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37th Annual World Methanol Conference

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Friday,04 October 2019

  • 8:00 AM Registration and Welcome Refreshments
  • 8:30 AM Methanol Training Workshop

    Morning Session: Methanol Industry Fundamentals

    By: IHS Markit

  • 12:30 PM Lunch
  • 2:00 PM Methanol Training Workshop

    Afternoon Session - Option 1: Methanol-to-Olefins (MTO)

    By: IHS Markit

  • 2:00 PM Methanol Training Workshop

    Afternoon Session - Option 2: Small-scale Methanol Plant Technical Workshop

    By: bse Engineering

  • 5:30 PM Welcome Networking Reception

Saturday,05 October 2019

  • 7:30 AM Registration and Refreshments
  • 8:30 AM Welcome Remarks

    Mike Nash, Vice President, Syngas Chemicals, IHS Markit

  • Session I: Strategic and Business Issues

    Moderator: Victoria Baghdjian, Associate Director, IHS Markit

    • 8:35 AM Feedstocks: What a Difference a Year Makes

      Dewey Johnson, Vice President, Base Chemicals and Plastics, IHS Markit

    • 9:00 AM Global Methanol Critical Issues and Outlook

      Mike Nash, Vice President, Syngas Chemicals, IHS Markit

      The methanol industry is subject to a series of geopolitical shocks: e.g. the US-China trade war, US sanctions on Iran and Venezuela, Saudi Arabian attacks and Brexit uncertainty. China’s environmental controls continue – and safety controls are now stricter, after a series of chemical industry incidents. What impact will all of this have on the methanol industry? Methanol-to-Olefins (MTO) is key to methanol demand growth, yet it is a high-cost technology and has to compete with other routes to olefins, in a relatively low crude oil environment. What are the implications for MTO operating rates, methanol demand and pricing? The China government has announced an aim to use ethanol in its gasoline pool – what will the impact be on methanol and on MTBE? Will the negative impact be offset by the growth of methanol into new applications in China such as boilers and cook stoves?

    • 9:25 AM Prospects for Methyl Metacrylate (MMA)

      Chris Frederic, Manager, Raw Materials, Lucite International Ltd.

      Mitsubishi Chemicals Corporation is the largest Methyl Methacrylate (MMA) producers in the world. MCC utilizes three different manufacturing technologies, based on ethylene, acetone and isobutylene as key raw materials; with all technologies consuming (different quantities of) methanol as a raw material.

      Depending on the technology and the region, raw material costs for MMA production can differ significantly.
      This presentation will examine raw material cost by technology and by region, and then will attempt to give an explanation for choices MMA producers might make against the backdrop of new methanol projects coming on stream. It will explore where it makes sense to build new MMA projects given existing economics for methanol and other raw materials.

    • 9:50 AM Gas Monetization: Methanol Investments and Specific Challenges in Russia
      Olivier Maronneaud, Director, Chemical Consulting, IHS Markit
  • 10:15 AM Networking Break
  • Session II: China Focus

    Moderator: Marc Alvarado, Associate Director, Methanol, IHS Markit

    • 10:45 AM Managing Mounting Pressure on Methanol-to-Olefins (MTO)

      Steve Lewandowski, Vice President, Olefins, IHS Markit

      The pressure on methanol-to-olefins (MTO) is mounting as marginal supply for olefins and polyolefins is not calling on this chemistry. New olefins projects continue on the construction trajectory, especially in China although global demand in the near term has softened amid recession risks driven by geopolitical events. Meanwhile, olefins and derivatives will continue to run hard in feedstock advantaged regions. The ethylene/propylene import infrastructure in China continues to grow and add flexibility. What prospects is there for MTO going forward?

