29 октября - 31 октября 2019
Copenhagen, Denmark

Argus Biomass Nordics and Baltics

Assessing key biomass drivers in the Nordics and Baltics

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  • 08:00
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  • 09:30
  • Registration and morning refreshments
  • 09:30
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  • 09:40
  • Chairperson’s opening remarks and antitrust reminder Freddie Staermose - Vice President - Generation Fuels & Dry Bulks, Argus
  • 09:30
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  • 10:00
  • Keynote speech: Understanding price drivers and volatility in the wood pellet market and perspectives to other fuels Anders Fenger - Senior Business Analyst, Ørsted
  • Exploring statistics, seasonality, correlations and other characteristics of wood pellet prices and volatility
  • Understanding explanatory factors driving wood pellet prices and volatility
  • Assessing wood pellet prices in relation to alternative fuels including wood chips, straw, coal, CO2 and gas
  • 10:00
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  • 10:50
  • Live polling - Utility keynote panel discussion: Reviewing demand drivers in the region and exploring new sourcing strategies Ørsted, Hofor, Danpower Eesti
  • Where do we see demand increasing for biomass across the region?
  • Which new regions are emerging as sourcing potential including Russia, Poland and Belarus?
  • What are the trends with smaller CHPs converting to wood chips and the impact on supply and demand balances?

Moderator:

Gilles Gauthier, Certification Director, Bioenergy Europe 

Panellists:

Søren Alsing, Head of Fuel, Ørsted 
Michael Schytz, Head of Fuel and Logistics, Hofor 
Juhan Aguraiuja, Head of Project Development, Danpower Eesti 


  • 10:50
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  • 11:30
  • Morning coffee and networking

Re-balancing the raw material and biomass supply demand landscape

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  • 11:30
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  • 12:00
  • Identifying the role of the Nordics and Baltics in a European and global perspective April Poore - Acting Editor, Argus
  • How the pellet and wood chip markets are evolving in the Nordics and Baltics
  • Which new suppliers to Europe are emerging including the US and Russia?
  • How do large biomass consumers outside of the region view the Nordics and Baltics?

  • 12:00
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  • 12:40
  • Producer panel discussion: Adapting to a new raw material landscape and coping with volatility Ekman

Focusing on the availability of sawdust, roundwood, hardwood and fibre in the region and beyond, the affect on premium and industrial pellet supply, and the impact volatility has had on prices

  • How will producers adapt to tight balances and availability of raw materials?
  • How is the premium market affected by the lack of sawdust?
  • What is the impact of more roundwood exports to Scandinavia have on the sawmills?
  • Will the abundance of hardwood over softwood increase industrial pellet production in the future?

Panellists:

Arnold Dale, Vice President Bioenergy, Ekman

  • 12:40
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  • 14:10
  • Networking lunch
  • 14:10
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  • 14:40
  • Exploring the key drivers behind the increasing interest in waste fuels including capacity, costs and pricing Lauma Kazuša - Head of Market Analysis, SUEZ Trading Europe
  • How the waste fuel user landscape is changing from utilities and heating networks to integrated industrial users
  • Understanding regulatory challenges – permits, trade restrictions
  • Is the trend spreading further East including Russia and Belarus?

Pricing, spot market, indexes and trading

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  • 14:40
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  • 15:10
  • Trading biomass as a commodity and creating increase transparency within the market
  • Looking at the need for transparency and how this is driving trading activities
  • Understanding how fundamental commodity markets work
  • What have been the parameters for driving up the price in the past?
  • 15:10
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  • 15:40
  • Afternoon coffee and networking

Overcoming raw material quality issues and biomass certification

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  • 15:40
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  • 16:10
  • Case study: Changing sourcing strategies for biomass and quality checking Thomas Trebbien - Sales Manager, Blue Point Pellets
  • Identifying new sources of varying quality and certification
  • Looking at ways to explore what species work and what doesn’t
  • Adapting facilities to take in new feed and investing in testing
  • 16:30
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  • 17:00
  • Understanding the implementation of the SBP system and the implications across the value chain Carsten Huljus - Chief Executive Officer, SBP
  • Exploring the strategy review – certification requirements across the value chain
  • What are the best practices to meet SBP requirements with multiple suppliers?
  • Meeting SBP requirements and retaining high quality of biomass material
  • 16:40
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  • 17:00
  • Chairperson’s closing remarks Freddie Staermose - Vice President - Generation Fuels & Dry Bulks, Argus
  • 17:00
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  • Networking drinks party
Continue your networking informally into the evening during the drink’s reception. Venue TBC 

Addressing the need for improved logistics and storage solutions

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  • 09:40
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  • 10:20
  • Panel discussion: Adapting supply chain strategies based on regional infrastructure SCANDBIO

Exploring solutions to security of supply and financial responsibilities

  • What does the current storage landscape look like in the Nordics and Baltics?
  • How important are stockpiles for back-up in case of future lack of supply?
  • What investments are being made to improve infrastructure?

