Refining India

23-24 September 2019, Shangri-La Hotel, New Delhi

2018 Programme


23rd September 2018 Pre-Conference Seminar

1300 — 1800

Crystaphase Pathways: Trailhead edition

Jump into this half-day introductory course covering the physics of fluids and foulants. Learn how sampling and analysis can reveal unseen issues—and what you can do about it. Discover why Crystaphase Pathways is the industry’s must-attend course on the dynamics of fixed-bed reactors. Topics include: Particle retention, Filtration material, Sorption kinetics, Fouling modes, Impact of rivulets and Maldistribution remediation.

More information about Pathways is online at

Or register right away: contact Scott Kendrick or Umakant Joshi



24th September 2018 Day One

0800 — 0845

Registration and Networking Tea

0845 — 1030

Plenary Session

Chairman:  Nic Allen, Managing Director

Crambeth Allen Publishing (PTQ/, UK

Welcome/Opening Remark:

Adarsh Soni, Chairman, Organising Committee

Keynote Address                                                                                          

VS Shenoy, Director Refinery
Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd

Special Address

BV Rama Gopal, Director (Refineries)
Indian Oil Corporation Ltd   

0945 — 1030

Vote of Thanks followed by Networking Tea


1030 — 1300

Session I: Future Fuels


S.M. Vaidya, Executive Director (Ops)



1030 — 1100

Investment Plan for Future Fuel  Specification                                                                                                

Dr. Sachi N. Maiti, Director – Global Technology & Process Engineering
SNC Lavalin  

1100 — 1130

Residue Conversion Technology with Economic and  Environmental Advantage

David Ayrapetyan, Licensing Manager
ExxonMobil Corporation

1130 — 1200

Innovative Solution to Meeting Today’s Gasoline  Specifications

Kevin Bockwinkel, Global Licensing Business Manager
DuPont Clean Technologies

1200 — 1230

Converting LCO to gasoline with high RON 

Dr Jianhong Gong, Director of No 2 Department
RIPP, Sinopec

1230 — 1300

Innovations in Refining Sector: Successful Commercialization 

T A Rajiv Kumar, Senior Manager (R&D)

Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd (R&D)

1300 — 1400

Networking Lunch

1400 — 1615

Session II: Energy Efficiency


A.S. Basu, Head-Refinery (Ops)



1400 — 1430

Cost, Efficiency, and Environmental Considerations of  Medium Voltage Electric Heating Technology                                             

Elizabeth Gulli,  Business Development Manager
Chromalox India

1430 — 1500

Energy Efficiency, Optimized

Sumit Chintawar, Business Manager–Welded Heat Exchanger

Alfa Laval India Ltd

Ms. D. Rajeshwari, Manager Project Technical

BPCL Kochi Refinery  

1500 — 1530

Yield and Energy Efficient Refinery Operations                        

S.B. Lakhar, General Manager—Tech


1530 — 1600

Improving Shale Oil Crude Heater Performance

Ashutosh Garg,Vice President

Furnace Improvements

1600 — 1615

Networking Tea

1615 — 1845

Session III: Catalysts  


Scott Kendrick, Director


1615 — 1645

Small Diameter Spherical Catalyst Carriers                                 

Paul Szymborski, Director–Sales & Marketing, Catalytic Products

Saint-Gobain NorPro

1645 — 1715

Rising to the Challenge: A New Era for FCC

Carel Pouwels, Global FCC Specialist Light Olefins


1715 — 1745

Making the Most of Your Change Out

Austin Schneider, Director of Technology

1745 — 1815

Pivoting on Higher Cracking Activity and FCC Profitability

Tie-Pan Shi, Technical Director—International Business
HCpect (Qingdao Huicheng Environmental Technology Co Ltd)


1815 — 1845

Rejuvenated Catalyst for Reducing Operating Costs

Guillaume Vincent, Business Segment Manager – HPC


1845 — 2000

Chairman’s Summing Up followed by

Cocktail Reception
in the conference area and on Shangri-La Terrace


25th September 2018 Day Two

0800 — 0845

Networking Tea

0845 — 1045

Session IV: Digital Developments


Dhruv Joshi, Sales Director – India

Graham Private Ltd

0845 — 0915

Digital Twin for Analysis and Decision Making

Rasool Barouni Sr. Product Marketing Manager

Product Line Leader – UniSim Design


0915 — 0945

The Digital Transformation Journey

Murali Krishnan T, Director

Industry Business Development & Marketing

Emerson Process Management Asia Pacific Pte Ltd 

0945 — 1015

Utilization of Artificial Intelligence in Modern Refinery

Dr Ariel Kigel
, R&D Department Manager
Modcon Systems

1015 — 1045

Networking Tea

1045 — 1315

Session V: IMO 2020 and Clean Fuel


S.N. Pandey, Managing Director

1045 — 1115

IMO 2020 Marine Bunker Oil Spec

Rajiv Narang,
Director -Process Economics Program
IHS Markit, India

1115 — 1145

Coupling LSFO Production with Residue Conversion

Amardeep Puri, Deputy Country Sales Manager, Process Licensing,

Axens India


1145 — 1215

MARPOL 2020 – Sweetening the Salty Breezes Bottoms              Upgrade Project Case Study

Sushree Chaudhuri, Process Specialist
Fluor Daniel India Pvt. Ltd

1215 — 1245

Journey to BS-VI Fuels in India

Dr. S.K. Mazumdar, Executive Director (Refining Technology)

Indian Oil Corporation Ltd

1245 — 1315

Challenges of BS VI Fuels Production Deadlines and Road Ahead 

Jayati Ghosh, General Manager (Process)

Engineers India Ltd

1315 — 1415

Networking Lunch

1415 — 1615

Session VI: Process & Equipment


L.K. Vijh, Director (Tech)

Engineers India Ltd

1415 — 1445

Production of Gasoline from Naphtha and Methanol at 1/3 the Cost

Stephen Sims, President of NGTS North America



1445 — 1515

Create a Better Bottom Line in the Bottom of the Barrel

Christian Vaccese, Global Strategic Development Manager
General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS)

1515 — 1545

A Break-through in Solid Acid Alkylation Technology

Rahul Pillai, Technology Manager – FCC / Alkylation
KBR Technology

1545 — 1615

Improve Reciprocating Compressors to Fit New Benchmarking Requirement for Reliability and Efficiency                                            

Hervé Ferraris, Head of Process Compression Solutions
Hoerbiger Compression Technology

1615 — 1645

Improve Profitability with Properly Engineered Vacuum Systems

Chad Braungart, Applications Engineer

Graham India Pvt Limited   

1645 — 1700


1700 — 1715

Chairman’s Final Summing Up and Vote of Thanks

followed by End of Conference & Tea


26th September 2018 Post Conference Seminar

0900 — 1300

Graham Manufacturing: Training Session

Improving the efficiency, reliability and performance of your vacuum process

Knowledge about how vacuum equipment, such as ejectors, liquid ring vacuum pumps and process condensers operates or is affected by process changes is important. You must have it to keep your vacuum process optimal. This training session will provide you with the knowledge you require.

We have limited spaces available and the training will include lunch. Please RSVP to Dhruv Joshi, Director of Graham India . If you have any questions, please call +91 97234 54601