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Agenda Overview




0800 Registration & coffee. Exhibition opens


0900 Welcome & opening remarks


Henry Hely Hutchinson, Managing Director, Coaltrans Conferences Limited




Chair: Bill Simes, Director, Extract Consulting Pty Ltd


0910 Chair’s opening remarks


0920 Translating opportunity into growth

Balancing expectations with outcomes

Navigating the minefield of public sentiment

Earning public confidence and support


Michael Roche, Chief Executive, Queensland Resources Council


0945 Accessing opportunities in the export market


Nathan Tinkler, Chairman, Tinkler Group


1010 Coal's worldwide ascendancy and Australian prosperity


Fredrick Palmer, Chairman, World Coal Association and Senior Vice President, Peabody Energy


1035 Questions and discussion


1100 Networking refreshment break




Chair: Dr Neil J Bristow, Managing Director, H&W Worldwide Consulting


1130 Chair’s opening remarks


1140 Turning Exploration into Production in the Bowen and the Galilee basins

Overview of experiences in the Bowen and Galilee basins – Key challenges and opportunities

What land issues are facing Queensland's coal producers? What strategies can they adopt in order to ensure successful acquisition and development?

What do key infrastructure developments mean for Eastern Australia's coal producers?


Michael Gray, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Bandanna Energy Limited


1200 Operating in the Surat Basin – Producer’s perspective

Progress in the past 12 months – Experiences of mine development in the Surat Basin

How rapidly is infrastructure being developed in the region?

Regulatory challenges in acquiring and developing assets in the Surat Basin


Mike O’Brien, Chief Executive Officer, MetroCoal Limited

1220 Exploring the Surat, Bowen and Galilee basins

·          Overview of experiences

·          Key challenges and opportunities

·          Key considerations for establishing new coal mining projects


Todd Harrington, Chief Executive Officer, Blackwood Corporation Ltd


1240 Questions and discussion


1300 Networking lunch




Chair: Michael Hennessey, Partner, Queensland Mining & Metals Leader, Ernst & Young


1430 Chair’s opening remarks


1440 The competitive position of Australian coal in the global context

Overview of current demand and supply trends in the Asia-Pacific region – What is driving them and where might they be headed?

How does Australian coal compare with competitor regions? Qualities and price considerations

The rising cost curve – How is it affecting coal sector growth and Australia’s competitive edge?


Brent Spalding, Senior Analyst – Coal Supply Services, Wood Mackenzie


1500 Coal pricing trends – What do changing dynamics mean for Australia?

How are trends in pricing strategy changing?

As Asia-Pacific demand and supply dynamics change, how are

coal prices being affected? Impact of changing pricing trends on Australia’s competitive position as a global coal exporter


James O’Connell, Senior Managing Editor, Platts International Coal Report


1520 Indian coking coal requirement and sourcing options

Indian steel industry and coking coal demand

How is the coking coal demand growing and future forecast

What is the domestic coking coal scenario and what are the new developments

What are the sourcing options of coking coal for India?

How attractive is Australia as a coking coal source for India? What are the factors affecting Australia’s competitive position?


Arun Kumar Jagatramka, Chairman and Managing Director, Gujarat NRE Coke Limited


1540 The continuing growth of India’s thermal coal sector – Implications for Australia

Is India on course to become the world’s largest thermal coal importer? What is driving this rapid growth in demand?

How is India adapting its importing strategies and infrastructure in order to meet its ambitious targets?

As Australia develops its extensive thermal coal reserves, what role does Australia stand to play in India’s importing strategy?


Mark Gresswell, Director & Chief Analyst, Salva Report


1600 Meeting Chinese coking coal needs – What opportunities are there for Australian producers?

Overview of China’s steel industry today – Where is steel demand headed and how extensive are China’s coking coal needs?

How is China’s demand-supply gap developing? What proportion of coal needs will be met by imports?

Evaluating Australia’s likely role in supplying China’s coal imports


John Johnson, Chief Executive Officer & Chief Representative, CRU China


1620 Questions and discussion


1640 Networking refreshment break




Chair: Kevin Morrison, Senior Representative, Australia and Pacific, Argus Media


1710 Chair’s opening comments


1720 Prospects for Indonesia’s place in the global coal markets

Overview of major industry developments in the past 12 months – Production levels and infrastructural progress

How is mining policy impacting upon project developments and Indonesia’s position in the global markets?

