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[post_content] => They say that ‘everything is bigger in Texas’ and it’s definitely true when it comes to events. The Downstream 2019 Exhibition and Conference will open its doors to the industry’s finest for a two-day stint at the George R Brown Convention Center in Houston on 11 June. Downstream is the world’s largest event for the downstream oil industry and attracts major integrated and independent energy companies, global EPC contractors, technology providers, service companies and others with an interest in what is currently a vibrant sector in the North American energy patch.
The main hall at Downstream will feature four theatres, three dedicated networking zones, an intimate meeting zone and more than 350 booths. Exhibitors from around the globe will demonstrate their latest creations and smart solutions for industry. But it is not just the formal presentations and trade show freebies from exhibitors that will bring the crowds; organisers aim to create a forum where specialists can meet their counterparts and forge new bonds. More than 7,000 people are expected to attend the exhibition, of which more than 3,000 will sit in on the conference sessions, making this the best chance to connect and develop business in the refining, marketing and supply sectors in North America.
Among those engaged to speak at the conference sessions are representatives from such companies as Shell, ExxonMobil, Sabic and Bechtel. Delegates will be involved in conversations on many of the current hot topics in the industry, including the use of innovative technology to transform productivity, the digitisation of the industry in general, and routes to capitalising on new opportunities.
CROSS THE STREAMS
The organisers of Downstream have worked diligently to be certain that all possible bases are covered. To make the most of the two-day event, five focused tracks have been created to provide dedicated knowledge for all members of the industry: headline sessions; engineering and construction; reliability and maintenance, shutdowns and turnarounds; process engineering; and supply chain and logistics.
Within these sectors there will be something for everyone – from journeymen to senior executives. Keynote speakers and interactive panels will expand on each of these overarching themes, while roundtable discussions and workshops will allow guests the chance to reap what they can from industry experts and peers. The larger conference venues away from the main hall will be home to the bigger talks and presentations – many of which will be given by industry-specific experts.
In the mornings, a networking breakfast will kick off proceedings to ensure everyone is fuelled for the day and to break the ice. There will then be a welcoming presentation and a market forecast indicating the differing drivers for downstream growth. Headline presentations will then explore different vendor opportunities, before culminating in a mid-morning coffee break in the main exhibition hall.
Following the opening remarks and headline presentations, track-focused presentations and panel discussions will take the stage for the relevant sectors. Each of the specific areas have their own dedicated theatre and are directed by some of the biggest industry influences. Individuals such as Alasdair Cathcart, president of oil, gas and chemicals at Bechtel, Mike Coyle, president of manufacturing at Chevron, Decie Autin, vice-president of project management at ExxonMobil, Victor Ortega, vice-president and technical site manager at Covestro, Rick Lissa, senior director of logistics management at Formosa Plastics, and many more will bring delegates up to speed on recent developments and future prospects, and ponder how the different sectors can improve. There will also be a talk from featured speaker Marcus Luttrell, former Navy SEAL and author of ‘Lone Survivor’, which promises to be an interesting moment of the event.
After a break for lunch – if there is such a thing as a break for these sorts of events – workshops, roundtables and case studies will dominate the sector-specific theatres. Larger panel discussions and presentations will take place in the auditoria surrounding the main exhibition. This will also be prime time to explore the different stalls and trade those all-important business cards.
In the engineering and construction stream, speakers will highlight some of the major trends in the sector, such as mega project delivery, being workforce-ready and using digitisation to respond to challenges. A keynote panel involving representatives of ExxonMobil, Cheniere Energy, Sabic, Meridian Energy and Bechtel will discuss planning for a new era of capital project sustainability. Case studies on the Sabine Pass and Corpus Christi mega projects will be examined by Cheniere Energy and Bechtel. Digital transformation in the delivery of capital projects will be a topic for members of Shell, Shell New Energies and LNS Global.
Major trends being highlighted in the reliability and maintenance fields include designing for reliability, recruitment and training, and implementing new technologies to deliver the biggest returns on investment. Tony Barre at Dow will speak on problem-led innovation solutions, Invista’s Ken Stevens will present on proof of concept testing, and Miguel Hernandez at Shell will elaborate on the issues surrounding training for a new generation of employees.
Joe Jackson at LyondellBasell will explain how businesses can alleviate bottlenecks and prioritise resources in the shutdowns and turnarounds sector. Jerry Spigener of Ineos will explore different methods to better predict costs and schedules with shutdowns.
Moving into the supply chain and logistics market, Formosa Plastics, Shell and BASF will be sharing their expectations for 2019 and beyond. Staring into the crosshairs of the US petrochemical trade war, Ed Brzytwa, international trade director at the American Chemistry Council (ACC), will examine the details of tariffs and trade deal impacts, and discuss the impacts that developments such as the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) and the IMO 2020 sulphur cap may have.
There will be talks from Schneider’s Jason Howe and Reggie Brown from Chevron, and several multi-member discussions on topics ranging from North American market trends to packaging, warehousing and drayage. This is just a short snapshot of the multitude of talks and presentations being given from five key sectors of the downstream industry over two days.
SEEING IS BELIEVING
In addition to the networking centres and the eye-catching stalls, live demonstrations will be possible. Businesses looking to showcase their latest and greatest inventions and businesses looking to find solutions should make sure that these are not missed. Depending on the target audience of the demonstration and the sector it is connected to, the theatres will host these demonstrations.
Finally, there will be prize giveaways, including services and latest technologies, from global businesses. Of course, there is also the memorable spectacle of the offsite networking party once the day has drawn to a close.
More details about the event, exhibitors and speakers, registering and sponsoring can be found on the event website.
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