Talib, President, ControlRooms.ai

  • 13:30
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  • 14:30
  • Key methanol derivative interviews: Meet representatives from formaldehyde, MTBE, acetic acid and biodiesel producers - Petronas and Argus

10 minute presentations followed by 5-minute interviews with representatives from each derivative, finishing with an audience Q&A with all participants. 

How is the formaldehyde sector coming out of the pandemic? What other applications for formaldehyde could be explored?
What are the offshore drivers of MTBE? What are the fuel price value drivers?
What is acetic acid’s growth potential? What challenges will the acetic acid market face in the future?
What is the impact of the rise of renewable diesel on biodiesel and how is that going to impact methanol production? What are the feedstock economics? 

 

Speakers

Shahrom Yusuf, Head Marketing and Sales, Petronas
Roel Salazar, Chemicals Consultant, Argus 
Moderator: Dave McCaskill, VP Methanol & Derivatives Services, Argus 

  • 14:30
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  • 15:15
  • Facilitating the transition to renewable methanol; an enabler for carbon neutrality

A forecast of renewable methanol production and cost competitiveness: how can renewable methanol production scale up and become economically viable? 
The benefits and challenges of the two low carbon routes to methanol: Hydrogen and biomass-based methanol. 
How can we guarantee systematic investment through the value chain, including technology development, infrastructure, and deployment? 
  • 15:15
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  • 16:00
  • Investigating the carbon intensity of different methanol production pathways - Argonne National Lab
  • What's the life cycle carbon assessment of green, blue, and grey methanol?
  • Green and blue methanol demand forecasts. What government incentives are on the horizon for green methanol?
  • Is green fuel more stable than fossil fuels and what is the value long term of green fuels?

 

Speakers

Michael Wang, Director of the Systems Assessment Centre of the Energy Systems Division,  Argonne National Lab

  • 16:00
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  • 16:30
  • Afternoon Coffee Break
  • 16:30
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  • 17:15
  • Waste to methanol: Is a circular economy possible and what does that mean for the methanol industry?
  • A comparison of the different processes for making sustainable methanol. What are the costs associated with sustainable methanol? How will this play a key role in achieving emission reduction goals?
  • Will there be an increase in regulatory requirements in the methanol industry, in the same way that is starting to take shape with plastic cycle content? How will this impact methanol derivative production?
  • How can we scale up the technology and infrastructure of these low carbon projects?


  • 17:15
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  • 17:25
  • Chairperson’s closing remarks Dave McCaskill - VP Methanol & Derivatives Services, Argus 
  • 17:25
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  • 19:30
  • Drinks Reception

Conference day 2

Start End
  • 08:00
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  • 08:55
  • Registration
  • 09:00
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  • 09:10
  • Chairperson’s opening remarks Dave McCaskill - VP Methanol & Derivative Services
  • 09:10
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  • 10:00
  • Spotlight session: What does the future look like for methanol as a marine bunker fuel? - Maersk and Sea-LNG

Is methanol the preferred alternative marine fuel? Analysing green methanol, green ammonia and LNG. 
The pathways to zero carbon shipping: short, medium, and long-term solutions.
Are zero-emission targets realistic and what role will national government and International Maritime Organization regulation play in increasing the use of methanol as a marine fuel? 

Speakers

Pernille Olsen, Senior Business Development Manager Decarbonisation, Maersk
Adi Aggarwal, General Manager, Sea-LNG

  • 10:00
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  • 10:45
  • Decarbonising the shipping supply chain and prospects for collaboration: Logistical, technological, and financial challenges - Maritime Partners LLC
A port perspective: What future fuels they will be able to bunker at ports? How are ports being prepared and how can methanol be safely stored? 
What needs to be considered for retrofits and newbuilds?
Methanol as a way to decarbonise inland waterways in the US. What new regulatory or market-based incentives are on the rise?
 

Speakers

Beau Berthelot, Director of Alternative Fuels, Maritime Partners LLC

  • 10:45
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  • 11:30
  • Coffee Break
  • 11:30
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  • 12:00
  • China’s supply and demand outlook: Will they continue to dominate the methanol market? Leanne Tan - Associate Editor, Argus
How has China’s zero Covid policy affected methanol supply and demand, focusing on the slowing down of China’s economic growth and the impact this has had on methanol demand
What will the future hold for China's methanol to olefins demand? Will growth continue at a steady pace, or is the sector facing shrinking consumption? 
How will other Asia-Pacific markets navigate ever-evolving shifts in consumption and trade-flow patterns?
  • 12:00
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  • 12:45
  • China’s energy transition: Is China truly shifting from coal to natural gas as their feedstock and how will this impact the global economy? - IGP Methanol
Can China meet its climate targets? What will this mean for the methanol industry?
What is China doing in the short to medium-term from a supply and demand perspective? Is methanol growing in other spaces, such as fuel blending, or is it only growing in the GDP space? 
How will China’s development of renewable technologies and electrolyser impact traditional methanol demand? 
 

 

Speakers

James Lamoureaux, Chief Executive, IGP Methanol

 
  • 12:45
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  • Chairperson's closing remarks