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MetCoke World Summit: 2019 Agenda

Take a look at the innovative speakers and industry-leading content presented at MetCoke 2019.

Day 1: Wed., Nov. 6, 2019

Welcome and Opening Remarks

  1. Registration Opens

  2. Opening Remarks by Conference Producer

Session I: Keynote – A Macro View

Moderator: Becky E. Hites, president of Steel-Insights, LLC 

The opening remarks will look at general economic trends that are driving the global economy. How are Administration policies such as tariffs impacting global markets. Also, a snapshot of the U.S. and global economy from a top-down perspective

  1. A Macro Look at the Global Economy

    Emily Mitchell | Director, Regional Economic Information Network of Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Nashville Branch

    Co-presenter: Rebekah Durham, Federal Reserve of Atlanta, New Orleans Branch, Director of Regional Economic Information Network

    In this interactive session, Federal Reserve speakers will provide an overview of the national economy with focus on the drivers of GDP, the labor market, and inflation. The session will also touch on the role of the Federal Reserve in the modern economy and the work of the Atlanta Fed in incorporating grassroots economic intelligence from business leaders to inform monetary policy.

Session II: Regional Outlook for Coke and Coal

Regional analysis of the MetCoke, coal and steel and industry. Presentations from observers in these areas, followed by a Q&A with the audience. The goal is to give attendees a ground-level feel for the dynamics driving the coal, metallurgical coke, and steel industry.

Moderator: James Truman, Wood Mackenzie USA

  1. The Impact of Global Trade Tariffs and Met Coke, Coking Coal, Steel and Raw Materials Markets

    Hector Forster | Team Leader, Steel Raw Materials of Platts

    Raw materials costs have become a growing issue with steel and raw materials increasingly following diverging trends, leading to steel capacity idling.

    An update on steel industry and trade tariffs impact to Atlantic and Asia-Pacific metallurgical coke and coking coal prices and trade flows, along with wider steel raw materials markets and changes in global trade flows

  2. Long-Term Trends Driving the Coke and Coal Industry in Asia

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

    : A look at factors that are impacting the coke and coal industry in Asia.

  3. Ironmaking and Steelmaking Processes in Europe

    Pasquale Daniele Cavaliere | Professor of University of Salento

    World steel demand and production is continuously growing. Being a high energy intensive and high impact industry, the energy consumption and the greenhouse gases emissions are destined to double by 2050 if the actual processing routes are completely preserved. To avoid this, new paradigms must be developed and approached in order  to transform the sector making it sustainable in the future and compatible with global warming reduction.

    By introducing and optimizing energy efficient solutions to the actual route, only a maximum of 25% of global saving is expected; this target is insufficient for the goals leading to global warming control and reduction. So, based on current climate change forecast, it is predicted that the steel industry will face greater challenges which cannot be solved with the past incremental technologies in the future. US and European reports underline that if the global warming should be avoided, the only way is to develop and apply Breakthrough technologies very fast. The main available technologies employed in the traditional or innovative routes capable of reducing the energy consumption and the dangerous greenhouse emissions will be described. Obviously, the energy topic will be described taking into account the direct and indirect energy consumption per each analyzed technology. The methods to improve the energy efficiency are the energy consumption optimization, the online monitoring and the energy audits.

  4. Networking Break

Session III: Supply and Demand Trends and The Impact of Technology

A discussion on  key issues impacting the flow of coke, coal and steel and how new technology can improve efficiency.

Moderator: Shea Ferguson, Teck Coal

  1. Supply Conditions for the Coke, Coal and Steel Industry

    Dr. Paul Butterworth, MBA CChem MRSC | Research Manager, Steel Raw Materials and Steel Costs of CRU Group

    An update on research in the metals and mining sector. 

  2. The Health of the Coal Industry

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

    How the coal market is striving to stay in business

  3. Digital Transformations

    Ashutosh Agarwal | Director of Industry Strategy of Uptake

    The question is no longer about if. It’s also not about when, because the right
    time was probably a couple years back. But the question is where to start?
    Business-first approach always leads to sustainable results - tech for the sake
    of tech only rarely delivers business returns - Example - Barrick Gold and
    others. Which business KPIs are the best to start when it comes to Digital
    Transformation? Revenue - production, productivity, quality or cost - operating
    cost, maintenance cost, human cost. Or safety?
    What’s the right model? DIY, Buy a software, engage with a consulting firm,
    or partner with a provider? What are the trade-offs on speed, accuracy, cost?
    What are the cost structures across these options? What are the returns?
    What’s the time needed?
    How to start so it can be scaled, rather than one solution for each problem?
    How to navigate the dreaded change management problem?

