Following up on our success from 2018, this year's edition will provide an opportunity for market participants to get the latest update, discuss the challenges and opportunities in this developing market and understand some of the new tools that Argus has that can add value to their operations.

Wednesday, 6th November 2019
  • Forum timings-  14:00 - 18:00
  • Forum venue -    One&Only Royal Mirage
  • Cocktail reception timing - 18:00 - 21:00
  • Cocktail reception venue - Busolla, The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi
Agenda of the forum:

14:00 - 15:00
Registration and welcome snacks

15:00 - 15:15
Welcome address and safety briefing

15:00 onward
Conference sessions

15:10 - 15:30
Aliah Al Refaie, Market research analyst, KPC, Kuwait
The Fundamentals and drivers of the oil markets
  • Crude oil market outlook
  • OPEC Plus role in stabilizing the oil markets
  • Upcoming projects in Kuwait

15:30 - 15:50
Anu Agarwal, Managing Editor, Argus Media, Singapore
Asia Pacific and Mideast Gulf Refining overview 
  • Trends and outlook for Refining East of Suez
  • Refining margin outlook in Asia
  • Regional Supply-demand developments

15:50 - 16:10
Louise Burke, VP BD – Aviation, Argus Media, US
Challenges and Opportunities in the Global Jet Market

  • Global trends and regional Jet market development trends
  • Impact of IMO (the change in bunker fuel specifications to lower sulfur) on jet prices
  • Trends in pricing – Crack spreads, pricing alternatives, and benchmarks for the region
  • Future of sustainable jet and impact on demand

16:10 - 16:30
Networking Break

16:30 - 17:00
Sammy Six, Deputy Editor Marine Fuels, Argus Media, Singapore
Fuel oil dynamics and Argus Bunker Indexes: An East of Suez perspective 

  • Fuel oil markets in the run-up to 2020
  • Argus Bunker Indexes Singapore & East of Suez
  • Exchange-listed bunker derivatives

17:00 - 17:20
Malavika Gode, Consultant, Argus Media, Singapore
Meeting the IMO Challenge – How will the market respond?
  • Overview of IMO 2020
  • Effects seen on the market today
  • Options for shippers post 2020
  • Outlook for product prices

17:20 - 17:40
Josefine Ahlstrom, VP Business Development, Argus Media, London
European refining in transformation – implications for the Middle East 

  • Demand & supply outlook for European Products
  • Decarbonisation and stricter environmental standards as a fundamentals driver
  • Implications for Middle East products flows with Europe

17:40 - 18:00
Interactive panel discussion on IMO, latest updates and what’s coming! [Moderated by Argus]

  • Matt Stanley, Star fuels
  • Tarun Arora, GPS Chemoil
  • Capt Farhad Patel, Sharaf Shipping
  • Sean Burgin, Glander International
18:00 - 21:00
Cocktail reception – Sponsored by OMTI