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Agenda Overview

Wednesday 2nd March

16.00 Registration opens

18.00 Ice-breaker reception
Join us on the beautiful lawns of the Grand Hyatt Goa

Thursday 3rd March

8.00 Registration opens

9.00 Welcome and Opening Remarks

Orson Francescone, Managing Director, Coaltrans Conferences

9.10 CEO Interviews

Hear the latest news and views from the industry’s most prominent figures, including:

Bala Parthasarathy, CEO – India, Anglo American
Sushil Maroo, CEO & Managing Director, Essar Power Ltd.

9.50 Coal India Ltd.’s billion tonne plan: Can the rate of growth in coal production be sustained until 2020?

  • What has been achieved in the past year and how?
  • What challenges have Coal India faced in sharply increasing their coal output?
  • What still needs to be done to reach ambitious domestic production targets?

Chair: V K Arora, Chief Mentor, Karam Chand Thapar & Bros (Coal Sales)
B K Saxena, Director of Marketing, Coal India Ltd
R P Ritolia,
Advisor, Swayambhu Natural Resources

10.20 Questions and discussion

10.30 Networking refreshment break

11.15  Chair’s opening remarks
Jim Nicholson, Senior Vice President Asia, Argus Media

11.20 THERMAL COAL BUYERS PANEL - What is the future of coal imports into India?

  • Availability, price and qualities of domestic vs. imported coals
  • End-user procurement strategies: Who is using coal from which areas?
  • Locations of new power plants and their preferred sources of coal
  • Enabling generation companies to pay for coal deliveries on time: Should the distribution sector be privatised?

Bipin Shrimali, Chairman and Managing Director, Mahagenco
Devendra Arolkar
, GM & Head – Fuel Sourcing, Larsen & Toubro
Gurdeep Singh
, Managing Director, Gujarat State Power
Sudhir Agrawal, Senior Vice President, Coal Management, Sesa Sterlite Ltd
Ahmed Buhari
, Founder, President & CEO, Coal & Oil

12.10 Will India reach a production total of 1.5 billion tonnes by 2020?

  • Outlook for mines in India: Where will production growth come from?
  • Challenges in reaching production targets
  • How would the introduction of commercial mining impact this target?

Niladri Bhattacharjee, Director, KPMG Advisory (India)

12.30 Will India have the highest demand for seaborne thermal coal in Asia 2016-17?

  • India's import volumes: What are the facts and what is expected to change?
  • Stockpiles and bottlenecks: Where are they and how can they be removed?
  • Analysis of trade flows in the Asia-Pacific region

Girish Koulgi, Vice-President - Coal, Noble Resources

12.50 Questions and discussion

13.00 Networking lunch

14.30 Chair’s opening remarks

14.35 The rebalance of supply and demand: When will coal prices stabilise?

  • Analysis of current price drivers in seaborne thermal coal
  • How long will oversupply last?
  • At what rate will India’s coal imports continue to rise?

Deepak Kannan, Managing Editor, Thermal Coal, Platts

14.55 PANEL DISCUSSION - Coal block auctions: When will mining operations start?

  • What problems are new owners finding with their purchased assets?
  • Obstacles to commencing production
  • How long will it take for affected mines to reach optimum coal output levels?
  • Vivek Bhardwaj, Joint Secretary & Nominated Authority for Coal Auctions, Ministry of Coal

VK Arora, President – Coal Services, Karam Chand Thapar & Bros (Coal Sales) Ltd.
Vivek Bhardwaj,
Joint Secretary & Nominated Authority for Coal Auctions, Ministry of Coal
Afroz Ali,
Head - Coal, Vedanta Resources

15.25 Questions and discussion

15.30 Networking refreshment break

16.00 Chair’s opening remarks

16.05 Are Indian rail developments keeping up with the pace of coal production growth?

  • What progress has been made in rail connectivity over the last year?
  • Prioritising enhancement of rail links from domestic mines and the impact on end-user sourcing decisions
  • Solutions for improving Last Mile Connectivity

H. S. Bajwa, Director of Traffic, Indian Railway Board

16.25 Coal washeries: Reducing construction time to keep up with coal production

  • Meeting ash regulations when transporting greater volumes of coal across India
  • How much more coal will washeries need to handle in the next 5 years and where are the gaps in capacity?
  • Locations of required new coal washing plants and outlook for construction time

Gurudas Mustafi, CEO, MBE Coal & Mineral Technology India Pvt. Ltd.

