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Australian Coal Conference

The conference will examine recent developments that are shaping the thermal and coking coal sectors in Australia.

25 -26 July 2017 | Brisbane Marriot Hotel

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Informa Conferences are pleased to announce the Australian Coal Conference that will be held in Brisbane on July 25th and 26th 2017 at the Stamford Plaza.

This event represents a timely opportunity for the industry to examine the recent developments that are shaping the thermal and coking coal sectors in Australia and to discuss how to equip the industry to successfully face the next chapter of the coal story.

No doubt coal has seen a surge in prices in late 2016 and early 2017 with Queensland registering record coal exports; the general sentiment amongst industry and analysts is very positive sparking optimism towards reopening mines and increasing production.

The conference agenda will analyse:

  • the changes occurred within the industry
  • the current state of the global markets
  • China’s supply and demand trends
  • increased coal demand from Asia and developing world
  • the effects of the new US Administration coal policy
  • Australian coal production
  • the resurgence of mergers and acquisitions in the Australian coal sector
  • pressure on coal production costs




8:30 am

Coffee and registration

9:00 am

Welcome form Informa

9:05 am

Opening remarks from the Chair


9:10 am

  • Coking coal and thermal coal outlook
  • Global market trends
  • Stronger pricing – for how long?

9:40 am

The ongoing role of coal with low carbon solutions in an Asian dominated growing world

Mick Buffier, Chairman, World Coal Association

10:10 am

  • Coal exports from Queensland reached a new record level in
    2015-16, delivering $32.7 billion
  • Does the coal sector have a long term future?

10:40 am

Morning refreshments


11:10 am

  • China coal demand and import requirements
  • China coal production
  • The role of coal in China’s future energy generation


11:40 am

  • Capital availability and requirements for investment in the coal sector
  • Merger and Acquisitions in a resurgent coal mining sector

12:10 pm

  • Evaluating trends in mining deal making and financing – what
    works best and for whom?
  • What are the mining investment trends in Australia that investors
    should be aware of?
  • Low coal prices for a number of years have led to significant

12:40 pm



1:50 pm

2:20 pm

2:50 pm

Afternoon refreshments


3:40 pm

  • Updates on Foxleigh
  • The PT Katinga Ria project in Kalimantan

4:10 pm

Olive Downs Complex – A step closer to become one of the largest coking coal mine

Barry Tudor, CEO, Pembroke Resources (invited)

4:40 pm

  • Increase value for shareholders in the short and long term
  • Acquire unique coal assets from the traditional major mining houses
  • Viability of coal projects in the long term coal market outlook

5:00 pm

Closing remarks from the Chair

5:10 pm

Networking drinks

5:40 pm

Close of Day 1

9:00 am

Opening remarks from the Chair

9:10 am

  • Seaborne export costs on the rise again for thermal and
    metallurgical coal
  • A closer look at the cost drivers
  • How Australia has performed against its competitors?

9:40 am

  • A New Disaggregated Industry Dynamic is emerging with
    Restructuring of the Australian Coal Industry
  • Exposed to an Increasingly Volatile Market

This presentation examines the dramatic changes in the second half
of 2016 in the Australian export coal industry which will be played out
further in 2017.

10:10 am

The outlook for Australian coal exports and why will coal remain a cornerstone of our domestic electricity supply

Greg Evans, Executive Director - Coal, Minerals Council of Australia

10:40 am

  • how has the Act and Guideline affected strategies for owners and investors in coal assets
  • new directions for financial assurance, residual risk and progressive rehabilitation
  • is the Act here to stay and do the Guidelines provide sufficient comfort?

11:40 am

Australian’s are in a flux of confusion regarding the provision of power.
We are dependent on it as a nation for our way of life, production of
food, transport, education, health and communications yet we have a
growing expectation that all power will be generated only by
renewables in the near future. While this ambitious goal is shared by
many the path to progress from fossil fuel power supply to 100%
renewables will need smart transitioning and involvement by the coal
industry not only in the adoption of but importantly also in raising
awareness of the cleaner coal technologies.

Many Australians are not aware the role technologies such as high
efficiency low emission (HELE) power generation plants can offer as
an energy source in a low carbon future.

Development of Northern Australian will require a reliable power
supply which cannot be provided at the moment by renewables
alone. Our existing coal fired power stations will come to the end of
their existence in the next decade or so. With the advancements in
HELE power plant technologies and access to affordable, good
quality coal and a reliable grid. The Bowen Basin region is well
poised to integrate a HELE power plant with renewables to provide
Australia with power at affordable prices.

Key obstacles that a HELE in Northern Australia will face will be public
opposition to a coal fired power stations, capital costs and funding.

This presentation will open conversation with conference
participants to discuss the role the coal industry could provide in
raising the awareness of cleaner coal technologies and the
considerations for input into feasibility studies for a Northern
Australian HELE plant.

Morning refreshments


12:00 pm

Meeting the transport expectations of the next coal production increase

12:30 pm

  • Planning and funding new coal terminals in the future
  • Dredging and development challenges for terminals
  • Take or pay contracts and risk in future expansions
  • Growth of technology to support sustainable port facilities

1:00 pm

  • How new technology will radically alter the export process
  • Electronic signatures and the end of paper based documentation
  • Real time data integration and the improvement in supplier
  • “Just in time” supply and demand price transparency

1:30 pm

Shipping - Coming out of the downturn

2:00 pm

Closing remarks from the Chair

2:10 pm

Lunch and close of conference


Packages Price
Package(Two Days) $2395$1995+GSTEarly BirdEarly Bird

Event pricing

  • Super Early Bird rate – $1,695 (SAVE $700). Expires by 15 June 2017. Use Promo code P17R13SEB when booking
  • Early Bird rate – $1,995 (SAVE $400). Expires by 10 July 2017
  • Standard registration pricing – $2,395. From 11 July 2017



Alex Tonks

Head of Australia, Consulting, CRU

Mick Buffier

Chairman, World Coal Association


Ian Macfarlane

Chief Executive, Queensland Resources Council

Phil Ren

President Sino Resources Holding Group Limited and President China Coal Import Association

Chris Poynter

Associate Director, Macquarie Capital


Matt Fifield

Partner, Pacific Road Capital


George Edwards

Director, Coal Ventures Limited


Dr Neil J. Bristow

Managing Director, H & W Worldwide Consulting Pty Ltd

Gary Cochrane

Managing Director, Resource Management International and Chairman and CEO, Bounty Mining Ltd


Marian Hookham

Senior Manager, IHS Markit


Glen Lewis

Managing Director, Realm Resources


Barry Tudor

CEO, Pembroke Resources (invited)


Brent Spalding

Principal Analyst, APAC Coal Costs, Wood MacKenzie


Bede Boyle

Director, Coal Ventures Limited

Greg Evans

Executive Director - Coal, Minerals Council of Australia


Tim Hanmore

Partner, McCullough Robertson Lawyers


Michael Roche

Strategic Adviser, McCullough Robertson Lawyers


Patrice Brown

Company Director, CQG Consulting, Telstra Business Women’s Queensland Entrepreneur 2016

Peter O’Sullivan

CEO, Gladstone Port Corporation

Andrew Arthur

Managing Director, Coal Port Services

when & where

25 - 26 Jul 2017

Brisbane Marriot Hotel
515 Queen St
Brisbane City QLD 4000
+61 (07) 3303 8000

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Still have a question?

Diana Lauzi
Conference Manager
+61 (02) 9080 4300

Megan Rogulski
Sponsorship Manager
+61 (02) 9080 4030

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