Gearing for the future at IRPC Americas

Catalysts, Heavy Oil Discussed at IRPC Americas 

For eleven years, Hydrocarbon Processing's International Refining and Petrochemical Conference (IRPC) has been the leading downstream technology event. For 2019, IRPC Americas will be held in Houston, Texas on September 25-26.

The two-day technical conference and exhibition will provide a high-level forum in which key players in the petrochemical and refinery sector will meet to share knowledge and learn about best practices and the latest industry advances. 


Mitigating iron contamination in the FCCU for success: Baha Eren, Technical Service Engineer, Refining Catalysts, BASF Corporation

Innovative ZoneFlow™ structured catalyst system - Gearing for future in steam reforming: Sanjiv Ratan, Director of Marketing and Product Development, ZoneFlow Reactor Technologies

Heavy Oil/Bottom of the Barrel

Upgrade the bottom-of-the-barrel and optimixe value with integrated process configurations: Steve Xie, Resid Upgrading Technology Manager, Chevron Lummus Global

Flexicoking: Residue conversion technology with economic and environmental advantage: David Ayrapetyan, Business Development Manager, ExxonMobil Catalysts and Licensing

Refinery residue and bitumen upgrading: Andrew Sloley, Principal Consultant and Armen Abazajian, Senior Consultant, Advisian

Gain Industry Insight from High-Level Keynotes:

  • The integration is greener than the sum of its parts: Lance Medlin, Executive Vice President, Meridian Energy Group 
  • Refinery of the Future: Crude-to-chemicals with maximum bottom of the barrel conversion: Keith Couch, Senior Director, Technology Sales and Integrated Projects, Honeywell UOP 
  • Integrated refining in a decarbonized, circular economy: Dr. Madhav Acharya,Technology-to-Market Advisor, Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), Department of Energy 
  • Operating System 2.0 for the Engineering /Construction Industry: Dr. Stephen P. Mulva, Director, Construction Industry Institute (CII), The University of Texas at Austin and Stephen L. Cabano, President, Pathfinder LLC and Chair, Construction Industry Institute


  • ​​​​​Attend the pre-conference workshop hosted by Sulzer GTC Technology on Tuesday, September 24 from 12.30 to 5:30 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Houston, Texas
  • Tour the Microsoft Technology Center, sponsored by Aveva, on September 27, 2019.

Network with colleagues at the optional networking dinner, on September 25. Tickets are limited.

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