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2021 Agenda at a Glance

We are still working on finalising the agenda, for now take a look at our agendas at a glance to get an idea of the type of sessions we will be covering on the virtual AND physical stage across our plenary and technical tracks.

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What Does a Hybrid Event Look Like?

Now more than ever, we want to deliver the best, most salient event to ensure you walk away with a clear strategy maximising ROI in downstream CAPEX and OPEX. In 2021 we are building on our 40+ years of conference experience to safely deliver an industry leading B2B hybrid conference and exhibition. Explore what the US’s first hybrid downstream event will look like below - roll over each segment to get a taste of what to expect.

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Oct 21

Oct 22

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Join us October 12-15th for business-critical insight and outlooks needed to meet key industry challenges effecting downstream ROI. Gain exclusive lessons learned and future strategy from major players from boardroom level to everyday decision-making setting the blueprint of downstream’s future.



Follow up the connections you made on and off the virtual stage in person at the NRG Centre, Houston, with 3,000+ decision makers for virtual conference follow up session and our industry leading expo. Get the industry back on track, onsite!

Plenary Track

Plenary Track

Our free to attend Plenary Track will attract 15,000+ global virtual attendees to hear from industry leaders on overarching trends and challenges impacting the industry for years to come.

Technical Tracks

Technical Tracks

Attend our closed door “technical tracks” alongside 5,000+ industry leaders to identify, discuss and overcome the industry’s biggest challenges effecting ROI in CAPEX and OPEX planning and execution.


Technical Tracks


Technical Tracks







Oct 12th Day 1 Free Virtual

Leadership Plenary

Oct 12th Day 1 Free Virtual


Networking 101

Get the most out of virtual networking with our “how to” sessions and virtual speed dating.

Oct 13th Day 2 Paid Virtual

Engineering & Construction

Oct 13th Day 2 Paid Virtual


Oct 13th Day 2 Paid Virtual

Reliability & Maintenance

Oct 13th Day 2 Paid Virtual


Oct 14th Day 3 Paid Virtual

Shutdown & Turnarounds

Oct 14th Day 3 Paid Virtual


Virtual Workshops

Follow up morning sessions with interactive afternoon workshops in a more intimate environment to supplement virtual learning and networking!

Oct 21st Day 5 Free Onsite



Cater to all your business needs in just 2 days. Explore the latest innovations, technology and services helping 3,000+ owners secure ROI on our physical exhibition floor!

Oct 21st Day 5 Paid Onsite



Deep dive specific challenges and explore new trends and innovation in a more intimate setting alongside fellow SMEs. Create personalised checklists for success you can take back to your team and implement to realise untapped ROI of your operations.

Oct 21st Day 5 Paid Onsite

Morning Break

Oct 21st Day 5 Paid Onsite


Oct 21st Day 5 Paid Onsite


Oct 21st Day 5 Paid Onsite


Oct 21st Day 5 Paid Onsite

Afternoon Break

Oct 21st Day 5 Paid Onsite


Oct 22nd Day 6 Free Onsite



Cater to all your business needs in just 2 days. Explore the latest innovations, technology and services helping 3,000+ owners secure ROI on our physical exhibition floor!

Oct 22nd Day 6 Paid Onsite


Oct 22nd Day 6 Paid Onsite

Morning Break

Oct 22nd Day 6 Paid Onsite


Oct 22nd Day 6 Paid Onsite


Oct 22nd Day 6 Paid Onsite


Oct 22nd Day 6 Paid Onsite

Afternoon Break

Oct 22nd Day 6 Paid Onsite


Choose your track

  • Select All
  • Leadership Plenary: Virtual Only, Free to Attend
  • Engineering & Construction: Virtual & Physical, Paid to Attend
  • Reliability & Maintenance: Virtual & Physical, Paid to Attend
  • Shutdown & Turnarounds: Virtual & Physical, Paid to Attend
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Leadership Plenary

Building a Resilient Business Model

The combination of a demand shock, supply glut & looming global recession is an unprecedented test for the entire industry. We will discuss how the industry can meet this challenge whilst building future business resilience through leveraging diversification, restructuring, & new partnerships to create value in the new normal.

Chevron Mark Nelson EVP, Downstream & Chemicals Chevron

Embracing Sustainable Operations

With the industry facing increasing accountability for ensuring operations are environmentally sound, circular and community focused we will address the latest initiatives and opportunities to exceed expectations and lead the way for the next phase of development.

