2018 Event Agenda

The exciting agenda for Eurocoke Summit 2018 is now confirmed - see what you will hear below:

Day one - Wednesday 25 April

Eurocoke Summit Day One

  1. Registration and morning refreshments

  2. Chair’s opening remarks

  3. Opening technical keynote

    Carl De Maré | Vice-President, Head of Technology Strategy of ArcelorMittal Group CTO, Belgium

Global Outlook For The Coke, Coal And Steel Industries

  1. The outlook for the EU economy and steel market: will the good times last?

    Ing Jeroen Vermeij | Director, Market Analysis and Economic Studies of EUROFER, Belgium

    The EU economy and the EU steel market surprised on the upside in 2017. Jeroen Vermeij, Director Market Analysis and Economic Studies at EUROFER, will explore the prospects for 2018 and 2019 and provide insight on the risks and opportunities for the EU steel sector

  2. The latest on coal supply and demand (tbc)

    Dr. Neil J. Bristow | Principal/Managing Consultant of H&W Worldwide Consulting Pty Ltd, Australia

  3. Networking break

  4. Coal market issues and the impact of Chinese winter industrial restrictions

    Jim Truman | Director - Global Metallurgical Coal Markets of Wood Mackenzie, USA

    • Pressures that are keeping metallurgical coal prices elevated
    • A look at how China’s “2+26” policy impacted the market
    • The outlook for new mine projects and the role of the US in global balance
    • Near-term market expectations
  5. Coal and coke market outlook in Poland, Ukraine and Turkey (tbc)

    William May | Steel Raw Materials Analyst of CRU Group, UK

  6. Russian coal and coke markets: current dynamics and future perspectives

    Alexander Ignatov | President & Founder of ICG Consulting, Inc., Russia

    • Russian coal industry: 300-yr jubilee in 2022
    • Major results 2017 (production, domestic supply, export)
    • National program Coal-2030
    • Coking coal: flat domestic demand, while export drives the growth
    • Coke: few scenarios for coke demand
    • Thermal coal: growing domestic demand and export; construction of new coal-utilizing power plants across Russia
    • Environmental factor: potential impact of Paris Agreement over the Coal-2030 program; use of new clean technologies in coal production and power generation
  7. Networking lunch

Increasing Profitability Through Plant Operations And Maintenance

  1. Case studies: Successful improvement projects at Tata Steel IJmuiden

    Tom Luttikhuizen | Team Manager Coke Oven Batteries of Tata Steel, The Netherlands

  2. Use of alternative coals/materials in the Coke Plant with a focus on cost reduction and CO2 emissions

    Guilherme Liziero | Technical Manager Coke Plant of Gerdau, Brazil

    In today's fierce competition scenario, one of the lines for reducing the cost of coal blend is the development of alternative domestic raw materials that minimise the cost of coke and CO2 emissions.

    The present study evaluated the use of waste tires, charcoal fines and fluff allied to the high participation of Colombian coal and pet coke, guaranteeing competitiveness and sustainability to metallurgical coke produced.

  3. Networking break

  4. Stable operation of 7.6m coke oven in Krakatau POSCO

    Jeong-Hoon Kim | Coke Plant Manager, Krakatau of POSCO, Indonesia

    Krakatau POSCO is the first integrated iron and steel work in Indonesia. In this presentation POSCO proudly introduce the stable operation of 7.6m coke oven and some of characteristics and improvements as well.

  5. Start-up of new coke oven batteries in Poland focused for foundry coke production

    Aleksander Sobolewski | Director of Institute for Chemical Processing of Coal, Poland

    • Technical details of new coke oven batteries in Poland
    • The reasons for the use of  stamp charging selection
    • Why the producers decide to go to foundry coke
    • How do environmental regulations influence battery design?
  6. Chair's closing remarks

  7. Networking drinks reception

    Sponsored by XCoal

    Join your peers to carry on conversations started during the day in a more informal atmosphere. The drinks reception will be sponsored by:

Day two - Thursday 26 April

Eurocoke Summit Day Two

  1. Delegate sign-in and morning refreshments

  2. Chair’s opening remarks

Developments In India

  1. Indian steel and met coke market

    Arun Kumar Jagatramka | Chairman and Managing Director of Gujarat NRE Coke Limited, India

