World DRI & Pellet Congress
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Dear Visitor,

The 6th edition of the "World DRI & Pellet Congress" returns to Dubai, block your dates from 25-26 April 2018

This conference will explore global case studies for DRI production, EAF steelmaking and pelletizing with special attention given to the prosperous MENA region. From the latest developments in Iran to the use of Blast Furnace pellets in DRI reactors, this event will cover the most important issues facing this vital industry.

Network with the entire length of the supply chain including and benefit from crucial market insights, industry forecasts, as well as production and procurement strategies.

The event offers the perfect balance between technological innovations and market trends that keep the DRI industry thriving.

We will bring you more updates very soon.

In the meantime, to register your place, please click here.

Best Regards
MEsteel Team


Speakers include:

  • Saeed Al Ghaferi, Emirates Steel Industries
  • Saeed Ghumran Al Remeithi, Emirates Steel Industries
  • Mohammed Al-Jabr, Al-Jabr Economic Consultancy
  • Chris Barrington, IIMA (International Iron Metallics Association)
  • Valentina Burrai, Wood Mackenzie
  • Abhishek Choudhary, Tata Steel
  • DP Deshpande, Tata Sponge
  • Serife Durmus, Metal Bulletin
  • Hadi Hami, MMetals Group
  • Deependra Kashiva, Sponge Iron Manufacturers Association
  • Brian Levich, Metal Bulletin Research
  • Jon Mulcahy, Metal Bulletin Index
  • Jitendra Nanda, Essar Steel Limited
  • Mohammad Reza Nikousokhan, Iran International Engineering Company (IRITEC)
  • Humberto Oliveira, Vale International SA
  • Appala Poodi, Emirates Steel Industries
  • Kaushalendra Prasad, KP Global Consulting
  • Yajneshwara Rao, Jindal Shadeed Iron & Steel LLC
  • Tanay Ray, Tata Steel
  • Gopal Seenivasagam, EZZ Steel
  • Keyvan Jafari Tehrani, IROPEX

Network With

Iron ore miners, Steel mills, Technology providers, Traders, Brokers,exchanges,commercial and investment banking, Mining analysts & inspectors, Legal consultants, Shipping & Ports

Conference Agenda

Day One: Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Session I: Laying the foundations for a stronger steel industry

9:00am Embracing the future in the Middle East

  • What is the future direction of the Middle East steel industry and what is driving the DRI industry forward?
  • Where are promising areas of growth within the Middle East and are their new projects that are symbolic of this growth?
  • How can the steel industry succeed in securing operational savings without sacrificing the quality of their steel while remaining as competitive as ever?

    Moderator: Serife Durmus, Correspondent Middle East & Turkey, Metal Bulletin
    Saeed Ghumran Al Remeithi, CEO, Emirates Steel

9:30am Vale - a long term supplier of DR Pellets to the market

Humberto Oliveira, Head Technical Marketing, Vale International SA

10:00am Short-term supply and demand trends for Middle Eastern steel and DRI production

  • An analysis of the current supply and demand balances of long and flat steel within MENA.
  • Which countries import the most steel into the Middle East from outside of MENA and can demand be quickly met by companies within this region?
  • What MENA countries have made the greatest strides in steel and DRI capacity? Why has this occurred and is it set to continue?

    Moderator: Serife Durmus, Correspondent Middle East & Turkey, Metal Bulletin
    Brian Levich, Consultancy and Special Projects Director, Metal Bulletin Research

10:30am Networking refreshment break

Session II: Understanding ever-changing market dynamics

11:00am DR pellet premiums and Metal Bulletin’s new pricing indices

  • What is the short term forecast for iron ore prices and global steel demand?
  • How will Metal Bulletin’s DR pellet premiums benefit the market?
  • How would new Middle East and European pricing indices create greater transparency in the DRI pricing market?

    Moderator: Hadi Hami, Director, MMetals Group
    Jon Mulcahy, Price Development Manager, Metal Bulletin Index

11:30am HBI updates within the merchant market

  • Are there new HBI producers that could increase the availability of HBI on the global market and how would this affect current trade flows?
  • What have been the recent changes in merchant HBI regulations that companies should be aware of?
  • Has there been progress on creating a new schedule for DRI fines (DRI D) within the IMSBC Code?