Dow Jim Fitterling CEO Dow

Chevron Phillips Chemical Bruce Chinn CEO Chevron Phillips Chemical

Borealis Thomas Gangl CEO Borealis

Chemours Denise Dignam President of Advanced Performance Materials Chemours

Transforming Innovation

Technology plays an important role in helping downstream deliver affordable, reliable product that fuels human progress and economic growth around the world. Now more than ever, we need to explore and understand what and how the industry can harness the power innovation to drive us forward to the next chapter.

Shell Robbert Van Rutten CIO, Downstream Shell

Borealis Lucrèce Foufopoulos EVP Polyolefins and Innovation & Technology Borealis

Driving Diversity in Downstream

Build. Train. Retain. Diversify.

Nurturing a Customer-Centric Culture

Relationships between downstream and their customers are evolving rapidly and strategies that differentiated companies in the past—an exclusive product formula or a slightly better price, for example—may no longer be sufficient. We will explore how to improve customer engagement, identify ways to improve processes and touch points and where you should be investing to ensure your organizations’ ability to evolve and adapt changing demands.

Air Liquide US Dave Edwards Director and Advocate for Hydrogen Energy Air Liquide US

Toyota North America Craig Scott Group Manager Toyota North America

Engineering & Construction

Global CAPEX Trends

  • The most complete data set on global CAPEX trends.
  • A full analysis of what they could mean for the downstream industry from the experts in the know.
  • Ensure you are making right decisions for your business based on fact.

The Increasing Social Responsibility of Downstream CAPEX

  • The increasing social and environmental pressures on many oil and gas companies raise complex questions about the role of new investment.
  • Understand and manage the impact of your project and it’s delivery on the social, physical, ecological, and economic environment to guarantee success throughout your project’s life cycle.
  • Create you own matrix to measure, report and assess impact of future CAPEX.

CAPEX Risk Management – Retain, Mitigate or Transfer

  • Foresee risk.
  • Estimate impact.
  • Define your projects risk strategy.

Air Liquide Michael Daily VP & General Council Air Liquide

Alternative Contract Strategy Through Uncertainty

  • Effective and efficient execution strategy starts before you sign the dotted line, ensure that your project is set up for success from the get-go.
  • Learn from past mistakes and guarantee an ROI above industry standards.
  • Understand what works best for your project to drive productivity, quality, safety and risk mitigation.

Dow Madhi Arunachalam Global EPC Manager Dow

Reimagining Procurement for the Next Normal

  • Region-specific shutdowns, supply disruptions and shortages created by volatile demand are just some new challenges to project execution efficiency and CAPEX ROI during the pandemic.
  • Understand key challenges to downstream project procurement leaders and the lessons they have learned during the pandemic to mitigate risk in your project.
  • Create a procurement strategy that ensures maximin effectiveness of your resource and material tracking and delivery to site in a new climate.

Chemours Mark Cotugno Director, Global Procurement, Enterprise capital Chemours

EPC Market Capacity

  • A slowing in downstream CAPEX has resulted in a retraction of the EPC market, fuelling the level of competition between EPC contractors.
  • Understand the new contractor market landscape and the effect it will have on CAPEX profit margins and skilled worker capacity.
  • Ensure future projects secure the right partners to ensure it’s success.

Chevron Carlos Camera Senior Advisor - Capital Projects Chevron

Managing CAPEX Insurance in a “Hard” Market

  • The recent downturn has created a hard market leading to reduced capacity and more stringent underwriting.
  • As underwriters are becoming more sophisticated, gain a better understanding of the new drivers they consider when considering policy and how it will impact your project’s risk management policy.

Lockdown Lessons: Construction During Covid-19

  • Gain an understanding of the top challenges in downstream construction the pandemic highlighted to avoid wasting time and money on your project.
  • Apply lessons learned to guarantee the success of remaining projects and secure much needed ROI.

Chevron Phillips Chemical Steven Prusak SVP, Corporate Planning & Technology Chevron Phillips Chemical

Baystar Diane Chamberline President Baystar

Effective Remote Communication and Collaboration

  • Proven techniques for successful communication and collaboration with both internal and external project teams in the virtual environment.
  • How to dramatically improve productivity of on and off-site execution to stay competitive in a tight market.
  • Take a fresh look on how new technology can support your efforts and deliver on your needs.

Predictive Construction Driving Productivity

  • Understand emerging advanced techniques for construction projects unlocking success in your projects the most challenging phases.
  • Proven, powerful and effective strategies turning big data in to a big success for your project.
  • Sensible suggestions to integrate automation into your project.

The Rise of the Digital Twin in Construction

  • Take a fresh look with industry leaders at digital twins and their application to downstream construction in a new era.
  • Cut through the noise to understand their key benefits to your project and why we should be considering them.
  • Experience counts! Hear key considerations operator lead case studies.

