By Ben DuBose
on-site interview with Gulf CEO John Royall
MILAN, Italy -- The 2013 version of the annual International
Refining and Petrochemical Conference (IRPC) will
be held in New Delhi, India, event organizers confirmed on
Specific site and host details have yet to be finalized,
according to Gulf Publishing Company CEO John Royall. However,
the event is certain to head to India for the first time, he
Gulf has organized the annual hydrocarbon processing
industry (HPI) event since 2010.
The idea is to put together the number one technical
forum in the world for professionals in the downstream
industry, said Royall.
This years program is the best weve ever
put together, and with that weve drawn teams from around
the world, he said.
The 2012 edition of IRPC, held in Milan, was the most
successful year yet for the conference.
Over 500 attendees were confirmed for the three-day event,
where over 40 presentations were given and more than 40
sponsors and exhibitors set up information booths.
Special focus was given to heavy oil conversion techniques,
a particularly relevant theme given the recent changes in crude
supply dynamics, said Royall.
Many attendees were also given an exclusive tour of
enis nearby Sannazzaro de Burgondi refinery, where the companys
EST (eni slurry technology) project is near completion.
That was very, very well received because it is
a groundbreaking technology that creates a lot of
efficiencies and cost-savings for refiners, said
A lot of these refiners around the world found it to
be a very exciting day seeing this new technology put into place by
The first IRPC was held in Rome during 2010 with roughly 300
attendees. The event moved to Singapore in 2011 before
returning to Italy this year at Milans MiCo Milano
For more IRPC 2012 coverage, visit the HPInformer blog
or the event website.