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Agenda Overview

DAY ONE – Tuesday 19 March 2013

08:00 Registration & coffee; Exhibition opens

08:55 Welcome & opening remarks - Henry Hely Hutchinson, Managing Director, Coaltrans Conferences Limited


09:00 Chair’s opening remarks - Tomasz Konik, Partner, Deloitte Doradztwo Podatkowe Sp. z.o.o

09:05 An overview of the international coal industry and its effects on Poland
Artur Maziarka, Partner, Deloitte Audyt Sp. z.o.o

09:20 Developing a coal project in Poland
Overcoming the challenges the industry face in light of the drive to a low carbon environment in Europe
Improving the mining operations - What technologies have been introduced?
Incorporating an updated health and safety policy into the mine operations
Bogdan Marcinkiewicz, Member of the European Parliament

09:50 Poland’s energy mix – Will coal remain the dominant player?
Outlook on how Poland is intending to work with the European Commission to reach the enforced targets while maintaining the use of coal as a key provider of energy.
Subsidies available for the use of biomass – What does this mean for co-firing projects?
Perspective on shale gas developments taking off in Poland.
Role of clean coal technologies in keeping coal at the forefront of the mix.
Tomasz Tomczykiewicz, Secretary of State, Ministry of Economy

10:20 Questions and discussion

10:45 Networking refreshment break


11:15 Chair’s opening remarks - Janusz Olszowski, President, Mining Chamber of Industry and Commerce

11:20 Polish mining industry – Outlook for the future
Consolidation of the sector – What does this mean for the industry?
Expanding existing operations to meet domestic demand.
Addressing current operational challenges such as rising fuel prices.
Joanna Strzelec-Łobodzińska, President, Kompania Weglowa

11:40 Supplying coal for the international and the domestic market
Overcoming current market conditions to run four up to the mark coal mines.
Continuously developing safety and environmental management within the mines.
Comparison of requirements between selling to wholesale and domestic suppliers.
Roman Łój, President, Katowicki Holding Weglowy

12:00 The changing role of Poland’s biggest coal exporter
Marketing Polish coal to the international markets – transformation of geographical structure of coal exports.
Developing activity on domestic market.
Relationships with the key coal producers in Poland.
Preparing Weglokoks for its IPO – positioning the company for privatisation.
Jerzy Podsiadlo, Chief Executive Officer, Weglokoks

12:20 JSW – Leading coking coal producer in the European Union
Forecast for quantities of coking coal and coke to be produced in 2013.
Addressing existing challenges faced as a coking coal producer.
Expanding on relationships between the producer and the consortium of coke producers in Poland.
Grzegorz Czornik, Deputy Chairman of the Board of Trade, Jastrzębska Spólka Węglowa SA

12:40 Questions and discussion

13:00 Networking lunch sponsored by KTK Polska Sp. z.o.o


14:00 Chair’s opening remarks - Nigel Yaxley, Vice President, EURACOAL (European Association for Coal and Lignite)

14:05 Russian coal export overview - Potential of supply to Poland
Vyacheslav Mischenko, Business Development Director/CIS, Argus Media

14:25 Russian imports – To become a trend or remain on a spot basis?
Update on Russian imports in 2012 and forecast for 2013.
Outlook for coal imports into the North of Poland.
Analysis of preferred logistic routes – Rail or sea?
Piotr Matuszak, President of the Management Board, KTK Polska Sp. Z.o.o

14:45 Connecting Russia to Poland – What are the options?
Understanding the rail transit policy of Ukraine and Belarus.
How can Ukraine become a more competitive throughway?
Ease of passage – Working with the various border points.
Konstantin Skorik, European Business Development Director, Freightliner Group

15:05 Lublin Basin - Europe's next strategic thermal coal supplier
Poland – A strategic player in the European Coal Market.
Why the Lublin Coal Basin?
Prairie Downs Metals’ plans concerning Lublin Coal Basin
Anastasios Arima, Executive Director, Prairie Downs Metals Limited

15:25 Panel discussion

Poland as a transit point into Europe – Is this viable?
Infrastructure capacity for transporting coal through Poland to Germany and southern Europe.
Advantages and disadvantages of transporting cargo via Poland.
Opportunities for further developing Poland as a logistics hub
Marek Kowalewski, President, Port Handlowy Swinoujscie Ltd.
Michał Sawicki, Sales Director, DB Schenker Rail Polska

16:00 Question and discussion 

16:15 Networking refreshment break


16:45 Chair’s opening remarks - Henryk Paszcza, Branch Director, Industrial Development Agency, Katowice Branch

16:50 Forecasts for global and in particular Polish steel demand
Latest updates on global and polish steel demand.
Managing the current reduction in demand and study of outlook for the future.
Poland’s strategies for maintaining a healthy steel industry.
Romauld Talarek, President of the Board, Polish Steel Association

17:10 Overview of Polish coke production
Global demand for coke.
Position of Poland as an international producer of coke.
Challenges for the Polish coke producers
Marta Jarno, Director – Market Analysis Department, Polski Koks S.A.
Andrzej Warzecha, Vice President of Management Board and Market Analysis Department, Polski Koks S.A.

