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Agenda Overview

Pre-conference: Monday, February 12, 2018


12:00PM Coaltrans Cricket Tournament

Meet and network with your industry colleagues while enjoying a casual game of cricket.

Compete alongside the traders, consumers and global supply chain controlling the Indian coal market.

Participation is restricted to delegates registered for the conference.

If you’d like to take part please email

4:00PM Registration
5:00PM Evening welcome reception

Join us on the beautiful lawns of the Grand Hyatt Goa for one of our famous Coaltrans India welcome receptions

Day 1: Tuesday, February 13, 2018

8:00AM Registration and coffee
9:00AM Opening remarks
Mike Jeapes, Portfolio Director, Coaltrans Conferences

Session 1

9:05AM Understanding the global coal market in 2018
  • Is China still the primary driver of global coal dynamics in 2018?
  • How has global coal supply responded to an improved pricing scenario in 2017?
  • What should we expect from the industry over the coming year?
Rodrigo Echeverri, Head of Hard Commodities Analysis, Noble Resources International Pte Ltd
9:35AM Key forces affecting imports and coal pricing into India
  • Supply side and policy developments facing Indian imports
  • Coal quantities likely to be imported into India in 2018
  • Key factors affecting coal price into India
Claire Pickard-Cambridge, Asia Solid Fuels Manager, Argus Media
10:00AM Questions and discussion
10:20AM Networking refreshment break

Session II

11:00AM Generation dialogue

Hear directly from some of the most prominent figures in the Indian coal industry for their take on the market in an exclusive no-holds-barred interview with Coaltrans Conferences.


Vipul Tuli, CEO & Country Head, Sembcorp India
Naveen Munjal, Director - Business Development and Commercial (Conventional), CLP India Pvt Ltd
Virendra K. Arora, Chief Mentor, Karam Chand Thapar & Bros (CS) Ltd
11:45AM How do utilities view the role of coal in Indian energy infrastructure going forward?
  • How much demand for thermal coal are we likely to see from Indian power over the next year?
  • New thermal power plants under development
  • What are the dynamics of coal vs gas & renewables? To what extent does cheap solar pose a threat to coal growth going forward?
  • Why is power demand subdued in a growing economy?
  • How can import-based power plants compete with domestic plants when seaborne prices are high, and transport links are becoming more efficient?
  • How long will coal remain the backbone of Indian power production?
Kapil Mantri, Head of Corporate Strategy & Business Development, Jindal Steel & Power Limited
Ashok Kumar Khurana, Director General, Association of Power Producers
Vipul Tuli, CEO & Country Head, Sembcorp India
Paulo Rocha, COO, CLP India Pvt Ltd
Prashant Goyal, Director - Fuel Procurement, OPG Power Generation Pvt Ltd
A.M. Dharam, Head - Fuel Sourcing, Tata Power Company Limited
12:30PM Networking lunch

Meet the buyers roundtable session

2:00PM Roundtables

Join three exclusive roundtables with key buyers from major Indian power, steel, and construction companies. Email to reserve your place - each table is limited to only 10 seats!

Prashant Goyal, Director - Fuel Procurement, OPG Power Generation Pvt Ltd
Yagyesh Gupta, Chief Procurement Officer, JK Cement Ltd
Rajnish Kapur, Business Head (Grey Cement), JK Cement Ltd

Session III

2:00PM What will Indonesian export limitations mean for India?
  • What production strategies are Indonesian mining companies employing for 2018?
  • Coal quality specifications for Indonesian coals
  • How do Indonesian domestic politics impact the coal export basket?
  • Are exports really likely to halve by the end of 2019?
Hendra Sinadia, Deputy Executive Director, Indonesian Coal Mining Association
Cameron Tough, Head of International Marketing, PT Adaro Indonesia
Rajendra Singh, Chief Operating Officer, Adani Enterprises Ltd
2:45PM What are the implications of the proposed petcoke ban for coal?
  • Current regulatory status of petcoke
  • Understanding petcoke - coal competition
  • Consequences for coal of the potential petcoke ban
Puneet Gupta, CEO, CoalShastra
3:00PM Understanding the role of anthracite in Indian coal imports
  • What are the primary uses of anthracite in India?
  • Where are anthracite prices headed over the next four quarters?
  • Current trends in anthracite production
Andrey Tarasko, Deputy General Manager International Sales Department, JSC Siberian Anthracite

In this session, Coaltrans invites a speaker from outside the industry to give their fresh perspective on the challenges facing the coal industry over the coming years.

For this year, we invited Karthik Ganesan, Research Fellow at the Council of Energy, Environment & Water, to get his perspective on the renewable energy revolution and what it may mean for India's coal industry.

