IRPC ’13: Day 1 stories, sights and sounds

By Ben DuBose
Online Editor

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 about challenges
facing Indian refiners, including his own.

Mr. Ghosh’s keynote presentation included a geographical overview of India’s refining sector.

Even in a huge Taj Palace ballroom, empty chairs were sparse during Mr. Ghosh’s 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 Wednesday’s petrochemicals breakout session.

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 vehicles.

Filtrex was eager to discuss its oil and gas filtration technology at its exhibition booth.

Aruchem and Infraline Energy each drew significant interest in their services.

ABB touted its advanced operations management system.

IRPC host Indian Oil showed off its recent operational breakthroughs.

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
petrochemical integration.

Srinivas Badithela of HMEL responded to questions on the implementation of an integrated
refinery complex.

Delegates were informed about operational integrity challenges in Wednesday afternoon’s
petrochemicals session.

Drinks sparked conversations between downstream professionals at Wednesday evening's
networking reception.


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