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Experient and Skipping Stone awarded USTDA reverse trade mission for refinery performance

In November of 2017, the two firms will manage a reverse trade mission (RTM) on Refinery Performance Optimization with a delegation of senior refinery sector executives and government officials from India.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Experient – A Maritz Global Events Company and Skipping Stone, LLCannounced the award of a contract from the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA).

In November of 2017, the two firms will manage a reverse trade mission (RTM) on Refinery Performance Optimization with a delegation of senior refinery sector executives and government officials from India. India has set very aggressive emission reduction targets for its transportation industry and, as a result, its refining industry must retool to provide lower emission fuels. Targets must be met by 2020.

“USTDA has done an outstanding job of identifying international export opportunities for U.S. energy technology suppliers in developing countries,” said Chip Smith, Experient VP of Government Markets. “We are proud to be a partner with them to bring these delegations to the U.S. to see how the U.S. energy technology industry can meet the needs of their large capital investment projects. On these projects Experient takes the full responsibility for planning and executing the RTM from end to end, and recommending next steps to give U.S. suppliers the best chance to secure the business.”

USTDA maintains an impressive rate of return on taxpayer dollars, where for every $1 programmed, it generates $85 in U.S. exports. This is a win/win for U.S. companies and emerging markets which benefit from high quality U.S. goods and services. We have also partnered on these energy related RTMs with Skipping Stone as our Technical Expert in managing the RTMs.

“Once the India delegation is confirmed,” said Ross Malme, Skipping Stone Partner, “we will reach out to the delegates to establish their need and interests in refining related energy technologies. With that information and together with USTDA and Experient we will schedule presentations and meetings with key U.S. suppliers as well as visits to industry leading refining and petrochemical processing facilities to see these technologies in use. Since we are competing on a global stage against international technology providers it is key that we emphasize the leadership the U.S. has in energy technology R&D as well as the high-quality U.S.-made technology. This RTM will focus primarily on refinery safety, petrochemical conversion, data analytics, liquefied natural gas (LNG), and bottoms upgradation technologies and processes. U.S. suppliers which would like to be included in this RTM itinerary should contact Kerry O’Gorman via email at kogorman@skippingstone.com or by phone at 404-934-2154.”

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