    • 11:10 AM The Ever-Changing Methanol Market in Asia

      Xiaomeng Ma, Associate Director, IHS Markit

      As the methanol production and consumption center, Asia has always been a critical market. The sustained volatility in methanol prices has influenced the competitive landscape and trading behaviors of methanol players in
      Asia. Policy has been a key influence in the development of the methanol industry.  Asia is the target market for additional methanol capacity – does China continue to play the role of leading market player in the long term?
      We are already in the middle of the second wave of MTO development which has experienced some economic challenges in the past few years. Which methanol application could be the game changer in the next decade? This presentation will focus on the factors impacting the market, as well as the growth drivers in Asia.
      Key points:
      •    Asia and China methanol market update
      •    Methanol fuel
      •    The impact of environmental control and policy on fuels applications
      •    MTO sector overview
      •    Asian methanol trade

    • 11:35 AM Paper 61: The Rollout of M100 Fuel and its Impact on Methanol

      James Lamoureaux, Board Chairman and CEO, IGP Methanol

  • 12:00 PM Networking Lunch
  • Session III: Regional Methanol Updates and Fuel Applications

    Moderator: Mike Nash, Vice President, Syngas Chemicals, IHS Markit

    • 1:20 PM Changes in the Americas Methanol Market: A Closer Look at MTO Economics

      Marc Alvarado, Associate Director, IHS Markit

      In recent years, the US has emerged as a location with low cost natural gas that could be used as feedstock for methanol production.  However, headwinds to methanol demand have emerged in the form of lower returns on MTO economics and decreased methanol use in fuels – these headwinds are further complicated by US geopolitics that includes sanctions and trade wars.  What does US methanol capacity look like now and what can we expect to see in terms of capacity additions?  Does the US political stance open the door for Canadian capacity additions?  And what does IHS Markit take into account when calculating MTO economics?

    • 1:45 PM European Methanol Update. Iran and the Impact on Global Methanol

      Victoria Baghdjian, Associate Director, IHS Markit

      Victoria Baghdjian will present on the Middle Eastern methanol markets, examining the relationship between Iran and India. She will also examine the impact of the recent events in Saudi Arabia on the methanol market and provide an update on the European methanol market, including aspects of pricing, supply and demand.

    • 2:10 PM Shipping of Methanol: IMO and the Methanol Opportunity

      Steve Christy, Director, Strategic Communications, Navig8

    • 2:35 PM Fuel Applications for Methanol

      Greg Dolan, CEO, Methanol Institute

      The growth of methanol demand is being driven by the emergence of new applications for methanol as an energy resource. Using methanol as a fuel in cars, trucks, buses, ships, homes and businesses is finding traction in markets across the globe. This presentation will highlight the latest developments, discuss policy frameworks, and the work of the Methanol Institute to kick-start these initiatives.

  • 3:00 PM Networking Break
  • Session IV: Methanol Derivatives and Technology

    Moderator: Dewey Johnson, Vice President, Base Chemicals and Plastics, IHS Markit

    • 3:25 PM Delivering Advanced Biofuels - An Industrial Case Study for the European Market

      Alex Miles, Director, Commercial Development (Europe), Enerkem

      Speeding up the transition from a linear resource consumption economic model (take - make - dispose) to a circular economy model (reduce - reuse - recycle) is an urgent global necessity.
      This presentation will demonstrate how innovative technologies can provide a sustainable alternative to existing / current waste disposal practices. The case study presented will highlight how sustainable, green methanol can be produced from non-recyclable, non-compostable waste as a feedstock to ensure a transition towards a circular economy.

    • 3:50 PM Formaldehyde Market Update

      Rémi Goget, Licensing Manager, Dynea

    • 4:15 PM Perspective of Sustainable Methanol Production

      Tore Sylvester Jeppesen, Business Development Director, New Chemicals and Materials, Haldor Topsoe A/S

      This presentation explores the path to a more sustainable methanol production with regards to both CO2 reduction and use of renewable energy.

    • 4:40 PM Prospects for Acetyls

      Julian Skibitzki, Associate Director, IHS Markit; Mike Nash, Vice President, Syngas Chemicals, IHS Markit

      The acetyls industry remains an important driver for the methanol industry.
      Julian Skibitzki will highlight potential growth opportunities in the acetyls industry and shed some light into potential risk factors that could have a negative impact on market developments.
      A volatile price evolution seems to have changed price correlations between feedstocks and downstream products.
      What will be the effect on methanol as a major feedstock for the acetyls industry?

  • 5:00 PM Conference Ends
  • 6:00 PM Berlin Walking Tour and Dinner
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