  4. Networking Lunch

Session IV: Moving on

The transportation is an integral part of the coke, coal and steel industry. Getting the commodity moved from point of generation to its end market can be an expensive proposition. What steps are transportation firms taking to improve the service, while keeping costs manageable.

Moderator: Dan Sandoval, Events Producer, Smithers

  1. Maintaining market share

    Blair Priest | Director Coal Marketing of Norfolk Southern

    While rail movement of coal has declined over the past several years, coal is still a significant portion of the rail business. In 2018, coal accounted for about 31.4 percent of the originated tonnage for U.S. Class 1 railroads, far more than any other commodity. A representative from the U.S. rail industry will discuss the outlook for metallurgical coal.

  2. Using Barges to Move Cargo

    Chuck Arnold | Senior Vice President, Dry Cargo of Ingram Barge

    There are a host of strategies that coke, coal and steel operators can take to improve their use of inland barges to move freight to their final destination.

  3. Investments to Make Ports More Efficient

    Cees van de Mortel | Chief Commercial Officer of T. Parker Host

    What investments are ports making to improve the loading and shipping of coke, coal and other commodities.

  4. Networking Break

Session V: integrated Steel’s Future

Integrated steel companies are being challenged by both flat demand and increased competition from EAFs. What steps can steel companies make to meet the demand for the future.

Moderator: Wayne Harman, Division Manager, Solid Fuels Procurement, ArcelorMittal USA 

  1. Steel Successes Going Forward

    Becky E. Hites | President of Steel-Insights, LLC

    A look at the global steel industry, including the impact that geo-political issues are playing on the steel industry, both in the United States and globally.

  2. Challenges Facing Blast Furnace-based Steel Producers

    Dr. Joseph J. Poveromo | President of Raw Materials & Ironmaking Global Consulting

    The challenges facing blast furnace-based steel producers include the following:

    •             Cost competitiveness vs EAF based steel producers,

    •             As part of the above, the costs of iron ore, coal & coke vs scrap,

    •             Capital cost requirements to sustain blast furnace operations,

    •             Need to maintain steel product differentiation vs EAF steel producers

    •             Overall global steel capacity and trade issues

    The above challenges will be discussed with emphasis on the NAFTA region but also on a global basis.

  3. The Bio Economy and Coal - Working Together to Reduce GHG Emissions in the Steel Sector

    Ted Todoschuk | Principal Researcher of ArcelorMittal Dofasco

    The steel sector is very dependent on fossil fuel carbon to produce steel. The has been significant reduction in energy consumption in the steel sector over the past 30 years which has reduced GHG emissions directly or indirectly. Going forward in the new bio economy, how can new opportunities for further reductions in GHG with be discussed and how will coal fit in.

  4. Networking Reception

Day 2: Thurs., Nov. 7, 2019

Registration and Opening Remarks

  1. Registration Open

  2. Opening Remarks by Conference Producer

Session VI: From the Producers’ Perspective

The coke and coal industry is under significant pressure by market forces and regulatory policies. What steps and strategies are these companies taking to survive and thrive into the future.

Moderator: John Quanci, SunCoke

  1. A Look at the Landscape from a Coal Producer’s Perspective

    Nicholas Cron | Vice President, Portfolio Optimization & Marketing of XCoal Energy & Resources

    A representative from Xcoal Energy & Resources, a privately owned global coal marketing and logistics company, will discuss the landscape that coal and coke marketing firms are confronting with at the present time. The company, with a global presence, exported more than 18 million metric tons in 2018.

  2. An Analysis of the Metallurgical Coal Market

    Jim Thompson | Executive Director US Coal of IHS Markit

    A look at the coke and coal sector

  3. The View from China

    Luther Lu | Analyst of Luminus Management LLC

    Changes in China’s coking coal and coke industry and how they may affect the seaborne market

  4. Networking Break

Session VII: A Look at Technology

Moderator: Sam Sheyn, Sam Sheyn Consulting

What are the innovations that companies are creating to improve the operations of coke and coal operations.

  1. Experience of Operating Stamp Charge Coke Ovens for Three Decades at Tata Steel

    Pratik Swarup Dash | Head (Coal & Coke Making Research Group), R&D of Tata Steel Limited

    Co-presenter: Prakhar Mishra, Chief (Coke Plants), Tata Steel    

    Any quantum leap in blast furnace productivity calls for substantial up grading of coke properties. Quality of coke essentially depends on the coal blend and the practice of carbonization. Although India has large resources of coal, the availability and quality of coal for coke making falls short of the requirements. Indian coals are not amenable to the production of good quality blast furnace coke by just optimizing the blend. The two avenues open for making better coke under these circumstances are:

