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In these troubling times, I’d like to start this comment by passing on the very best wishes of the entire team at Palladian Publications to all of our readers, contributors and advertisers. I hope that you, your colleagues, friends and family are all keeping safe and healthy, wherever you are.

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Like so many others around the world, I have found myself thrust into an unfamiliar working environment in recent weeks. I am currently writing to you from the makeshift office that has been set up in the living room of my home in south London, having just been for a long walk to ensure that I use up the one hour of exercise per day that the UK government is currently permitting its citizens. That is a sentence I never thought that I would write...

Although certainly not ideal, millions of us are finding ways to adapt and adjust in these most unusual of times. Whether that be working from home, changing our shopping habits, homeschooling the children, keeping in touch with friends and family via video calls, or simply just looking out for our fellow neighbours in need. And the same is true for us here at Hydrocarbon Engineering. However, I would like to take this opportunity to reassure all of our readers that we will continue to work hard to ensure that we publish meaningful content about the latest developments in the downstream sector. It is more important now than ever that we continue to work together to ensure that the industry remains informed about the technical innovations, equipment, systems and processes that will help steer us through these stormy waters and shape a bright future for the sector.

So if you are currently working from home, I'd encourage you to add our website ( to your bookmarks and follow us on social media so that you can keep up-to date with the latest industry news. And if you haven't already, why not download the Hydrocarbon Engineering app to your smartphone or tablet to ensure that you continue to receive a free regular copy of the magazine, wherever you are. More details about the app can be found on p. 59 of this issue.

We will also continue to work closely with the industry to ensure that we develop innovative new products to keep you well informed, especially in these unfortunate times when many of our long-standing partners have had to postpone or cancel key industry events. I am proud to announce that we will be running our second international online conference on 25 June 2020. 'Refinery of the Future 2020' is a completely virtual one-day conference focusing on the latest developments and innovations shaping the future of the refining sector. And you can join us for this exciting online conference from anywhere in the world, absolutely free! All you need to do is register to reserve your space, and we'll send you all of the information that you need to join us. And if you're busy on the 25th, that's no problem at all! Everyone who signs up to attend Refinery of the Future 2020 will receive an email containing links to each of the presentations, so you can catch-up at a time that suits you. For more information and to sign up for free, please visit:

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