2024 AGENDA

This year's summit presented a thoughtfully curated agenda that delved into the heart of the industry's most critical issues: navigating the complex landscape of new environmental regulations, leveraging innovative technologies to streamline refining operations, and mastering the delicate balance of process efficiency.


Day 1

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Registration & Networking Tea
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Inaugural Session

Welcome / Opening Remarks:

Richard Watts, MD, PTQ/ Digital Refining


Keynote Address:

Sanjiv Singh, Group President & Member, O2C Team, RIL

Ms. Vartika Shukla, CMD, EIL

S M Vaidya, Chairman, IOCL

Dinesh Pissurlenkar, President, Worley, Asia


Vote of Thanks:

Adarsh Soni, Chairman, Organising Committee

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Session-I: Enhanced Refinery & Petrochemical Sustainability

Chairman: Rajiv Agarwal, Director (Tech), EIL


10:10 – 10:30  Energy Transition via Green Technology

Speaker: Dr. Partha Maitra, President (S&I), RIL Mumbai


10:30 – 10:50  Grassroot Complex Aligning Feed Product Streams between Refinery & Petchemical Blocks for Higher Return

Speaker: Abhijit Kumar Ram, GM, EIL


10:30 – 10:50 - Circular Polymer through Chemical Recycling of Waste Plastics – Concept to Commercialisation

Speaker: Biswajit Shown, AVP (R&D), RIL Jamnagar


10:50 – 11:10  Solution to difficult and fouled services with spiral heat exchangers

Speaker: Dhruv Joshi, Nexson Group


11:10 – 11:30 Refining of the future: Potential archetypes

SpeakerArjun Balakrishnan, Worley


11:30 – 11:45 Q&A Session

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Networking Tea
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Session-II: Enhanced Refinery & Petrochemical Sustainability

Chairman: TBD


12:15 – 12:35 Ethanol – Sustainable Clean & Green Fuel in India

Speaker: Asheesh Chaturvedi, CTSM, IOCL RHQ


12:35 – 12:55  Waste Heat Recovery – Decarbonisation Applications in Refining & Petrochemical

SpeakerRahul Sirohi, Thermax Global


12:55 – 13:15 Capacity Enhancement by In-house Modification in ISOM & CRU

Speaker: V. Raja, CM (TS-PE), CPCL


13:15 - 13:30 Q&A Session

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Networking Lunch
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Session-III: Digitalization

Chairman: Sanjay Khanna, Director Ref., BPCL


14:30 – 14:50 AI & ML-based Hybrid Model of Fuel Blending Control & Optimization System

Speaker: Dr. Suresh S Agrawal, Global OMS


14:50 – 15:10 APC & Digital Twin Integration for Maximization of Profits

Speaker: K.M. Tonge, CM, BPCL MR


15:10 – 15:30 Digitalization to Focus on Top Quartile Performance in Energy, Reliability & Decarbonisation

Speaker: Jagadesh Donepudi, KBC (A Yokogawa Company)


15:30 – 15:50 How to get most out of Modelling Reciprocating Compressor Parts – Combining Digitalization & AI-based Condition Monitoring

Speaker: Mukesh Girme, Hoerbiger


15:50 – 16:00 Q&A Session

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Networking Tea
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Session-IV: Hydrogen & Environment Sustainability

Chairman: Dr Jagadesh Donepudi, KBC Advance Technology


16:30 - 16:50 Long Distance Transportation of Clean H2 by Leveraging Existing Refining Assets & Infrastructure

Speaker: Honeywell UOP


16:50 - 17:10 Green Hydrogen Project – A Case Study

Speaker: Praveer Kumar, ED, GAIL Amol R Pachghare, DGM, GAIL


17:10 – 17:30 Accelerating Deployment of Carbon Capture Technologies Speaker: Technology Centre Mongstad

