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Agenda Overview


16.00 – Registration opens

18.00 – Ice-breaker reception

Join us on the beautiful lawn of the Taj Palace New Delhi




08.00 - Registration and coffee

09.30 - Opening remarks

Alex Tyumenin, Managing Director, Coaltrans Conferences

09.35-11.00 - SESSION 1: How is the Indian coal market transforming in 2017?

09.35 - Domestic vs. imported coal: how to find the elusive balance

  • Why is importing coal still crucial for India?
  • Advantages and disadvantages of domestic/international coal quality
  • Necessity of a regional strategy for balancing procurement baskets

Rodrigo Echeverri, Head of Energy Coal Analysis, Noble Group


10.00 - Impact of Coal India Ltd's restructuring of the domestic coal market

  • Is CIL on track to meet its production targets?
  • How can CIL synergise with traders to export coal to neighbouring countries?
  • Will plans to introduce coal washing at mine mouths go ahead?
  • How much coal will domestic production remove from the import market?

S Bhattacharya, Chairman, Coal India Ltd


10. 40 - Questions and discussion

11.00 - Networking refreshment break

11.30 - 13.00 - SESSION 2: Understanding developments in the Indian thermal coal market

Chair: Prashant Goyal, Director – Head of Procurement, OPG Power


11.30 - How is the growth in domestic coal mining changing power utilities' procurement strategies?

  • How will trading patterns change as power plants consume more domestic coal?
  • Will inland plants take a greater share of power generation at the expense of coastal import-based power plants?
  • Will low energy demand develop the power trading market between neighbouring countries?

Sanjay Sagar, Jt. Managing Director & CEO, JSW Energy

Jagat Paikara, Vice President - Coal Business, Reliance Power

Ashwani Raina, Head – Sourcing Imported & Domestic Coal, Essar Power


12.15 Fundamentals driving the Indian coal import market in 2017

  • How have the underlying drivers of coal prices into India changed since early 2016?
  • How are market conditions in north-east Asia impacting Indian prices?
  • What factors could influence supply-demand dynamics in 2017?

Ian Bhullar, Deputy Editor, Argus Media


12.45 - Questions and discussion

13.00 - Networking lunch

14.00-15.30 SESSION 3: Is metcoal the future of Indian coal imports?

Chair: PK Singh, Chairman, SAIL


14.00 - Modelling short-term coke demand and pricing

  • Short term price trends - how much will importing coke into India cost in six months?
  • Underlying fundamentals of metcoal pricing
  • Are we seeing a long-term tightening of the coke market?

Amit Kumar, Head of Coal Sourcing, Jindal Steel & Power


14.30 - Forecasting growth in metcoal demand from the steel industry

  • What quantities of metcoal will steel mills import 2017-2020?
  • Ensuring accurate coal quality specifications
  • Will steel companies increase power trading activity under a reformed transmission network?

Ponnapalli Madhusudan, CEO, RINL/Vizag Steel

J Nanda, Vice President, Head - Raw Materials, Essar Steel

Amit Kumar, Head of Coal Sourcing, Jindal Steel & Power


15.15 - Questions and discussion

15.30 - Networking refreshment break

16.00-17.30 - SESSION 4: How are competitive fuels shaping Indian coal demand?

16.00 - What role will coal play in the Indian energy mix in 2025?

  • What balance will power generators look to achieve with coal, renewables and gas?
  • Will petcoke increase its share in power generation?
  • How long can coal remain in India's energy basket as carbon reduction becomes an increasing priority?

Chair: Ashok Khurana, Director-General, Association of Power Producers

Vipul Tuli, CEO & Country Head, Sembcorp India

Prashant Goyal, Director - Head of Procurement, OPG Power

Rajendra Singh, COO, Adani

Rajiv Mishra, Executive Managing Director, CLP India


16.45 - Can coal compete with petcoke in cement production?

  • How is petcoke impacting coal imports?
  • Are petcoke prices firming? Will coal make a comeback?
  • Will Reliance's gasification project raise petcoke prices by increasing demand?

Chair: NA Viswanathan, Secretary-General, Cement Manufacturers Association

KC Gandhi, Joint President - Materials, Shree Cement

Arun Daga, Joint President, Ultratech Cement

Mike Nelson, Head of Petcoke & Coal, Reliance Industries

Sanjay Kumar, Senior Vice President - Solid Fuels Strategic Sourcing, LafargeHolcim Group


17.30 - Evening drinks reception



09.00 Registration and coffee

09.30 Opening remarks

Holly Watson-Steward, Head of Sponsorship & Exhibition Sales, Coaltrans Conferences

09.35-10.45 SESSION 5: India within global coal dynamics

09.35 - International mining operations and economics

  • What is the basis of price formulation for international anthracite miners?
  • Should Indian anthracite consumers be looking to diversify their import baskets?
  • Advantages of Russian anthracite for Indian steel producers

Andrey Tarasko, Deputy General Manager – International Sales Development, Siberian Anthracite


09.55 - How can Indian companies capitalise on international coal ash markets?

  • Supply/demand dynamics of global ash markets
  • Problems arising from the transportation, utilisation and processing of coal combustion by-products
  • What ash trading opportunities are available for Indian producers?

Vivek Taneja, Head of Business Development & Strategic Initiatives, Thermax Ltd​

Dr Soundaram Ramanathan, Programme Officer - Environmental Governance (Energy), Centre for Science and Environment

Dr Anjan K Chatterjee, Chairman, Conmat Technologies Pvt Ltd


10.30 - Questions and discussion

10.45 - Networking refreshment break

11.30-12.30 - SESSION 6: Tracking changes in coal evacuation and shipping

Chair: HS Bajwa, Director of Traffic, Indian Railway Board

11.30 - How much will new rail corridors increase evacuation capacity?

  • Timeline for completion of rail corridors
  • Impact of new corridors in overcoming coal evacuation blockages
  • Will increased rail connectivity decrease import demand from coastal power plants?

HS Bajwa, Director of Traffic, Indian Railway Board


11.55 - How will shipping trade flows change as power plants consume more domestic coal?

  • Can thermal coal exports from India boost the shipping market?
  • Six month freight forecast
  • How can shippers maximise efficiency in a low-price environment?

Captain Govind Gautam, CEO, Pacific World Shipping


12.15 - Questions and discussion

12.30 - Networking lunch

14.00-15.00 - Roundtables

Roundtable 1: The structure of the domestic coal market in India – the good and the bad

Rodrigo Echeverri, Head of Energy Coal Analysis, Noble Group


Roundtable 2: Can robust growth in the industrial sector revive demand for coal in cement production?

Arun Daga, Joint President, Ultratech Cement


Roundtable 3: State of the shipping and freight markets

Captain Govind Gautam, CEO, Pacific World Shipping 


Roundtable 4: Impact of demonetisation on coal demand from cement industry

Sanjay Kumar, Strategic Sourcing Director Solid Fuels India, LafargeHolcim Group


14.40 - Roundtable summaries

15.00 - Closing Remarks