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Oil & Gas conference acquired by CRU Group

CRU Group has confirmed the acquisition of Coking.com, Inc., a US-based conference, training, and consulting field services provider in petroleum refining.

Coking.com comprises the RefComm series of conference and training events, taking place in Europe, the Americas and India.

The announcement, posted on CRU Group’s website, claims that the flagship RefComm Galveston event is recognised as the world’s premiere Delayed Coking (DCU) conference, attracting more than 500 delegates.

CRU Group’s CEO, Nicola Coslett, said: “We have tracked and admired RefComm as a premier player within the refining industry. This performance is evidenced by a strong reputation and tremendous support from major operating companies. RefComm complements CRU’s Sulphur event portfolio adding value for our respective customers with this enriched offering across multiple refinery processes. I am very pleased indeed to welcome Paul, Evan and the RefComm team to CRU.”

Paul Orlowski of Coking.com, who is joint owner alongside Evan Hyde, said: “After more than 21 years creating, growing and developing the RefComm business with fellow co-owners Evan Hyde and Gary Pitman, I am delighted that we have found a new home with CRU. The acquisition strengthens our position in the refining space while allowing us to continue our focus on refinery safety, new technology, and best practices, and continue to grow the conferences and field service division.”

Orlowski and Hyde will remain involved.

The acquisition was facilitated by Grimes, McGovern & Associates.