    Moderator: Hadi Hami, Director, MMetals Group
    Chris Barrington, Secretary General, IIMA (International Iron Metallics Association)

12:00pm Jindal Shadeed: DRI plant availability and reliability

  • How does Jindal Shadeed view the changes and developments in the MENA market?
  • An overview of Jindal Shadeed’s annual production, plant and operational availability.
  • What preventative and proactive maintenance practices are being followed in order to improve plant operations?
  • What are Jindal Shadeed’s TMP initiatives?

    Moderator: Hadi Hami, Director, MMetals Group
    Yajneshwara Rao, Deputy General Manager, Jindal Shadeed Iron & Steel LLC

12:30pm Networking lunch

Session III: Supply and demand of iron ore feedstock

1:45pm Using Blast Furnace (BF) grade pellets in DRI reactors

  • What market factors have caused steel mills to turn to using BF pellets in DRI reactors?
  • Have there been any noticeable successes or lessons learnt when undertaking this process?
  • When more DR grade pellets return to the market will steel makers continue to utilise BF pellets in DRI reactors?

    Appala Poodi, Direct Reduction Plant Manager, Emirates Steel Industries
    Gopal Seenivasagam, Plant Manager, EZZ Steel

2:30pm Steel scrap as an alternative to DRI

  • What successes have steel makers had when utilising scrap as an alternative to DRI?
  • Apart from a lack of DR grade pellets, what factors have made steel mills turn to scrap as an alternative feedstock? Have governmental regulations or other market dynamics contributed greatly to this shift towards scrap?
  • How much steel scrap is available and what is the quality of this feedstock?
  • As the shortage of DR grade pellets continues, will steel scrap begin to have a larger role in steel making with the Middle East?

    Saeed Al Ghaferi, Vice President Supply Chain Management, Emirates Steel Industries

3:00pm Networking refreshment break

3:45pm Cost reduction & productivity improvement in iron ore grinding process

  • What are the multiple projects which have led to cost reduction and productivity improvement at grinding unit of pellet plant Tata Steel?
  • How did optimising the Ball mill and Ball mill feed impact the overall productivity and operating cost of the plant?
  • What are the challenges faced post improving grinding productivity?

    Moderator: Hadi Hami, Director, MMetals Group
    Abhishek Choudhary, Senior Manager- Operation, Tata Steel

4:15pm Global outlook at current and future raw material procurement

  • Are there untapped iron ore mines outside of the Middle East that have the potential to have a positive impact on the DRI supply chain?
  • Can Samarco be expected to return to production in 2018 and how long would it take to return to the same levels of production before the 2015 closure?
  • Which countries are currently producing the raw material that could be beneficial to the Middle East region? Could more be done to procure this raw material?

    Moderator: Hadi Hami, Director, MMetals Group
    Kaushalendra Prasad, Chairman and Managing Director, KP Global Consulting
    Mohammed Al-Jabr, Consultant, Al-Jabr Economic Consultancy

5:00pm Welcome drinks reception

Day Two: Thursday, April 26, 2018

Session IV: Giants of DRI production - India and Iran

9:00am India and Iran’s 2025 DRI production and exportation forecasts

  • What are the projected DRI production figures for both Iran and India by 2025?
  • Are production rates predicted to continue on an upwards trajectory? If not, what indicators are there that future production and exportation of DRI will stall?
  • Could India overtake Iran and reinstate its position as the world’s largest DRI producer?

    Moderator: Hadi Hami, Director, MMetals Group
    Valentina Burrai, Wood Mackenzie

9:30am Iran: the world’s leading DRI producer

  • In March 2017 Iran became the largest producer of DRI but what challenges are facing exportation?
  • Are the Iranian government’s export duties helping or hindering the development of the Iranian DRI industry?
  • To increase industry growth can Iran moderate between both the production and supply of DRI and pellets for Iran’s domestic market and export markets?

