Coronavirus global event updates, find out more

2020 Event Agenda

Smithers and the organizing committee regret to inform you that Eurocoke Summit 2020 will be officially postponed until later this year.

We are currently working to confirm new dates in 2020 and will provide you with updated information as soon as it becomes available!

Pre-conference workshop - Monday 27 April

From coal to coke, and up to the blast furnace - a comprehensive overview of the entire coking process

The entire coking process will be described, starting with the different coal fields around the world and the different kinds of coals and their classification. This will be followed by a description of the coke plant itself, the various refractory designs and materials used and the different designs of coke ovens and their operation. An explanation of what happens with the coal when it is charged in the oven chamber is followed by details of how coke quality is influenced by charging the coal blend, and by the operating conditions within the blast furnace. We conclude with a view into the future of coke oven design.


Workshop leaders:

Ingomar Köhler, Consultant, PROCOMCO, Germany

Jan Soonius, Managing Director, HeatTeQ, The Netherlands

  1. Registration

  2. Pre-Conference Workshop

    • Formation of coal
    • Remarkable coal fields worldwide
    • Analyses of coal
    • International classification systems for coal
  3. Refreshment break

  4. Pre-Conference Workshop

    • From coal to coke - coke plant design and materials used
    • Use of coke in the blast furnace
    • Analyses of coke
    • Influences on, and predictions of, coke quality
    • The future of coke oven design
  5. End of workshop

Day One - Tuesday 28 April

Day One - Tuesday, 28 April 2020

  1. Registration and welcome refreshments

  2. Chair's opening remarks

    Jorge Caldeira | Consultant of Coalbiz, Brazil


  1. Latest developments in the European steel market

    Alessandro Sciamarelli | Senior Economic Analysis Manager of European Steel Association (EUROFER)

    • General macroeconomic outlook in the EU
    • Overview of steel-using sectors (construction, automotive, mechanical engineering, electrical appliances)
    • Trends in apparent steel consumption
    • Trends in imports from 3rd party countries and main exporting countries to the EU
  2. Metallurgical coal markets – China influence, supply changes and price uncertainty

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

    • Will there be any change in China’s efforts to restrict imports or any bright demand spots around the globe?
    • Has coal supply stabilised after the trimming in late 2019?
    • What factors are likely to be the main drivers for 2020 prices?
  3. Seaborne Metallurgical Coal Market Outlook in 2020

    Jeffery Lu | Managing Editor, Metallurgical Coal & Coke of S&P Global Platts, Singapore

    • China ferrous supply/demand overview, including iron ore, met coal and steel
    • Latest situation with Chinese met coal import/domestic arbitrage
    • Overview of the Chinese coke market and a shifting regional trade flow
  4. Update on Indian steelmaking growth in view of recent observed slow down

    Dr. Ahmed S. Firoz | Former Chief Economist of Economic Research Unit, Ministry of Steel Government of India; Member Expert Group on Mines of Niti Aayog, India

    • How is government handling financial difficulties of some steel mills?
    • Infrastructure – what projects are in the pipeline to handle the Indian coal demand?           
  5. Panel discussion | Chaired by Jorge Caldeira, Consultant, Coalbiz, Brazil

    Panellists include Eurofer - European Steel Association, Wood Mackenzie, S&P Global Platts, Economic Research Unit, Ministry of Steel Government of India

    Chair: Jorge Caldeira, Consultant, Coalbiz, Brazil

    Panellists include: 

    • Alessandro Sciamarelli, Senior Manager Economic Analysis, Eurofer - European Steel Association
    • Jim Truman, Director Global Metallurgical Coal, Wood Mackenzie, USA
    • Jeffery Lu, Managing Editor, Metallurgical Coal & Coke, S&P Global Platts, Singapore
    • Dr. Ahmed S. Firoz, Former Chief Economist, Economic Research Unit,  Ministry of Steel Government of India; Member Expert Group on Mines of Niti Aayog, India
  6. Networking Coffee Break


  1. Future challenges for European cokemaking

    Peter Liszio | Senior Division Manager OU/Hot Metal/Coking Plant of ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe AG, Germany

    • Environmental challenges
    • Political challenges
    • Plant operation know-how transfer
    • Alternative steel production
  2. Towards a fossil free future – development of iron and steelmaking technology in Sweden and Finland

