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mjunction organizes the 11TH Indian Coal Markets Conference


 

mjunction organizes the 11TH Indian Coal Markets Conference

Premier International Conference focusing on the issues of the consumers of coal

Kolkata, September , 2016: mjunction services ltd,a joint venture between Tata steel and SAIL, country’s largest e-market place for coal and steel is hosting the11thInternational Coal Markets Conference. This is a leading annual gathering of Indian policymakers, coal producers, coal traders, mine developers,operators, shipping & logistics companies, coal technology providers, analysts and the consumers of coal from across sectors like cement, power, steel and paper.

The conference seeks to highlightthe challengesplaguing the coal industry this year and bring about a resolution for the same. mjunction’sexpertise and experience in intensive research and tracking of the coal market, as conducted via the ‘India Coal Market Watch’ monthly reports and ‘Coal Insights’ printed reports  enables them to remainup to date with the current market issues. All such relevant topics catering to the delegates shall be the key point at this conference.

mjunction CEO Mr Vinaya Varma said in the welcome address, “The Indian power sector and hence the coal market is undergoing a rapid change in terms of structure and mix. On one hand, the lukewarm demand facing the thermal power plants and the low PLF remain a big concern. On the other hand, the rapid progress in solar and renewables comes as a possible disruptor. All these developments will have an immense impact on the coal and allied industries. It is interesting to see how the coal sector prepares itself to face the changing dynamics.
“In this context, the 11th Indian Coal Markets Conference is going to be a good platform for the policymakers, industry and other stakeholders to brainstorm the better way to move ahead, in making good progress for the economy as a whole, but with minimal impact on the existing structures”.

He also added that there has been notable increase in solar power generation which is giving a stiff competition to the coal market. At the 11th Indian Coal Markets Conference we will search for answersfrom 41 eminent speakers across the globe to issues the industry is currently facing.

The event has been segmented into nine sessions to be conducted by eminent panelists including industry stalwarts, policymakers and pioneers of coal and allied industries, through a period of two days.

Though the sales outlook of CIL for 2017-18 looks positive , the sector is being threatened by a host of other issues such as health of discoms, downgrading of mines due to quality concerns, challenges from renewable sector, poor demand from thermal power companies among others. 41 eminent speakers from across the globe will share their thoughts on these concerns over a period of two days.

The conference will be followed by mjunction’s 8th Indian Coal Markets Awards Nightorganized in association with the Cement Manufacturers’ Association. Industry participants, under various service categories – Coal Importer/Coal Port Performer/Coal Inspection Agency/Coal Mining Contractor among others are to be awarded based on their performance depending on a voting process open to all the Industry participants.

This is the only extensive platform that caters to the consumer organizations to know about the prevalent trends in this particular industry – the production, consumption, demand, prices and global situations, by hearing from the top policymakers. The event is the best potential ground for business networking and also offers scope for the service providers to meet prospective delegates.

 

Itinerary

September 12, 2017

Registration: 8.00- 9.00

 

Session 1: 9.00-10.45:

 

Inaugural Session:

 

IS INDIAN COAL READY FOR THE BIG SHAKE-UP?

 

  • Is the short-term surplus in coal leading to long-term shortage?
  • When will the discoms regain health and augment coal demand?
  • What will be the role of coal in India’s changing energy-mix?

 

WELCOME ADDRESS:

 

9.00-9.15: Vinaya Varma, CEO, mjunction services limited

 

9.15-9.35: Inaugural address:

 

Power’scoal anorexia: What has happened to the power sector’s growth story?

Speaker: Kulamani Biswal, Director (Finance), NTPC Ltd

 

9.35-9.55:

 

Sustainable use of coal as a source of energy

 

Speaker: Partha S Bhattacharyya, former chairman, Coal India Ltd (CIL)

 

9.55-10.15: Special address:

 

Don’t write off coal amid the renewables boom

 

Speaker: Benjamin Sporton, CEO, World Coal Association (WCA)

 

10.15-10.35: Keynote address:

Looking beyond 2020: How is CIL bracing up for competition?

 

Speaker: S N Prasad, Director (Marketing), Coal India Ltd (CIL)

 

10.35-10.45:Q+A Session

 

 

10.45-11.00: Coffee Break

 

Session 2: 11.00-12.30

 

GLOBAL COAL MARKET – CHANGING DYNAMICS AND OUTLOOK

 

  • What is the mid-term price outlook for spot coal market?
  • How is coal bracing up for competition from renewables?
  • What is the industry’s outlook for India’s shrinking imports?

