By Ben DuBose
NEW DELHI -- The agenda for the 2013 International Refining and Petrochemical Conference began on
Tuesday, July 9, and extends through Thursday, July 11.
This year, IRPC features more than 40 presentations with
special focus on the latest advances in technology and operations at
refineries and petrochemical plants.
Around 300 industry professionals are on hand as delegates for
the event, which is being held at the famed Taj Palace near
downtown New Delhi.
Posted below are ongoing highlights from Day
1, including news stories, pictures and videos. For
further event details, visit the IRPC website.
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John Royall, CEO of event organizer Gulf Publishing
Company, welcomed delegates to the
fourth annual IRPC in his opening remarks.
R.K. Ghosh, director of refineries for host Indian Oil, read prepared remarks
facing Indian refiners, including his own.
Mr. Ghoshs keynote presentation included a
geographical overview of Indias refining sector.
Even in a huge Taj Palace ballroom, empty chairs were
sparse during Mr. Ghoshs address.
Suresh Sivanandam of Wood Mackenzie spoke about future
challenges and opportunities
for Asian refiners.
Delegates focused on presentation slides during Mr.
Sivanandam's overview on Asia refining.
The audience was attentive and engaged at Wednesdays petrochemicals breakout
Sourabh Mukherjee of KBR told delegates about how catalytic
olefins technology could
enhance profitability for olefins producers.
In a refining chat, Sunil Kumar
Pathak discussed using diesel from waste plastics in
Filtrex was eager to discuss its oil and gas filtration
technology at its exhibition booth.
Aruchem and Infraline Energy each drew significant interest in
ABB touted its advanced operations management system.
IRPC host Indian Oil showed off its recent
A buffet bar of regional cuisine was offered for lunch.
Lenaic Plassier of Axens discussed his firm's solutions
for middle distillate hydroprocessing,
with a focus on revamping and new catalyst technology.
Sanjiv Singh of host company Indian Oil shared his view on the
economics of refinery and
Srinivas Badithela of HMEL responded to questions on the
implementation of an integrated
Delegates were informed about operational integrity
challenges in Wednesday afternoons
Drinks sparked conversations between downstream professionals
at Wednesday evening's