LyondellBasell's Brown, Irving Oil's Ashar to Speak at World Refining and FUEL Conference in San Antonio

LyondellBasell's Brown, Irving Oil's Ashar to Speak at World Refining and FUEL
Conference in San Antonio

HOUSTON, Feb. 27, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Hart Energy announced today that
its World Refining & FUEL Conference will be held on Wednesday, March 20, at
the Hyatt Regency in San Antonio immediately following the American Fuel &
Petrochemical Manufacturers' Annual Meeting.

"This one-day conference will discuss the effects of unconventionals on
economics, refining, and fuels and will include the latest technologies and
best practices used in the industry," said Kristine Klavers, senior vice
president, Hart Energy. "We are thrilled with the renowned presenters and the
top-quality agenda at this year's event in San Antonio."

Experts from refining, fuels, additives, technology, government, biofuels,
automakers, and engine manufacturers' communities are expected to attend. The
conference format will be interactive discussion panels addressing key
questions. The moderator will introduce each panel topic with a brief
presentation, and a panel discussion led by each session moderator will

"Refining Opportunities Around the Globe" is the first panel and will feature
"How a U.S. Integrated Refiner Navigates Fresh Raw Materials Streams and
Changing Global Markets" by Kevin Brown, senior vice president, refining,
LyondellBasell; "Canadian Refining Perspectives" by Mike Ashar, president,
Irving Oil; "The Refinery of the Future" by Dr. Partha P. Maitra, president,
petroleum business, Reliance Industries; and "Brazil's Refiners Look Outward"
by Frederico Kremer, director, Petrobras.

Other speakers include:

  *Gregory Dolan, acting CEO, Methanol Institute
  *Andy Lipow, president, Lipow Oil Associates LLC
  *L.N. Gupta, joint secretary, Indian Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas
  *Dr. Mike Schultz, vice president of engineering, LanzaTech
  *Dr. Don Paul, executive director, University of Southern California
    Energy; former chief technology officer, Chevron
  *Liisa Kiuru-Griffith, executive director, International Fuel Quality
    Center, Hart Energy
  *Terrence Higgins, executive director of refining & special projects, Hart
  *Ben Saydah, director of conversion and upgrading, Sapphire Energy
  *Michael J. McAdams, senior policy advisor, Holland & Knight LLLP
  *Roland Hwang, transportation program director, Natural Resources Defense
  *Chip Haass, manager, market development, Chesapeake Energy
  *Michael E. Leister, fuels technology manager, Marathon Petroleum Corp.


A complete agenda of the conference can be found at

Hart Energy's 27th Annual Refinery and Energy Company of the Year award
luncheon will also take place during the event. Recognized companies are
chosen from those making further investments in the refining and energy
sectors, improving the quality of their products, raising the financial,
environmental, and health-and-safety performance, as well as their commitment
and achievements towards cleaner air.

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