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Argus Americas Petroleum Coke Summit

The 9th annual Argus Americas Petroleum Coke Summit returns 13-15 September 2017. Prepare for changes in the petroleum coke market. Understand how industry is valuing supply and what demand will look like this contracting season. Book early for best rates

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Look Who's Speaking

Todd Reutlinger

Todd Reutlinger
Manager, Global Fuel Coke and Sulfur
Phillips 66
Bob Dickmann

Bob Dickmann
Sr. Territory Manager Asphalt and Petroleum Coke Supply and Logistics
Marathon Petroleum
Howard Childs

Howard Childs
Coke Business Development Manager North America
Askin Soyer

Tahir Askin Soyer
General Manager
HTS Turkey

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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 at the start of contracting season
  • Market insight: Hear from top market experts and get the tools you need to make intelligent business decisions
  • Deep dive pre-conferences: Understand how the sulphur markets are trading and the future of petroleum coke
  • New for 2017: More global coverage of the anode grade coke markets. View the agenda now

Companies that 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)
  • 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!


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 Fireside Chat: US Refiner’s Perspective on Challenges and Opportunities for Petroleum Coke
  • Managing different feedstocks
  • MARPOL regulations impact
  • Keystone and logistics issues
  • Petroleum coke quality
Speaker: Bob Dickmann, Sr. Territory Manager Asphalt and Petroleum Coke Supply and Logistics, Marathon Petroleum

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 - 13:30 Lunch
13:30 - 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 Varhese, 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 - 12:45 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
  • Managing product quality from bitumen derived cokes
  • 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
Evan Hyde, Director of Field Services,
Bob Giglio, Senior VP Strategy and Business Development Global Power Group, Sumitomo SHI FW

Moderator: Hayden Atkins, Consultant, Argus

12:45 - 13:00

Closing Remarks

Speaker: Ross Allen, Vice President Business Development, Argus

13:00 Conference Adjourns

2017 Speakers
Howard Childs
Howard Childs
, Coke Business Development Manager North America, BP

Howard Childs is BP’s Coke Business Development Manager North America with 30 years of experience in the oil and carbon industries. His has spent the past 15 years as part of the leadership team of BP’s North American coke business located in Huntington Beach, California. He is a graduate from the University of Kent at Canterbury with a BSc in Chemistry and from the University of Redlands California with an MBA. Howard is a key contributor to BP’s vision to deliver value that is aligned with customer needs both now and into the future.

BP markets over 1.5 million tons of calcined coke produced primarily from its refineries in Europe and North America as well as over 2 million tons of green coke with full technical service to assist customers maximize value from BP offers.
Bob Dickmann
Bob Dickmann, Senior Territory Manager Asphalt and Petroleum Coke Supply & Logistics, Marathon Petroleum Company LP

Robert Dickmann is a senior product manager for Marathon Petroleum Corporation’s Asphalt Supply & Logistics department, responsible for marketing petroleum coke at Marathon’s 4 coke-producing refineries. His 29 year career at Marathon has included assignments with increasing responsibility in Brand Marketing, marketing light products and programs to Marathon’s retail gasoline network; in Supply, Distribution & Planning as a crude oil trader in Calgary, Alberta, Canada; and in Asphalt Marketing as a product manager, selling asphalt into the North American roofing market before accepting his current role in petroleum coke in 2015.
Neeraj Rathore
Neeraj Singh Rathore
, Head Strategic Sourcing & Procurement Carbon Raw Material, Vedanta Ltd.

