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Argus Americas Petroleum Coke Summit

The 10th annual Argus Americas Petroleum Coke Summit returns to Houston, 12-14 September 2018. Be part of the largest gathering of senior petroleum coke market participants at the start of the contracting season.

What's in store for 2018

  • Future of US refining and impact to petroleum coke markets
  • India's import demand for high sulphur coke
  • China's demand for low sulphur anode grade coke
  • New supplies emerging and shifting trade flow dynamics
  • Crude dynamics affecting coke quality
    ...and much more! Stay tuned for exciting program announcements

Why attend? 

  • Network: Join more than 300+ participants from the domestic and international petroleum coke market
  • Be where the refiners meet: Meet your supplier base in Houston at the start of the contracting season
  • Market insight: Hear from top market experts and get the tools you need to make intelligent business decisions
  • International attendance: Meet petroleum coke buyers from around the world representing 25+ countries

Companies who attend

  • ADN Energia
  • Al Rajhi Cement
  • Andrew S. McCreath & Son
  • Associated Terminals
  • Bee Carbon Resources
  • Biehl & Co., L.P
  • BP
  • Brenntag
  • Bulk Trading
  • C & C Marketing/Capex
  • Canada-China Energy & Enviro
  • Cascade Resources&Consulting
  • CHS Inc.
  • Coal Pulse USA
  • Coeclerici Commodities
  • Cogar Manufacturing
  • Cooper Consolidated LLC
  • CRH
  • Cristal USA Inc.
  • Dalmia Cement (Bharat) Ltd.
  • Defler Corp.
  • Downstream Advisors
  • DQ Carbon Group LTD
  • Elgin Emtia
  • Elsewedy Cement
  • Elsewedy Industries
  • Energy Coal SPA
  • Essar Oil Limited
  • ExxonMobil
  • First George Oil and Gas
  • Garcia Munte Energia
  • General Steamship Corp., Ltd
  • Guangzhou Fengle Fuel Co Ltd
  • Haldor Topsoe, Inc.
  • HC Trading
  • Heidelberg Cement
  • Hiller Carbon
  • HTS Turkey
  • Impala Terminals Burnside
  • Imperial Technology
  • Inspectorate America Corp
  • Interkarbon
  • International Chemical Comp.
  • International Materials Inc
  • IPAC Chemicals Ltd.
  • JFE Shoji Trade Corporation
  • Kamachi Group
  • Kinder Morgan
  • Koch Carbon LLC
  • Komsa Sarl
  • LafargeHolcim US
  • LBH Group
  • Lhoist SA
  • Liancheng Group
  • Loeffler Engineering Group
  • Lyra Commodities SA
  • M/G Transport Services
  • Magnusson Coke & Minerals
  • Marathon Petroleum Company
  • MID-SHIP Group, LLC
  • Mitsui & Co.
  • Modern Cement & Mining Co.
  • Moffatt & Nichol
  • Motiva Enterprises, LLC
  • Nippon Coke &Engineering USA
  • Norton Lilly International
  • Oxbow
  • Oxbow Calcining
  • PBF Energy
  • Phillips 66
  • Powers Coal and Coke
  • Prism Cement Limited
  • Reliance bulk trading DMCC
  • Robert C Dickie, Consultant
  • Robindale Energy
  • Saif
  • SBC Minerals (P) Ltd.
  • SEEM Consulting LLC
  • Serv Quim Ambientales (SQA)
  • Sri Priyanka Agro Enterprises(Geo Min Commodities)
  • SIAM City Cement Public Co.
  • Sichuan Liancheng Petrochem
  • Swiss Singapore Overseas
  • T. Parker Host
  • TCP Petcoke
  • Thyssenkrupp Steel Europe AG
  • Total
  • Tradewinds Petrotrade LLC
  • Trammo, Inc.
  • Transenergy
  • Transmarine
  • Tricon Energy
  • Triorient LLC
  • UBE America
  • Union Pacific Railroad
  • Vantage Point Group Holding
  • Vertigo Impex Pvt. Ltd.
  • Votorantim
  • Votorantim Cement Trading
  • Wes Hiller Trading & Consult
  • Wuhan Chosen Industry&Trade
  • Xcoal Energy & Resources
...and many more!


