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Argus Biomass Asia 2018




Day 1 - Wednesday, 6 June 

08:30 - 09:10

Registration and exhibition stands open

09:10 - 09:15 Chairman’s welcome remarks
09:15 - 10:30 

Key notes – overview of the global and Asia-Pacific markets

This session will include two keynote presentations providing a glimpse of the global biomass market with a focus on Asia-Pacific. Join us to understand the impact of the Paris climate agreement and the ripple effect it has on demand growth and future price trends.

  • Specific details of the global carbon reduction agreement as it relates to buyers
  • Readiness of producers to meet the expected demand
10:30 - 11:00 Morning refreshments
11:00 - 13:00

Overview of the Atlantic market

Speakers will assess key drivers of pellet consumption in Europe, from the latest developments in renewable policies to the outlook of European demand for imported biomass. There will also be in-depth analysis of the supply landscape from North America and its capability to meet growing Asian demand.

  • Explore the EU’s view of biomass as a renewable energy source
  • Capacity expansions in North America and concerns about feedstock availability
  • US is pivoting to Asia — opportunities from new trading routes
13:00 - 14:30  Networking lunch
14:30 - 17:30 

Market drivers for Asia-Pacific demand

Find out the current status of Japanese demand. Join us as we review the demand growth and forecasts for the South Korean market. Hear about the rise of renewable power in southeast Asia and its potential to create a paradigm shift in demand.

  • Planned Japanese power plants and the impact of the lower feed-in-tariff
  • South Korea’s import volumes and quality needs
  • Growth of biomass power generation in other Asian countries 
17:30 Chairman’s closing remarks followed by end of conference day one
18:00 - 20:00

Cocktail reception

Day 2 - Thursday, 7 June

09:00 - 09:15


09:15 - 09:30  Chairman’s opening remarks
09:30 - 10:30

Asia-Pacific supply – woody biomass and oil palm biomass

Significant demand increases in Asia offer interesting opportunities for a range of stakeholders across the woody biomass supply chains in Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam and Australia. How will competition for market share pan out and what are the various business development and marketing initiatives by sellers?

  • Suppliers’ perspective — supply chain management and export outlook 
  • Wood pellets versus wood chips in Asia
  • PKS production — quality, seasonal availability and cost
10:30 - 11:00 Morning refreshments
11:00 - 12:30

Contracts and pricing

Leading experts will address issues on international sourcing and contracting from governing law, official language clauses, dispute resolution to taxation. Market participants will also discuss the need for a hedging instrument to offset price risk.

  • Case studies under the different government policies 
  • Fixed price contracts — key considerations for producers
  • How do buyers manage floating prices in inelastic power markets 
  • Possibility of standardised contract for trading biomass cargoes
12:30 - 14:00  Networking lunch
14:00 - 15:00 

Shipping and logistics

What is the current status and outlook of vessel availability for biomass transportation? Speakers will speak on the outlook for freight rates for handysize bulk carriers and order books.

  • How to secure bulk carriers for the new shipping flows
  • Security aspects of biomass storage and transportation
15:00 Chairman’s closing remarks followed by end of conference