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Attend the Argus Asian Solid Fuels 2018 Conference

Argus has rebranded its annual Asian petroleum coke conference to the Argus Asian Solid Fuels conference to better address market changes. The event will be held on 25-26 April in Mumbai, India.

There have been many regulatory changes for solid fuel consumption in importing countries this year. In response to the changing landscape of petroleum coke and coal we are expanding our programme to better capture the needs of participants.

Join us for two full days of discussion and presentations as we explore the redefined petroleum coke and coal landscape in 2018.

Argus Asian Solid Fuels Programme At A Glance

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2018 Confirmed speakers

Argus Asian Solid Fuels 2018 Early Confirmed Speakers
What you can expect in 2018
  • 150+ attendees from the petroleum coke and coal industry consisting of coal miners, petroleum coke refiners and cement manufacturers
  • Technical and commercial presentations from industry leaders
  • Panel discussions consisting of thought leaders addressing key issues

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Take the opportunity to generate new sales and business partnerships. Argus works with you to understand your marketing needs to customise the most effective sponsorship package to help you reach your commercial objectives.

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Conference Day 1 | 25 April 2018, Wednesday

08:45 - 09:15
Registration and coffee
09:15 - 09:30 Chairman’s welcome remarks

Claire Pickard Cambridge
, Solid Fuels Manager, Argus

Session 1

Solid fuels market overview

09:30 - 09:50
Trade: Shifts in global petroleum coke and coal trade flows
09:50 - 10:20 Inflection point for switching between coal and petroleum coke

Sabyasachi Mishra
, Head – Sales (Minerals Business), Tata International Singapore
 10:20 - 10:40 Policy changes in solid fuels and reforms in refining – A look into policy enablers of petroleum coke

Jitendra Roychoudhury, Research Fellow, KAPSARC
10:40 - 10:50

Questions and answers

10:50 - 11:10 Morning refreshments
11:10 - 11:40 Cement industry - India’s regulations and its impact on fuel mix

Sanjay Kumar
, Strategic Sourcing Director Solid Fuels India, Lafarge Holcim
11:40 - 12:20 Panel Discussion: Changing landscape for petroleum coke and coal in India
Industry-leading cement manufactures, refiners, coal miners and solid fuel traders will discuss the most pressing issues in India,in a session not to be missed.

Moderator : Claire Pickard Cambridge, Solid Fuels Manager, Argus
Panelist :
K.C. Gandhi, Joint President, Shree Cement
Sabyasachi Mishra, Head – Sales (Minerals Business), Tata International Singapore
Surinder Gupta, Adviser (Commercial), Dalmia Cement
Sanjay Kumar, Strategic Sourcing Director Solid Fuels India, Lafarge Holcim
Jitendra Roychoudhury, Research Fellow, KAPSARC
12:20 - 12:50 Special “Speed Networking” Session
Bring plenty of your business cards. You will have the opportunity to meet almost every participant in this networking session.
12:50 - 14:30 Networking lunch

Session 2

Finding clarity and opportunity amid uncertainty –
Petroleum coke

14:30 - 15:00 Export destinations for petroleum coke and demand shifts

Lauren Masterson, Petroleum Coke Editor, Argus
15:00 - 15:30 India’s demand for petroleum coke and the impact of Reliance’s gasification
15:30 - 16:00 Oman’s petroleum coke production
16:00 - 16:10 Questions and answers
16:10 - 16:40 Afternoon refreshments

Session 3

Finding clarity and opportunity amid uncertainty –

16:40 - 17:10 Short term thermal coal outlook

Andrew Jones,
Senior Coal Correspondent, Argus
 17:10 - 17:40  Challenges to using India’s domestic coal
17:40 - 18:10 International Coal Panel
Listen to various coal exporters as they present and discuss the competitive landscape for coal and rising cost of transport in 2018.
• Australia, Indonesia and India
• Canada, Colombia, Mozambique and North appalachian
 18:10 - 18:15 Chairman’s closing remarks followed by end of conference day one
18:15 - 20:00 Cocktail reception

Conference Day 2 | 26 April 2018, Thursday

09:00 - 09:20
Coffee and refreshments
09:20 - 09:30 Chairman’s remarks

Session 4

Consumer’s perspective : Evolving demand of solid fuels towards 2020

09:30 - 10:00 China’s import of petroleum coke and coal and the enforcement of China’s sulphur policies

William Wang, Senior China Analyst, Argus
10:30 - 10:30 Power producers focus

Anup Agarwalla, Managing Director, BLA Power
10:30 - 11:00 Emerging demand trends

