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Please find below the working agenda for Argus Biomass Asia 2017. If you have any questions or would like to get involved with the conference, please email


Conference Day 1 | 14 June | Wednesday 

08:30 - 09:10

Registration and exhibition stands open

09:10 - 09:15 Chairman’s welcome remarks

Jim Nicholson, Senior Vice President Asia, Argus

Session 1: Opening Session

09:15 - 09:45  Global overview of the biomass markets – focus on Asia
  • A look into the competitive fuel landscape of palm kernel shell (PKS), wood pellets and wood chips 
Rachael Levinson, Editor, Argus Biomass Markets, Argus 
09:15 - 09:45 Building an international sourcing portfolio

Craig Jackson, General Manager, Cellmark Asia
10:15 - 10:25  Questions and answers 
10:25 - 11:00 Morning refreshments

Session 2: A closer look into Japan’s demand

11:00 - 11:30 Japan’s requirements of biomass – quality, logistics and prices

Hiroaki Goto,
Deputy Manager, Fuel & Power Trade Division, Energy Trading Dept, eRex Co
11:30 - 12:00  Price analysis for biomass – implications of Japan’s demand on prices

Masaki Mita, Head of Japan Office, Argus
12:00 - 12:30 Insights into Japan’s PKS import volumes and quality needs – how will palm biomass evolve within Japan’s sourcing strategy?

Eisuke Nomura, Director, Biomass Fuel Co
12:30 - 13:00 Panel Discussion: Japan’s rising import needs

Moderator: Masaki Mita, Head of Japan Office, Argus
  • Hiroaki Goto, Deputy Manager, Fuel & Power Trade Division, Energy Trading Dept, eRex Co
  • Eisuke Nomura, Director, Biomass Fuel Co
13:00 - 14:30  Networking lunch

Session 3: Growing competition in supply sources

14:30 - 15:00  Latest updates on Vietnam’s pellet production volumes and quality

Ngo Sy Hoai, Vice Secretary General, Vietnam Timber and Forest Product Association (VIFORES)
15:00 - 15:30  Thai rubber wood pellets – what to look out for

Weerachai Limpornchaijaroen, Director, KWM Service Co
15:30 - 16:00 Can Canadian/US pellets compete for the Asian market?
16:00 - 16:10  Questions and answers
16:10 - 16:40 Afternoon refreshments
16:40 - 17:10  Exchange traded wood pellets: using the new wood pellet contracts to manage risk and access wider market pricing

François Megret, Biomass Broker, Tradition Green

Session 4: Improving the operational aspects of wood pellet production, transport and storage

17:10 - 17:40  New pelletising technologies
17:40 - 17:50 Questions and answers
17:50 Chairman’s closing remarks followed by end of conference day one

Jim Nicholson,
Senior Vice President Asia, Argus
18:00 - 20:00

Cocktail reception

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Conference Day 2 | 15 June | Thursday

09:00 - 09:30


09:20 - 09:25  Chairman’s remarks

Sunita Sharma, VP, Products, Asia, Argus

Session 5: Explore the potential of Asian biomass markets

09:05 - 09:55

South Korea’s demand outlook on biomass

John Jeon, Biomass Trader, Green Energy Team, GS Global Corp

09:55 - 10:30  Status of China’s biomass market and the production of hydrocarbon fuel from biomass

Zhang Xinghua, Assistant Professor, Guangzhou Institute of Energy Conversion, Chinese Academy of Sciences
10:30 - 10:40  Questions and answers
10:40 - 11:10 Morning refreshments
11:10 - 11:15  Chairman’s remarks

Claire Pickard-Cambridge, Asia Solid Fuels Manager, Argus

Session 6: Future opportunities and challenges for biomass trading

11:10 - 11:40  Insights into the framework of developing biomass projects in Asia – from supply security to risk management
  • Operation, regulatory and bankability issues 
  • Revenue models for biomass 
  • Sustainability goals as a driver for global demand
Shalabh Singhania, Portfolio Manager, InfraCo Asia
11:40 - 12:10  How will the upcoming biomass power plants in southeast Asia compete with exports?
12:10 - 12:15 Questions and answers
12:15 - 12:30  Fundamentals of the palm kernel shell (PKS) market and its price developments

Claire Pickard-Cambridge, Asia Solid Fuels ManagerArgus 
12:30 - 12:50 Panel Discussion: Will the palm kernel shell (PKS) supply be sufficient to support the demand - perspectives from sellers
  • ‘Real’ cost of oil palm biomass – location, harvest, transport infrastructure, quality accreditation
  • Pricing strategy of PKS
  • Role of aggregators in the PKS trade
12:50 - 13:00 Chairman’s closing remarks

Claire Pickard-Cambridge,
Asia Solid Fuels Manager, Argus
13:00 - 14:30  Networking lunch
14:30 End of conference

*This agenda is subject to change.

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