SpeakerMuhammad Ismail Shah, Technology Centre Mongstad


17:30 – 17:50 2G Bio-refinery Integration for Conversion of Lignin Residue into Valuable Chemicals

Speaker: Chitra Bhavsar, Technip Energies India


17:50 – 18:10 E-Fuel Technology for CO2 Utilisation in SAF of Petrochemical Feedstock

Speaker: To Be Decided, Axens


18:10 – 18:30 Q&A Session

Networking Drinks

Day 2

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Networking & Refreshments
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Session-V: Enhanced Refinery & Petrochemical Sustainability

Chairman: Arvind Kumar, Director Ref, IOCL 


09:00 – 09:20 Challenges and Strategies for enhancing Feed capacity of Diesel Hydrotreating Unit

Speaker: Neeraj Singh, CM, HPCL MR


09:20 – 09:40 Finding Key Profit Drivers for Sustainable Crude to Chemical Complexes

Speaker: John Melancon, Flour


09:40 – 10:00 Optimized Process Control & Energy Saving Management

Speaker: Jochen Geiger, AMETEK Process Instruments


10:00 – 10:20 CC Key Processes for Boosting Probability

Speaker: Varsha Tambe, Alfa Laval Technologies


10:20 – 10:40 Q&A Session

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Networking Tea
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Session-VI: Enhanced Refinery & Petrochemical Sustainability

Chairman: TBD


11:00 – 11:20 Precious Metal Catalysts: Control Points for Profit Protection

Speaker: Sabin Metal


11:20 – 11:40 Catalyst Regeneration – Optimal Solution for achieving Higher Unit Performance without Cost Impact & Reduction in CO2 Footprint

Speaker: Eurecat India Catalysts


11:40 – 12:00 Improvement of Expansion Joint reliability in FCCU Reactor Overhead Line

Speaker: Dinesh Kumar, SRM, IOCL R&D


12:00 – 12:20 Studies for Production of Butadiene from Conventional & Renewable Feedstocks

Speaker: Dr. Chanchal Samanta, DGM, BPCL R&D


12:20 – 12:40 Enhancing Refinery Sustainability with EmulsionSENS in desaulter operations

Speaker: Berthold


12:40 - 13:00 Q&A Session

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Networking Lunch
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Session-VII: Digitalization

Chairman: S. Bharathan, Director Ref., HPC


14:00 – 14:20 Role of Explainable AI (XAI) – A Case Study on Machine Learning based Cost Estimation of Process Equipment

Speaker: Debadutta Pahadsing, GM, EIL


14:20 – 14:40 Development & Implementation of Digital Platform across Refineries

Speaker: Chandan Kumar, CTSM, IOCL RHQ


14:40 – 15:00 Techno-Economic Studies for Refinery T/A Optimization using Aspen Custom Modeler

Speaker: Emad Gebesy AspenTech


15:50 – 15:20 Driving Value Maximisation with Process Digital Twins and Data Analytics

Speaker: Sathiyanarayanan A, VP, RIL Jamnagar


1520 – 15:40 Q&A Session


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Networking Tea
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Session-VIII: Hydrogen & Environment Sustainability

Chairman: TBD


16:00 – 16:20 Leveraging New H2 Separation Membrane Technology in Blue H2 Production

Speaker: Zachary Foss, Divigas


16:20 – 16:40 A Broader Perspective on H2 Environment in Refining & A Case Study on Material Degradation in Natural Gas Pipeline 

Speaker: Ms. P Vijaya Chitti, AGM, EIL


16:40 – 17:00 Transition to Sustainable Aviation Fuels : Indian Perspectives & Global Frameworks

Speaker: Tuhin Suvra Khan, Scientist, IIP Dehradun


17:00 – 17:20 Towards a Greener Future : Decarbonisation Strategies for Ethylene Crackers

Speaker: Sushree Chaudhuri, Bechtel India


17:20 – 17:30 Q&A Session

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Vote of Thanks & Delegate’s Networking