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Setting the directions of sustainable downstream future at PRC Europe 2022

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Usage of green and blue hydrogen, challenges for existing refineries, and environmental impact of biofuels production was one of the key issues discussed at the Petrochemical and Refining Congress: Europe 2022 (PRC Europe 2022).
The Congress was held in Helsinki, Finland on May, 30-31 where it welcomed the top managers and technical directors from Wood, OMV, McDermott, Eni, CEPSA, Orlen, Worley, FLUOR, BP, Shell and many others.
The business programme of PRC Europe highlighted cutting-edge green topics about hydrogen progressive development, renewable energy infrastructure, and fossil fuels future. O&G major companies and EPCs held discussions regarding the outlook of existing technologies for refining and petrochemical operations.
Representatives from refineries and licensors showcased their solutions on how to move to the production of renewable fuels.
After the welcoming speech from Regina Chislova, the project director, delegates from SST Group, Lummus Technology, and PETRONAS shared their respective viewpoints on corporate responsibility, rehabilitation after the pandemic and resilient business models. Then the agenda was divided into streams that comprised sessions about ways to produce petrochemicals with a lower environmental impact, and the senior vice president’s talk regarding opportunities of renewable energy.
The second day of PRC Europe started with another senior vice president’s talk about the impact of a carbon tax on the industry and the session, where representatives from Borealis, Equinor, Wood, Kent and Lummus Technology emphasised what is still under the patronage of fossil fuels.
The agenda of that day embraced the sessions about hydrogen, case-studies from industry leaders on plant reliability and process improvement, and the roundtable regarding the role of biofuels in a low carbon future. At the closing panel the delegates of oil and chemical companies together set the direction of refineries in a long-term period.
The next Petrochemical and Refining Congress is going to take place in Vienna, Austria on May, 22-23, 2023.