Moderator: Hadi Hami, Director, MMetals Group
Mohammad Reza Nikousokhan, Iran International Engineering Company (IRITEC)
Keyvan Jafari Tehrani, CEO, IROPEX

10:15am Networking refreshment break

10:45am Case study: Improvement journey of pelletizing process in Tata Steel, India

  • What were the challenges that Tata steel faced at its 6 MTPA pellet plant?
  • How did Tata Steel’s 3R initiatives (Reuse, Recycle and Reduce) contribute to waste management techniques as well as utilising various steel plant wastes?
  • Can the lessons learnt be used to plan and run future pellet plants with increased sustainability?

    Tanay Ray, Senior Manager - Process Analyst, Tata Steel

11:15am India’s steel and DR grade production capacity

  • To what extent will India’s National Steel Policy 2017 lead to increasing domestic consumption of DRI? Will this impact the MENA region?
  • As gas based DRI plants in India have started to use coal gas, corex gas and coke oven gas to replace limited natural gas, what effect will this have on the quantity and quality of Indian DRI?
  • Can Indian iron ore producers achieve a harmonious balance between domestic consumption and international exports?

    Deependra Kashiva, Executive Director, Sponge Iron Manufacturers Association
    DP Deshpande, Ex-managing director, Chairman, Tata Sponge
    Jitendra Nanda, Vice President - Raw Materials, Essar Steel Limited

12:00pm Networking lunch and end of conference


Companies registered Last Year included:

Companies in bold & hyperlinked below are MEsteel members, click here if you wish to become a member.

Al Reyadah Manoir Pitres - Manoir Industries
AMCI-DCM Resources GmbH MC Metalloinvest LLC
Arfa Iron and Steel Co McKinsey
Aria SE Metal Bulletin Events
ARVOS GmbH SCHMIDTSCHE SCHACK Division Metal Bulletin Index
Arya Iron & Steel Co. Pvt. Ltd. Metinvest International SA
AUMUND Foerdertechnik GmbH Middle East Meyar Sanat Engg Co. MIDHCO
Bafgh Mineral Complex Iron And Steel Indusrty Co Midrex Technologies
Carbones Holding GmbH Mines & Mineral Industrial Commission
China Rongxin Weiye New Materials Co.Ltd Mining & Railway Consultants
C-Star Resources Ltd. Mircoh Engineering
Danieli Centro Metallics Mitsubishi Corporation
Diproinduca Canada Limited Mitsubishi Corporation RtM
Diproinduca Europe S.L. Mitsui & Co ME Ltd
DRIC MMTE Mines & Metals Technological Engineering Co
Emirates Steel Industries PJSC NPVP Torex LLC
ENERGIRON / Danieli Outotec Engineering DMCC
EZZ Steel Outotec GmbH & Co KG
Global Minerals Engineering Primetals Technologies Austria GmbH
Golgohar Mining & Industrial Company Protrade Company
Guangxi Sino Capital Supply Chain Management PSI DMCC
Gulf Ferro Alloys Co (Sabayek) Qatar Steel
Hatch RB Automazione SRL
Hatch Pty Ltd - Abu Dhabi Refratechnik Steel GmbH
Industri Teknik Beng Fridh AB Reyadah / ADNOC
International Iron Metallics Association (IIMA) SABIC
International Materials Inc. Schmidt + Clemens Group
Iran Central Plateau Iron Ore Complex Shadegan Steel Company
Iran International Engineering Company (IRITEC) Sirjan Iranian Steel Company
Istithmar SULB Company
Itochu Corporation Tarang Exports P Ltd
ITRITEC GmbH Tenova HYL/Energiron
Jindal Shadeed Iron and Steel Tosyali Holding
JSC Severstal Management United Steel Industrial Co. KSCC (KWTSTEEL)
Khouzestan Steel Company Vale
Kobe Steel Ltd Vale International SA
Magma Ceramics Voestalpine Rohstoffbeschaffungs GmBH
Magnetite Mines Limited ZSC Group


Early Bird Rate for 2018 Congress - register before 09 March 2018

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