Professionals in Alberta's petrochemical industry have a
rare chance to take part in a major American conference without
travelling far, this spring. The National Petrochemical and
Refiners Association Refinery and Petrochemical Plant Maintenance
Conference takes place at the Salt Palace Convention Center
in Salt Lake City, Utah, May 20-23.
In one of the keynote sessions, Mike Sullivan of the Pentagon
Renovation Project will recount the formation of a project
team and labour force to rebuild the Pentagon within 12 months
of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack.
And a familiar name is chairing the event. Shailendra Gupta,
has worked for Syncrude Canada in Fort McMurray, Dika Industries
in Rycroft, Esso Chemicals in Redwater, and Empco Canada in
Whitby, Ont. Currently a project team leader with Whiting
Refinery in Whiting, Ind., Mr. Gupta also took mechanical
engineering graduate courses at the University of Alberta.
Under the theme Peak Performance, the 32nd annual conference
has been expanded to 32 workshops in six subject tracks. Among
highlights are four workshops and a question and answer session
on operator-driven reliability. Other highlights include a
improving project engineering, featuring workshops on best
practices, new technology and lifecycle cost analysis. For
the second year, there will be six workshops and a discussion
session on improving the procurement process and reducing
Visit www.npra.org to register
online or find more information.