Monday 7 March
**Please note that all agenda timings are provisional and subject to change**
08:30 Registration opens
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Technical showcase presentations
10:00 Particle characterisation for laboratory and online
Robert Waggeling, International Sales Dynamic Image Analysis, Microtrac
10:15 Solvay mining solutions for phosphates industry
John Carr, Global Technical Director, Solvay
10:30 Mineral resource and ore reserve reporting – an ESG evolution
Tim Lucks, Managing Director, Principal Consultant (Geology/Study Management), SRK Consulting
10:45 The run of mine grade is on target but the process plant is underperforming – what’s the problem?
Ewan Wingate, Principal Process Specialist Phosphates, M&M, Bechtel Australia Pty Ltd
11:00 Options for pumping from sumps
Dave Krebs, Strategic Accounts Manager - Fertilizers, Mining, Metals, Sulzer
11:15 Membranes in phosphate
Kang Hu, Commercial Engineering Lead & Fab Pakizehkar, Domain Leader, North America & Caribbean, SUEZ Water Technologies & Solutions
11:30 DA-HF Process: The Prayon technology specifically developed to improve phosphoric acid plant performance and product quality, and to meet the low-cadmium regulation for fertilizers
Sébastien Havelange, Process Engineer, Prayon S.A.
11:45 Designing and building the world’s largest Energy Recovery System
Rene Dijkstra, Acid Technology Manager, Chemetics Inc.
12:00 How to optimize the NPKs production? Blending vs steam granulation vs chemical granulation
Gabriele Marcon, Solid Fertilizer Technology Leader, Casale SA
13:50 Welcome address by Conference Chair: Chris Lawson, Head of Fertilizers, CRU
14:00 Global phosphate market outlook: overview, major issues, and the future
- Overview of major phosphate markets
- Overview of significant issues facing the phosphate industry
- Where might future opportunities lie?
Glen Kurokawa, Senior Analyst, Phosphate, Fertilizers, CRU
14:30 Keynote Presentation: North American market outlook
Understand the outlook for this major supply and demand market from one of the major global players.
Bruce Bodine, Senior Vice President – North America, The Mosaic Company
15:00 Panel discussion: Investment in the Canadian agricultural industry and its impact on the phosphates market
The Canadian market is a premium fertilizer market which has shown strong demand growth in recent years. Our panel will discuss the market, including demand, logistics and supply chain considerations.
Dr. Sylvain Charlebois, Professor, Director, Agri-Food Analytics Lab and Former Dean of the Faculty of Management, Dalhousie University
Dr. Tom Bruulsema, Chief Scientist, Plant Nutrition Canada
15:45 Coffee and Networking Break
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16:15 Adopting sustainable ESG practices in the phosphate industry
Ben Pratt, Senior Vice President, Government and Public Affairs,
The Mosaic Company
16:45 Special Focus: How does the Russia/ Ukraine conflict affect phosphates
Chris Lawson, Head of Fertilizers,
Senior Analyst, Phosphate, Fertilizers, CRU
Willis Thomas, Senior Consultant, CRU
17:15 Chairman’s remarks, close of day one sessions and
Tuesday 8 March
09:05 Opening remarks by Conference Chair: Chris Lawson, Head of Fertilizers, CRU
09:10 China phosphate fertilizer industry review and outlook
- China phosphate fertilizer industry review - focus on the policies, production, Import and Export, as well as the marketing and consumption trends
- The phosphate specialty fertilizer innovation and development trend in China
- The outlook and future trend for China phosphate fertilizers - Policies, production, marketing and consumption
Zhai Jidong, Vice President – International,
Kingenta Ecological Engineering
09:30 Dynamics of growing consumer demand from Brazil and India
- Understand the demand dynamics from these crucial demand regions.
Priscila Richetti, Senior Market Intelligence Manager, Direct Procurement, Yara Brazil
Koyel Choudhury, India Analyst, CRU
10:15 Coffee and Networking Break
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10:45 Fertilizer potential and limiting factors in Africa
- Opportunities in the Sub-Saharan Africa fertilizer market
- Increasing soil organic matter for soil health, and soil and plant nutrition
- Carbon sequestration potential in Africa
Albin Hubscher, President and Chief Executive Officer, International Fertilizer Development Center
11:15 Panel discussion: Are super high fertilizer prices driving the industry towards demand destruction?
- Analysing the cause of imbalance between supply and demand
- Are consumers dialling back their phosphate fertilizer applications?
- What will be the long-term effect of high prices on the phosphate industry?
Sanjiv Kanwar, Country Manager, Yara Fertilizers India Private Limited
Jake Niederer, Director of Sales and Marketing, Archer Daniels Midland Company
Assaf Naveh, Former Chief Executive Officer, Yunnan Phosphate Haikou
12:00 Global sulphur market update – When will the sulphur price reach its peak and what happens next?
Will sulphur availability improve into 2022? How will supply growth affect sulphur prices?
Can demand maintain its rate of growth into 2022? Which sectors and regions will drive demand to 2026?
- How big a threat is decarbonisation to sulphur supply in the medium and long term?