Neeraj Rathore is the Head Strategic Sourcing & Procurement Carbon Raw Material, AlF3 & Vessel Chartering of Vedanta Aluminium.
Askin Soyer
Tahir Askin Soyer
, General Manager, HTS Turkey

Askin graduated from the mechanical engineering department at Istanbul Technical University and continued to MBA at Istanbul University Industrial Management programme. He has worked in different sectors and companies on the sourcing and trading. He trained purchasing departments on the topic of e-purchasing. He has been dealing with solid fuels over 15 years. His experience includes Purchasing of solid fuels for the cement plants, sourcing for distribution and trading. He worked for multinational Cement companies such as Lafarge and Cimpor in Turkey. He joined Capex Group in 2010 to manage distribution company in Turkey. He was also responsible all trading activities of CAPEX between 2014 and January 2016. He joined HTS Fuels in beginning of 2016 in order to set up distribution business in Turkey. He is the General Manager of HTS Fuel Turkey, HTS Petrol ve Enerji A.S.
George Varghese
George Erumeda Varghese
, Fuel Sourcing and Fuel Optimization, Trinity Energy Sourcing Ltd

Trinity Energy Sourcing is an initiative promoted by experienced energy optimization and sourcing specialists from the Cement, Oil and Gas Industry. Cement and other energy intensive industries have moved on to prioritise energy optimization strategies as a key objective to achieve more usage of renewable energy, control emissions and optimize the fuel mix and costs in their process .

Trinity Energy Sourcing provides market analysis advisory and consultancy services in sourcing the most appropriate fuel in the market, develop new technologies and capabilities to achieve the optimal fuel mix for the plants. Trinity Energy with an established presence in UAE , Egypt, South Africa and India, have a wide range of client base including the leading LafargeHolcim Group. George is the promoter and Chief Executive of Trinity Energy and he has over 18 years of experience in the Cement Industry . Previously he was the Director for Energy and Strategic Sourcing for LafargeHolcim Group for the operations in the Middle East, Africa, India and Central Europe . For the Past 7 years, George was based in Egypt facing the challenges of the fuel crisis for the cement industry and played a leadership role with the fuel mix evolution for the LafargeHolcim operations in Egypt and the MEA region .

Previously, George was with Commonwealth Development Corporation (CDC) and Pearson Education in various capacities in Africa and Middle East . George has also served as chairperson for various Industrial Associations and Government Advisory Committees on energy optimization strategies in several countries in the region. George holds a Bachelor Degree in Chemistry , Fellow Member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA) of the United Kingdom and holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in International Business Management.
Frank Brannvoll
Frank Brannvoll,
Manager- Energy, Economic Studies and Statistics, Cembureau

Frank O. Brannvoll has been Manager of Energy, Economic Studies and Statistics at European cement association Cembureau since June 2016. Frank is responsible for price forecasting across the entire energy complex, covering oil, coal, gas, power, CO2, and particularly petroleum coke markets. He previously worked for Electrabel – now Engie – establishing and managing the trading desks within energy. Frank was also a Board Member of the Romanian, Bulgarian and Greek trading companies within GDF Suez and a member of the group of hedging committees responsible for physical purchasing and hedging decisions.

Frank has also worked for StoraEnso, where he established and headed the firm’s commodity and energy risk management worldwide, covering power, oil, coal, gas, and carbon, and participated in establishing markets for pulp and paper products, as well as the recycled paper market. Prior to joining StoraEnso, Frank worked as Treasurer within industrial group FLS Industries, covering exposures for the sale of cement plants and spare parts for kilns within the cement industry. Since 1980, before he joined industrial companies Frank worked within the foreign exchange market in Nordea and Citibank.
Diego Nieves
Diego Jose Luciano Nieves
, General Manager, PTP Group

Diego has been in Port, Logistics and Warehouse operation for over 15 years, personally contributing to the evolution, growth and international expansion of PTP Group due to his business-development orientation and his ability to identify and maximize opportunities in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay; through the Paraná-Paraguay Waterway.
Leadership, interpersonal skills and versatility have allowed him to directly manage company teams (+150 staff), client relations (i.e. Traders, Producers, Freight-Forwarders, etc.) and government relations (i.e. Production Department, Agriculture Department, Customs, amongst others).
Oscar Moleanaar
Oscar Molenaar
, Business Development Manager, Gans Cargo Operations

