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Agenda

The 2022 event is over, but you can still get the content on-demand! View the agenda, which featured speakers from DTE Energy, SunCoke, ACCCI, Oluma Resources,  Wood Mackenzie, and McCloskey by OPIS, a Dow Jones Company.

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Registration and Opening Remarks
Registration Open Welcome Breakfast Sponsored by SunCoke Energy
Opening Remarks
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 current events.
Metallurgical coal markets in 2023
The global metallurgical coal markets have been on a roller coaster ride in 2022, going from record price highs to a grim demand outlook within the space of a few months. With COVID-19 still present, the impacts of the Russia-Ukraine war keenly felt, high inflation, and risks of recession, the outlook for 2023 is highly uncertain. Here we present our expectations for 2023, including: - Demand outlook, including expectations in China, India, the US and Europe - Evolution of mining costs in the wake of COVID-19, the Russia-Ukraine war, and high inflation - Expectations for met-to-thermal switching We also discuss some of our longer term key messages, around topics such as onshoring of resources, and whether there is adequate investment in metallurgical coal in the long term.
Dr. James Stevenson | Executive Director, Research Lead, McCloskey by OPIS, a Dow Jones Company
Seaborne Met Market in 2023 – Opportunities for U.S. Coal
  • Opportunities for U.S. coal amid growing volatility in seaborne coking coal market
  • Impact of macroeconomic headwinds on coal demand
  • Geopolitical changes and the trade flows they impact

Ted O’Brien | Managing Partner and CCO, Oluma Resources
Global Coke Market 2023
The global coke market in 2023 will likely need to traverse through a number of market challenges for the remainder of 2022 and into the 2023 before finding its footing.  An uncertain global economic outlook, a shift towards de-carbonization and EAF production in North America, Russian sanctions, and the availability of thermal coal markets for Colombian and US met coal producers, will all play a factor in the Global coke market in 2023.
Kevin B. Karazsia | Head of North American Coking Coal, Coke, and Iron Ore, Trafigura
Update on 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
The above challenges will be discussed with emphasis on the NAFTA region but also on a global basis.
Dr. Joseph J Poveromo | Raw Materials & Ironmaking Global Consulting
Networking Break sponsored by Blackhawk Mining
Session II: Challenges and Solutions
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From supply concerns to export bans and the push for lower emissions this session will cover the range of challenges facing the coal coke and steel industrie.
Principal Federal Environmental Rules and Rulemakings Facing the U.S. Coke Industry in 2022
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 Clean Air Act and other Federal environmental rules and rulemakings that U.S. coke producers are facing in 2022 and beyond, including one rulemaking arising now out of the 1993 Coke Oven NESHAPs, and the proactive steps the industry is taking to address them.
David C. Ailor, P.E. | President, American Coke and Coal Chemicals Institute
A Journey into Foundry Coke Manufacturing
In 2019 SunCoke diversified the use of our heat recovery ovens and leveraged a six decade history of making blast coke to begin making foundry coke. Today, SunCoke supplies over 20% of the US foundry coke demand and continues to develop our technical capabilities, increase our production capacity, as well as create new foundry coal blends. This talk will review SunCoke’s foundry coke journey, explore the key technical differences between heat recovery ovens and by-product ovens and how these differences impact foundry coke making.
Dr. John Richardson | Director of Technology, SunCoke Enegy
Networking Lunch Sponsored by SMS Group/Paul Wurth
Future of North American Coke Supply and Demand
Steel producers in North America have already made a shift toward electric arc furnaces.  This is only likely to intensify over the coming years with the move toward decarbonization.  What does the future look like for blast furnace coke supply and demand?        
Michael Nobis | Director of Met Coal Procurement and Coke Sales , DTE Vantage
Coal Supply for the Changing Steel Market
  • US metallurgical coal supply plans
  • Major new mine development projects and prospects
  • Startup producers across Appalachia
  • North American met coal supply-demand balance
  • Decline in coal demand with the shift to EAF steel
  • Export market potential and logistics
  • Carbon supply for the growing EAF steel market
  • Anthracite supply in Pennsylvania
  • Impact of the Ukraine war on world anthracite markets

Seth Schwartz | President, Energy Ventures Analysis
PANEL : Addressing Current Challenges - Supply Side Responses to Changing Landscape
Producers Perspective, moderated by SunCoke
Networking Break Sponsored by Three Rivers
Session III: Can Coke be Clean? Decarbonization and the Push Toward Green
Lower emissions steelmaking and the impact on raw materials
  • Lower emissions steel developments
  • Met coke demand, and alternatives
  • Iron ore and HBI, ferrous scrap impacts