How are Australia and Indonesia positioned as competitors in the exporting market? Variations in cost, quality and accessibility


Neil Little, Senior Marketing Manager, PT Adaro Indonesia


1740 Russian coking coal market and Severstal Resources' strategic imperatives


Kirill Kozenyashev, Head of Strategy and Business Development, ZAO Severstal Resources


1800 America’s growing role in meeting Asia’s coal needs

Rationale behind the growing trend for Australian coal companies investing in US coal

How is North America’s coal infrastructure being developed to improve access to the Asia Pacific buyers’ market?

How will North American coal compete with Australian coal?

Michael van Baarle, Director Corporate Development, Ambre Energy


1820 Questions and discussion


1830 Close of Day One


1830 Networking Evening Reception




0830 Registration & coffee. Exhibition opens


0900 Welcome & opening remarks Eleanor Saklatvala, Conference Producer, Coaltrans Conferences Limited




Chair: Marian Hookham, Managing Director, Energy Publishing


0910 Chair’s opening remarks


0920 Expanding into new frontiers

Developing coal infrastructure Queensland’s Galilee Basin

Progress in the Gunnedah Basin and Western New South Wales


Bede Boyle, Chairman, AustCoal Consulting Alliance


0940 Transforming Queensland’s rail connectivity

Overview of the past 12 months – How have projects progressed?

How will projects be prioritised? Strategies for allocating finance

The road ahead – What challenges and opportunities do the next 2 years hold for developing Queensland’s rail network?


Paul Scurrah, EVP Commercial & Marketing, QR National

1000 Environmental considerations for Queensland’s port developments

Overview of the port developments currently planned and underway for Queensland

Environmental implications of such extensive infrastructure development

What strategies are in place to limit the environmental impact of proposed port developments?


Leo Zussino, Chief Executive Officer, Gladstone Ports Corporation Limited


1020 Questions and discussion


1040 Networking refreshment break




Chair: Ross Parslow, Major Projects Leader, Aurecon


1110 Chair’s opening remarks


1120 The NCIG story – constructing and operating a 21st century coal terminal in Newcastle

Construction of Stages 1, 2 and 3 of NCIG

Funding for an infrastructure development

Commissioning and operations


Rob Yeates, Chief Executive Officer, Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group


1140 Innovations in green transhipping

What challenges are being encountered in moving coal in and out of Australia’s ports?

Assessing the economic viability of transhipping

Strategies for managing the environmental impact of transhipping


Mario Terenzio, Managing Director, Logmarin Advisors

Ben King, Manager - Business Development, Mitchell Ports


1200 PANEL DISCUSSION: Developing Australia’s coal supply chain infrastructure

Overview of ports and coal handling facilities – How extensively have they been developed in the past 12 months?  What upgrades are in the pipeline?

Improving rail capacities and accessibility

Future plans for coal infrastructure developments - Where will funding come from? How will projects be prioritised?

Overcoming regulatory challenges


Greg Hollands, Principal Advisor – Coal Transport, Department of Transport & Main Roads

Don Barnett, Managing Director, Minec Pty Ltd

Paul Beale, General Manager, Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group


1240 Networking lunch




Chair: Colin Randall, Managing Director, Allegiance Coal


1400 Chair’s opening remarks


1410 How is the rising cost curve affecting prospects for project acquisition and development?

How dramatically is the cost of developing coal projects in Australia rising? What is driving this rising cost curve?

Implications for raising sufficient project finance

How can project developers adapt in order to maintain productivity and profitability? Strategies for containing costs


Colin Randall, Managing Director, Allegiance Coal



1430 Strategies for navigating Australia’s regulatory environment

What are the key aspects of environmental legislation that are causing challenges for Australia’s coal sector?

Land access issues – Why are these causing difficulties for Australia’s coal companies?

What strategies can companies adopt to ensure successful navigation of regulations and efficient project development?


Cheryl Edwardes, Partner, Holman Fenwick Willan


1450 Financing coal mine development and the ambitious infrastructure growth required

Overview of the costs involved in the intended development of Eastern Australia’s coal mines and infrastructure

Where will the funding come from? What are the options for individual projects?

How can projects improve their chances of attracting financing?


Christopher Williams, Partner – Mergers and Acquisitions, Head of Resources, PwC



1510 India’s growing presence in Australia’s coal sector

How has the presence of Indian companies in the Australian coal sector changed over the past 5 years? Why is Australia an increasingly attractive investment for Indian companies?

Key challenges for foreign investors – Rising costs, handling the exchange rate and navigating the regulatory environment

What benefits does foreign investment bring to the Australian coal industry?

The importance of integrating and collaborating with the domestic coal sector


Jasbir Singh, Business Head – Australia and Director, Jindal Steel and Power (Australia) Pty Ltd



1530 Questions and discussion


1550 Close of Day Two