With less than four weeks before Indonesia hosts the world’s largest coal industry gathering in Bali, organizers have released the conference agenda.

The 19th Coaltrans Asia will be held at Bali International Convention Centre from June 2-5, attracting more than 2000 senior industry representatives. 120 exhibition stalls will be spread across four halls at the centre, offering a perspective on the key trends affecting the Asian coal sector.

New mobile applications have been launched for this year’s event, allowing delegates the opportunity to access the interactive exhibition floorplan and even set up meetings before the event via a mobile delegate messenger service.

Indonesia has overtaken Australia as the world’s biggest coal exporter and the nation is set to play a crucial role in international energy supply in coming years. The International Energy Agency is predicting that by 2017 coal will rival oil as the world’s biggest source of energy.

However, Indonesia is placing a higher priority on securing its domestic energy supplies, as it expects to double consumption to 125.7 million tonnes by 2017.

Organizers say this year’s Coaltrans will focus on discussions around the changes to supply and demand dynamics in Asia with top-level producers, buyers, traders and key players contributing to strategies aimed at cutting costs and maximizing efficiencies.

Panel topics and sessions during the three day forum include ‘Reform of China’s thermal coal industry’ and ‘The rise of mine mouth power in Indonesia’. Guest speakers for these discussions include Cokal executive director Pat Hanna, GTL Energy’s chief commercial officer Blake Williams and Indonesia’s Minister for Energy and Mineral Resources HE Jero Wacik.

Past delegates agree Coaltrans Asia offers a genuine networking platform for coal industry stakeholders. “Coaltrans Asia provides a complete overview and is a must for any producer, trader and end user of coal,” says NTPC’s Bhawanjeet Singh.

PT Central Java Power’s Pra Julinuddin says, “This event provides information that enables me to understand coal markets and relevant regulation policy including shipping aspects. Definitely time well spent.”

Two optional pre-conference field trips will also be available this year to give participants a first-hand look at the mining operations of PT Adaro Indonesia in South Kalimantan and also the nation’s premier coal terminal (BCT) in East Kalimantan. The Balikpapan Coal Terminal has annual coal handling capacity of 15 million tonnes.


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