22nd Refining Petrochemicals Technology Meet concluded with a high note


Bhubaneswar: The 22nd Refining and  Petrochemicals Technology on Monday ended on high note with very fruitful deliberations on various facets of the oil and gas industry.

It deliberated on producing high octane gasoline in sustainable ways, carbon recycling for clean fuel and clean air, innovative ideas in energy conservation and future of biofuels in India, among other relevant issues of the Indian and global refining landscape.

In tune with its theme of ‘Emerging Trends in Hydrocarbon Sector’, at the 22nd Refining and  Petrochemicals Technology Meet hosted in the city by Centre of High Technology and Indian Oil, technology providers from India and abroad showcased their pioneering technologies that may be the game changer to take the hydrocarbon sector to another level.

Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan while inaugurating the 3-day event had set the context of the Meet with the words, ‘’Business model innovations enabled by new technologies is the way  to create exciting new opportunities in the energy sector.’’

At the exhibition held on the sidelines of the event, the delegates thronged the stalls of Indian companies like Indian Oil, EIL, HPCL and foreign companies including, DUPONT, Shell Global Solutions, KNT Group, Aspentech, Dorf Ketal, Quadrimex, among others to learn about future-ready hydrocarbon-related technologies.

While technology from Indian Oil’s R&D like INDAdeptG, Inde Diesel, shall bring down the sulphur content in petrol & diesel respectively to less than 10 ppm, technologies like INDMAX already running successfully in IndianOil’s Paradip Refinery optimises the production of domestic LPG and OCTAMAX  shall facilitate the production of high Octane fuel.

The technology of HPCL called HP-HiGAS Technology has achieved to bring down the size of essential columns in refining process from 23 metres to merely 2.5 metres, thus saving on space.

The alkylation technology from DU PONT is a proven and commercialised technology to produce high octane gasoline and to mitigate the effect of poisonous metals. Isothermal Technology is also a commercially proven success that provides refiners a more economical means to produce low sulphur transportation fuels.

Dorf Ketal has got the delegates excited about innovative chemical solutions for future refineries for processing heavier crudes to increase their profit margins. Another interesting technology showcased was IH2 from CRI CATALYST, a process that converts any type of non-food biomass feedstock- such as forestry, agricultural residues, algae, aquatic plants to gasoline, jet fuel, etc.