Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Session I: Keynote panel
9:00am Keynote panel – what is the potential role of DRI in US steel making?
• What are the advantages of using DRI in EAF steel making?
• How important could DRI be to controlling variable costs?
• To what extent can DRI mitigate the volatility in the scrap market and offer mini-mill operators the opportunity tap into the iron ore markets?
• What steel making raw material will be displaced by DRI? What effects will this have on producers?
• How will new DRI capacities manifest? Multiple small capacity furnaces or a few large furnaces contributing to a merchant DRI market?
• Location, location, location – where are new DRI projects likely to be commissioned? What markets will they serve? Where will they source their pellets and gas from?
• How could a dearth of technically skilled labour curtail possible steel market expansion?
Chair: Thomas Danjczek, President, Steel Manufacturers Association
Madhu Vuppuluri, President and CEO,Essar Steel Minnesota LLC
Sujit Sanyal, Vice President, Operations, ArcelorMittal Montréal
9:45am US Steel market analysis and forecasts – how is the industry recovering?
• What finished products are currently driving demand in the US? What grades of steel do they require?
• How are finished product markets such as automotive and non-residential construction developing? Is there fresh demand on the horizon?
• A level playing field – how can US steel producers compete with foreign state subsidized importers?
• How does DRI fit into the recovery of the general steel market?
• US steel makers consolidation and thirst for cost savings – is DRI the next innovative route to cost savings in steel making?
• What new grades of steel are viable for mini-mills with DRI as an affordable feedstock? What new markets would this allow mini-mills to cater to?
• To what extent will DRI based mini-mill steelmaking affect demand for blast furnace products?
Michelle Applebaum, Senior Steel Equity Analyst, Steel Market Intelligence
10:15am Networking refreshment break
Session II: DRI in focus
11:00am DRI in use – how can DRI be utilized in the blast furnace?
• A brief history of use
• What are the logistical considerations for using DRI in blast furnaces?
• Primary incentives for using DRI
• What are the typical costs and productivity issues?
Ralph Smailer, President, Metserv Consulting
11.30am DRI explored – how is DRI being utilized globally?
• What are the latest developments of DRI/HBI production in the rest of the world (excl. USA)?
• Where are the key growth areas/regions for future production?
• How will growth of DRI/HBI production effect scrap and metallics consumption in these key regions? What consequence will this have on metallics trade as a result?
• Given the expected global DRI/HBI production growth, what will be the impact on international DRI/HBI and metallics prices?
Atilla Widnell, Senior Analyst, Metal Bulletin Research
12:00pm Mini-mill burdening – how can burdening maximize efficiency and yield?
• How can you optimize the use of scrap impurities with the Fe purity of DRI?
• What technologies are available for burdening calculations?
• How can chemical composition calculations maximize EAF yields?
• What are the best procurement strategies to ensure the required quantity and quality of feedstock?
Dr Sara Hornby, Principal, Global Strategic Solutions Inc
12:30pm Networking lunch
2:00pm DRI technology panel – how do the leading DRI technologies compare?
• How are the leading technologies optimizing cost, ore to product efficiency, energy efficiency and output?
• To what extent are smaller capacity DRI furnaces economically and technologically viable?
• What other reductants are feasible?
• How are DRI technologies adaptable for the US steel markets?
• To what extent can lower grade pellets be utilized in DRI production?
David Sweitzer, Director for Nucor DR Plant Project, Tenova HYL
Mark Boedecker, Plant Sales Manager, Midrex Technology
2:45pm Praxair - Midrex Thermal Reactor System – DRI production using coke oven gas
• DRI in integrated steel mills
• Praxair and Midrex develop unique partial oxidation system
• Demonstration project results
Pravin Mathur, Global Market Director, Praxair
3:15pm Merchant DRI/HBI – how feasible is DRI as a merchant product?
• HBI as a merchant product globally – where is there demand for imported HBI?
• With production issues in Venezuela and other HBI exporters how feasible is it that the US could become an exporter of HBI?
• How viable is DRI/HBI as a merchant product on the domestic market? Would DRI producers be prepared to share their commercial advantage?
• To what extent does the higher Fe content of DRI make it a more preferable merchant product than HBI?
• How is DRI/HBI currently priced? How is the merchant DRI market likely to evolve – spot, off take agreement or long term contracts?
• How does DRI compare to other ore based metallics in terms of cost, value in use, energy efficiency and finished products?