                  - Incorporation of good prime coking coals into the blend through imports

                  - Adoption of a suitable pre-carbonization technology

        Stamp charging has been established as a versatile technology which not only improves the coke properties that can be obtained from a given coal blend, but also broadens the coal base for coke making, permitting the use of inferior coals without impairing the coke quality. The first stamp charge battery at Tata Steel has achieved operating life of nearly 30 years and still having some residual life. This has been achieved through the guiding philosophy of deploying agile operational practices to produce desired quality and quantity of coke with minimum stack emission and maximizing asset life. Continuous improvement in standard operating practices, optimization of coal blend composition, well designed oven health monitoring and repair practices are the backbone of this achievements. The typical coal blend specifications are as follows: CSN: 5.5 – 6.5, max fluidity: 200 – 800 ddpm, maximum expansion: 50 %, minimum contraction: 20 % and rank of coal (RO): 1.0 – 1.10.

    The preferred mode of battery heating is through lean/ mix gas. Proper charging practice is always ensured which impacts quality and asset life by affecting battery temperature profiles. Continuous focus on eliminating cake breakage is ensured through maintaining coal moisture (10-11%), crushing fineness and stamping time to ensure bulk density (between 1.0 – 1.05). The stamp charge coke oven batteries are subjected to take more load on the oven wall due to higher bulk density of the charge and hence it generates higher swelling pressure and higher thermal load. Therefore, stamp batteries are designed with high wall stability. However, for avoiding excessive wall pressure and damage to the oven wall, close monitoring of the coal blend gas pressure, moisture, crushing fineness and bulk density are extremely essential. This limits the usage of prime hard coking coal generating medium gas pressure in the blend to maximum 15% and usage of low VM high gas pressure generating prime hard coking coal to almost nil.

    Tata Steel’s vision of adopting stamp charge coke making technology in the early 80’s has proved to be in perfect alignment in today’s highly globalized and competitive coke market. After passing through various phases of learning, today the level of understanding on various aspect of the process and battery design is in high order. Looking into the global reserve of prime coking coals, pre-carbonisation coke making technology like stamp charging is likely to gain popularity.

  2. A Novel Technology to Reduce Industrial Dust Pollution especially at CDQ (Coke Dry Quenching)

    Dr. Pekka Mäntylä | Senior Technical Director of Filtra Group Oy

    Instead of filtering gases, our equipment uses flow principles to separate dust from gas. It is especially suitable in applications where gas temperatures are very high, up to 1800 Farenheit, where typical Teflon-based filters cannot operate any more. Our innovation is based on fluid dynamics, familiar from airplane wings where gas flow attaches on curving surfaces.

  3. Modern Refractories for the Repair and Construction of Coke Ovens, World Experience of Using Silica Materials with Large and Small Crystal Lattice.

    Guram Nemsadze | Chairman of Supervisory Board of GIR Refractories

    GIR is one of the largest manufacturers of refractory materials for coke oven lining. The company's production is based on its own sources of raw materials: fireclay and silica.

    Following global trends, the company's factories organized the production of large blocks of fused silica on a full cycle: from plasma melting of quartz glass to manufacturing monolithic blocks according to design drawings based on KDZ refractory plant.

    The basis of the development strategy in the practice of operating the lining of coke oven batteries is the use of the properties of fused silica, namely, its chemical purity, the absence of additional growth upon heating, the ability to retain its properties during rapid heating, and very high thermal stability.

    For the lining of coke oven batteries used silica materials with large and small crystal lattice. Refractory products based on fused quartz have a block structure and are manufactured by concrete technology using the method of vibration casting. The use of the block design allows many times to reduce the number of sizes of refractory products and to increase the building strength of the lining of the coking chambers.

  4. Understanding Block Chain and How it Can Improve Your Operations

    Hugh Halford-Thompson | Vice President of Business Development of Minehub

    The mining industry has been slow to embrace many tools of new technology.
    However, a growing number of mining-based companies are finding
    successes with implementing block chain technology.

  5. Networking Lunch

Session VIII: Regulatory Outlook

How are new regulatory policies changing the operations for coke and coal firms, and can this industry become more sustainable.

  1. Environmental Regulations and Other Challenges that Coke Producers are Facing

    David Ailor | President of American Coke and Coal Chemicals Institute (ACCCI)

    In the early 1990s, U.S. coke producers played a key role in negotiations on Capitol Hill and, subsequently, with EPA, environmentalists and other stakeholders that led to the widely heralded Coke Oven National Emission Standard for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAPs) promulgated by EPA in 1993 under the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 (CAAA). This presentation will focus on the environmental regulations and other challenges that U.S. coke producers are facing in 2019 and beyond and the proactive steps the industry is taking to address them.

  2. A Legal Look at the Coke and Coal Sector

    Robert Burns | Attorney of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC

    An attorney specializing in the natural resources, discusses recent policy changes that may ease the operation of coal mines.

  3. End of Conference, Closing Remarks