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Australian Coal Conference

Explore what’s shaping Australia’s thermal and coking coal sectors

16-17 August 2018 | Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney

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We are pleased to announce the Australian Coal Conference will be returning to Sydney on 16-17 August 2018 at the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel.

The national Conference is a timely opportunity to examine the events currently shaping Australia’s thermal and coking coal sectors, as well as discuss the opportunities and threats facing the industry long-term.

After a few years of tough markets, the Australian coal industry is facing a rosier future with new projects coming online and brownfield sites resuming activity, as it is the case in the Bowen Basin. The industry is also undergoing a transformation with Rio Tinto exiting and new entrants set to shape the future of the industry.

This year’s Conference agenda will include:

  • Current state of Australian coal production, including mergers/acquisitions
  • Major changes within the Australian coal industry
  • Global market trends, including China, India, and the developing world
  • Current supply/demand trends and their implications for the future of coal
  • Opportunities and challenges in investing in new coal
  • How will the coal price evolve during 2018-2019?



8:30 am

Coffee and registration

9:00 am

Welcome from Informa

9:05 am

OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair

Marian Hookham, Associate Director, IHS Energy


9:10 am

Overview of the thermal coal markets

Bill Simes, Director, Extract Consulting Pty Limited

9:25 am

  • What was agreed at the National Party Congress of 2017 and what impact will it have on coal policy?
  • Will China continue to intervene in the market to control seaborne prices?
  • Understanding Chinese renewables policy and consequences for coal demand
  • How volatile is China’s coal policy?
  • To what extent can China really manage the seaborne coal price?
  • What levels of demand can we expect from China over the coming year?


9:55 am

  • View and perspective of the current coal markets in the US and your views about
  • Upcoming opportunities in the Australian Coal sector

10:25 am

  • Mining the coalfields of BC
  • Overview of the project
  • Allegiance Coal presence in Australia

10:55 am

Morning refreshments

11:25 am

  • Developing steelmaking coal projects in Canada
  • The Canadian coalfields and their potential

11:55 am

The divestment of coal assets by Rio Tinto, Vale and Anglo American is creating a new industry dynamic enabling Yancoal, Glencore and Whitehaven Coal to strengthen their export positions and with junior companies seizing opportunities to rapidly become coal producers.
Perhaps of greatest significance is the acquisition of producing mines and projects by Private Equity firms together with USA and Indonesian companies.

12:25 pm

The changes in the energy markets and their impacts on the future of coal in Australia

David Lennox, Resources Analyst, Fat Prophets

12:55 pm


Chair: Bede Boyle, Director, Coal Ventures Limited


2:20 pm

Bounty Mining

Gary Cochrane, Chairman and CEO, Bounty Mining

2:50 pm

Afternoon refreshments

3:20 pm

  • Company overview
  • Exploration and development programs
  • Review of the projects


3:50 pm

  • Overview of U&D Coal and current projects
  • The journey form discovery to production – Meteor Downs South
  • The future for coal

4:20 pm

Developing new coal mine after an industry downturn

  • 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

4:50 pm

CLOSING | Closing remarks from the Chair

5:00 pm

Networking drinks

5:30 pm

Close of Day 1

8:45 am

OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair

Bill Simes, Director, Extract Consulting Pty Limited

8:50 am

  • Queensland’s coal basins and resources
  • Exploration opportunities
  • New coking coal prospects

9:20 am

  • A growing demand for high quality thermal and coking coals
  • Current assets and plans moving forward

9:50 am

Coal quality revolution

James Stevenson, Senior Director, IHS Markit

10:20 am

  • The boom and industry consolidation – the race to build portfolios
  • The bust induced fire sales – debt, disaster and divestment
  • The new era of consolidation – old faces and new

10:50 am

Morning refreshments

11:10 am

The outlook for Australian coal exports

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

11:40 am

  • The “missing piece” that can bring about the End of paper based export documentation
  • Real time data integration, AI, and the potential impacts for supplier decision-making
  • Supply Chain transparency and the new demands of the socially connected consumer

12:10 pm

Mining Sector Cycles and Maintenance Management

12:40 pm

Q&A Session

12:50 pm

CLOSING | Closing remarks from the Chair

1:00 pm

Networking Lunch

2:00 pm

Close of conference


Packages Price
Package(Two Days)$3195+GSTEarly Bird

Event pricing

  • Standard registration pricing – $3,195. From 16 May 2018


Ernie Thrasher

Chief Executive Officer & Chief Marketing Officer, Xcoal Energy & Resources

Mark Gray

Managing Director, Allegiance Coal Limited

Gary Cochrane

Chairman and CEO, Bounty Mining

David Lennox

Resources Analyst, Fat Prophets

Alex Tonks

Head of Australia, Consulting, CRU

Andrew Arthur

Managing Director, Coal Port Services

Bede Boyle

Director, Coal Ventures Ltd

Darren Walker

General Manager Resource and Development, U&D Coal Limited

Dr Neil J. Bristow

Director, H&W Worldwide Consulting

Steve Mallyon

Managing Director and Executive Director, Riversdale Resources

Gerhard Redelinghuys

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Bowen Coking Coal

Lloyd Hain

Director, AME Advisory

Greg Evans

Executive Director - Coal, Minerals Council of Australia

Ryan Welker

Non-Executive Director, Vitrinite Pty Ltd

James Stevenson

Senior Director, IHS Markit

Joe Clayton

Director, JNP Resources

Marian Hookham

Associate Director, IHS Energy

Bill Simes

Director, Extract Consulting Pty Limited

David Green

Principal - Coal Geology, Adamelia Global Pty Ltd

when & where

16 - 17 Aug 2018

Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney
27 O’Connell Street, Sydney NSW 2000
(02) 8214 0000

Book Accommodation with Lido Group
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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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