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Register Now for Hydrocarbon Processing’s 15th annual International Refining & Petrochemical Conference (IRPC) 9/12-9/13 – Houston

This Event Reminder is Sponsored by:

2023 Oil and Gas Industry Events

This two-day technical conference, seamlessly intertwined with exhibition and networking opportunities, will bring downstream innovators and leaders together to connect and share ideas. Delegates will meet to share knowledge and learn about best practices and the latest industry advances.

Top reasons to attend include –

  • Exposure to new technologies and innovations: IRPC showcases the latest applied technological advancements, innovative processes, and breakthrough research in the field.
  • Networking with industry leaders: Our networking opportunities will give you the chance to network with industry leaders, key stakeholders, and decision-makers from around the world.
  • Access to subject matter experts: The IRPC conference program is compiled by an esteemed advisory board of HPI industry veterans. Our speakers are leaders in the HPI industry and renowned subject matter experts.
  • Industry insights and knowledge: by attending IRPC, you will gain valuable insights into the latest trends and technologies affecting the refining and petrochemical industry. You will learn about emerging market dynamics, explore new business opportunities, and stay updated on industry best practices.
  • Brand visibility and thought leadership: Attending IRPC will give you the opportunity to enhance your personal and company brand visibility within the industry.
  • Continuing Education Credits: Attendees can fulfill their CEU requirements while staying updated on industry advancements.


Tuesday, September 12, 2023

8:00 – 8:55 Registration & Breakfast

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Exhibit Hall
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Session 1: Emerging Process Technologies – Petrochemicals or Refining

11:00 – 11:30  a.m. –Integrally Geared Compressor Technology for Heat Pumps, Recycling Compressors and in Co2 Compression. – Oskar Schnabel, Market Segment ManagerAtlas Copco Gas and Process

11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. – High Pressure Fluidized Bed Systems – Eloy Flores III, Director R&DSWRI

12:00 – 12:30 p.m. – Zero Emission Heat Energy with Electric Process Heating Systems – David Taylor, Vice President, Business Development, Chromalox

11:00 – 11:30 a.m. – Autonomous and Remote Operations Challenges, Technologies and Innovative Practices, Stan DeVries, Industry Principal, Aveva

11:30 a.m.  – 12:00 p.m. – Scaling Digital Transformation through Advanced Analytics – Morgan Bowling, Industry Principal, Oil & Gas, Seeq 

12:00 – 12:30 p.m. – From Artificial Intelligence to Real Intelligence – Karthik Gopalakrishnan, Solution ConsultantYokogawa

12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Networking Luncheon Exhibit Hall

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1:30 – 2:00 p.m. – Decarbonized Olefin Production – Paul Langston, Director – Olefins TechnologyKBR

2:00 – 2:30 p.m. – Optimization Model for Polymer Production Scheduling – Aurelio Ferrucci, Executive Vice President, Prometheus SRL

2:30 – 3:00 p.m. – Olefins Feedstocks and the Energy Transition: Walt Hart, Americas Olefins Lead, S&P Global

1:30 – 3:00 p.m. Session 4: Refining: Process Optimization

1:30 – 2:00 p.m. – Zero Sulfur Refining – Joseph Gentry, Vice President, Technology DivisionGTC Vorro Technology

2:00 – 2:30 p.m. – New R&D Challenges and Strategies for Optimizing Processes at Energy Parks – Romero Vazques, Head of ChemistryCepsa Research Center

2:30 – 3:00 p.m. – Racing to Find the Right Separation Technology – Victor Scalco, Business Director and R&D, General Atomics Electromagnetics

3:30 – 5:00 p.m. Session 5: Sustainability

3:30 – 4:00 p.m. – Supercharging Carbon Emissions Management and Decision Support, a European Refinery Case Study – Jillian Davidson, Director Industry Marketing, Aspen Technology

