Federation of Indian Petroleum Industry (FIPI) erstwhile Petroleum Federation of India (PetroFed) along with industry partners organised ‘R&D’ Conclave during February 16-18, 2017 at Mussoorie, Uttarakhand. The conclave on the theme “Ideas are here” covered topics including Innovation, Intensification, Catalysts in Refining & Petrochemicals, Upstream, Emerging Technologies, Operational efficiency improvement and Panel discussion on Issues related to Policy, Investments and Commercialization etc.
In the inaugural session Dr. Anil Kakodkar, Chairman, Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) on Hydrocarbons, MoP&NG and INAE Satish Dhawan Chair of Engineering Eminence, BARC underlined the importance of new ideas in the research domain to secure an energy sustainable future. He also emphasized upon policy interventions for human skill management being an important pillar of research and development. The conclave covered various on-going R&D activities in the oil & gas industry (Upstream, Midstream & Downstream) as well as Alternative Energy. The event had presence of around 100 delegates participating representing the entire spectrum of oil & Gas sector.
28 speakers from national and international organizations made presentation on various themes. A detailed program is attached here. With the changing energy landscape, it was opined that hydrocarbon companies should aim to become integrated energy companies. In order to achieve the same research endeavors will be needed to go beyond traditional domains to the new and alternative energy resources which have the potential to change the future energy landscape. It was also felt that Collaboration is the key in going forward as it will act as force multiplier to achieve the long term research objectives.