The special themes of this year’s conference reflect areas of particular interest to the Indian refining community:

  • Completing the journey to BS-VI fuels
  • Crude sourcing opportunities and future options
  • Digital Developments: Virtual steps to leaner, more informed, operations
  • Greater energy efficiency, higher margins, smaller carbon footprint
  • products to market: advances in blending, storage and distribution
  • Marine fuels post-2020: higher demand for distillate


0800 Registration and Networking Tea
Welcome Address Adarsh Soni, Chairman- IDS
About the conference Nic Allen, M Crambeth Allen Publishing (PTQ/, UK
Keynote Address VS Shenoy, Director Refinery Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd
Inaugural Address by chief guest Sanjiv Singh, Chairman-Indian oil corporation Ltd.
1030 Networking Tea
1100 Session I: Future Fuels
Investment Plan for Future Fuel Specification Dr. Sachi N. Maiti- SNC Lavalin
Innovative Solution to Meeting Today’s Gasoline Specifications DuPont Clean Technologies
Converting LCO to gasoline with high RON Xu Youming-Sinopec
Innovations in Refining Sector: Successful Commercialization Dr. Peddy V C Rao-Hindustan Petroleum (R&D)
1400 Session II: Energy Efficiency
Cost, Efficiency, and Environmental Considerations of Medium
Voltage Electric Heating Technology
David Taylor/ Christopher Molnar-Chromalox
1400 Energy Efficiency, Optimised heat exchangers Jay jeong – Alfa Laval
Optimum Yield and Energy Efficient Refinery Operations of IOCL S.M. Vaidya-Indian Oil Corporation limited
Improving Shale Oil Crude Heater Performance Amarvir G Chilka-AG furnance improvements
1545 Networking Tea
1615 Session III: Catalysts
Small Diameter Spherical Catalyst Carriers Paul Szymborski – Saint-Gobain NorPro
Catalyst technology Rohit Irabatti – Albemarle
Making the Most of Your Change Out Scott Kendrick, Director Crystaphase
Catalysts technology Tie-Pan Shi, Technical Director HCpect
Rejuvenated Catalyst for Reducing Operating Costs Guillaume Vincent / Amit Tiwasri- porocel
1845 Chairman’s Summing Up followed by
1815 Networking Cocktails

Day Two

0800 Networking Tea
0845 Session IV: Digital Developments
Digital development: virtual steps to leaner, more informed operations Manu Kaushal- Petrofac
Digital Twin for analysis and Decision Making Aditya Behl and john roffel- Honeywell
Digital Developments Murali Krishnan T – Emerson
Utilization of Artificial Intelligence in Modern Refinery Ronny McMurray- Modcon
1100 Networking Tea
1130 Session V: IMO 2020 and Clean Fuels
What IMO 2020 cap means for shippers / logistics services providers Anand Chourikar – Tech Mahindra
Marine Fuels post 2020: Higher demand for distillate Sushree chaudhuri, Process Engineering – Fluor India
Completing the journey to BS VI fuels Dr. S.K. Majumdar- IOCL (R&D centre)
Challenges in meeting BS VI fuels production deadlines and road ahead Jayati Ghosh- Engineers India Ltd
1315 Networking Lunch
1415 Session VI: Process & Equipment – 1
First commercial methaformer Stephen sims – NGTS
Create a Better Bottom Line in the Bottom of the Barrel Vic Scalco – General Atomics
A Break-through in Solid Acid Alkylation Technology Samir saxena / Rakesh singh – KBR
1545 Networking Tea
1615 Session VII: Process & equipment – II
Improve compressors for reliability and maintenance Terence chuah / herve Ferraris hoerbiger
Digital twin enables performance assessment and expert guidance for reciprocating compressors Graeme Russell / sietse bootsma – howden
Redesign of vacuum distillation unit booster nozzle Jesse houle / AL Cadena – graham mg
1754 Chairman’s final summing up and vote of thanks followed by end of conference & tea
1800 End of conference & tea