2012 Conference Recap

IRPC 2012 | Milan, Italy

Third Annual Conference Draws Record Crowd

The 2012 International Refining and Petrochemical Conference (IRPC) attracted more than 500 attendees to the MiCo - Milano Congressi on 12-14 June 2012. The event, which marked its third year in 2012, returned to Italy and was held in Milan after being hosted previously in Singapore (2011) and IRPC_Eni_TourRome (2010). Italian oil major eni hosted IRPC 2012 and Gulf Publishing Company, the producer of Hydrocarbon Processing, organized the event.

The conference proceedings began with an exclusive tour of eni's Sannazzaro de’ Burgondi refinery, where the company’s EST (eni slurry technology) project is located. The proprietary EST technology allows for the conversion of heavy oil residues in fine products, gasoline and gasoil. The process converts waste oil, heavy crude and tar sands into high-quality and performance fuels.

Over two days, IRPC 2012's technology-driven program offered attendees a range of topical sessions, with roughly half of the presentations being dedicated to heavy oil. Other relevant subjects discussed included hydrogen management, environment and safety issues, energy efficiency, and European economic concerns.

Companies represented among the 2012 speakers and exhibitors included: eni, Indian Oil, Foster Wheeler, Criterion, Chevron Research, KBR, Walter Tosto, Ivanhoe Energy, Chevron Lummus Global, CB&I, Shell Global Solutions, ABB, Saudi Aramco and many others. Meanwhile, delegates were registered from locations including Libya, Saudi Arabia, Abu Dhabi, Russia, India, Europe and the U.S.

From the IRPC 2012 Advisory Board

IRPC 2012 Advisory Board Chair and Executive Vice President of R&D and Projects for eni Refining & Marketing Giacomo Rispoli shared with attendees his views on the state of the global hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI). Rispoli cited his company's EST (eni slurry technology) project as an example of a possible new refinery paradigm. IRPC163- convention hall entry

In his view, EST can evolve from one plant at present to an entirely new refinery scheme. In that fresh, simplified scheme, the EST capability would allow the company to produce fuel gas, LPG, naphtha and gasoil, he said, taking crude oil from a distillation unit and natural gas from a hydrogen plant.

"It reduces feedstock costs, traditional investment and energy consumption, while increasing yields of light products," Rispoli said.

EU refiners must continue to make such innovations to stay ahead of the curve, Rispoli said. Otherwise, the majority of investments will be made in locations such as Asia and the Middle East with a greater proximity.

To read more about Dr. Rispoli's thoughts on technology and innovation within the global HPI, click here.

In Case You Missed it...

If you were unable to attend IRPC 2012 in Milan, extensive daily coverage of the event was provided by the staff of Hydrocarbon Processing via the publication's HPInformer blog. Click through the links below to access interviews, insights and reviews straight from the conference.

IRPC '12: Global HPI leaders share ideas at IRPC in Italy

IRPC '12: EU refiners need technology innovations to survive - executive

IRPC '12: Milan event inspires record HPI crowd

IRPC '12: Refiners must better manage hydrogen, says Indian Oil

IRPC '12: Indian Oil targets higher distillate yields

IRPC '12: Eni touts benefits of slurry technology

IRPC '12: India chosen as site for 2013 conference

IRPC '12: Europe HPI faces rising risk of Greece exit from EU - consultant

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