IRPC '12: India chosen as site for 2013 conference

By Ben DuBose
Online Editor

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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 Thursday.

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 said.

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 year’s program is the best we’ve ever put together, and with that we’ve 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 eni’s nearby Sannazzaro de’ Burgondi refinery, where the company’s 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 Royall.

“A lot of these refiners around the world found it to be a very exciting day seeing this new technology put into place by eni.”

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 Milan’s MiCo Milano Congressi center.

For more IRPC 2012 coverage, visit the HPInformer blog or the event website.

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