The Business of Innovation Scalability

  • Essential questions to ask during innovation project selection to ensure value driving results.
  • Cultivate collaborative and purpose driven innovation to deliver rapid and sustainable business improvements.
  • Tested methods of innovation implementations that drive long lasting adaption.

Shell Nils Kappeyne VP, DIY Innovation Shell

User-Centred Design & Development

  • Understand the key issues and user needs of your customers, and then review your value proposition to assess whether it’s fit for purpose in 5+ years’ time.
  • Build highly effective technologies and processes that deliver ROI from the get-go and are used for original purpose.
  • Recognise and avoid common pitfalls when creating user-centred innovation.

Seamless Integration – How to do we get there?

  • Although the R&D team will be central to the development of this strategy, ensure other departments are integral throughout the stages of development and roll out.
  • Effective techniques to empower your colleagues to embrace and effectively use new innovation.
  • Learn how to best structure integration strategies to remove hurdles created by internal silos and processes.

Huntsman David Sheffield Global R&D Capital Projects Coordinator Huntsman

Reliability & Maintenance

KEYNOTE: Digitalizing Maintenance - Operational Excellence Optimization

  • Protect the bottom line – maintain availability and efficiency to maximize your assets
  • Identify vulnerabilities with a risk-based approach to address first the areas with the highest risk levels and guarantee effective budget utilization
  • Drive work efficiencies, providing the workforce with the digital tools to enable operational excellence improvements, ensuring a safe, efficient, and reliable asset

KEYNOTE: Maintenance 4.0

  • Rapid acceleration of technology usage has dramatically compressed timelines for maintenance digitalization strategies
  • Look at the ways in which companies can employ an effective predictive strategy, moving away from reactive models of maintenance and working to reduce downtime and costs in a low budget environment
  • Understand the potential for the future, with a roadmap going beyond predictive maintenance, working toward being prescriptive with AI

KEYNOTE: APM – Be Reliable By Design

  • Understand the critical importance of a three-pillar approach to an effective asset performance management strategy – people, process, and technology
  • Create an innovative culture dedicated to reliability, equipping people with the right tools and technology to succeed
  • Look at the benefits of an effective APM strategy, combining RCM and condition-based monitoring data with advanced analytics to support decision making

KEYNOTE: What Will Maintenance Strategy Look Like Post-Covid-19?

  • Pandemic response protocols forced a pivot to remote operations with skeleton crews on site and slashed budgets forcing a rethink to maintenance economics
  • Look at lessons learned from remote work, becoming agile to drive digital growth
  • Understand the value of data in decision making, leveraging cloud-connected technology to provide real-time situational awareness

Driving Innovation With Field Connectivity

  • Explore how the digital connection of workers promotes an innovative culture, driving success grounded in data-driven decisions
  • Boost the streamlining of collaborative work by enabling workers to utilize information on site, creating an entrepreneurial environment
  • Modernize maintenance management with real-time information improving work progress transparency and worker safety

Mobilization of Maintenance Crews

  • Digitally transform traditional maintenance activities, deploying intrinsically safe field tablets, wearable devices, and GPS tracking technologies
  • Go paperless, promoting communication with digital collaboration cross-team and cross-functions
  • Use data insights to enhance labor utilization and resource allocation, improving maintenance unit productivity

The Power of Process

  • Finetune processes to develop work order optimization, removing interpretation to simplify tasks and safeguard quality
  • Capture best practice, tracking impacts and reviewing changes to drive continuous improvement and the optimization of predictive maintenance programs
  • Clearly define the mechanical scope of work, employing standardization to avoid confusion and keep data accurate

Process Automation For Reliability Improvements

  • Expand the use of state based control, increasing reliability, and improving asset utilization
  • Capture best practice for to continuously improve process design and maintenance activities
  • Automate operating parameters to improve maintenance strategies, optimizing operating conditions for equipment in continuous manufacturing environments to see the benefits in reliability

Building Connected Assets

  • Enhance sensorization capabilities to maximize incoming data and amplify remote monitoring performance
  • Analyze how the early detection of asset health deterioration and performance anomalies in data can hold benefits in minimizing downtime
  • Leverage IIoT technologies to improve reliability strategy, utilizing data to make critical decisions

RCFA Optimization For Maintenance Prioritization

  • Enhance Root Cause Failure Analysis (RCFA) best practice to ensure time and resources are spent where they are needed the most
  • Understand and overcome the key challenges resulting from an overly risk-averse nature to clearly define and prioritize work, and save on unnecessary maintenance spend