17:30 Operating a steel mill in the Polish market
Preferred coals to include in the blend – US coals or Colombian coals?
` Sourcing strategies in current market conditions
Outlook for future steel production and the requirements of the steel mills
Surojit Kumar Ghosh, Director of Commercial and Corporate Affairs, ArcelorMittal Poland

17:50 Combating current coke markets to be a competitive producer
Implementing the most modern and environmentally friendly technology for the coke batteries
Working with the blends of available – What is the most cost competitive?
Managing the evolution of global pricing systems
Aleksander Sobolewski, Research and Development Deputy Director, Institute for Chemical Processing of Coal

18:10 Questions and discussion

18:15 Close of day one

18:30 Networking gala dinner hosted by JSW SA and Polski Koks S.A.
Enjoy a visit to the Guido Mine for the gala dinner, offering extensive networking opportunities and a chance to visit Poland’s historical coal mine.

DAY TWO – Wednesday 20 March 2013

08:30 Welcome coffee

09:00 Opening remarks - Louisa Pratt, Conference Producer, Coaltrans Conferences Ltd


09:05 Chair’s opening remarks - Stanisław Żuk, Director, PGE Górnictwo i Energetyka Konwencjonalna Spółka Akcyjna

Panel session:

This session will enable a number of representatives, from the leading producers of lignite around the world, to compare and contrast their mining operations as well as discussing the leading challenges that the lignite industry face in the various countries of production.

The key issues to be discussed will be as follows:

  1. Outlook on lignite resources and reserves
  2. Preferred mining techniques
  3. Processing lignite – Technologies required and value added
  4. Potential for selling lignite into Poland

Dr George Milojcic, Chairman, German Brown Coal Association
Lubos Pavlas, Board of Directors Vice Chairman and CEO, Czech Coal A.S.
Tereshchenko Vasyl, General Director, Energy Investment Company

10:15 Networking refreshment break


10:45 Chair’s opening remarks - Anish Saraf, Manager, Polcoaldex

10:50 Price Indices as a resource for producers and consumers of coal – Introducing a Polish coal price index
Polpx and its vision of market transparency
Identified needs for Polish steam coal index / market indicator
Seeking for the best calculation methodology and market consultations
Priority of assuring coal and energy market participants acceptance on index publication
Assumed schedule of undertaking
Adam Simonowicz, Vice President of the Management Board, Polish Power Exchange

11:10 Panel session:
As 90% of the Polish power sector is fired by coal, this session will offer a chance to hear from the leading buyers of the industry as they discuss their respective uses of hard coal and lignite and what challenges they currently face when procuring coal from the domestic and international markets.

Issues to be discussed:

  1. Preferred qualities and quantities of coal to be procures
  2. Domestic coal versus international coals – What is most appropriate when?
  3. Development in boiler technologies
  4. Logistical challenges when sourcing coal

Jerzy Pilarczyk, Fuel Trading Manager, GDF Suez Energia Polska S.A.

12:00 Networking lunch


13:30 Chair’s opening remarks - Józef Dubiński, General Director, Central Mining Institute

13:35 Underground coal gasification (UCG) – What potential for further developments in Poland?
Overview of the UCG technology and how it works
Determining practicality of UCG in Poland – How achievable is commercial development of this technology?
Infrastructure requirements – Potential to integrate with existing coal mining infrastructure
Krzysztof Stańczyk, Prof., Glowny Instytut Gornictwa (Central Mining Institute)

13:55 Carbon capture and storage (CCS) - Better chances of being successful as carbon capture utilisation and storage
Latest updates on developments in CCS technology
Prospects for combining CCS with utilisation of the CO₂ captured
Case study – Constructing a CCS power plant in Poland
Marek Ściążko, Director, Institute for Chemical Processing of Coal

14:15 Upgrading coal – What are the options?
Overview of the different upgrading coal technologies available
Advantages of upgrading lower rank coals
Potential uses once they have passed through the beneficiation process
Alex Nielsen, President, Polchar Sp.z.o.o

14:35 Questions and discussion

14:45 Networking refreshment break


15:15 Chair’s opening remarks - Jacek Rozek, Sales and Marketing Director, Węglohut

15:20 Global freight markets – What does 2013 hold?
Supply and demand dynamics across the global freight markets
Impact on the Polish import and export coal markets
Focus on the Baltic region – Opportunities and challenges
Angelica Kemene, Dry Freight and Basic Resources Analyst, ICAP Shipping

15:40 Development of new terminals within Polish ports
Timeline for the construction of the new terminal in Gdansk
Overview of how this new terminal will alter the current set up at the Port of Gdansk
Increasing stockpile capacity – How will this impact existing market dynamics?
Bart Laureys, Director, SEA-invest; Member of the Supervisory Board, Port Północny

16:00 Managing rail expansion and prospects for opening up the border points
Current challenges for independent rail operators when operating
Analysing the competitiveness of the country’s rail sector – What this means for the coal industry
Contrast of the different infrastructure fees – Rail versus road
Grzegorz Fingas, Director of the office of Market Metallurgical and Solid Fuels, PKP Cargo S.A.

16:20 Questions and discussion

16:30 Closing remarks

16:45 Close of day two