Peter Harrison, Senior Consultant, Sulphur and Sulphuric Acid, CRU
13:40 – 18:00 Technical Programme: Advances in the sustainable production of Phosphates
13:45 Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from NPK production
Rob Louwe, Principal Engineer, Yara
14:10 Pathway to a carbon free fertilizer complex using the CORE-SO2™ Sulfuric Acid Process
Rene Dijkstra, Acid Technology Manager, Chemetics
14:35 Road to Sustainability” – Preparing for energy transformation in sulphuric acid industry
Hannes Storch, Vice President - BL Metals and Chemicals Processing, Metso Outotec
15:00 Advances in environmentally sustainable operations, including water management, energy efficiency and reclamation
Jill Caskey, Global Sales Director, Solex Thermal Science
15:25 Networking and coffee break
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15:55 Getting more circular
Tim Cotton, CEO, Novaphos
16:20 P-recycling of sewage sludges : past, present and future developments
Catherine Thise, Marketing & Innovation Consultant, Marktrack
16:45 Altering Phosphate Fertilizer Solubility via De novo Struvite Production & Granulation
Ahren Britton, Chief Technology Officer & Roland Leatherwood, Director of Agronomy and Innovation, Ostara Nutrient Solutions
17:10 Combined Effects of RhizoSorb® and Fertilizer Placement for Improved Efficiency of Phosphorus Fertilizers in Corn
Hunter Swisher, CEO, Phospholutions
17:35 Close of sessions and networking reception
Wednesday 9 March
08:55 Opening remarks by conference chairman
Chris Lawson, Head of Fertilizers, CRU
09:00 Could the use of inorganic feed phosphate be over by 2050?
- Why phosphate is an issue for the feed industry : the limits of modern animal husbandry in intensive production systems.
- Does the feed industry still require IFP : can phosphorus needs be met without IFP supplementation?
- Possible future use of IFP in animal nutrition : are IFP going to become niche products?
Guillaume Milochau, Market Intelligence Consultant, Praxed
09:30 Developments in the specialty and complex fertilizer markets
Complex and specialty fertilizers continue to develop, enabling more sophisticated approaches to advanced crop nutrition and furthering sustainable agriculture.
Eli Amon, Chief Commercial Officer, ICL
10:00 Networking and Coffee Break
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10:35 Examining supply change challenges in engineering and construction
A combination of covid and global supply chain issues have impacted routine maintenance and turnaround schedules across the industry. This presentation will provide insights into the causes of these challenges and how the engineering, procurement and construction industry is responding.
Jaafar Kabbaj, Head of Growth, JESA
11:00 Financing junior phosphates projects: What is the investment appetite?
- IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest multinational financial institute focusing on supporting private sectors in global emerging markets
- IFC provides debt and/or equity instruments and services to companies/projects in developing countries, with fertilizers industry as a part of IFC’s strategic investment focuses
- IFC prioritizes sustainable finance to help companies/projects achieving better results from financial, environmental and social perspectives
Lilian Tu, Senior Investment Officer, International Finance Corporation
11:30 Rock market dynamics and project updates
Arianne – the “Green” rock alternative
- Powered by hydro power
- Uses for LFP battery manufacturing
- Direct applications
Jeff Beck, Chief Executive Officer, Arianne Phosphate
Project update: Avenira
- Wonarah – unlimited opportunity
- Developing a remote project
- Balancing fertilizer and battery demand
Brett Clark, Chairman, Avenira Limited
13:00 Product developments for phosphate flotation: the use of new synthetic reagents
Gabriela Budemberg, Global Developer Non-Sulphide Flotation, BASF
13:25 Reducing costs and environmental impacts of phosphate beneficiation using sensor-based sorting
Harold Cline, North American Sales Manager, TOMRA Sorting
Phosphoric acid operations
13:50 Control of gypsum scaling and deposition in harsh environments by phosphonate chemical additives: Profound effects of inhibitor structure
Lawrence Andermann, Subject Matter Expert for Mining and Mineral Processing, SUEZ Water Technologies & Solutions
14:15 Prayon reinvents the Phosphoric Acid production using DCP “super-rock” as a raw material
Hadrien Leruth, Business Development Engineer, Prayon
14:40 Phosphoric Acid: exploiting more with an integrated approach
Svetoslav Valkov, Business Development Manager, Desmet Ballestra
15:05 Networking and coffee break
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Granulation and finishing
15:30 Granulation Plant Modeling and Design Using SysCAD
Edward DeRose, Global Director of Phosphates; Robert Tinsley, Intermediate Process Engineer, Hydrometallurgy, Hatch
15:55 Granulation plant revamps – Drivers, methodology and case studies
David Ivell, General Manager; Chris Dennis, Senior Phosphate Specialist, JESA Technologies
16:20 A Coating Solution for Difficult Fertilizer Blends
Lucas Moore, Global Director - Coatings Technology, Arkema-ArrMaz
Ensuring efficient, seamless, dust free & sustainable operation
Kyle Campbell, Sales & Project Manager, Bedeschi
Controlled Release Phosphatic Fertilizers
Mithlesh Kumar Mathur, Director, Neelam Aqua & Speciality Chem
17:35 Close of conference