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IRPC ’13: Day 2 stories, sights and sounds

07.11.2013  |  Ben DuBose,  Hydrocarbon Processing, 

Keywords: [IRPC] [Day 2] [refining] [petrochemicals] [India]

By Ben DuBose
Online Editor

NEW DELHI -- The agenda for the 2013 International Refining and Petrochemical Conference began on Tuesday, July 9, and concludes on 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 Day 2 highlights, including news stories, pictures and videos. For Day 1 highlights, click here. For further event details, visit the IRPC website.


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Stephany Romanow, editor of Hydrocarbon Processing, introduced Thursday's keynote
speaker, Dr. Ajit Sapre of Reliance Industries..

Dr. Ajit Sapre, group president of research and technology for India's Reliance, told
delegates that refining and petrochemicals integration is crucial..

The ballroom was packed to near capacity for Dr. Sapre's keynote presentation.

Delegates took time to network during Thursday morning's break for coffee and snacks.

Shankhaneel Borah of Sud Chemie India discussed an economic catalysis solution in
Thursday's petrochemical track.

Elliott Group was the room sponsor for the petrochemicals session, offering information on
compressors, turbines and global services.

K. Ravindranath of Laresen & Toubro Ltd. charied Thursday's refining session and
introduced several speakers.

Saurabh Dhir of Shell India enjoyed a light-hearted moment as he warmed up the crowd.

Sanjiv Ratan of Technip Stone & Webster clicked through several slides during his
presentation on advanced techniques for enhancing hydrogen availability.

Vipan Goel of W.R. Grace was eager to tell delegates about how to extend the performance
of propylene catalysts and additives.

In one of Thursday afternoon's closing sessions, Aurelio Ferrucci of PROMETHEUS S.r.l. told
delegates about tools to optimize planning and scheduling within refinery operations.


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Ben DuBose

Dr. Nair,

Thank you very much for your feedback. We definitely realize the importance of sustainability as a trend in the global HPI and plan to talk more about it at IRPC 2014, which will include an emphasis on clean fuels and environmentally-friendly practices.

Dr MP Sukumaran Nair

Looking through the excerpts of the proceedings of IRPC 2013 I find bulk of the transactions on technology and business often widely discussed and evaluated, Sustainability issues, environment and safety which are of current interest especially at a time the global industry is expanding in the developing countries seems to have been put on the back burner.

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