    • Indian economy – challenges to growth
    • Economic revival – Has it got back its mojo?
    • Steel demand and consumption – current trend and future outlook
    • Met coke market in India  
    • Challenges for met coke producers – Environment, coal availability and cheap imports
    • Future outlook of Indian met coke industry – adapting to sustain and grow
  2. Merchant coke making in India via recovery route

    Abhijit Sen | Vice President Coke Ovens of Bhushan Power & Steel, India

  3. Success stories of JSW non-recovery coke oven

    Reji Mathai | Senior Manager (Coke Oven Operation) of JSW Steel Ltd, India

    JSW Salem Non recovery coke oven plants have encountered many problems during the last ten years that includes international coal price increase, oven aging and consistent quality demand from internal customer. The challenges have been addressed by developing various in-house innovative method and techniques.

    • Usage up to 22% low cost PCI in the coal blend, resulted in significant cost reduction.
    • Development of an innovative Refractory diagnosis methodology by using 13x3.5x1.5-meter-long insulated cage for online hot repair in short span.
    • Introducing of sacrificial layer of waste fly ash on coal cake to minimize burning loss.
    • Utilization of waste flue gas heat in Coke Dryer bunker to reduced coke moisture from 5.0% to 2.0%. 
  4. Networking break

Index Pricing

  1. The validity of Index Pricing and its role in the coal market

    Snapshot panel featuring indices, buyers and suppliers to answer key questions on the use of price indices.

    • The role of index pricing on coal market
    • Methodology for price indications
    • Reliability of information sources
    • Buyer´s and Seller´s view on index pricing

    Panellists include:

    Chris Urzaa, Marketing Manager – Coal, Jellinbah Group, Australia

    Gregory Holt, Senior Coking Coal Correspondent, Argus Media, Singapore

    Hector Forster, EMEA, Americas Steel Raw Materials, Metals Analytics, S&P Global Platts, UK

    Jack Porco, President & Chief Commercial Officer, Xcoal Energy and Resources, USA

  2. Networking lunch

What’s New In The Industry?

  1. Coke tumbler strength prediction from measurements of the plastic layer

    Rich Pearson | President of Pearson Coal Petrography, Canada

    • New Tumbler Coke Strength prediction technique using Sapozhnikov plastic layer thickness, contraction and Vitrinite reflectance.
    • Sapozhnikov plastometer data classifies global coking coals
    • Sapozhnikov identifies expanding and contracting coal types
  2. Recent technlogical developments for coke oven plants

    Michael Neumann | Deputy Head of Coke Oven Department, Coke Plant Technologies of thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions AG, Germany

    The presentation shall introduce developments of technology and design, which provide potentials to reduce the investment cost and improve the technological value of the plant.

    • New technologies for reduction of NOx-content in the waste gas
    • Selection of the optimum oven dimensions for different production capacities
    • General design improvements
    • Value of precise commissioning, plant adjustment and operator training
  3. How should the industry respond and move forward from here?

    Closing panel session featuring the experts of the Eurocoke Summit Advisory Board

    Dr Hardarshan S. Valia, President, Coal Science Inc, USA

    Dr María Antonia Diez, Research Scientist, CSIC-INCAR, Spain

    Dr Neil J. Bristow, Principal/Managing Consultant, H&W Worldwide Consulting Pty Ltd, Australia

    Jim Truman, Director - Global Metallurgical Coal Markets, Wood Mackenzie, USA

    Jorge Caldeira, Manager Technical Marketing, Jellinbah Group, Brazil

    Ingomar Köhler, Consultant, PROCOMCO, Germany

    Aleksander Sobolewski, Director, Institute for Chemical Processing of Coal, Poland

    Jan Soonius, Managing Director, HeatTeQ, The Netherlands

  4. Chair's closing remarks and close of conference

Pre-conference Workshop

Pre-conference workshop - Tuesday 24 April

  1. Battery maintenance and repairs a recap on the history and the current state-of-the-art systems

    • The role of operators in day-to-day management of coke oven batteries
    • Deterioration of coke oven walls, measuring systems and preventive measures
    • The developments made in materials used for (refractory) maintenance
    • The developments in repair techniques

    Facilitators include:

    Jan Soonius, Managing Director, HeatTeQ Refractory Services B.V., the Netherlands

    Timo Vierimaa, Coke Plant Manager, SSAB Europe Oy, Finland