Greg Holt | Senior Editor, Ferrous Metals, S&P Global
Will the stars align? Decarbonisation of the global steel and metallurgical coal industries
Pressures are mounting to reduce global carbon emissions, with particular emphasis on steel and coal mining’s contributions. Under Wood Mackenzie’s Accelerated Energy Transition scenario, where steelmaking emissions are reduced by 90% by 2050, steel and met coal markets are profoundly altered.
To achieve this aggressive scenario, near-term strategies include major shifts in production methods to commercially available, low-carbon alternatives. Technology advancements and carbon abatements will be needed in the long term to maintain global economic growth, while decarbonising steelmaking and coal mining. Though, the question remains, how achievable is this narrative?         
Luke Fritz | Research Analyst, Metallurgical Coal, Wood Mac
Steelmaking decarbonization trends and global industry impact
The shift towards decarbonizing the global steel sector has picked up pace over the past year, with many steel companies and other steelmaking stakeholders announcing aggressive emissions targets.  Growing efforts to lower carbon emissions across the steelmaking value chain will have significant impacts on steelmaking production mix and steelmaking raw materials through 2050 and beyond.  Ibrahim 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 demand for metallurgical coal and coke on a regional level in a more ‘decarbonized’ future.
Ibrahim Yucel | Senior Consultant, CRU
Session IV: Overcoming Disruption and the Path Forward
Challenges to the Metallurgical Coal Pricing Mechanism
  • Impact of shifting trade flows and geopolitical developments on spot liquidity
  • Growing reliance on met coal indexation
  • Challenges and issues emerging on met coal indexation
  • Is there a path forward?

Siew Hua Seah | Global Editor, Argus Ferrous Markets, Argus Media Ltd
Teck’s Supply Chain Transformation
Supply chains faced unprecedented challenges during COVID and in Canada those supply chains also faced extreme weather related disruptions.  Countries and companies alike are looking at their supply chains much differently now to understand what improvements are required to adapt to uncertainty.  Meanwhile, some consumers are asking their suppliers to provide assurance on deliveries and want suppliers to demonstrate they are active in improving their supply chain.  The met coal market is no different;  Teck Coal’s presentation will describe how it transformed its supply chain, including a $1 billion dollar investment in its captive Neptune terminal, and how these changes allowed the company to succeed in the face of unprecedented disruptions.  
Colin Petryk | Director, Marketing (Americas and India), Teck Resources Limited
Networking Reception Sponsored by XCoal Energy & Resources
Sponsored by XCoal Energy & Resources
Registration and Opening Remarks
Registration Open and Welcome Breakfast, Sponsored by Solar Turbines
Opening Remarks
Session V: Steel and Ironmaking Current and Future Outlook
Sustainable Ironmaking
In view of the new economic reality, Paul Wurth has reassessed the blast furnace route in the light of the worldwide CO2 emission ambitions. Seeing the scarce scrap and high grade pellet availability after 2030, it will be of the essence for cost efficient steel makers to count on a CO2 lean production route based on the well established reduction melting process. Paul Wurth has in this respect come up with a very exciting concept allowing to have a compact reduction melting furnace. This technology can be the key in existing integrated steel plant set ups allowing for highly cost efficient steel production satisfying the requirements as set by the international energy agency for the steel industry for after 2045.
Peter Kinzel | Head of Department, Paul Wurth SMS Group
Installation of New Ecofriendly and Compact 0.3 MTPA Vertical Heat Recovery Coke Oven at JSAW by Sinosteel
Jindal Saw limited JSAW plans to install a vertical heat recovery coke plant first time in India by Sinosteel, China. This is latest and most advanced compact model with 4.5 M height and 560 mm average width for higher met coke productivity of 0.3 MTPA and additional 30 MW electric power generation. Stamping charging model and heat recovery micro -negative pressure coking technology is adopted. It is designed to use more interior coal or weak coking coal which is very economical advantage in current coking coal price hike scenario. Author describes main technical parameters and advantages of the technology in coke making through this technical paper.
Reji Mathai | Head Coke Oven, Jindal Saw Limited, Mundra, Gujarat
Networking Break Sponsored by Robindale
Innovative Coke Push Signal Interlock (REMOTE)
In an integrated steel plant Coke Oven Battery plays a prominent role by supplying coke to blast furnaces and meeting gaseous fuel requirements of downstream units. Coke making involves Charge Car, Pusher Car, Guide Car and Quench Car for coal charging into empty ovens, pushing carbonized coke from the ovens and quenching of hot coke. The Battery contains series of vertical slot ovens built along its length. The coke production is programmed through scheduling of ovens in a certain sequence which is typical of the Battery design. Each oven has two openings on either side: to place the cage of the Coke Guide Car at one end to make way for the hot coke being pushed by the Pusher Car from the other end. The hot coke is received by the Quench Car running below the Guide Car. Conventionally there have been various interlock systems between these machines to ensure proper sequencing of coke pushing operation without any safety issues and breakdown. With introduction of high frequency coils, oven positioning systems using Infrared and RADAR technology, the interlock schemes have been improved to function as oven identification systems. However, with many of these systems having limitations to perform in unfavorable site conditions due to various factors and non-availability of frequency spectrum for RADAR units, oven signal interlocks would fail occasionally resulting in spilling of hot coke on Quench car tracks and consequent production halt for few hours. The paper explains in detail how the Coke Oven Collective of Bhilai Steel Plant surmounted the erstwhile hurdles and successfully implemented an innovative coke push signal interlock using photo sensors thereby eliminating all conceivable possibilities for hot coke spillage. This system has been working since last two years with no incident of such breakdown and consequent production halt.
G S Venkata Subramanian | General Manager (Superannuated) Coke Ovens & Coal Chemicals Department / Energy Management Dept., BHILAI STEEL PLANT, Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL)
Coke oven gas utilisation in industrial gas turbines: A robust, proven and cost-effective solutions for small to larger COG flows
Future Outlook - Closing Advisory Board Panel