IRPC '12: Day 1 stories, sights and sounds at the top HPI forum

By Ben DuBose
Online Editor

MILAN, Italy -- The agenda for the 2012 International Refining and Petrochemical Conference began on Tuesday, June 12, and extends through Thursday, June 14.

This year, IRPC features more than 40 presentations with special focus on the topics of heavy oil, hydrogen, environment/safety, energy efficiency, petrochemical/refinery integration and biofuels/clean fuels.

Posted below are highlights from Day 1, including news stories, pictures and videos. For further event details, visit the IRPC website. For the full Day 2 recap, please click here.


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The IRPC event was held at Europe's largest convention center, the MiCo Milano Congressi.

Over 500 attendees were registered by Day 1 at IRPC.

John Royall, CEO of Gulf Publishing Company, greeted IRPC attendees.

eni's Giacomo Rispoli spoke about the need for new refining technologies in Europe.

Michael Lane, Secretary General of CONCAWE, discussed European safety performance.

Michael Lane chatted with Hydrocarbon Processing editor Stephany Romanow.

Foster Wheeler's Luigi Bressan talked about the hydrogen demand/production balance.

Susobhan Sarkar of Indian Oil offered conclusions on heavy oil processing.

Invensys' Joseph McMullen shared thoughts on recent modeling improvements.

Debangsu Ray of Indian Oil talked about efficient hydrogen management.



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