 

Chairman: John Howland, Managing Director of Coal, IHS Markit

 

11.00-11.20:

 

With China breathing life into the market, who wants India on board?

 

Speaker: Rodrigo Echeverri, Head of Energy Coal Analysis, Noble Group

 

11.20-11.40:

 

With renewables picking up, will thermal coal prices head for a trough post 2020?

 

Speaker: Freddie Staermose, VP, Generating Fuels and Dry Bulks, Argus Media

 

11.40-12.00:

 

India’s dilemma: Domestic versus imported coal – in search of a perfect balance

 

Speaker:John Howland, Managing Director of Coal, IHS Markit

 

12.00-12.20:

 

Can ASEAN countries boost demand for seaborne coal in the medium term?

 

Speaker: Deepak Kannan, Managing Editor, Thermal Coal, S&P Global Platts

 

12.20-12.30:Q+A Session

 

Lunch Break: 12.30-13.30

 

Session 3:   13.30-15.20

 

MET COAL: CAN INDIA AUGMENT ITS DOMESTIC SUPPLY?

 

  • How far can India augment its domestic supply through beneficiation?
  • Does the industry need a churn-out to optimise its met coal use?
  • What is the best procurement-mix through contract and spot market?

 

Chairman: Pankaj Mittal, VP, mjunction services limited

 

 

13.30-13.50:

 

Taking stock: India’s met coal and coke demand and supply outlook

 

Speaker: R Nagarajan, ED (Services), Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Ltd (RINL)

 

13.50-14.10:

 

Global met coal prices – dancing to the Dragon’s tune?

 

Speaker: Sandeep Bhargava, Director, Avani Resources

 

14.10-14.30:

 

Coal Block Auction - ways to improve attractiveness & participation

 

Speaker: Somesh Biswas, Chief, Raw Material Strategy Group, Tata Steel Ltd

 

14.30-14.50:

 

The future of coal preparation and alternative sources of met coal for Indian steel mills

 

Speaker: S.K. Basak, ED (Collieries division), SAIL

 

14.50-15.10:

 

Global met coke market: The current scenario and future outlook

 

Speaker:Subhashis Chakravorty, CEO, Kineta Global

 

15.10-15.20:Q+A Session

 

Coffee Break: 15.20-15.35

 

Session 4: 15.35-17.05

 

IS INDIA’S THERMAL POWER SECTOR LOSING STEAM?

 

  • Will central power utilities stop coal imports altogether?
  • Did India overestimate its power demand growth?
  • How much coal will the utilities consume by 2030?

 

Chairman: Partha S Bhattacharyya, former chairman, CIL

 

15.35-15.55:

 

The changing dynamics in Indian thermal power sector: Stressed assets, low tariff and other woes

 

Speaker: Abhijit Sarkar, VP, M N Dastur & Co.

 

 

15.55-16.15:

 

Power demand and supply – current position and mid and long term outlook

 

 

Speaker: S K Agrawal, Group Head – Central Coal Procurement, Vedanta

 

16.15-16.35:

 

Washing the high ash coal – who will bell the cat?

 

Speaker: R K Sachdev, president, Coal Preparation Society of India (CPSI)

 

16.35-16.55:

 

UMPP: Is this still the key for growth of Indian power sector?

 

Speaker: Ashok Dasgupta, President, IPPAI

 

16.55-17.05: Q+A Session

 

Session 5: 17.05-18.05

 

SOUTH AFRICA: PARTNERS IN GROWTH

 

Chairman: John Howland, Managing Director of Coal, IHS Markit

 

South Africa’s coal exports to India: Past trend and future outlook

 

Speaker: Dr. Tsengwa Nombasa, Executive Head (coal operations), Exxaro

 

South African mining output and reserves to support domestic and international demand

 

Speaker: Divyesh Kalan, Executive Head, Makoya Group

 

Rail capacity creation and sustaining performance to support coal exports and investments

 

Speaker: Lloyd Tobias, COO, Transnet Freight Rail

 

Port operations in support exports of coal for Junior and mid-tier Miners

 

Speaker: Bongani Biyela, CEO, Richards Bay Terminal Grindrod

 

18.15-21.30:  Awards night and Cocktail Dinner

           

 

 

 

 

September 13, 2017

Session 6:  9.30-10.55

 

COMMERCIAL COAL MINING: THE BIG SHAKE-UP

 

  • How profitable will be commercial coal mining on Indian soil?
  • Will it bring a dynamic pricing model for coal in India?

