August 2018

Trends & Resources

Industry Perspectives: The latest advancements in refining/petrochemical technologies on display

From September 25–26, Hydrocarbon Processing will bring its International Refining and Petrochemical Conference (IRPC) back to the US.

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

From September 25–26, Hydrocarbon Processing will bring its International Refining and Petrochemical Conference (IRPC) back to the US. IRPC Americas is a two-day conference and exhibition that will provide a high-level technical forum in which key players in the petrochemical and refinery sector will meet to share knowledge and learn about best practices and the latest advancements in the downstream processing industries.

The event will be highlighted by Day 1 keynote addresses from Dr. Thomas Kevin Swift, Chief Economist and Managing Director, American Chemistry Council (ACC), and Manav Lahoti, Commercial Director–US Olefins, Dow Chemical Co. Dr. Swift will review the technological, institutional and economic forces leading to the revolution in shale gas and the new economics of feedstock and chemical industry dynamics. He will then trace the surge of US chemical industry investment—325 projects valued at more than $190 B—and the implications for output and employment along the US Gulf Coast (USGC) and other emerging clusters of projects.

To complement Dr. Swift’s presentation, Mr. Lahoti will provide strategies for managing a global integrated asset footprint for competitiveness. His presentation will share four key priorities that factor into Dow Chemical’s investment decisions with a “case study” approach to why the company decided to invest heavily and early in the USGC, and how North America compares to other regions. Mr. Lahoti will also share insights about changing and emerging trends that will impact the competitive landscape for integrated chemical manufacturers for decades.

On Day 2, Elfie Lemaitre, Managing Director, Accenture, will provide the results of the company’s annual Digital Refining Survey. This report details how refineries are using digital technologies, the benefits and barriers to adopting digital technologies, and five trends that explain how companies can speed up their transition to becoming an intelligent refinery.

IRPC Americas will also feature numerous networking opportunities, as well as several technical sessions highlighting the following topics:

  • Clean fuels
  • Digital operations
  • Emerging technologies
  • Process control and instrumentation
  • Upgrading technologies
  • Refinery/petrochemical integration
  • Meeting IMO regulations
  • Process/plant optimization
  • Catalysts
  • Maintenance and reliability. HP

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