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Agenda Overview

Pre-conference: Sunday, October 14, 2018

3:00PM Pre-conference registration and networking

Collect your conference materials from 3pm and join old friends and new contacts for refreshments in our Meeting Hub

6:00PM Ice-breaker drinks reception at the Camp Nou Football Stadium

Network in style at the welcome drinks reception held at the world famous Camp Nou Football Stadium 

8:15PM Bus departs back to the Pullman Skipper

Day 1: Monday, October 15, 2018

7:45AM Breakfast briefing: The Thermal Coal Market to 2030

07:45: Understanding Chinese energy and coal supply-side policy in the long-term

Lize Wan, Coal Analyst, CRU 

08:05:  Opportunities and threats to the coal industry from new technology and government policies

Will Ayre, Consultant, CRU

08:25: How does future coal supply compare with expected demand and what does this mean for long-term prices?

Adam Parums, Senior Coal Analyst, CRU

9:00AM Opening remarks
9:10AM Pricing analysis and forecast
  • How will the pricing develop over the next 4 quarters?
  • Key trends dominating price movements
Adam Parums, Senior Coal Analyst, CRU International Ltd
9:40AM Coal market outlook and European gas price overview
  • Factors that impacted coal price in 2017 & 2018
  • Potential price drivers in the short term
  • China Hydropower – Correlation to coal usage
  • Potential Weather impacts
  • Global Coal Near-term outlook
  • European gas price drivers and impact on coal
Vishal Thiruvedula, Senior Analyst, Refinitiv
10:10AM Keynote Presentation: The global energy market 2018 and beyond
  • Coal projects investment in emerging coal consumption countries 
  • Will coal price in international market continue to increase?
  • Position of coal in world energy mix
  • Emerging coal demand from APAC and the Middle East
Carlos Fernandez Alvarez, Senior Coal Analyst, International Energy Agency
10:40AM Networking coffee break
11:20AM API2 futures forecast for 2019
Frank Brannvoll, Energy Advisor to Cimeurope, Brannvoll ApS
11:40AM Global projects update – where are the opportunities?
  • What is coming online? What are their requirements? Where are they?
  • Which projects are being close or suspended and what will be the impacts of this?
  • Timescale for Europe’s adjustment to other energy sources
Franz-Josef Wodopia, Managing Director, Coal Importers Association
12:00PM Panel discussion: European buyer’s perspective
  • Enforcement of EU 2030 targets and practical impact on utility buying patterns
  • What are Poland’s concessions to the agreement and how much flexibility do power plants have?
  • Has this affected the coal qualities in demand?
  • Steel procurement strategies and metallurgical coal demand outlook
  • Changes to coal specification regulations in Turkey – how far will this open up the import market?
Yevgeny Shmakov, Director of Marketing and Purchasing Strategy, Metinvest Holding LLC
Torsten Oster, Head Of Group Energy Purchasing, HeidelbergCement AG
Yahdian Falah, Senior Manager Coal Analysis, EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG
12:40PM Networking lunch
2:00PM Asia in focus


  • Supply side and policy developments facing Indian imports
  • How much demand for thermal coal are we likely to see from Indian power over the next year?
  • Opportunities in South East Asia – new projects and demand forecast
  • A changing landscape for Indonesian coal exports – what does this mean for the buyers?  
Ashish Navaney, Head - Sourcing And Freight, Tata International Limited
2:40PM Panel discussion: The growing opportunities in the Middle East
  • An overview of Egyptian cement production and growth prospects
  • How many countries are making the switch to coal?
  • Middle East imports– who are the new players?
  • The increased use of petcoke in the region – challenges and opportunities
  • Changes to coal specification regulations in Turkey – how far will this open up the import market?
  • Outlook for Middle Eastern steel production and metcoal demand
Guillaume Perret, Director, PERRET ASSOCIATES LTD
Mohamed Kamel, Procurement Manager, Asec Menya Cement
Waleed Abouraya, President & Ceo, MEBPC
Dr. Sirri Uyanik, CEO, Iskenderun Enerji Uretim ve Ticaret AS
3:20PM Networking coffee break
4:20PM Anthracite demand and price analysis
  • Main factors and indicators influencing the price of anthracite
  • Where are current demands for anthracite in Europe heading?
  • Update on quantities of Russian imports and future forecast
Andrey Tarasko, Deputy General Manager International Sales Department, JSC Siberian Anthracite
4:40PM Metcoal demand and pricing
  • How is the market looking at the moment in terms of demand for metcoal in Europe?
  • Steel production outlook in Europe and beyond
Alexander Griffiths, Commodities Analyst- Iron Ore And Steel Specialist, Wood Mackenzie
5:00PM Closing remarks and end of day one
5:10PM Networking drinks reception

Day 2: Tuesday, October 16, 2018

9:30AM Opening remarks
9:40AM Why a responsible coal mining supply chain matters in a decarbonizing world
  • What does a responsible coal supply chain look like and what is the support available to end users to ensure this?
  • The role of new technologies in ensuring responsible coal use
Anne-Claire Howard, Executive Director, Bettercoal
10:00AM IMO 2020 – the impact of the new regulations on the dry bulk freight market
  • What do the new rules mean for the coal supply chain?
Alfredo Parroquin Ohlsson, Head, Cargoes and Technical Cooperation Coordination, IMO
10:30AM Freight rate forecast
  • What is the current fleet supply/demand balance and where will it be headed over the next six quarters?
  • How will this impact freight rates?
  • Impact of seasonality on rates – when to build up inventory?
  • What are the fundamental drivers of freight market dynamics?
Peter Lindström, Head of Klaveness Research, Torvald Klaveness
11:00AM Networking coffee break
11:40AM Financialisation of the coal market
  • How the high volume of financial trading can affect the physical market
Georgi Slavov, Head of Research, Marex Spectron Group
12:00PM An outlook for coal in the American energy mix

• An overview of the coal market in the Americas
• Analysing the USA’s current and future energy mix and its impact on USA coal production
• Two Latin American cases: Chile and Dominican Republic

Victor Valenzuela, Director - Global Fuels and Freight, The AES Corporation
12:20PM Closing remarks
12:30PM Networking lunch and close of conference