 

  • What will be the impact on consuming sectors?

 

Chairman: Rana Som, chairman, Bengal Birbhum Energy

 

9.30-9.50:

 

Reinventing the wheel or a fresh start?

 

Speaker: Niladri Bhattacharjee,Partner,KPMG

 

9.50-10.10:

 

Commercial coal mining: Prospects and challenges

 

Speaker: R P Ritolia, Advisor, Swayambhu Natural Resources Pvt Ltd (SNRL)

 

10.10-10.30

 

Safety First:How will therevisedsafety criteria in mining equipment import norms impact Indian miners’ procurement strategies?

 

Speaker: P K Sarkar, DG, DGMS

 

10.30-10.45

 

Panel discussion:

 

Learnings from captive block auctions: Tuktuk Bansal, AVP, SBI Caps

 

10.45-10.55:Q+A session

 

Coffee Break: 10.55-11.10

 

Session 7: 11.10-13.00

 

CAN INDIA PARE ITS HIGH LOGISTICS COSTS?

 

  • What is the outlook for the ocean freight rates?
  • Transport cost from east to west coast higher than cost of importing from China?
  • What ails Railway’s new connectivity projects and DFC?
  • As of 2016-17, the 12 major ports have an idle capacity of nearly 40%

 

Chairman: V K Arora, Chief Mentor, KCT Group

 

11.10-11.30:

 

Tracking the international sea freight rates: A mid-term outlook

 

Speaker: John Kearsey, Head of Research, Simpson Spence and Young

 

11.30-11.50:

 

 

How will Indian Railways win back coal freight from road?

 

Speaker: H S Bajwa, Director – TT, Railway Board

 

11.50-12.10:

 

International maritime/shipping industry: short and mid-term outlook

 

Speaker:D.K.Nanda, Chief, Quality Management, Marketing & Sales, TMILL

 

12.10-12.30:

 

How to reduce India’s high shipping and logistics costs

 

Speaker:Rahul Sharan, Lead Analyst, Drewry Maritime

 

12.30-12.50:

 

The riddle of India’s reducing coal imports and increasing port capacity

 

Speaker: S Balaji Arunkumar, Dy chairman, Kolkata Port Trust (KoPT)

 

12.50-13.00:Q+A Session

 

Lunch:  13.00-14.00

 

Session 8:  14.00-15.30

 

RENEWABLE & ALTERNATIVE ENERGY: WILL THEY GIVE COAL A RUN FOR ITS MONEY?

 

Chairman: Dr.S P Gon Chaudhuri, President, NB Institute for Rural Technology

 

14.00-14.20:

 

Impact of renewables on the energy basket and clean coal technology

 

Harsh Sachdev, Managing Director, S&T Mining

 

14.20-14.40:

 

Solar power: A panacea or disruptor for India’s future energy mix?

 

Speaker: Ivan Saha, President &CTO, Vikram Solar Private Limited

 

14.40-15.00:

 

 

Renewable energy storage: Opportunities and challenges

 

Speaker: Dr. Dipak Sen Chowdhury, Advisor, Technology& Innovation, Exide Industries Ltd

 

15.00-15.20:

 

CBM: Will it be India’s answer to shale gas?

 

Speaker: Vilas Tawde, Project Director, CBM, Essar Oil

 

15.20-15.30: Q+A Session

 

Session 9: 15.30-17.00

 

INDIA’S CEMENT INDUSTRY: QUALITY CONCERNS?

 

  • Can steam coal regain its share in cement if pet coke prices soar?
  • Will increased quality assurance bring back cement makers to CIL?
  • What will be the impact of GST on coal consumers?

 

Chairman: Dr A K Singh, Principal scientist, CIMFR

 

15.30-15.50:

 

How will the increased number of refineries change the pet coke market in India?

 

Speaker: Sanjay Kumar, Group Head (procurement), Lafarge-Holcim

 

15.50-16.10:

 

Quality issues in coal: how effective is third-party sampling?

 

Speaker: Dr A K Singh, Principal scientist, CIMFR

 

16.10-16.30:

 

Indian cement industry: coal consumption trend and outlook

 

Speaker: S R Rajan, Dy Executive Director (Commercial), Dalmia Cement East Ltd / OCL India Ltd

 

 

 

 

 

 

16.30-16.40:Q+A Session

 

Vote of Thanks: Pankaj Mittal, VP, mjunction services limited

 

Coffee Break: 16.45-17.00

 


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