Cybersecurity – Digital challenges for digitalized assets

  • Switching to digital operations with connected workforce and a reliable stream of data increases potential impacts from new age operational risks
  • Explore the steps to take to protect asset data and machine information, safeguarding operations from exposure, and maintaining asset uptime and production availability
  • Employ technologies that can rapidly detect and adapt to threats, and convey the importance of cyber risks to site personnel

The Role of Digital Tech In Failure Detection

  • Identify the importance of increasing asset health visibility in order to recognize areas for concern and take action to reduce equipment breakdowns
  • Apply machine learning and advanced analytics to detect failure patterns, plan work and boost OPEX cost-savings
  • Finetune the use of AI in predictive maintenance, with the right application of sensors and algorithms to collect the data needed to reduce downtime and failures

Digital Advancements In Inspections Practices

  • Utilize innovative technologies to optimize RBI activities, employing data analysis to plan accurate work orders that improve reliability
  • Examine how the use of drones, 3D mapping, and robotic installations have reduced costs whilst returning reliable data, providing the physical tools to better understand asset health
  • Improve accuracy and precision of asset degradation modelling to improve results and recommendations output for reliability management and performance optimization of RBI programs

Modularization and Circularity

  • The rise in standardizing design principles and technology implementation, reliability strategies and maintenance teams across sites
  • Driving the concepts of circularity, knowledge sharing through centers of excellence
  • Explore the use of digital twins to analyze expectations and impacts digitally to assess the best course of action onsite

Invest With Confidence - Digital Maintenance Tools

  • Truly understand the meaning of digitalization, what is required for implementation, action expectations, and common pitfalls around ease of use
  • Learn the importance of system integration, with installed predictive technologies communicating effectively with existing CMMS/EAM systems
  • Convey the need of reliability-focused technology upgrades to senior leadership, driving the business case with realistic ROI goals

Workforce Training In The Digital Age

  • The downturn of the downstream market has led to the increased loss of talent from the industry, and exacerbated skilled craft & labor shortages
  • Train the leaders of tomorrow remotely, with immersive VR and AR capabilities to showcase best practice, capture valuable site-specific knowledge, and limit numbers of onsite personnel for training purposes
  • Keep up to date with permitting, licensing and regulation standards with digital tools enabling visibility of workforce training

Shutdown & Turnarounds

KEYNOTE : TAR Strategies – Long Term Planning 2022 & Beyond

  • Deferrals of 2020 turnarounds has caused ripple effects for the industry, with future turnaround plans, timelines, and strategies needing to be reassessed
  • Ensure you factor in increased cost considerations for new protocols, schedule overruns, and the Covid-19-forced scope adjustments resulting from deferred events
  • Determine the sweet spot between production, reliability, and risk in planning future turnaround strategy and frequency

KEYNOTE: Post-2020 Turnaround Event Critique

  • Look at the lessons and best practice developed over the past 18 months, with onsite adaptations and action plans to mitigate Covid-19 impacts
  • Highlight the need for digital technology to streamline turnaround efficiencies and explore which provide the best ROI in a digital TAR
  • Create a connected workforce with GPS accessibility enabled to monitor productivity, mitigate risk, and increase worker safety on site

KEYNOTE: Exploring The Vulnerabilities of a Turnaround

  • Identify how to inspect your site, what questions to ask and how to get better in your TAR planning and execution
  • Look at how data-driven turnarounds are becoming increasingly effective, using risk-based inspection to lessen the chances of losing big
  • Evaluate best practises and benchmarking to determine site event progress versus standards expected

Resilient Resourcing Strategy

  • Determine the contracting bottlenecks emerging for turnaround events post-2021, employing a resilient strategy to minimize cost and time delays
  • Explore the Covid-19 cost upticks and the relevant changes to make when procuring resources, allowing for delays and heightened labor demand
  • What actions can we take now to deliver on execution personnel and resources, limiting impacts from skilled craft shortages and bottlenecks from pushed-back events

Mastering Scope Development

  • Utilize risk based inspections to develop work packages and effectively define scope development
  • Ensure you factor in increased cost considerations for new protocols, schedule overruns, and the Covid-19-forced scope adjustments resulting from deferred events
  • Embrace the data from past events to learn from mistakes
  • Use of robotic installations, drones, and novel technologies to analyze areas for potential scope creep

Chevron Kingsley Ufere SIS Project Engineer (Global Manufacturing) Chevron

Optimizing Turnaround Efficiencies

  • Now more important than ever, turnarounds need to remain within budget, returning online on time, and avoiding costly overruns
  • Analyze the fundamental role of technology in boosting turnaround efficiencies, enhancing best practice and providing 360 degree event visibility