Oscar has been in dry bulk shipping for 20 years, with two different shipping and forwarding companies, mostly related to coal and petcoke. He worked in the renewable energy industry (biomass – wood pellets) for ten years. As an entrepreneur, he had his own trading company based in London.
Brendan K Collins
Brendan Collins
, Environment and Natural Resources Partner, Ballard Spahr LLP

Brendan Collins is an environmental lawyer who devotes his practice primarily to clients in the electric power sector and oil and gas industry. He advises clients on permitting issues, regulatory matters, as well as government affairs, and has litigated civil, criminal and administrative matters in state and federal courts.
Jayant Bapant
Dr. Jayant Bapat,
Consultant, Indian Cement Industry

Dr Jayant D. Bapat, is stationed at Pune, India. He currently works as an independent professional consultant for cement manufacturing and concrete. He is a TUV certified CDM Expert in Energy and Environment for Cement Sector. His book, “Mineral Admixtures in Cement and Concrete”, published by CRC Press, is considered as a leading international reference book on the subject.

He has 42 years long standing experience teaching, training, research and consultancy in the areas of cement manufacturing, durability of concrete and utilization of industrial and agricultural wastes in building materials. With over 50 publications, he is a reviewer of technical papers for number of international journals.
Mark Noble
Mark Noble, Consultant, Downstream Advisors

Mark Noble has over 30 years of bringing value to companies through refinery operations and maintenance improvements, transactional assistance, project development, strategic planning, economic modeling, and procurement improvements. Mark holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Montana State University.
Robert Giglio
Robert Giglio, SVP Strategy & BD, Global Power Group, Sumitomo SHI FW

Robert is Vice President of Strategic Planning and Business Development for Sumitomo SHI-FW. He is responsible for developing technology, product and market strategies for the company. He also steer’s the company’s R&D and intellectual property strategy.
Todd Reutlinger
Todd Reutlinger, Manager, Global Fuel Coke and Sulfur, Phillips 66 Company

Todd Reutlinger is the Manager, Petroleum Coke and Sulfur. Todd has more than 25 years of experience in engineering, refining, business development and strategy, midstream and supply and trading.

Todd began his career in Ponca City in the Process Engineering Department. From there he moved to the Ponca City refinery and worked as a process engineer and in economics and planning. In 1999, Todd moved to commercial as the Mid-Continent clean product supply coordinator. In 2002, Todd moved into the Strategy and Business Development group supporting the Western region. In 2004, Todd become the Optimization Manager at Ferndale refinery, and then to Bartlesville to help lead the Truck and Rail Organization. Returning to Commercial Supply and Trading in 2010 to trade NGL’s. Todd moved to his current role as Manager of Phillips 66 Coke and Sulfur group in December 2014.

Todd earned Bachelor of Science degrees in Petroleum Engineering and Chemical Engineering from Oklahoma State University.
Ivan Nikolic
Ivan Nikolic, Director Business Development, Transmarine Navigation Corporation

Ivan Nikolic is the Business Development Director for Transmarine Navigation Corporation, a ship agency that serves vessel charterers and owners from offices in the US Gulf and US West Coast. Ivan has over a decade of experience in ocean shipping and port logistics. He specializes in presenting customers with detailed information about port nuances and coordinates with Transmarine's dry cargo operations to assure optimized vessel loading. Originally from Serbia, Ivan has been based in Long Beach, California since 2005.
Bob Bestian
Bob Bestian,
Director, Sales and Operations Americas, Mitsui USA

Bob Bestian has been working exclusively in the petroleum coke business since 1992. He has extensive professional experience in North American supply and sourcing, marketing worldwide – especially eastern Asia, and has managed many kinds of operational and logistical challenges associated with petroleum coke, to include environmental issues.

A graduate of the University of Illinois in International Relations, Bob’s professional career began as a US Army officer for 13 years, with various assignments in Europe, Central America, and throughout the US.

