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Session I: Metallurgical Coal, Coke and Steel Market Dynamics and Global Expectations
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This session will feature presentations from leading industry experts share insights on the metallurgical coal, coke and steel industry market trends and global market outlook and the impact of COVID19
Metallurgical coal - A Volatile Marketplace
  • Covid impact on US output and exports
  • China ban on Australian coal splits the market
  • The hydrogen challenge on steelmaking
  • Near-term expectations

Jim Truman | Director - Global Metallurgical Coal Markets, Wood Mackenzie, USA
Energy Ventures Analysis Outlook for US Metallurgical Coal Supply and Demand
Mr. Schwartz will present EVA's analysis and forecast of production of US metallurgical coal and demand. The presentation will include: - Historical data on met coal supply by producer, coal product (LV, MV, HVA, HVB, PCI) and mine complex - Historical data on met coal demand by sector, including domestic coke ovens and blast furnaces and exports by port and destination - Impact of world coal market prices on US exports and mine production - Decline in US met coal demand and production in response to COVID-19 and response of US coal supply to the economic recovery - Forecast of US met coal demand in the domestic market (coke ovens in the US and Canada) and exports by port and coal basin - Domestic met coal contract sales and prices for 2021 and the outlook for 2022 - Forecast of US met coal production including existing mine complexes and growth from new mine projects - Estimates of US met coal production costs and the cost curve for the export market, adjusted for quality and freight - Issues that affect the outlook for US met coal, including the growth of EAF steel production, decarbonization initiatives, met coal supply from other countries, and currency exchange rates

Seth Schwartz | President, Energy Ventures Analysis
Networking Break
PANEL: How is the industry securing it’s future post COVID the impact of COVID19 from supply chain disruption to changes in day to day operations.
  • Dr. John Quanci, VP of Engineering and Technology, SunCoke
  • Jim Truman, Director, Global Metallurgical Coal Markets, Wood Mackenzie, USA
COVID19 Impact on entire supply chain. Emphasis on Pandemic Related - How was the recovery and how its projected going forward ? Domestic as well as International.

Operational excellence at coke plant Tata Steel during unprecedented COVID circumstances
Additional Presenter:
Ranjan Kumar Singh, Chief Coke Ovens, Tata Steel Limited, Jamshedpur, India

COVID-19 has given many challenges to the world not only in the healthcare sector but also impacted large scale industries. Due to ceased market majority of the industries are facing difficulties in sales and thereby forced to reduce production. Also, due to strict governmental norms many industries needed to lockdown amidst rising COVID infections. Integrated steel plant which includes plants such as coke plant, blast furnaces, sinter etc. are difficult to regulate in terms of productivity. Challenge to the operation departments comes when the production needs are variable or intermediate start & stop during such situations. However, these kinds of situations also present itself with opportunities to perform difficult trials. This article outlines two perspectives; I) Productivity management during lower demand II) Extreme trials for future proofing and reducing cost. To minimise the risks, these trials were conducted in old stamp charged batteries at Tata Steel Jamshedpur, India. I) Productivity Management: Two methodologies are proposed to mitigate the risk of coke oven battery damage during production throttling: a. Hot-Boxup: Coke mass is allowed to stay inside the ovens for prolonged durations b. Hot- Idling: Reducing the cross-battery temperature with empty ovens Plant trials were conducted with both the options for 8 days and 18days respectively. Hot box up proved to the most efficient with 53.82% fuel savings and 290 tons of CO2 avoidance. Whereas hot idling showed great promise for longer throttling periods with 45.7% fuel savings and 608 tons of CO2 avoidance. II) Extreme Blend Trials: Coal blend trials were conducted which would have been impossible during the normal production regime. Normal coking time vs prolonged coking time were also studied for these trials. Emphasis was given to use captive coal in the view to mitigate the import risk and to reduce overall cost of the blend. Some blends showed marginal to no improvements whereas others proved to be highly cost effective.
Ajinkya Meshram | Principal Researcher, Research & Development, Tata Steel Limited, Jamshedpur, India
Session II: Transportation (tariffs ) Barge Rail and Ocean
Overview of Port Efficiency
Speaker to be confirmed

How disruptions have impacted current and future capacity, challenges and solutions ahead
Port/Transportation Disruption - When will Capacity be Back to Normal
Speaker to be confirmed
Networking Lunch
Session III: Challenges Facing the market
Environmental and Regulatory Update
During the 1990s the metallurgical coke industry and most other industries in the United States began facing an increasingly weighty regulatory burden as government began playing a larger and larger role in the everyday affairs of "Corporate America."  During this period, environmental statutes and rules/regulations began comprising an increasingly large share of this burden, as a strong public interest in protecting the environment resulted in intensified efforts at the Federal, state, and local levels to reduce pollution. 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 principal Federal environmental rules and rulemakings that U.S. coke producers are facing in 2021 and beyond and the proactive steps the industry is taking to address them.
David C. Ailor, P.E. | President, American Coke and Coal Chemicals Institute
Sustainability, Decarburization and Future Industry Impact
The movement towards decarbonization will have a profound impact on steelmaking and steelmaking materials from this point onwards.  Ms. Lupori will cover what decarbonization means not only for today’s industry but for decades to come including the outlook for the integrated steelmaking route and the demand for metallurgical coal and coke in a “greener” future.
Lynn Lupori | Head of Consulting – North America, CRU
US coking coal price index impact from China imports, regional post-COVID demand
  • US coking coal spot price premiums, price dislocations with Australian coking coal analyzed. US met coal grades and changes to supplies captured in spot price indices.
  • How hydrogen and lower-emissions steelmaking trends in Europe may influence met coke and coking coal demand, trade

Hector Forster | Senior Editor, Steel Raw Materials and Metals Analysis, S&P Global Platts
Day one concludes
Networking Reception
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Session IV: Insight from steel companies, Steel making in N.A, Steel Industry Trend
Growth of EAF vs BF/BOF Steel Production; Impact on Met Coke Demand
Global overview of EAF vs BF/BOF Steel Production
  • NAFTA (USA, Canada, Mexico) Growth of EAF vs BF/BOF Steel Production
  • EU Future Growth of DRI/EAF Steel Production to Reduce CO2 Emissions
  • Prospect for CO2 Reduction with BF/BOF Route
  • Metallics (DRI, pig iron) for EAF Production): role for NAFTA BF Sector
  • Implications for Future Met Coke Demand

Dr. Joseph J Poveromo | Raw Materials & Ironmaking Global Consulting
Status of Austrailan Market and Impact of China
Update on current M&A activity and it’s impact on the industry
Speaker to be confirmed
Coal Industry Update
Speaker to be confirmed.
Networking Break
Session V: Industry Innovation and Technological Advances
New Coke Making Technology
Speaker to be confirmed

New and alternative coke making technology.
Panel: Plant Technology
Panelists to be confirmed
Networking Lunch
Session VI: Future of NA Coke Making
Future of N.A. Coke making
1. Forecast of North American metallurgical coal demand and supply
2. Outlook for world met coal markets, including demand growth in Asia and decline in Europe, and supply outlook from the major exporting countries
3. Impact of the growth of electric arc furnace steel production and DRI on the outlook for met coke and coal demand
4. Potential impact of hydrogen-based steel production on world demand for met coke and met coal
Seth Schwartz | President, Energy Ventures Analysis
Challenges facing industry
Speaker to be announced.
  • Alternatives/competition
  • Calls to reduce coke caused pollution
  • Coke ovens current Life expectancy, and challenges in the future for labor and material supply, as most of the equipment are reaching mature life.
Environmental Considerations
Speaker to be announced.
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