Pranay Shukla,
Senior Analyst, Mercuria Trading (India) Private Limited
11:00 - 11:10 Questions and answers
11:10 - 11:40 Morning refreshments
11:40 - 12:10 Shipping costs and regulations
11:10 - 13:00 Panel Discussion : Cement demand and fuel/feedstock import preference to 2020
Join cement manufactures from Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, India, Egypt and Turkey as they discuss about their cement demand and fuel requirements going into 2020.
13:00 - 14:30 Networking Lunch

 Session 5

Emissions and technology

14:30 - 15:00 Possibilities for alternative fuel for the cement industry
15:30 - 16:00 NOx, SOx and carbon emission capture technology
16:00 - 16:30 Questions and answers
16:30 - 16:40 Chairman’s closing remarks
 16:40 End of conference  

*This working agenda is subject to change. 

For more information or if you are interested in speaking, please contact Samson Yeo:
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Day One | 3 June 2015 | Wednesday
Coffee and Refreshments
09:30 - 10:00 Registration and Exhibition Stands Open 

Session 1: Opening Session

10:00 - 10:05 Chairman’s Welcome Remarks
10:05 - 10:25 Keynote Address: NPK Fundamentals and Global NPK Market Structure and Trade
10:25 - 10:45 Industry Address: Thailand – Trends and New Applications of NPKs 
10:45 - 11:00  Q&A
11:00 - 11:30 Morning Refreshments 

 Session 2: Country Analysis – Demand and Supply Outlook of Multi-Nutrient Fertilizers 

11:30 - 12:00 World Production of Primary Nutrients – Nitrogen, Phosphate, Potassium 
12:00 - 12:30  Market Structure and Factors Affecting Demand of NPKs in Major Markets: Malaysia and Indonesia 
12:30 - 13:00  Growing Prominence of Compound Fertilizers in Emerging Markets and Price Outlook: Vietnam, Cambodia and Myanmar
13:00 - 13:15  Q&A 
13:15 - 14:45  Networking Lunch 
14:45 - 15:15 Update on China – Granular and Bulk Blended NPK Production Volumes and Import Volumes 
15:15 - 15:45  Regional Demand and Production Volumes within India – Impact of Subsidies 
15:45 - 16:00 Q&A
16:00 - 16:30  Afternoon Refreshments

 Production Technology Showcase (16:30 - 17:50)

The Production Technology Showcase allows equipment manufacturers, engineering companies, process management solutions providers to showcase the latest technologies in production, blending and material handling.

17:50 - 18:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks Followed by End of Conference Day One
18:00 - 19:30 Cocktail Reception 

Panel Discussion: Is WSF the next shining star?
  • Penetrating the market - trends in marketing and sales of innovative WSFs
  • Success stories – can they be applied to India? 
  • Key challenges to look out for 

Conference and Exhibition Venue

ITC Maratha,Mumbai

Sahar Road, Opposite Chhatrapati Shivaji Airport,
Andheri East, Mumbai,
Maharashtra 400099, India.
Tel: +91 22 2830 3030


We are pleased to offer discounted accommodation rates exclusive to our delegates at the conference venue.

If you wish to make a booking or require more information please contact Josephine Pulvera.
Accommodation costs are not included in the conference fee.

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Registration Fees

Standard Registration Fee
USD 1,800

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Conference fee includes:

  • Day pass to participate in all sessions on both conference days
  • Evening drinks reception on 25 April
  • Networking lunches on 25 and 26 April
  • Refreshment breaks during all conference days
  • Soft copy of conference documentation
  • Access to networking app

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** Travel, accommodation and visa costs are not included in the conference fee.
** Registration fees are subject to the prevailing government tax.


You may require a visa to enter India. To find out how to apply for an entry visa through your local Indian consulate office, please go to:

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Antitrust compliance reminder
Argus takes compliance with antitrust law seriously. The purpose of Argus Asian Solid Fuels 2018 is to provide participants with deeper insights into the petroleum coke and coal markets. 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.

Sponsorship - Be seen as an industry leader

If expanding in the petroleum coke and coal markets is one of your business objectives, Argus Asian Solid Fuels 2018 gives you the perfect opportunity to stand out from the crowd. As a sponsor at this event, you are guaranteed to get your message across to decision makers from all over Asia and the rest of the world.

Give your company the opportunity to showcase to the widest possible audience in the region. Generate new sales and business partnerships by contacting us for sponsorship options today

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For detailed information on our sponsorship opportunities at Argus Asian Solid Fuels 2018please contact the conference team:

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