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IRPC EurAsia '19 concludes with tours of Neste, NAPCON and Borealis facilities

Hydrocarbon Processing’s  International Refining and Petrochemical Conference (IRPC) EurAsia concluded on Friday in Helsinki, Finland with a tour of Neste Corporation’s Kilpilahti refinery, NAPCON’s training simulator room and Borealis' facility and their combined-heat-and-power plant.

Surrounded by pine and birch trees on the Neste campus, Marko Pekkola, Vice President of Production, presented Neste’s priorities including driving innovations and efficiencies and scaling up faster and bolder. He shared Neste’s concrete goals of reaching over 1 Mtpy of liquified waste plastic as a refinery feedstock and another 1 Mtpy of other low-carbon feeds by 2030. 

Petri Lehmus, Vice President of Research and Development introduced Neste’s waste plastics utilization project and suggested that the “need to innovate circular solutions where carbon is reused again and again” will be the vehicle for Neste’s growth.

Before heading out to see the largest refinery in Scandinavia, with production lines that include renewable diesel and a modern SDA production line to utilize bottom oil, Salla Roni-Poranen, Managing Director of Borealis Polymers OY, introduced their fully integrated petrochemical complex comprising six plants with a polyolefin production capacity of 600 thousand tons. She informed us of their plans for a carbon neutral future and presented their goal of having half of their electricity come from renewable sources along with a 20% improvement of energy efficiency by 2030.

In addition to seeing these facilities on a beautiful Finnish summer day, attendees were treated to a visit of NAPCON’s operator training simulator room and a demonstration of their production optimization solutions. A wonderful conclusion to a fun and informative few days!

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