Registration to be open soon

Registration Pricing:

Pre-registration (by July 13, 2018) $1495 
Early registration (July 14, 2018 - August 10, 2018) $1795 
 Standard registration (After August 10, 2018) 
 Onsite rate $2195

For group rates please contact us at:
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*Fees include participation in all sessions, conference luncheon/reception, coffee breaks, continental breakfast and one set of conference documentation per person. Travel and accommodation costs are not included.

Terms and Conditions

View the conference booking terms and conditions here.

Antitrust Compliance Reminder

Argus takes compliance with antitrust laws seriously. The purpose of the Argus Americas Petroleum Coke Summit is to provide a high-level update on changes taking place in the petroleum coke market including supply/demand fundamentals, transportation costs, sulphur regulations as well as understanding the complexities of global trade flows. The conference sessions will follow the agenda as circulated.

Argus reminds all participants of the need to be mindful of the requirement to comply with antitrust and competition laws. There should be no discussion of any matters relating to competition among participants, including discussion of individual prices, rates or market strategies and no exchange of information concerning any other competitive aspect of an individual company’s operation. Should any participant to this conference attempt to initiate a discussion with other participants on any of these matters, we recommend that other participants end the conversation immediately, and at all times act in accordance with their own antitrust compliance policies and all applicable laws.

Hotel Accommodation and Visa Application

Delegates are responsible for their hotel, travel and visa arrangements. Event room rates are available on a first-come, first-served basis.


The organizers will not accept liability for non-approval of visas, individual transport de­lays and transport disruption. In such circumstances, our normal cancellation rules and penalties apply. Where matters beyond the reasonable control of the organizers impair or prevent the organizers from being able to perform any activities relating to this event, each delegate releases the organizers from any liability, relating to such events.

2017 Agenda

Wednesday, September 13
07:00 - 09:00 Pre-Conference Registration and Breakfast
08:00 - 17:00 Pre-conference 1: Future of Petroleum Coke
$395 half-day program
$695 full-day program
Learn more
09:00 - 16:30

Pre-conference 2: Sulphur and Sulphuric Acid Markets
$395 half-day program
$695 full-day program
Learn more
16:30 - 19:00 Welcome Reception

Sponsored by Impala Terminals

Thursday, September 14
07:00 - 09:00 Registration and Breakfast
07:00 - 17:00 Delegate Lounge

Sponsored by Moran Shipping

09:00 - 09:10 Welcome and Opening Remarks

Speaker: Ross Allen, Vice President Business Development, Argus
09:10 - 10:40 Session 1: Future of US Refining and Impact on Petroleum Coke Supply
  • Shale oil production trends
  • Light-heavy spread outlook
  • Refined products demand
  • Pipelines
  • Alberta bitumen
  • Border taxes
  • RFS and CAFE regulations
  • IMO sulfur regulations
  • Refinery economics
Ed Arnold, Vice President Downstream, Argus
Brendan Collins, Environment and Natural Resources Partner, Ballard Spahr LLP
Mark Noble, Consultant, Downstream Advisors

Moderator: Ed Arnold, Vice President Downstream, Argus
10:40 - 11:10 Networking Break
11:10 - 11:40 Presentation: Managing Product Quality from Bitumen Derived Cokes

Speaker: Evan Hyde, Director of Field Services,
Moderator: Lauren Masterson, Editor, Energy Argus Petroleum CokeArgus

11:40 - 12:10 Presentation: Aluminium Market and Demand for Anode Grade Coke

Speaker: Neeraj Singh Rathore, Head Strategic Sourcing & Procurement Carbon Raw Material, AlF3 & Vessel Chartering, Vedanta Ltd. – Aluminium & Power

Moderator: Lauren Masterson, Editor, Energy Argus Petroleum CokeArgus

12:10 - 14:00 Lunch and Private Meetings
14:00 - 15:00 Session 2: West Coast Market Dynamics 
Get answers to your most pressing questions during this interactive Q&A session
  • Anode grade coke
  • Fuel grade coke
  • Logistics

Howard Childs, Coke Business Development Manager, BP
Todd Reutlinger, Manager, Global Fuel Coke and Sulfur, Phillips 66 Company 
Bob Bestian
, Director, Sales and Operations Americas, Mitsui USA
Ivan Nikolic, Director Business Development, Transmarine Navigation Corporation

