2018 Speakers

  • Andrew OConnor
    Andrew O’Connor Director of Digital Development
  • Ron Huijsmans
    Dow Chemical
    Ron Huijsmans U.S. Gulf Coast Program Director
    Dow Chemical
  • Walter Pinto
    Walter Pinto Senior Director of Global Projects, Engineering, Reliability, Maintenance & Turnarounds
  • Decie Autin
    Decie Autin Vice President - Project Managementr
  • Taylor Auberg
    Taylor Auberg Vice President, Projects
    Freeport LNG

2018 Sessions:

Spotlight: Dow’s $6 Billion Gulf Coast Expansion
  • As Program Director for Dow’s $6 billion Gulf Coast expansion program, Ron will share the company’s motivations and drivers behind investments in the Gulf Coast, as well as plans for specific ongoing and future projects. Ron will deep dive into Dow’s recently completed Freeport Texas project (which recently won the 2017 Global Best Project Award from Engineering News-Record), sharing the key lessons learned, milestones & successes eliciting on-time completion of the project. He will then share his thoughts around “what’s next” for the downstream industry and where Dow Chemical see the most potential.

Ron Huijsmans Ron Huijsmans U.S. Gulf Coast Program Director Dow Chemical
Dow Chemical

Transformative Change in Project Management
  • Decie will share her thoughts on the industry’s imperative for transformational change in the cost structure for major projects through technology, innovation, efficiency, and collaboration. From 2008 to September 2014 Decie held the position of Project Executive for the PNG LNG Project, for which her responsibilities included planning, development and execution of all aspects of the $19B project to commercialize natural gas resources in Papua New Guinea. The project was successfully started up several months ahead of schedule in May 2014. Decie has been with ExxonMobil for over 30 years since graduating from Georgia Tech with a BChE. She began her career in New Orleans in the offshore facilities surveillance team and moved within the organization, holding positions in facilities and mechanical engineering management, natural gas and gas liquids marketing, continuous improvement, and operations.

Decie Autin Decie Autin Vice President - Project Management ExxonMobil Development
ExxonMobil Development

Executive Productivity Spotlight Panel - Megaprojects
  • Executive leaders discuss game-changing strategies to dramatically improve major project schedule and execution productivity
  • Hear best practices for tackling poor construction labor productivity head on
  • Explore best practices for capital efficiency enhancement
  • Tangible solutions & proven tactics to enhancing productivity on major projects

Taylor Auburg Taylor Auburg Vice President,Projects Freeport LNG
freeport lng

Walter Pinto Walter Pinto Sr. Director, Global Projects, Engineering, Reliability, Maintenance & Turnarounds, LyondellBasell

Digital Adoption: When, How and What Does It Look Like for Capital Projects...
  • Core Owner Adoption Concerns & Challenges /Centralized IT Departmental Barriers
  • Adoption Barriers - The 3 Cs: Culture, Complexity & Cybersecurity
  • Urban Renewal: Considerations for Obsolete Digital Technology and Controls as we Become Digital
  • Big Data: You’ve Got to Know What You’re Looking at To Benefit
  • Will It All Be Worth It and What Could a Digitalized Project Cycle Look Like for You?

Andrew O'Connor Andrew O'Connor Director, Digital Development BASF

Jan Shumate Jan Shumate Director, Worldwide Engineering and Construction Services & Solutions Eastman Chemical
Eastman Chemical

View Agenda At A Glance

Key 2018 Themes:

  • Productivity Breakthroughs:

    Dramatically increase efficiency with smarter contracting, planning & execution strategies

  • Organizational Integration:

    Break down silos to foster a culture of cross-team buy-in & knowledge transfer

  • Digital Transformation:

    Develop Executive strategies for the boardroom and explore opportunities in the field

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The Leading Conference & Exhibition
for the Downstream Industry

The Downstream Conference & Exhibition is positioned at the forefront of the booming Downstream industry in North America.  This industry leading event is regarded as the most significant meeting place for Downstream Capital Project, Engineering, Maintenance, Reliability & Turnaround professionals, where they meet to do business.

The Downstream convention has fast become a next generation energy event, hosting major Integrated and independent Downstream energy companies, global EPC contractors, technology providers, and service companies all of whom play an active role in the global Downstream industry.

The Downstream 2018 conference will see more global business leader dialogue sessions and strategic panel sessions, alongside 100+ technical sessions & 3 dedicated conference tracks that will highlight and address the most pressing industry challenges, new technologies and industry developments that will shape the Downstream industry landscape for decades to come.