Moderator:

Panellists:

Claus Mogensen, Country Manager, Denmark, SCANDBIO

  • 10:20
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  • 10:50
  • What’s the capacity and availability of coasters – who will stay in the region? Sasja Christensen - Research Manager - Dry Bulk, Maersk Broker
  • The place of biomass within dry bulk freight market
  • Assessing seasonality in freight markets
  • How are freight rates developing over short-term horizon?
  • 10:50
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  • 11:20
  • Morning coffee and networking

Stream 1: Wood chip stream

Increasing use of wood chips in the heating market

Start End
  • 11:40
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  • 12:10
  • Case study: Key sourcing challenges for a mid-sized company building a new biomass plant and learning from experiences Erik Werner Keis - Head of Energy Planning, Helsingor Utilities
  • Exploring the first major plant and expanding the sourcing pool to meet wood chip demand
  • Creating a long-term plan for sourcing and overcoming challenges with suppliers and dealers
  • Handling logistics, storage and transportation with an electronic element and controls
  • 11:50
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  • 12:20
  • Case study: Building a district heating network in the Estonia and looking at increasing consumption Juhan Aguraiuja - Head of Project Development, Danpower Eesti
  • Key drivers towards usage of wood chips and expectations of growing demand
  • Exploring investments in additional and reserved capacity to improve plant efficiencies
  • Implementing new digital technologies for better utilisation of data
  • 12:20
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  • 13:50
  • Networking lunch
  • 13:50
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  • 14:20
  • Exploring biomass market developments and regulations in Poland Patryk Dunal, Małgorzata Jędrychowska, - Head of Biomass Procurement, Enea, Director Market Ops. Department, Enea
  • Enea’s view on the Polish market
  • Reviewing Polish regulation regarding biomass
  • Support scheme for Energy & Heat production from biomass

Utilising waste wood

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  • 14:30
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  • 15:00
  • Technical advancements to convert wood chips to wood pellets
  • The growing utilisation of wood chips for pellet production
  • What technologies are available for pellet production?
  • Identifying the economic value gains

Stream 2: Wood pellet stream

A closer look at the premium pellet market

Start End
  • 11:40
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  • 12:10
  • An overview of how the premium pellet supply demand is changing
  • Assessing the future availability of raw materials for premium pellets
  • How has increased premium pellet prices impacted supply demand dynamics?
  • What’s the future of premium pellets in the region?

Security of wood pellet supply

Start End
  • 11:50
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  • 12:20
  • Case study: Increasing capacity and production to meet growing demand
  • Investing in new units to increase pellet production
  • How will the increase in pellet production affect supply?
  • How much will be exported compared with used domestically?
  • 12:20
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  • 13:50
  • Networking lunch
  • 13:50
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  • 14:20
  • Case study: Investing in the storage landscape for security of premium pellet supply into Europe Michael Christensen - Chief Operations Officer, CM Biomass
  • Operating global storage facilities
  • Improving security of supply for the pellet industry
  • Taking a look at new investments in Savannah and how this can impact the European market
  • 14:20
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  • 14:50
  • Case study: Sourcing wood from new regions for pellet production
  • Identifying new sources of varying quality and certification
  • Looking at ways to explore what species work and what doesn’t
  • Adapting facilities to take in new feed and investing in testing
  • 14:50
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  • 14:50
  • Afternoon coffee and networking

Interactive roundtables

Start End
  • 15:20
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  • 16:00
  • Interactive roundtables

Join 10-15 peers with the same business ideas and strategies as you, and explore in small groups the answer to one of the below topics. Led by an industry thought-leader.

Roundtable 1: Contracts – how can these be better drafted? Borrowing lessons from other liquid commodity markets

Roundtable 2: What’s the future of alternative biomass including agriculture?


Roundtable 3: Sourcing wood chips from new regions

Led by: Jamie Aldridge, Reporter, Argus