Moderator: Lauren Masterson, Editor, Energy Argus Petroleum Coke, Argus

15:00 - 15:30 Networking Break
15:30 - 17:00 Session 3: Global Demand Centers

  • Middle East cement industry and demand for petroleum coke
  • High sulphur coke demand and fuel source considerations for Indian cements
  • European cement and clinker production
George Erumeda Varghese, Director Strategic Sourcing, Middle East and Africa, Trinity Sourcing
Dr. Jayant Bapant, Consultant, Indian Cement Industry
Tahir Askin Soyer, General Manager, HTS Turkey

Moderator: Hayden Atkins, Consultant, Argus
17:00 - 19:00


Sponsored by SGS North America

Friday, September 15
07:00 - 09:00 Registration and Breakfast
07:00 - 13:00 Delegate Lounge

Sponsored by Moran Shipping

09:00 - 10:30 Session 4: Market Outlook - Bringing Transparency to an Opaque Market 
  • Petroleum coke indexation reform 
  • Forecast and price comparison
  • Market outlook to year 2020
Lauren Masterson, Editor, Energy Argus Petroleum Coke, Argus
Frank Brannvoll, Manager, Energy, Economics Studies and Statistics, CEMBUREAU, The European Cement Association
Hayden Atkins, Consultant, Argus

Moderator: Lauren Masterson, Editor, Energy Argus Petroleum CokeArgus

10:30 - 11:00 Networking Break
11:00 - 12:30 Session 5: Supply Chain Challenges and New Technology to Support Petroleum Coke in the International Market
  • Ports, infrastructure capacity and export options in the Latin American market
  • Dry bulk shipping and logistics options in MENA countries
  • Technology to support the growing global use of petroleum coke in power generation
Diego Jose Luciano Nives, General Manager, PTP Group
Oscar Molenaar, Business Development Manager, Gans Cargo
Bob Giglio, Senior VP Strategy and Business Development Global Power Group, Sumitomo SHI FW

Moderator: Hayden Atkins, Consultant, Argus

12:30 - 13:00

Closing Remarks

Speaker: Ross Allen, Vice President Business Development, Argus

13:00 Conference Adjourns

2018 speakers to be announced soon

Newt Podium

If you are interested in speaking, contact

Carrie Shapiro

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Pre-Conference: Future of Petroleum Coke 

Wednesday, September 13

Module I: Resid Upgrading, Impact of New Technology
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM 

  • Non-technical review of refinery operations 
  • Types of resid conversion processes
  • Differences in petroleum coke produced
  • Gathering coking intelligence from the outside

Module II: Feed Impacts, Coke Handling and Quality Prediction
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

  • Petroleum coke production and quality impacts
  • Property definition 101
  • How properties are controlled
  • Feed impacts
  • Process conditions
  • Coke handling
  • Case studies of quality changes
  • Using exterior signals for petroleum coke quality prediction

Add the pre-conference modules when you register. 

  • Full day, includes both Module I&II and lunch: $695
  • Morning only Module I: $395
  • Afternoon only Module II: $395

Speaker: Evan Hyde, Director of Field Services, Inc.

Evan Hyde
Evan Hyde is the Director of Field Services for Inc. Formerly he was president of Telaxe, a coker consulting firm. He previously was president of C2 Nano Technology where they researched surface treatments to combat fouling and corrosion issues in cokers and other petrochemical process units. He was a Senior Engineering Advisor for Becht Engineering Co., Inc. New Jersey. Evan has consulted on processing improvement and reliability initiatives for coking clients around the world. He also participated in onsite peer assessments of Coker Units at eight refineries which included improvements in maintenance work practices, process enhancements, and turnaround scope optimization.

Prior to joining Becht, Evan worked for ExxonMobil Research and Engineering, as a process engineer, with assignments in research, and troubleshooting for heavy oil upgrading equipment.

He holds a B.S. of Chemical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University.
One of Evan's current projects is the Coker Roadshow - a 2 year tour to visit and support every delayed coker in the USA and Canada. 