16.45 Questions and discussion

17.00 Networking evening reception

Friday 4th March

9.30 Welcome & Opening Remarks
Kathryn Wood,
Conference Producer, Coaltrans Conferences

9.35 Chair's opening remarks
Matthew Latimore,
Managing Director, M Resources Trading Pty Ltd.

Adapting to increasing competition from Chinese and Russian steel imports

  • How have India’s met coal buyers adapted their procurement strategies in current market conditions?
  • Where are the most desirable sources of met coal in India and abroad?
  • How frequently is it possible to review steel prices given the current volatility of commodity markets?
  • Infrastructure developments and their impact on coking coal procurement strategies

Rajiv Mukerji, Group Director Strategic Procurement, Tata Steel
Vaibhav Ojha,
CEO, Global Coke Ltd.
Arun Kumar Jagatramka,
CMD, Gujarat NRE Coke Ltd

10.20 Tackling discrepancies in agreed coal qualities

  • Managing coal quality throughout the supply chain
  • Improving report turnaround time: How quickly can an accurate analysis be completed?
  • Which locations are using the best sampling techniques?

Rolf Wilting, Supervisor - Energy Minerals, SGS

10.40 Questions and Discussion

10.45 Networking refreshment break

11.15 Chair’s opening remarks

Puneet Gupta,
CEO & Founder,

11.20 When will commercial mining be introduced in India?

  • To what extent will it be possible to mine and sell coal to the open market? Will prices or end-users be pre-defined?
  • What will this mean for current miners in India?
  • How can foreign investors be attracted to begin mining in India?

Atul Bhatt, Executive Director – Commercial, National Mineral Development Corporation (NMDC)
Dipesh Dipu,
Partner, Jenissi Management Consultants

11.50 Bidding for local mines vs. acquiring assets abroad

  • Case study: mines in Indonesia / Australia / India
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of each?
  • How would this dynamic change with the introduction of commercial mining?

Ian Alexander, Managing Director, Australia, John T. Boyd
Nanda Menon
, Director – Investment Banking Division, Investec
Subrato Kumar Ghosh
, Managing Director & Principal Consultant, SRK Consulting

12.20 Dry-bulk shipping: When will freight rates begin to recover?

  • How long is the depressed market expected to last?
  • Reducing oversupply of vessels: Scrapping and building rates
  • Strategies for remaining competitive in current market conditions

 Captain Govind Gautam, CEO, Pacific World Shipping
Sanjeev Mathur,
General Manager, BLL

12.50 Questions and discussion

13.00 Networking lunch

14.00 Roundtables

Trade finance: Who is still lending to coal buyers and suppliers?

  • Which banks are still financing coal trade at current volatility levels?
  • Increased need for lending with power companies unable to pay for deliveries: How long will this last?
  • Alternative sources for borrowing: Where else can buyers and suppliers turn to?

Milan Mehra, Managing Director and Head – Local Corporates, South Asia, Standard Chartered Bank

Improving efficiency of Indian coal-fired power plants with Japanese support

  • Current emissions and burning efficiencies: Where is there room for improvement?
  • Support from Japanese banks: How much is available and in what forms?
  • How long will this financial support from Japan last?

Naoto Furukawa, Representative, India Office, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)

How will India’s domestic coal plans really impact thermal coal imports?

  • Short to medium term outlook for India’s coal imports and domestic production
  • At what rate will India’s thermal coal demand rise in the next 3 years?
  • How would the introduction of commercial mining affect India’s trade dynamics?

Pranay Shukla, Senior Dry Bulk Analyst, Mercuria

When will the coal price hit a floor?

  • Analysis of global price drivers and the rebalancing of supply & demand
  • Will we ever see another spike in coal prices?
  • How is coal faring against other commodities?

Andrew Jones, Coal Correspondent, Argus Media

The increasing role of petcoke in India’s cement industry

  • What properties make petcoke an attractive option for cement manufacturers?
  • What volumes of petcoke are being bought from which sources? Outlook 2015 – 2018.
  • How much competition does petcoke present to traditional coal suppliers?

Surinder K Gupta, Advisor (Commercial), Dalmia Cement (Bharat) Ltd.

15.00 Close of conference







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