See Why Downstream Executives Come to this Conference

"A legacy of bringing together global leaders with
U.S. Capital Project decision making power"

Past Attendees Include:

  • Westlake Chemical Corporation
    Vice President - Capital Projects, Engineering & Procurement (CPEP),
    Westlake Chemical Corporation
    Arkema, Inc.
    Director, Project Engineering and Construction
    Arkema, Inc.
  • Badlands NGLs, LLC
    Executive VP Projects and Engineering
    Badlands NGLs, LLC
    Cameron LNG
    Vice President Engineering
    Cameron LNG
  • Cheniere Energy Inc.
    Senior Vice President - Engineering & Construction
    Cheniere Energy Inc.
  • Dow Chemical
    ES Global Construction Director & Safety Leader
    Dow Chemical
    Group Head of Construction and Turnaround Management
  • Eastman Chemical & Gas
    Director, Worldwide Engineering & Construction Services and Solutions,
    Eastman Chemical
    Flint Hills Resources
    Director, Plant Maintenance
    Flint Hills Resources
  • Flint Hills Resources
    Digital Transformation Leader
    Flint Hills Resources
    Sr. Project Manager Global Projects
  • Formosa Petrochemical Corporation
    Project Director
    Formosa Petrochemical Corporation
    Marathon Petroleum Company LP
    Director of Engineering
    Marathon Petroleum Company LP
  • PBF Energy
    Vice President
    PBF Energy
    Project Procurement Manager, Major Projects,
  • The Mosaic Company
    Director of Engineering
    The Mosaic Company
    Senior Vice President - Project Executive
  • Valero
    Major Projects Director
    Westlake Chemical Corporation
    Director - Engineering
    Westlake Chemical Corporation
  • Yuhuang Chemical inc
    Vice President - Manufacturing Operations
    Yuhuang Chemical inc
    President - Engineering & Construction Americas
  • Fluor
    President - Energy & Chemicals Americas
    Hargrove Engineers + Constructors
    President & CEO
    Hargrove Engineers + Constructors
  • Odebrecht
    Chief Compliance Officer
    Richard Industrial Group
    Senior Vice President & General Manager
    Richard Industrial Group
  • Turner Industries Group
    Senior Vice President & Chief Information Officer
    Turner Industries Group
Who will you Meet at Downstream 2018

Audience breakdown for
Downstream 2018:

Business Type

Business Type




  • Sarens

    "I was able to have more valuable discussions with quality persons in these 2 days of conference, than in the entire 1st and 2nd quarter of this year"

    - Sarens
  • Industrial Info Resources

    "More Owner / Operator Attendees than any other event I have attended in Petrochemicals"

    - Industrial Info Resources
  • Dow Chemical

    "Good event for petrochemical suppliers and owners to learn about the current state of the industry and collaborate on best practices"

    - Dow Chemical
  • Chevron

    "Sincere congratulations on such a successful event! The Conference was well organized, both logistically and from contents perspective. There was plenty of networking opportunity as well"

    - Chevron
  • Brunel Energy

    "Great event and one of the best conferences that I have attended. This a great turn out and there were loads of decision makers in attendance"

    - Brunel Energy
  • Pot O Gold Waste Services

    "As an industrial supplier I cannot stress enough the value of being able to conveniently learn about the state of the oil and gas industry from leading experts and executives in the field. Nowhere else have I been able to meet as many knowledgeable, warm and welcoming people in the oil and gas industry"

    - Pot O Gold Waste Services
  • Richard Industrial Group

    "I found the PEC 2016 event to be exciting and informative. It was encouraging to see the conference attendance (Clients, Contractors and Vendors) to be high"

    - Richard Industrial Group
  • Atlas RFID

    "The PetroChem staff was terrific. Willing to assist at every turn. These folks made things happen. Timing was spot on and the networking events did not disappoint"

    - Atlas RFID
  • Current Tools

    "Great Time to meet & greet; Great place to gather information & resources from the attendees"

    - Current Tools
  • Lifting Gear Hire Corp

    "I was an exhibitor but the people we met were interested in our service and were there to learn, not just go thru the motions"

    - Lifting Gear Hire Corp
  • Coreworx

    "All in All, this event was structured in a very positive way for networking. I truly enjoyed the event and plan on attending and/or exhibiting next year. Through the networking portal plus conference, I was able to make the right connections and schedule several appointments along with numerous leads. Thank you"

    - Coreworx
  • Hytech Plant Design

    "Very good conference. It met all my expectations. This is the place to go for Revamps and Turnaround experience, knowledge, and prospecting"