Register now

Wednesday, September 13Pre-Conference Seminar: Argus North American Sulphur and Sulphuric Acid
Understand how the sulphur and sulphuric acid markets are trading. Add the pre-conference during registration
$395 for half-day option (Sulphur or Sulphuric Acid)
$695 for full-day option (Sulphur and Sulphuric Acid)
07:00 - 09:00 Pre-Conference registration and breakfast

Sulphur Markets
09:00 - 12:30

09:00 - 09:30 North American sulphur market  
  • Import/export volumes
  • Production by region
  • North American demand
Speaker: David Tonyan, Editor, Argus North American Sulphur and Sulphuric Acid
09:30 - 10:00 Global supply and demand forecast
  • Sulphur demand forecast by region (Asia, Europe, Middle East, Africa, Latin America)
  • Fertilizer market outlook
  • Metals/mining forecast
Speaker: Kristine Klavers, Senior Vice President, Argus
10:00 - 10:30 Sulphur production from natural gas processing 
  • Sour gas versus acid gas
  • Newer uses in sulphur
  • Shale impact on sulphur supply
Speaker: Noel Vicente,
10:30 - 11:10 Networking break

Coffee break sponsor: Haldor Topsoe, Inc.

11:10 - 11:45 New developments and technology impact on sulphur based fertilizers
  • How units have evolved
  • High volume sulphur forming

Speaker: Pat Wories, Director, International Sales and Marketing, Enersul

11:45 - 12:20 Logistics challenges for importing sulphur
  • Understanding the infrastructure and transportation challenges to move supply to market
Speaker: Ken Eriksen, Sr VP, Informa Economics
12:20 - 13:30
Lunch: Co-located with Argus Methanol Forum

Sulphuric Acid Markets
13:30 - 16:30

13:30 - 14:00 North American sulphuric acid - Supply/demand outlook this bid season
  • Changes in supply and distribution
  • Import volumes
  • Fertilizer and industrial demand
Speaker: David Tonyan, Editor, Argus North American Sulphur and Sulphuric Acid
14:00 - 14:30 Sulphuric acid transportation and logistics
  • Supply chain challenges
  • Regulations impacting shipments
Speaker: Tom Hobbs, Senior Vice President Commercial and Technical Services, NorFalco, a Glencore Company
Co-author: Brendan Wallage, Logistics and Procurement, NorFalco, a Glencore CompanyBase metals update
14:30 - 15:00 Consumer's report: Anuvia’s production process and demand for sulphuric acid
  • Case study on new manufacturing process and how that can impact demand
Speaker: N.R. (Norm) Davy, Vice President of Agriculture, Anuvia

15:00 - 15:30 Networking break

Coffee break sponsor: Haldor Topsoe, Inc.

15:30 - 16:00 Base metals update
  • Outlook for copper consumption and what that might mean for sulphuric acid supply
Speaker: Sean Davidson, Americas Metals Editor, Argus
16:00 - 16:30 WSA technology: A competitive solution for sulfur management
Speaker: Livia Sierra Llorens, Technology Specialist, Catalyst & Technology, Haldor Topsoe, Inc.

16:30 - 19:00 Networking reception. Co-located with Argus Americas Petroleum Coke Summit

Sponsored by: Impala Terminals

*Program subject to change

Sulphur forming, transportation, logistics and melting 

  • A look at Mosaic's sulphur melter, the reasons behind it and the benefits it will provide including enhanced EH&S characterisitcs of the melter’s performance

Mark Gilbreath, Director of Business Development, Devco
Hermann H. Wittje, Director – Raw Materials Procurement, Mosaic

Argus is pleased to partner with the Refining Community

Attend RefComm Budapest 2017

2-6 October 2017, 9:00-18:00
Coker | CatCracker | Sulfur [Amine, Sour Water, Claus, Tailgas] 

Attend RefComm Galveston 2018

May 7-11 2018, 8am-5pm
Delayed Coking | CatCracking | Sulfur Recovery

Knowledge Sparks Productivity at RefComm® Galveston 2018 and RefComm® Budapest, the premier Delayed Coking, Fluid Catalytic Cracking, and Sulfur Training, Conference, and Exhibition. Hundreds of focused industry professionals from around the globe will converge for a week of training, presentations on safety, lessons learned and best practices, networking, and new technology demonstrations. Serving as a technical forum for project and process engineers, operators, maintenance personnel, and other industry leaders, RefComm® provides the opportunity to share knowledge and ideas.

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