Karthik Ganesan, Research Fellow, Council of Energy, Environment, & Water
3:30PM Networking refreshment break

Meet the miners roundtable session

4:00PM Roundtables

Join three exclusive roundtables with key Indonesian miners. Email to reserve your place - each table is limited to only 10 seats!

Session IV

4:00PM Has the cement industry recovered from the demonetisation and GST shocks?
  • What is the expected demand levels for coal from the cement industries over 2018?
  • Dynamics of coal vs petcoke in cement production
  • Where are petcoke prices headed over the short term?
  • Identifying the financial health of the construction sector and the implications for cement production
  • How are high coal and petcoke prices impacting cement production?
Sanjay Kumar, Strategic Sourcing Director, Solid Fuels, India, LafargeHolcim
Kirit C Gandhi, Joint President (Materials), Shree Cement Ltd
Yagyesh Gupta, Chief Procurement Officer, JK Cement Ltd
Nitin Ambhaikar, Advisor, JK Cement Ltd
Aparna Dutt Sharma, Secretary General, Cement Manufacturers' Association
4:45PM What are the best practices for disposing and profiting from coal-combustion byproducts?
  • Trading ash on the global market
  • Which markets are best suited for Indian ash products?
  • How are coal combustion byproducts differentiated, and what does this mean for the export value?
  • Qualities and types of ash produced in India
  • Environmental best practice in ash disposal
Vivek Taneja, Head of Business Development & Strategic Initiatives, Thermax Ltd
Rishit Dalal, Director (International Business), Jaycee
Sanjay Mandhania, Director, AshTech India
Bill Martin, Partner, Coal Ash Solutions
Ed Hatfield, CEO, ANSE Materials
5:30PM Casino Theme Networking Party sponsored by Trafigura

Day 2: Wednesday, February 14, 2018

9:30AM Opening remarks

Session V

9:35AM Short-to-medium term metcoal price forecast
  • Key developments in the met coal market in 2017
  • Key developments in the Chinese met coal market in 2017
  • Impact of those developments on the market and price in early 2018
  • Key factors to watch out for over the next four quarters
Deepali Sharma, Steel Raw Materials Editor, Metal Bulletin Singapore
10:00AM How much metcoal will the Indian steel sector require over 2018-19?
  • At what rate is the Indian steel sector growing? What does this mean for coal demand?
  • Identifying the best strategies to hedge against volatile metcoal prices
  • Will we see consolidation in the Indian steel sector?
  • Are bad debts in the steel sector hindering its development?
  • To what extent is the Indian steel sector impacted by global steel supply/demand dynamics
  • Locating the downside risks in the Indian steel industry
Jitendra Nanda, Vice President - Raw Materials, Essar Steel Limited
Arun Maheshwari, Executive Vice President - Commercial, JSW Steel Limited
Kapil Dhagat, Executive Vice President - Head Coal Mining, Jindal Steel & Power Ltd
10:45AM Networking refreshment break

Session VI

11:15AM POLLING SESSION - You create the discussion!

Interactive polls and questions asked throughout the conference will be discussed by a series of thought leaders from the Indian coal industry. Get the information you need to know directly from the decision makers!

11:45AM Improving the Indian coal supply chain from producer to end-user
  • What progress is being made to improving rail links?
  • Shipping supply & demand, and hedging strategies
  • New coal port capacity under development
  • Identifying the opportunities for development of the Indian inland waterway coal transportation network
  • Role of GST in improving ease of transportation between states
  • How can shippers increase profitability as volumes decrease?
  • Understanding the impact of inland transportation capacity for coastal power plants ability to compete
  • How can state and industry cooperate to develop the coal transportation capacity within India?
Chandi K Sharma, MD Shipping, OPG Power Generation Pvt Ltd
Virendra K. Arora, Chief Mentor, Karam Chand Thapar & Bros (CS) Ltd
H S Bajwa, Director of Traffic, Ministry of Railways, Government of India
Capt Govind Kumar Gautam, CEO, Pacific World Shipping Pte Ltd
12:30PM Networking lunch

Session VII

2:00PM What will the development of Indian coal washeries mean for demand?
  • What plans are being initiated to develop Indian coal washing?
  • Is there currently a problem with coal quality delivered?
  • What is holding back greater use of washing at mine mouths?
  • What structural problems are preventing better uptake of washing at mine mouths?
  • Learning best practice from international coal washeries
  • What role will the private sector play in developing Indian coal washeries?
R. K. Sachdev, President, Coal Preparation Society of India
R.P. Singh, Secretary General, Quality Council of India
Atul Kumar Bhatnagar, Chief Natural Resources Dvision, Tata Steel
Alok Perti, Former Advisor, Ministry of Coal, Government of India



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