    - Hytech Plant Design
  • Genesis Technical Staffing

    "I felt the conference speakers and attendees were a perfect match. The overall feedback I got when networking was that it was definitely worth the time and expense. The conference was seen to be a value by everyone I spoke with. We will return next year and participate at a high level"

    - Genesis Technical Staffing
  • Emerson Process Management

    "The PEC conference was very rewarding for me professionally. I brought back ideas for new approaches that will help in bridging my customer’s critical business strategies with current industry trends and forecasts. The networking opportunities with industry peers was invaluable"

    - Emerson Process Management
  • the Brock Group

    "The event was one of the best industry events I've attended this year. I got a lot out of the interactive sessions and networking opportunities"

    - the Brock Group

2018 Sponsors & Exhibitors

Diamond Sponsors

  • autodesk
  • Coreworx
  • Jacobs
  • wood
  • Zachry

Platinum Sponsors

  • Audubon
  • Bechtel
  • Bentley
  • BOSS
  • innovatia

Gold Sponsors

  • Appian
  • BakerHughes
  • hexagon

Silver Sponsors

  • Dassault systemes
  • IndustrialInfoResources
  • KBR
  • KPMG
  • mobideo
  • Pruftechnik
  • Sany
  • Trinity Power

Badge & Lanyard Sponsor

  • Stork

Workshop Sponsor

  • APNetworks

E-Showguide Sponsor

  • Hargrove

Slido Sponsor

  • GBI


  • ABB
  • Ameco
  • APC
  • day & zimmermann
  • DPC
  • Hilti
  • mobile-modular
  • Oracle

Workforce Sponsors

  • Basf
  • Napta
  • Simtronics
  • systran

Current Exhibitors

  • 3S
  • abb
  • adams
  • Advanced Refrigerant Technologies
  • af global
  • ameco
  • APC
  • Appian
  • APM
  • armstrong
  • atlas-rfid
  • Audubon
  • B&W Energy Services
  • BakerHughes
  • Baker Engineering and Risk Consultants& Rigid Global Buildings
  • Basf
  • Bentley
  • Boccard
  • boldrocchi
  • Burns-McDonnell
  • Canal-barge
  • CEDA
  • Century Elevators
  • cleaver-brooks
  • coperion
  • Coreworx
  • creative-lodging-solutions
  • CTI
  • deep-south
  • DistributionNOW
  • DMI Light Towers
  • doxsteel
  • Drager
  • Dredgit
  • Edwards
  • Engineering & Inspection International
  • Ericson
  • fabshops
  • fm-mafco
  • FE-Moran
  • flexitallic
  • Flexmaster
  • forterra
  • fwf
  • GBI
  • Group-Industries
  • HM
  • Harbison-Walker
  • hexagon
  • Hilti
  • ICT
  • IndustrialInfoResources
  • innovapptive
  • intelliwave
  • Intertek
  • ionix
  • Jacobs
  • kap
  • KBR
  • Kelley
  • kudu jacks
  • Louisiana Chemical Dismantling Company, Inc. (LCDC)
  • Leica
  • Lokring
  • Mahaffey
  • Mako
  • Mason
  • MAT
  • Melter
  • merrill-steel
  • mobideo
  • Modular Space Corporation (ModSpace)
  • MTI
  • nextgen
  • OnGuard
  • optimal
  • Orange County Economic Development Corporation
  • Oseco
  • ParFab
  • Parker
  • PIC
  • picc
  • Pruftechnik
  • PSB
  • Red-vector
  • Sany
  • southwire
  • Spraying Systems Co.
  • sprung
  • Stork
  • SUEZ
  • Sunbelt
  • TDS
  • techline
  • tempus resource
  • Tessenderlo Kerley Services
  • Trinity Power
  • tubetech
  • Universal Hinge Corp
  • VEGA
  • Veolia
  • Veritas
  • wika
  • Wolseley

Supported By

  • BIC Magazine
  • Chemical Engineering Online
  • DigitalRefining.com
  • Inspectioneering
  • MaintWorld
  • Natural Gas Intelligence
  • Noria
  • Pathfinder
  • Prima
  • PTQ
  • Refinerlink
  • Shale

Got a question? Get in touch below!

Joshua Bull

Joshua Bull

Founder & Head of Sector
Petrochemical Update
Email: josh@petchem-update.com
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(Global) +44 (0) 207 375 7196

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Andrew York

Head of Business Development
Petrochemical Update
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(US) +1800 814 3459 x7507
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Senior Conference Director
Petrochemical Update
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(Global) +44 (0)207 422 4321

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