    Martin Pei | Executive Vice President and CTO of SSAB AB; Chairman of Board, Hybrit Development AB, Sweden

  3. To be confirmed

  4. Networking Lunch


  1. The ongoing RFCS Project ESTIVAL (ESTImation of VALue in use in terms of CSR under different carbonization conditions)

    Maximilian Hoven | Project Manager of DMT GmbH & Co. KG, Germany

    Coke strength after reaction (CSR) is a worldwide accepted and standardized measurement and one of the most important parameters to assess metallurgical coke quality. This despite the fact CSR is not an intrinsic coal characteristic, it is a part of the commercial language in coal trading and metallurgical coke industry.

    Currently in Europe and in coal supplying countries there are numerous pilot facilities and coal assessment laboratory equipment used for coke quality that cannot be compared without difficulty. Separately testing gives its own coke CSR value, which is closely connected with carbonization conditions of the testing Laboratory.

     Against this background, the RFCS Project ESTIVAL picks up these points to understand the influence of carbonization conditions during coke manufacturing on CSR and to identify the differences of CSR under different carbonization conditions.           

  2. Imaging techniques for petrographic characterization of metallurgical coke

    David Pearson | CEO & Founder of Pearson Coal Petrography Inc, Canada

    From the outset, coke petrography involved manual point counting of microtextures in fused coke, which were used to predict Romax of parent coals, and among blend cokes, a bimodal distribution of two log-normal microtextural populations went unrecognized.

    Today, imaging techniques impact the petrographic analysis of blend cokes; for example, pore shapes and sizes which develop in response to gas pressure, further refine source-material recognition.  Stretched and pulled-apart pore walls are indicative of high-pressure gas trapped by impervious thickened plastic layers. In contrast, granular inertinite-rich cokes are produced from thin plastic layers that provide no resistance to gas pressure. Identification of the iconic coke texture, Encapsulite, is an example of application of imaging techniques. This texture can only develop when already-melted fluid-vitrinite engulfs not-yet softened coal grains; the latter subsequently melt at a higher temperature, cocooned by a now-solidifying semicoke. These late-melting kernels are identified in blended cokes by their oval shapes, reflectance contrast, and internal textures indicative of trapped high-pressure gas, or steam. They originate from either vitrinites of low-rank soft coking coals, or from fusible-inertinites of high rank coals, and both significantly improve coke strength.               

    The talk will illustrate recent progress made by imaging technologies and applied to blended cokes.

  3. Utilization of low grade coal in coke making

    Dongmin Jang | Principal Researcher, PhD, Ironmaking and FINEX Research Group of POSCO Research Laboratory, Korea

    • the use of low grade coal(semi-soft, non-coking coal) for reductant in ironmkaing process
    • the effect of low grade coal for reductants to ironmaking and cokemaking process
  4. Networking break

  5. The applying of mathematical models in the formation of the raw coal base of PAO Severstal

    Evgenii Volkov | Leading Expert, Ironmaking of PAO Severstal, Russia

  6. Research & development on large stamp-charging cokemaking technologies

    To be confirmed | TBC of ACRE Coking & Refractory Engineering Consulting Corporation, MCC, China

  7. Leaner blend of coal used to get desired coke CSR using machine learning and optimization models

    Gurvinder Singh Jagdev | Sr. Manager, Battery 8&9 Operation & Heating, Coke Plant of TATA Steel Limited, India

    Developing coal blend models linking interdependent input blend coal properties to output coal quality and process parameters. The models have been developed based on the operating data for the last 3 years for the different coal blend quality parameters and process parameters. The models consist of coke CSR time series equations and coal optimisation models running in tandem. Thus by knowing the input qualities of coals used in coke manufacture, the expected coke quality can be determined.