Forecasting Discovery Work

  • Utilizing past event data and insights generation from applying analytics to forecast potential discovery work
  • Adjust planning and scheduling mechanisms to account for predicted discovery work
  • Dealing with the challenges of Corrosion under insulation (CUI)

Eliminating Siloed Approach To Achieve Turnaround Success

  • Communication is key, involving operations personnel early in the planning phase
  • Work alongside operations teams and allow time for integration to optimize scope development
  • See the true benefit of communication to minimize scope creep

Remote Planning & Scheduling – The need for digital agility

  • Re-evaluate the way work is planned, and jobs are completed prior to execution, leveraging the agile piece to implement more tools and improve planning efficiencies
  • Explore the need for investment in shifting to digital with the realized benefits from access to data, 3d mapping and cloud-based photo libraries when planning work scope pre-event
  • Look at the potential Cross collaboration of resources – mobilizing workers with digital tablets to minimize risk of transmission and contact on site

TAR planning in a post-Covid world

  • Learn about the most cost-effective procedures currently being employed to minimize risk during an event and maximize workforce safety
  • Determine the next steps in enhancing site protocols, becoming proactive in planning, and moving away from the reactive changes to Covid-19 impacts
  • Discover the value in ‘what if’ scenarios, and the cost saving associated with being prepared for potential outcomes

Benchmarking Digital Success

  • Determine the measurable parameters to monitor success of digital turnarounds
  • Create centers of excellence to scale success and share best practice throughout the organization, overcoming the conservative nature of sites and units

Capital Project Integration Realignment

  • Get back to integration best practice, overcoming key issues, and consolidating work effectively to improve reliability and throughput whilst reducing costs
  • Realize the synergistic benefits of timeline integration, to make the most of capital in low budget environment
  • Maximize downtime to invest in and upgrade assets, avoiding damages to reliability and the risk of unplanned outages

Small Turnarounds Best Practice

  • Explore the similarities and the opportunity for shared learnings between mega-turnarounds, large events, and smaller outages
  • Learn to prioritize scope and work orders with limited budget and downtime availability

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2021 Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors

  • ABS Group
  • Bechtel

Gold Sponsors

  • Akzonobel
  • Fastenel
  • Hilti

Silver Sponsors

  • Honeywell
  • mobideo
  • WJE

Bronze Sponsors

  • blade platforms
  • FTI-Consulting
  • Universal Plant Services

Wi-Fi Sponsor

  • Satellite Shelters

2021 Exhibitors

  • 3s-gasket
  • af global
  • Akzonobel
  • alabama-heat
  • ADI
  • Alliance Safety Council
  • Aspen-Aerogels
  • Austin-Safety-Services
  • BASF
  • beck
  • Burns-McDonnell
  • Christy Catalytics
  • Eisenmann
  • Endress+Hauser
  • Enterprise Commercial Paving
  • Exloc
  • Fastenal
  • fireeye
  • GHX
  • Groome-Industrial
  • HM
  • Harder-Mechanical
  • Hytorc
  • ICCI
  • Intertek
  • John Crane
  • kap
  • ltts
  • Light Efficient Design
  • Mahaffey
  • Maplewood Industrial Services
  • Matrix-Service
  • Mettler Toledo
  • morimatsu
  • Morris-Shea Bridge
  • mott corporation
  • Mueller
  • Nationwide
  • Nische
  • NobelClad
  • o3
  • oeg
  • Orange County Economic Development Corporation
  • Osperity
  • PIC
  • Prominent
  • Purgit
  • Relevant Solutions
  • Satellite
  • siemens
  • Smith & Loveless
  • Southern-Heat-Exchanger
  • Spirax Sarco
  • Starcon
  • Struthers-Wells
  • Teikoku
  • Texas Stress, Inc.
  • Tindall
  • tioga
  • Top-Hi-Tech
  • total
  • United Rentals
  • Universal Plant Services
  • USA-Debusk
  • WJE
  • zahroofvalves

2021 Partners

Association Partners

  • CURT
  • nabwic
  • SMRP
  • The PSI Association

Media Partners

  • BIC
  • DigitalRefining
  • DigitalRefining
  • Energy Digital
  • Hydrocarbon
  • Inside Oil & Gas
  • Inspectioneering
  • LNG
  • Oil & Gas Journal
  • Oil & Gas Journal
  • petrolessons
  • Petro Industry News
  • PMWorld 360 Magazine