international refining and petrochemical industry is a vital
part of the global economy. Energy, in all forms, drives
economic growth. Secure and sustainable supplies remain a vital
concern for all nationsdeveloped and developing.
Efficient energy usage is another challenge confronting hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI)
Transportation fuels and petrochemical products paved the
way for many nations to raise the quality of life for its
citizens. Developing nations, likewise, are seeking the same
paths as used by Western European and North American nations
to increase domestic wealth.
However, refining and petrochemical markets are very cyclic;
they are vulnerable to outside forces. Social, political,
and natural events continue to change the landscape in which
international HPI companies must conduct business. Too often,
these influencing events are truly beyond the control of refining and petrochemical organizations.
Leaders of the international HPI have the task of developing
and executing strategies to overcome the hurdles hindering
profitability. Sustaining economic margins and providing
economic growth is the goal for all energy companies. However,
and most important, the pathway will be different for all
companies. No single solution is available. However, finding
the optimum strategy will require understanding the present
influencing factorsgood or badand the determining
the best options to attain company goals.
Where do managers and engineers find leading-edge
information to guide their companies forward? There
several opportunities. Attending thought-provoking, innovative
technical forums can provide the unique experiences. Attending
informative and applicable presentations combined with
one-on-one interaction with experts from the HPI and meeting
other industry veterans facing similar challenges is an
effective method to keep current with industry technology and issues.
Hydrocarbon Processings third
annual International Refining and Petrochemical Conference
(IRPC) 2012 is a forum dedicated to exploring the latest
technological advancements for the HPI. IRPC 2012 will provide
the tools and real-time information for global HPI engineers
and leaders. This forum strives to identify those factors
reshaping the energy industry and to foster high-energy
exchanges aimed at resolving such challenges.
success. Leaders of international refining and
petrochemical companies must navigate a minefield of
uncertainty and constant change. Too often, the problems are
beyond the control of company leaders. Yet, HPI leadership must
find effective means to combat downturns in the economic cycle
and provide returns fro shareholders.
Refineries and petrochemical facilities are long-term
investments. These facilities are design to operate with a 30-
to 40-year service life. Constant change is eminent for HPI
companies. The flexibility to redirect operations and upgrade
processing configurations of existing facilities is most important.
Adapting to the situation is the only means that companies will
survive present and future turbulent time.
Energy security, economic growth and environmental sustainability are the hot factors
shaping operating and market conditions for global HPI
Where are we now? Since the early days,
finding and applying new and innovative technologies and
approaches to overcome problems has been a long-time action by
HPI operating companies. In response to most recent economic
conditions, many HPI companies are operating under lean
and mean budgets; consequently, operations staff, project and project process
engineers and plant managers are must look outside the company
for help. Engineering and construction companies and technology licensors can assist HPI
leaders find their roadmap for success. Solving present-day
problems is nearly impossible to be done solely inhouse.
Where can the HPI companies find answers to present day
problems and get beneficial economic and trend information for
the future? IRPC 2012 is to be held from 12-14
June 2012 in Milan, Italy - a new forum for the modern
operating companies. From its early beginnings, IRPC 2012 drew
on the strength of HP to address the problems that
many HPI companies must resolve to remain in business. As the
information provider to the global HPI for nearly 90 years,
HP has reported and followed processing, economic,
technical and environmental issues and trends that have molded
the global refining and petrochemical industry.
This year IRPC 2012 will feature a dual-track program
selected by its advisory board. Energy security and
profitability are two of the main themes addressed in the
program. Refining crude oil into cleaner
transportation fuels is the forefront for all refiners. Much of
the world is making head way to process low-sulfur fuels.
Change is a constant in the HPI. What will
be discussed at IRPC 2012? Here are just a few of the hot
issues to be covered at IRPC 2012:
Transportation fuels, in part, are commodity products. However,
the ability to process lower API, high-sulfur, high-metals
fuels into cleaner products, more efficiently remains a
continue challenges for all refiners. The quality of all
transportation fuels, including marine bunker fuels, is
regulated by many governments. Cleaner is better is
a common theme. However, future new crude reserves are
considered poor quality; thus, processing future
crude oils will require more treatment to meet pending
transportation fuel specifications.
Environment and safety.
Safety remains a core principle and mission for all HPI
companies. After all, protecting employees, the community and
environment and billion-dollar facility investments is the
priority for all HPI organizations. The cost to construct a
mid-sized complex refinery is a $3 to $10 billion
investment, depending on the plant location. How can you
protect this asset? New monitoring systems and instrumentation
that provide real-time process information are constantly being
developed. How to integrate these new technologies to improve
safety performance is science. New developments that can be
applied efficiently are a high priority for all HPI companies.
Prevention is an active effort. Finding better more efficient
methods to mitigate failures and to void accidents and release
remains a top priority.
Renewable and biofuels. Biofuels and
renewable fuels found their origins as a means to decrease
crude oil imports. This debate is different for each nation due
to balancing agriculture and food supply, subsidies and credits
and domestic refining industry conditions. First-generation
biofuel programs are emerging as are flawed attempts. Are
second-generation biofuel and alternative options
improvements or too far from commercialization?
Knowledge supports informed
decision-making. In addition to the technical program,
IRPC 2012 will host an exhibition hall. IRPC 2012 delegates
will have numerous opportunities to the meet and discuss new
technologies available and have one-on-one time with industry
experts to brainstorm solutions for problems at their
Program. All HPI facilities are unique in their
operation as will be the approach to handle their processing
challenges. The IRPC 2012 program is a dual track with 40
presentations by industry experts and HPI operating companies.
Focus areas for both tracks include:
· Biofuels/clean fuels
· Energy efficiency
· Heavy oil
· Hydrogen strategies
· Refining/petrochemical Integration.
Our board. The HPI is a global business.
Accordingly, IRPCs advisory board reflects the global
nature of the industry. IRPC advisory member companies include:
Axens, BP, Eni,
Foster Wheeler, Indian Institute of Petroleum, Indian Oil Corp., Ivanhoe Energy,
Poddar & Associates, Shell Global Solutions, Technip,
Walter Tosto S.p.A. and HP. Collectively, the IRPC
board is estimated to have over 300 years of service
to the HPI through its members. The IRPC board is a seasoned
group of expects charting the program in 2012 and beyond.
Mapping out success. As an IRPC 2012
attendee, you have the opportunity to share and to learn from
other professionals. The event in Milan will be a
uniquely rewarding experience for all HPI professionals. The
combination of 40 high-quality leading-edge presentations,
three keynote speakers addressing the issue of the day, two
days of one-on-one exchanges with experts of the HPI, numerous
opportunities to meet HPI professionals and a field trip to enis Sannazzaro de Burgondi Refinery in Pavia, Italy, add up to
an over-the-top experience for HPI professionals no matter
their age or their experience level.
Lets continue the conversation for success. To reserve
your spot at the IRPC 2012, please visit www.HPIRPC.com.