(EnergyAsia, March 11, Tuesday) — Billed as the leading conference for the world’s largest coal industry, Coaltrans China will be held at the Sofitel Wanda hotel in Beijing on April 14 to 15.

This year’s conference will focus on freight, infrastructure and logistics challenges for moving coal into and around China, analysis of coal projects in the region, and their likely impact on fuel supply and demand, the pricing for coal in a volatile market, and a review of import scenarios for thermal coal and metcoal.

There will also be a post-conference field trip to Guangzhou port for delegates to see first-hand the handling facilities at one of the most important southern Chinese ports for coal imports.

Delegates will have the opportunities to participate in enhanced networking and communications during the welcome reception and gala dinner, and pre-conference networking tour to the Forbidden City and the Temple of Heaven.

China’s coal market is undergoing dramatic change. In 2007, thermal coal imports continued to increase and the outlook for 2008 is for more supplies being secured on a long term contract basis.

Domestic coal prices have risen, while import prices continue to be volatile. But the key question remains: What is China’s role likely to be, as a swing supplier or as a permanent source of supply to the international coal markets?

Coaltrans China will discuss issues like coal imports, transport, freight and logistics, new resources and efficiency, and the metcoal and thermal markets.

There will be a detailed debate around the increasingly tight coal markets, including discussion of pricing parameters, where new tonnage is likely to come from, and supply and demand constraints for both international and domestic coal.

There are still significant bottlenecks in the transportation and logistics chain for the efficient movement of coal, especially in relation to coking coal. Despite planned additional capacity of around 60 million tonnes per year, rail network bottlenecks are expected to continue. The coal import ports are also expanding to host the additional handling facilities required to cope with both increased domestic and international freight movements.

Further exploration is revealing new coal resources as China’s coal production frontier moves westward. Despite this, recent reports from the NDRC indicate that China is expected to be a net coal importer for the majority of 2008 with coal mining capacity remaining flat at around 2.5 billion metric tonnes per year. Increased focus is being given to efficiency gains for the new coal mining projects with a combined capacity of around 250 million tonnes per year expected to come on stream in 2008, while the production of similar volumes at older, inefficient mines is expected to shut down.

Speakers will analyse the growth of the Chinese steel industry and implications for managing metcoal resources and imports. In addition, they will provide a detailed review will be given of likely power plant construction in China and across Asia, focusing attention on where coal supply will be in most demand.

The speakers include Gerard Strahan (Coaltrans Conferences), Pu Hongjiu (CNCA), Wang Xianzheng (CNCA), Jing Tianliang (China National Coal Group Corporation), Ling Wen (Shenhua Energy Company), James Beams (Anglo Coal China), Wu Yongping (Datong Coal Mine Group), Ren Runhou (Shanxi Lu’an Coal Mine Group), Jiang Zhimin (CNCA), Yin Zuoru (Kailuan Group), Chen Liming (Sasol China),

Michael Cosgrove (Asian American Coal Inc), Jason Feer (Argus Media Group),
Lee Sang-pal (KEPCO), Juan Carlos J. Guadarrama (National Power Corporation), Karel Eloot (McKinsey & Company), Li Xinchuang (Metallurgical Industry Planning and Research Institute),

Rory Simington (AME Mineral Economics), Hua Zugui (China Coal & Coke Holdings Ltd), Gary Cochrane (Resource Management International), Robert Bell (Elk Valley Coal Corporation), Joseph Jacobelli (Merrill Lynch), Feng Fei (State Council), Martin Daniel (Platts Singapore), Su Wenbin (GreenGen Co Ltd), Meng Quansheng (China Petroleum and Chemical Industry Association), Wu Ruosi (China Huaneng Group), Wei Jianguo (Zhong Neng Power Industry Fuel Co),

Dawei (David) Zhang (Suntrans Energy Pty Ltd), Zhang Wenjiang (Ningxia Coal Mining Group), Mark Dougan (Barlow Jonker Pty Ltd), Dinh Quang Trung (Vinacomin), Kaz Tanaka (Indonesian Coal Mining Association), John T. Bergin (Caterpillar Global Mining), Michael Graham (Joy Mining Machinery), Dong Yan (NDRC), Ken Michie (Clarksons Hong Kong), Mels Boer (Clarksons Hong Kong), Susan Oatway (Drewry Shipping Consultants), Senior Representative (Cosco), Cai Jinlong (Guangzhou Port Group Co Ltd).

The conference is organised by Coaltrans Conferences and the China National Coal Association.

Coaltrans Conferences

Coaltrans Conferences organises large-scale international coal conferences, which attract delegates from all over the world. It also runs focused regional events, exhibitions, field trips and training courses, and has a reputation for employing the highest organisational standards. In 2008, Coaltrans will be holding events in Australia, Brazil, China, the Czech Republic, India, Indonesia, Singapore, South Africa, the UK and the US.

China National Coal Association

The China National Coal Association was founded in 1998 and its 925 members incluinclude coal industry organisations, research institutions and universities. It is the most important non-profit organisation in China’s coal industry. The association acts as an intermediary organisation between the government and China’s coal industry, and assists in carrying out economic policies, laws and regulations.

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