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The 2021 agenda featured expert speakers from S&P Global Platts, CRU, Tata Steel Limited, Raw Materials & Ironmaking Global Consulting, Energy Ventures Analysis, and much more. Take a look at the 2021 agenda!

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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

Anthony (Tony) Knutson | Principal Analyst – Met Coal Research, Wood Mackenzie
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
PANEL: How is the industry securing its future post COVID the impact of COVID19 from supply chain disruption to changes in day to day operations?
  • Dr. John Quanci, Vice President of Engineering and Technology, SunCoke
  • Anthony Knutson, Principal Analyst Metallurgical Coal Research,  Wood Mackenzie, USA
  • Ernie GoffI, Vice President-Global Business, Development: Business Unit Director, Coke Americas Division, Fosbel Inc
  • Matthew F. Kajfez, Founder & Principal, Harrison Matthews Consulting, LLC
  • Becky E. Hites, President, Steel-Insights, LLC
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.
Networking Break
Session II: 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
Networking Lunch
Session III: 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
Consolidation, Capital Investment and Cunning: USA Steel Industry Growing Younger, Wiser, And Greener
With two new mills announced in the past 7 days (at United States Steel Corporation and Nucor Corporation), the USA steelmakers continue their commitment to invest in the future of the USA steel industry and to build adequate production capacity to reduce the USA's dependence on imports in high demand times.  Additional commitments have been announced at multiple steel producers to utilize green energy and environmentally sensitive production processes.  When coupled with the consolidation discipline to keep old, inefficient facilities off line and invest in the modernization of older, productive facilities to improve cost and quality competitiveness, the future of the USA steel industry is invigorating as it "grows younger".
Becky E. Hites | President, Steel-Insights, LLC
Speaker Q&A
Networking Break
PANEL: Update on Current M&A Activity and its Impact on the Industry
Session IV: Transportation
Are changing met coal trade flows here to stay?
  • Impact of China’s informal ban on Australian coal
  • Evolution of trade flows: how suppliers and buyers adapted
  • Did the market benefit or suffer from the new normal?
  • Near term market outlook

Siew Hua Seah | Global Editor, Argus Ferrous Markets, Argus Media Ltd
2022 – Let the Good Times Roll - Coal Logistics In The USA
  • Ferrous Raw Materials Prices – new normal or frothy bubble?
  • Transportation – will bottlenecks ease?
  • Geopolitics – when will tensions thaw?

Ted O’Brien | Founder & CCO, Oluma Resources
Networking Reception Sponsored by XCoal
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Session V: Industry Innovation and Technological Advances
Scope21 Coke-Making Process
SCOPE21 Coke-making process was developed as a Japanese national project for the purpose of high quality coke production, CO2 reduction , and expansion of coal resources for producing high quality metallurgical coke.
  • In 2008, SCOPE21 process came in stream at Nippon Steel Oita Works for the first time and the second unit was introduced at Nagoya Works in2013.
  • In this presentation, the feature of SCOPE21 process and the operation will be discussed.    

Mr. Shinta WADA | Manager, NSC Headquarters Coke Technology
Teck Coal update Shea Ferguson Senior Engineer Supervisor Quality, Teck Coal Technical Marketing
This presentation will provide an update to Teck's current profile as well as an update to our steelmaking coal production and some of the challenges we face.
Shea Ferguson | Sr. Engineer Supervisor of Quality, Teck
System Overview and Case Study Before and After Implementing Digital Insight Platform in Indian Integrted Steel Plant Coke Oven Battery
EAGLE COKETM Is Designed For The Coke Oven Batteries, The Basic Foundation Of This Platform Is On Strong Framework Of Predictive Analytics Assisting In Effective Decision Making For Better Coke Making.
The Platform Has Following Major Modules
  • Predictive Modelling Of Coking Process
  • Constraint Based Dynamic Scheduling
  • Heating Process Management
Major Benefits of implementing this technology:
# Reducing emissions and pollution
# Increasing gas utilization rate and further saving energy
# Improving coke quality steadily
# Increasing safety Aspects of Battery operation
DR. S B Chadhury | Principal Technologist, Lotus Wireless Technologies India Private Limited
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
Networking Break
Changing patterns in US coking coal exports
The unofficial China-Australia trade war has added new dimensions to coking coal trade flows from US. Suppliers have moved towards the East, while Australians are increasing supplies to Latin America, Europe and Turkey. Is this the way forward for US producers?
Ranjana von Wendland | Head of AT, Dow Jones
Closing Panel: Summary and Industry Call to action
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