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Agenda Overview

Day One: 19th March 2018: Monday, March 19, 2018

8:00AM Registration and coffee
9:20AM Opening Remarks
Mike Jeapes, Portfolio Director, Coaltrans Conferences
9:30AM Overcoming Egypt’s storage challenges: and Introduction to SESCOtrans

Overcoming Egypt’s storage challenges: and Introduction to SESCOtrans



Aly Al Etreby, Business Developer, SESCO Group
9:50AM Regional coal imports update

•    How many countries are making the switch from gas to coal?
•    Supply side availability – where are the opportunities? 
•    Anticipated coal imports across the region
•    Projections regarding coal demand worldwide – will demand continue to grow, and if so, how fast?
•    Analysing the regional energy mixes

Waleed Abouraya, President & CEO, MEBPC
10:20AM Networking coffee break
11:10AM Panel discussion: The end user perspective – Current outlook for the cement market in Egypt and beyond

•    Cement producer’s procurement plans and concerns
•    Where is coal being procured from and why? 
•    Coal requirements and anticipated volumes required 

Moderator: Waleed Abouraya, President & CEO, MEBPC
Mahmoud Hosny, Manager - Procurement, Arabian Cement
Mohamed Nabil, Fuels Manager, Titan Cement (Alexandria Portland Cement & Benisuef Cement)
Linda Al-Masri, Supply Chain Director, Qatrana Cement Company
Bahadir Kepenek, Procurement Manager - Energy & Alternative Fuels, CIMSA Çimento Sanayi ve Ticaret A.S.
11:50AM ​Procurement strategies: best practice

Procurement strategies: best practice

  • What do buyers need to be aware of when contracting?
  • Logistics and storage considerations for volatile coal
  • Choosing the right coal qualities for your needs
  • Understanding petcoke optimisation in the cement sector

George Erumeda Varghese, Chief Executive / Energy Optimisation Consultant, Trinity Energy Solutions

12:20PM Networking lunch
2:00PM Afternoon keynote address: Green ports dream in Egypt?
Mustafa El Deeb, Minister's advisor for maritime, inland waterways transport and logistics, Ministry of Transportation, Egypt
2:20PM Middle East port capacity and logistical challenges

•    Challenges around port logistics for coal importers and traders
•    Coal volumes traded in Middle East ports and new projects on the horizon
•    Environmental considerations around coal handling
•    Assessing the possible solutions to the challenge of warehousing coal in Egypt 

Aly Al Etreby, Business Developer, SESCO Group
2:40PM The seaborne coal market: an analysis of pricing pressures

•    An update on freight rates and its pricing impact on the coal market 
•    What are the underlying drivers of the supply/demand dynamic in freight?

Essam Bella, Managing Director, CLARKSONS PLATOU DMCC
3:10PM Networking coffee break
3:40PM Coal and Sustainability in emerging markets

•    Discussing myths on CO2 and the environment
•    Global politics and its impact on and opportunity for the cement market

Lars Schernikau, President, HMS Bergbau AG
4:00PM Regional spotlight: Pakistan
Shamsuddin Ahmed Shaikh, Chief Executive Officer, Sindh Engro Coal Mining Company
4:30PM Regional spotlight: Turkey
Dr. Sirri Uyanik, CEO, Iskenderun Enerji Uretim ve Ticaret AS
5:00PM Final Q&A
5:10PM Networking drinks reception

Day two: 20th March 2018: Tuesday, March 20, 2018

9:30AM Opening remarks
9:40AM Pricing Forecast and analysis: at what price will they peak in 2018?

Pricing Forecast and analysis: at what price will they peak in 2018?

  • Recent global fundamental and price trends
  • The growing importance of Middle East importers and their impact on the market
  • The relative competitiveness of different types & origins of coal coming into the Middle East
  • A short term outlook for the key hubs and price benchmarks



Freddie Staermose, VP - Generating Fuels & Dry Bulks, Argus Media
10:10AM South Africa’s role in the MEA and global coal market

•    Analysing the growing opportunities for South African coal into the Middle East 
•    How much is currently being imported and what are the projected volumes? 
•    Suitability of South African coal grades for the power and cement industries

Lars Schernikau, President, HMS Bergbau AG
10:40AM Understanding coal types and qualities

•    Regional coal requirements - which countries are using what and why? 
•    Understanding the different coal qualities available and their uses
•    Analysing the best qualities and blends for cement production 

Afifi Afifi, Managing Director, Protrade Co and CEO, Protrade Company
11:00AM Networking coffee break
11:40AM Meeting the region’s rising demand for Petcoke

•    Petcoke production and transportation – who are the key players? 
•    Economics of using petcoke vs thermal coal – when is coal preferable and why?
•    Future growth opportunities for petcoke in Middle East and elsewhere
•    Petcoke optimisation in the cement sector
•    Assessing petcoke qualities 

Pulak Tyagi, General Manger - Trading, Oman Trading International
12:20PM Farewell lunch