4:00 – 4;30 p.m – Refineries’ Pandemic Turmoil – KNPC Gasoline Demand Opportunities and Challenges: Mohammad Matar, Team Leader Operational Planning, KNPC and Dalal Alqallaf, Senior Engineer, Operational Planning, KNPC

4:30 – 5:00 p.m. – From Refiners to Industrial & Energy Hubs – Eric Koenig, Strategy Vice President, Energies & Chemicals, Schneider Electric

Track 1 – Plenary Session
5:00 – 6:30 p.m. Reception and Networking

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Wednesday, September 13, 2023

8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Registration & Breakfast

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9:05 – 10:00 a.m. Keynote Operator Panel – Digital Transformation for Accelerating Operational Excellence

Thomas Chunat, Director of Technical Excellence, Motiva
Martin Gonzalez, Innovation & Technology Principal, BP
Richard Hines, Lead – Enterprise Data, Suncor

Mark Sen Gupta, Research Director, ARC Advisory Group

10:30 am – 12:00 pm Session 6: Alternative/Renewable Fuels

10:30 – 11:00 a.m. – Renewable DME Pathways to Defossilize the LPG Industry – Dr. Ron Sills, Director, XTL & DME Institute,

11:00 – 11:30 a.m. – Challenges in Refinery Biofuels Coprocessing: Root-Cause Analysis and Mitigation of LPG Emulsions in Amine Units and Caustic Units – David Engel, Managing DirectorNexo Solutions

11:30 am – 12:00 pm – Green Petrochemicals from Sustainable Sources – HsiangYee Hoekstra, Program Manager, R&D, SWRI

Session 7: Refining – Petrochemical Integration

10:30 – 11:00 a.m. – Effective Refinery-Petrochemical Integration – Rahul Pillai, Technology Manager, KBR

11:00 – 11:30 a.m. – Crude to paraxylene complexes in China: unexpected consequences – Michel Mollinier, Director of Americas, S&P Global

11:30 am – 12:00 pm. – Challenges in adding Flare Gas Recovery System – Kamal Banjara, Senior Process Safety EngineerSmith  & Burgess

12:00 – 1:00 pm Networking Luncheon
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1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Session 8: Digital Transformation

1:00 – 1:30 p.m.  – On-line Plant-wide Mass Balance in a Refinery via Machine Learning – Dr. Venkataramana Runkana, Chief Scientist, Tata Consultancy Services

1:30 2:00 p.m. – Decarbonization using Digitalization – Lara Rabbath, Refining and Sustainability Marketing Manager, Emerson and Julie Valentine, Director, Global Refining & Sustainability Measurement Solutions, Emerson

2:00 – 2:30 p.m. – Engineer in Minutes not Months – Peter Kauders, DirectorCDE Projects Limited

1:30 – 2:00 p.m. – Digital Reliability of Rotating & Fixed Equipment – Andrey Kostyukov, President & CEO, Dynamics Scientific

2:00 – 2:30 p.m. – Scalable Solutions for Advanced Asset Health Monitoring – Ryan Muir, Principal Enterprise Architect, Aveva

2:30 – 3:00 p.m. – Cleaning Procedure for a Plate Heat Exchanger Derived from Data Analysis Based on Recurrent Neural Networks – Luis Martin, Chemical EngineerEcoPetrol and William Vargas, Electromechanical Engineer, EcoPetrol

Coffee and Networking Break – Sponsored by Aspen Technology Exhibit Hall

3:00 – 3:30 pm – Advanced Recycling of Plastics: What Does Good Look Like? – Marcus Trygstard, Chief Technology Officer, Arduro Clean Technologies

3:30 – 4:00 p.m. – Carbon Capture and Sequestration for Fluid Catalytic Cracking Units – Sandeep Khatwani and Willa Liao, Principal Consultants, Advisian

4:00 – 4:30 p.m. – Energy-Automation Software Tried to Achieve Sustainability in the Ammonia Industry – Yasmine McColl, Global Business Development Leader, Schneider Electric

4:30 – 6:00 p.m. Closing Reception 

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