• DRI by products and their uses in steel making
Lynn Lupori, Managing Consultant, Hatch
3:45pm Networking refreshment break
4:30pm Which DRI is best for you?
• How much DRI will be utilized in mini-mills?
• What different compositions of DRI are possible?
• How do HBI and DRI compare?
• What are the advantages of using hot DRI rather than cold DRI?
• What different processes should be considered when using DRI?
Orlando Mazzei, CEO, DR Group & DR Technical
Session III: Infrastructure and logistics
5:00pm Domestic logistics – how is national infrastructure suited to cater to a new DRI market?
• What are the logistical pre-requisites for a new DRI plant?
• What regions/markets are feasibly reached using domestic infrastructure?
• A logistical comparison of possible DRI projects – DR pellet supply, natural gas, deep water ports, infrastructure and reachable markets
Kenny Rocker, Assistant Vice President of Industrial Products Marketing, Union Pacific Railroad
5:30pm Close of day one
6:00pm Networking drinks reception
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
8:45am Keynote address
John Ferriola, President and Chief Executive Officer, Nucor Corporation
Session IV: Raw materials and feedstock
9:15am Day two keynote panel – an analysis of DR grade pellet availability
• Global iron ore market – how are new capacities and stable demand going to affect long term iron ore prices?
• What is the availability of DR grade ores? Where is there potential for new projects or expansions?
• Which regions are currently driving DR pellet demand? How will they be affected by new competition from the US?
• To what extent can new demand for DR grade pellets in the US be met by domestic producers?
• How economically viable is it to beneficiate lower grade ores for DR pellet production?
• What routes are financially and logistically feasible for imported DR pellets from Brazil?
• How do different DR pellets compare in silica content, sticking and productivity?
Ricardo Vescovi, CEO, Samarco Mineracao
José Carlos Martins, Executive Director of Ferrous and Strategy, Vale
Steve Baisden, Vice President, Strategy, Cliffs Natural Resources
10:00am Shale gas boom – how is it developing? What effects will it have on the steel industry?
• Shale gas developments overview – where? How much? How accessible?
• Where and when will new pipelines be built?
• What impact is shale gas having on the manufacturing industries?
• What levels of steel demand are shale gas projects generating?
• Price forecast – what is the long term price outlook for shale gas?
• How likely is the export of shale gas in the future? Should US shale gas reserves be protected for domestic use?
Erica Bowmen, Vice President, Chief Economics, America’s Natural Gas Alliance
10:30am Steel scrap – how are the markets developing? What effects will DRI have on the markets?
• Global scrap market overview
• How are trends in the scrap markets affecting the steel industry?
• Scrap and finished product pricing – how do they interact?
• What affects are new DRI capacities likely to have on the scrap market?
Phillip Hoffman Esq., Vice President of US Ferrous Scrap Trading, Medtrade Inc and Chairman, Hoffman Iron and Steel
11:00am Networking refreshment break
Session V: Rise of the mini-mill
11:45am Mini-mills – the future of steelmaking?
• How does primary steel making compare to secondary steel making routes in terms of energy efficiency, environmental controls, costs, inputs and output?
• How have the capabilities of mini-mills evolved? To what extent can they now compete with primary steel making techniques in the flat and specialist steel markets?
• To what extent will we see a rise in micro-mills catering to very specific local regions and demands?
Tobin Pospisil, President, Gallatin Steel Co
12:15pm Value in use of DRI – what are the costs and benefits of using DRI in mini-mills?
• Value in use of DRI in EAFs: a technical overview – how will DRI affect the tap to tap times, power up times and energy consumption?
• How do different volumes of DRI affect EAF yields?
• What are the best uses of scrap in conjunction with DRI?
• What new products and steel grades are feasible for mini-mills using DRI?
Jeremy Jones, Vice President Process Services, Tenova Core and Consultant to IIMA
12:45pm Mini-mill technology panel – optimization and evolution, where is EAF technology heading?
• What EAF technologies are available? How are they improving efficiency in EAF steel making?
• What factors are driving EAF technology developments?
• How can EAFs be adapted to best utilize DRI?
• “Enhanced EAF performances by utilization of high quality DRI from ENERGIRON process”
Alessandro Martinis, Executive Vice President, Danieli Centro Metallics
Alberto Pesamosca, Process Technology Engineer, Danieli Centro Metallics
• “SVAI - from ore to steel”
Dieter Siuka, Senior Vice President Ironmaking, Siemens VAI Metals Technologies
1:30pm Networking lunch and close of conference