September 2019

Trends & Resources

Industry Perspectives—Two events: One to honor, one to learn

In this issue, the finalists for Hydrocarbon Processing’s third annual HP Awards are detailed.

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

In this issue, the finalists for Hydrocarbon Processing’s third annual HP Awards are detailed. The finalists are also presented at The HP Awards celebrate innovative technologies and people that have been instrumental in improving facility operations over the past year. The awards cover 17 strategic categories in the hydrocarbon processing industry. Nearly 100 nominations were submitted from more than 20 countries.

These awards recognize the many technologies and people that have and are making the hydrocarbon processing industry safer, more efficient and more profitable. Over the past several years, it has been an honor for Hydrocarbon Processing to compile these awards. So many individuals, companies and teams in this industry deserve recognition for their achievements, and the HP Awards was established to do just that.

This year’s awards feature more digital technologies that optimize plant operations, including topics such as digital twin/operator training, software, process controls and automation, augmented and virtual reality, artificial intelligence (AI) and asset monitoring. The additional abstract submissions for digital technologies are a direct effect of the industry’s digital transformation—using digital software, equipment and AI to increase safety, reliability and profitability. Other categories focus on optimizing processes in the refining, petrochemical and gas processing/LNG industries, and additional awards recognize the most promising engineer, executive of the year and lifetime achievement.

The winners in each category will be announced during a black-tie gala at the Houstonian Hotel in Houston, Texas on September 19. Hydrocarbon Processing would like to congratulate all nominees for this prestigious honor.

IRPC Americas

At the end of September, Hydrocarbon Processing will also host a technical conference focused on increasing efficiency in refining and petrochemical operations. The International Refining and Petrochemical Conference (IRPC) will bring together downstream processing professionals to collaborate and network for the betterment of the industry.

In Houston, Texas, IRPC Americas will explore crucial topics in the industry, such as refining and petrochemical integration, carbon/emissions mitigation, energy efficiency, sustainability, processing optimization, best practices in maintenance and reliability, digital transformation, process controls/instrumentation and automation, and much more. Additional details regarding IRPC Americas can be found at and by reading this month’s Editorial Comment. We look forward to seeing you there! HP

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