Since joining the petroleum coke industry, Bob has been located in southern California, which included working for Oxbow Carbon & Minerals for 4.5 years and then 18 years for Mitsui. He is very familiar with sales and operations, almost any contractual issue, plus logistical and marketing challenges. He has delivered petcoke by truck, rail, barge, containers, super-sacks, and in ocean-going vessels as small as 1200dwt to as large as 190,000dwt.

Moreover, his marketing experience into Japan, China, Korea, and India is widespread, delivering petcoke into almost any industry, blended to any quality, and at practically any lot-size. In addition to Asia, his transactions include direct sales to the Middle East (to include Pakistan and UAE), Europe, and South America.
Evan Hyde
Evan Hyde, Director Field Technology,

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.
Ed Arnold, Senior Consultant, Argus
Ed Arnold, Vice President Downstream, Argus

Senior Consultant, covering petrochemicals, refining, upstream and biotechnology for Argus Consulting Services. He has 39 years’ experience conducting market risk analysis, feasibility studies and project valuations working for Jacobs Consultancy and UOP. He has provided advisory services for some of the world’s most successful petroleum refining, energy production, chemicals, petrochemicals, logistics and biotechnology organizations, as well as for banks, sovereign wealth funds, government agencies and entrepreneurial firms.
Hayden Atkins
Hayden Atkins,
Consultant, Argus

Prior to joining Argus, Hayden was responsible for global thermal coal, uranium and precious metals market analytics and forecasting as part of Macquarie Bank’s commodities research team based in London. This involved providing fundamental market research and forecasts for both Macquarie bank divisions and external clients. Hayden also held the position of Macroeconomist prior to joining the commodities team, focusing on the Australian economy.

Hayden obtained an Honors degree in Economics at the University of Melbourne along with a Bachelor of Information Systems.
Lauren Masterson
Lauren Masterson,
Editor, Energy Argus Petroleum Coke

Lauren Masterson has been the editor of Energy Argus Petroleum Coke since the end of 2012, helping to relaunch it as a weekly publication and adding anode-grade market coverage. She started out at Argus covering the US coal markets. Prior to joining Argus, Lauren was the editor of an ocean technology magazine, and she had previously written for political and lifestyle publications. A native of New York, Lauren has lived in Washington, DC, since 2006.
Ross Allen
Ross Allen, VP Business Development, Argus

Ross Allen is responsible for business development, management and market relationships for Americas metals and mining services, using two decades’ commodities and financial reporting experience to help our customers manage risk. Before his current role, Allen covered commodities and financial markets for Argus in Washington DC as bureau chief and senior editor.

Prior to Argus, Allen covered financial markets and commodities in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Africa for a financial wire service and began his career working as a paramedic in Connecticut before turning his hand to journalism. He holds a bachelor’s degree from West Virginia University.

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Registration Pricing:

Early Registration (July 15, 2017 - August 11, 2017)   $1595
Standard Registration (August 12, 2017 - September 15, 2017)  $1895 

Pre-conferences, add during registration

Future of Petroleum Coke
September 13 | 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

$695 full day (Module I&II)
$395 half day AM only (Module I)
$395 half day PM only (Module II)
Argus Sulphur and Sulphuric Acid Markets
September 13 | 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
$695 full day 
$395 half day AM only (Sulphur)
$395 half day PM only (Sulphuric Acid)

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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

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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.

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. Register by July 14 and save $500! 

  • 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. 

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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, Vice President Argus Consulting Services, 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 Base metals update
  • Outlook for copper consumption and what that might mean for sulphuric acid supply
Speaker: David Brooks, Senior Vice President Metals, Argus
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: Hugh MacGillivray, Executive Vice President of Commercialization, Anuvia Plant Nutrients
15:00 - 15:30 Networking break

Coffee break sponsor: Haldor Topsoe, Inc.

15:30 - 16:00 Sulphuric acid transportation and logistics
  • Supply chain challenges
  • Regulations impacting shipments
Speaker: Tom Hobbs, Director of Sales and Technical Service, NorFalco, a Glencore Company
Co-author: Brendan Wallage, Logistics and Procurement, NorFalco, a Glencore Company
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] 

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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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