April 2019


Editorial Comment: Where some see roadblocks, we see opportunities

In the January issue of Hydrocarbon Processing, the editorial comment focused on the roadmap to advancing ideas.

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

In the January issue of Hydrocarbon Processing, the editorial comment focused on the roadmap to advancing ideas. Much of this process can be facilitated and expedited during industry events. Any time that the industry can come together and share knowledge on best practices and technological advancements provides a significant catalyst for increasing plant efficiency, profitability and safety.

Many of you, our readers, have participated in at least one of our events, either as an attendee or as a presenter. Your insights into advancements in the downstream processing industry are notably celebrated at Hydrocarbon Processing’s International Refining and Petrochemical Conference (IRPC).

To showcase advancements in refining and petrochemical operations and technologies, delegates from around the world will converge in Helsinki, Finland, June 5–7, 2019, for IRPC EurAsia. Supported by Neste, the event will provide a valuable forum for refining and petrochemical innovators and practitioners to share their knowledge and expertise with industry peers, as well as hear current and future business strategies from leading industry professionals.

Technological advancements and knowledge sharing

Like in any industry, the downstream processing industry is being shaped by numerous factors. Examples of these changes include stricter regulations on emissions, increased clean-fuels production, the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO’s) 2020 sulfur cap on marine fuels, increased demand for plastics and subsequent research and development of new plastics recycling technology.

The primary goal of IRPC EurAsia is to discuss these factors as opportunities to advance the industry’s technological prowess and provide billions of people with products for modern-day life. How will we get there? What technologies are advancing to meet increasing demand? How can more integrated digital operations make this advancement quicker, safer and more profitable? How can the hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI) optimize its operations? These questions, among others, are the focus of IRPC EurAsia.

The agenda for the technical event, which can be viewed at www.HPIRPC.com, highlights major trends and technologies that are crucial to supplying the world with clean-burning fuels, petrochemical products, safer and more efficient plant operations, and advancing the circular economy.

The technical event is highlighted by four timely keynote presentations:

  • Transforming business for a low-carbon society: Peter Vanacker, Chief Executive Officer, Neste
  • European refining 2050: Turning vision into reality: Stephen George, Chief Economist, KBC
  • Circular economy and digitalization as strategic opportunities for the European petrochemical industry: Thomas van de Velde, Vice President, BU Hydrocarbons and Energy, Borealis Polymers
  • Global decarbonization scenarios for the petrochemical sector: Kamel Ben-Naceur, General Manager, Normadia Energy Consulting and former Chief Economist, ADNOC.


The technical agenda is complimented by numerous networking opportunities—including an archipelago dinner cruise—to meet with industry leaders and share ideas on advancing HPI technology, as well as opening new avenues for business opportunities. The event concludes with a tour of Neste’s Kilpilahti refinery—showcasing IRPC EurAsia’s ideas in action. HP

For more information on IRPC EurAsia, visit www.HPIRPC.com. 

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