  8. Q&A and Chair’s closing remarks

  9. Networking drinks reception

Day Two - Wednesday 29 April

Day Two - Wednesday, 29 April 2020

  1. Registration and welcome refreshments

  2. Chair's opening remarks

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


  1. Global coke situation and sustainability

    Ajay Mishra | Executive Director, Global Head of Metallurgical Coal & Coke, Carbon Steel Materials of Noble Resources, Singapore

  2. Woodhouse Colliery: the first new underground metallurgical coal mine in the UK for 30 years

    Mark A. Kirkbride | CEO of West Cumbria Mining Ltd, UK

    Since 2014 West Cumbria Mining has been working on the development of a new underground metallurgical coal mine, Woodhouse Colliery, in the UK.  The presentation will summarise the project status, mining method, coal quality, logistics and key environmental & social governance plans

  3. What does high fluidity northern appalachian coal bring to an international coal blending strategy?

    Larry Runner | Vice President Technical Marketing of Arch Coal, Inc, USA

  4. Construction of new coking coal mine in Poland as an answer for critical raw materials policy of EC

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

  5. Networking break


  1. Environmental challenges and optimization of by-product-plants

    Dr.-Ing. Joanna Kühn-Gajdzik | Senior Process Engineer - Coke Plant Technologies / Gas Cleaning of ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions AG, Germany

    The task of by-product plant is to liberate coke oven gas obtained on coal carbonization from various constituents such as H2H, NH3, light aromatics (BTX) and HCN and to upgrade water obtained so as to be able to pass it on to a waste water cleaning facility and to process by-product such as crude benzole, tar and sulfur to get saleable products.

    In the past the most of the emissions of the coke plant have been reduced, but an emission-free by-product plant was never achieved. Nowadays most of the products can be more economically manufactured using other technologies. Therefore, with some exceptions depending on local economics, the main emphasis of a modern coke by-product plant is to treat the coke oven gas sufficiently so that it can be used as clean, environmentally friendly fuel. The only products of ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions by-product plant are: cleaned COG, saleable products and water in river quality. The innovations used to achieve this will be discussed.

  2. The everlasting coke plant - sustainable life time extension of a coke plant in a densely populated area

    Huub Schulte | Works Engineer Coke and Gas Plants of Tata Steel Europe, Netherlands

  3. Cokemaking machines fit for the new decade

    Pieter Claes | Head of Sales for Coke Oven Machines of Paul Wurth

    In the new decade coke oven plants will continue to face organisational and technical challenges. Increasing political pressure, new environmental, health and safety laws and restrictions, lifetime of existing coke oven batteries and machines, reduced CAPEX budgets and the ever increasing international competition are growing challenges and concerns for coke makers.

    In recent years the increasing loss of expertise is posing a further challenge, when many of the early-generation coke makers will retire and limited budget is available for expert training and handover to a new and young team. The presentation will discuss how the technology providers themselves, as well as new technologies, can support the next generation of coke makers in this transition phase.

  4. Safer cokemaking – advancements in safety technologies

    Oana Niculita | Head of Sales and Marketing of John M Henderson, UK

  5. Networking Lunch


  1. Logistics challenges in the Colombian coke market

    Mauricio Castro | Chief Representative - Colombia of Square Resources, Columbia

    What are terminal operators, shippers and government doing to help overcome the challenges in the next 5 years? The speaker will address trucking, river and rail logistics and capacity, the latest terminal and road infrastructure projects, and new technology development to assist logistics.

  2. State-of-the-art concepts in GPK projects

    Mykhailo Soloviov | Deputy Chief Engineer of Giprokoks, Ukraine

  3. Closing panel - Future of cokemaking –threats and opportunities 2020 onwards

    Featuring speakers from John M Henderson, HeatTeQ, Wood Mackenzie, Coalbiz, Institiute for Chemical Processing of Coal and Thyssenkrupp Steel Europe

    ​Panelists include:

    • Dr. Neil J. Bristow, Principal/Managing Consultant, H&W Worldwide Consulting Pty Ltd, Australia
    • Viktor Stiskala, Head of Technology Coal & Coke Sr. Manager Competence Center Metallurgy, ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe AG, Germany
    • Oana Niculita, Head of Sales and Marketing, John M Henderson, UK
    • Jan Soonius, Managing Director, HeatTeQ, The Netherlands
    • Jim Truman, Director Metallurgical Coal, Wood Mackenzie, USA
    • Jorge Caldeira, Consultant, Coalbiz, Brazil
    • Aleksander Sobolewski, Director, Institute for Chemical Processing of Coal, Poland
  4. Chair's closing remarks

  5. Close of conference