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2nd Biomass Trade & Power Europe

13-14 Feb, 2017 - Copenhagen, DENMARK

Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers

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13 Feb, 2017 - Monday

Pre-Conference Site Visit

(08:30 – 11:30)

to Hofor’s Amager Power Plant


  • Hofor’s Amager power station comprises of two combined heat and power units with a combined electrical capacity of 314MW and a combined heat capacity of 583MW. It is partly fuelled with wood pellets. 
  • Unit 1 of this plant was retrofitted from coal to biomass in 2009, and today consumes around 380,000 tons of wood pellets annually. Hofor have also announced plans to replace coal with wood chips at the second Amager unit in 2020.


08:30 Depart Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers
09:00 Visit to Hofor’s Amager Power Plant
11:00 Depart for Crowne Plaza
11:30 End of site visit

13 Feb, 2017 - Monday

Main Conference


Registration & Light Lunch


Chairman’s Welcome Remarks

RWE Supply & Trading GmbH

Overview of the European Wood Pellet Market

  • What are the key supply & demand fundamentals & what is the analysis of the current winter so far? 
  • What impact will the arrival of MGT Power’s new 300MW dedicated plant have on the market? 
  • How will the UK decision to leave the EU impact the market? 
  • What to expect from 2017 onwards


Utility and Trader Panel

  • Expert projections on demand streams for the year ahead 
  • What are the key policy developments in Europe & how will it affect demand?
  • Do opportunities exist to supply biomass to new markets outside of Europe & in different industries?
  • Is SBP being adopted and making it easier to trade?

Mr. Martin de Wolff, Head of Biomass, Solid Fuels Trading
RWE Supply & Trading GmbH
Mr. Thomas Lyse, Director, Head of Fuel and Logistics, Bioenergy and Thermal Power
Ørsted (Previously known as DONG Energy) - Orsted

Mr. Michael Hjorth Christensen, COO
CM Biomass Partners A/S

Mr. Christian Joore, Lead Trader
Vattenfall Energy Trading Netherlands NV

Discussion followed by Networking Break


Baltic Pellet Outlook – Challenges & Opportunities in the Current Market

  • What is the biggest challenges & big opportunities for Europe's largest wood pellet supplier?
  • How does Graanul deal with varying Sustainability & Certification Requirements 
  • Does the producer see new markets for wood pellets?  
  • How does it view the wood pellet market in the years' ahead? 

AS Graanul Invest

Panel: Return of the Dutch Biomass Market - Updates from the Utilities & Discussion on Sustainability with Potential Suppliers

  • What projects have been approved & how much more demand will it bring?
  • Update on the SDE + sustainability requirements & verification protocol
  • Will new long term contracts likely be signed against the plants or is there an expectancy of more prompt & term buying from the utilities?

Mr. Jan Groeneveld, Biomass Sourcing Manager

Mr. Henry Pease, Biomass Trader

RWE Supply & Trading


A Panel of Wood Pellet Producers representing the Baltics, Portugal, USA & Canada


Networking Cocktail Reception for ALL Participants & Speakers


End of Day One

14 Feb, 2017 - Tuesday

Chairman's Remarks

Mr. Thomas Meth, Co-Founder & Executive VP, Sales & Marketing
Enviva LP

Overview of the International Wood Chip Market

  • An insight into projected supply & demand
  • Analysis of the key supply regions & new projects
  • Overview of wood chip pricing delivered into Europe


Panel: Rise in European Wood Chip Demand

  • Scandinavian wood chip consumption is set to rise significantly but why are others not using wood chips?
  • Who is consuming wood chips & what are the logistical challenges?
  • A look at sustainability & specification issues on wood chips


Mr. Morten Algreen Nielsen, Biomass Procurement Officer
Ørsted (Previously known as DONG Energy) - Orsted

Fortum Värme sm Stockholmstad

Mr. Daniel Madrid
Generandi S.L.
Mr. Paolo Moscone, Biomass Project Development / Commercial Manager
Enviro Srl

Discussion followed by Networking Break


Insight into the World’s Largest Wood Chip Consuming Plant – Fortum’s Stockholm Facility

  • What volume does the plant consume & what feedstock does it use? 
  • What is the sourcing strategy of the plant? 
  • Why did Fortum decide to consume wood chips over wood pellets? 
  • Do Fortum plant to replicate this plant elsewhere across Europe? 

Fortum Värme sm Stockholmstad

The Progress of Black Pellets

  • Can black pellets finally compete against industrial white pellets in terms of price & scale? 
  • Where is the market interest & what are the challenges to make it a commodity?
  • How does the CoalSwitch technology differ from others? 


Active Energy Group Plc

Role Russian plays in the European Industrial & Heating Markets?

  • How much volume does each region supply today & what is it’s potential? 
  • What are the challenges from supplying from both regions? 
  • Will Russia predominantly play a role as a marginal spot supplier or can it be a region to sign long term contracts with?

Mr. Michael Hjorth Christensen, COO
CM Biomass Partners A/S

Discussion followed by Network Lunch


Global Producer Panel

  • Can producers continue to operate at current price levels? 
  • How does pricing differ on the spot market vs. long term contracting?
  • Is SBP being adopted & what are the challenges?
  • Is there still room in the market for smaller producers & can they realistically still compete & win long term contracts? 

Mr. Daniel Davidson, International Sales Director

Mr. Vaughan Bassett, Senior Vice President, Sales & Logistics
Pinnacle Renewable Energy


The Asian Market – A Producer's Experience of Transacting in Asia

  • What is Japan & Korea’s current demand and future growth
  • How does doing business with both countries differ and what is the best strategy for producers looking to supply to Asia? 
  • Which regions are competing to supply to both markets & how does the pricing compared to Europe? 
  • What are the Japanese & Korean requirements on sustainability & specifications?

Mr. Vaughan Bassett, Senior Vice President, Sales & Logistics
Pinnacle Renewable Energy

Major Challenges Facing the Biomass Markets

  • What is the future of biomass as an industry, is it growing & developing? 
  • Are we learning as an industry & what are we doing well vs. badly? 
  • What is required to run a successful pellet plant? 
  • How can we be more creative and dynamic?

Mr. Thomas Meth, Co-Founder & Executive VP, Sales & Marketing
Enviva LP

Final Discussion followed by End of Conference

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Companies related to Wood Pellets, Wood Chips, Agricultural Biomass (covering PKS, EFB, sugar bagasse, straw, and others), Forestry, Plantations, Commodity Brokers/Traders, Shipping & Logistics, Government Agencies, Regulators, Pulp & Paper, Power Plants, Equipment Manufacturers, Technology Providers, Project Financiers, CDM, and other groups involving in biomass power generation.

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