2016 Conference Featured Attendees

Project Manager
Global Capital Efficiency Advisor
Project Controls Engineer
Principal Specialist, Process - Project
Cost Engineer
Global Contracts Manager
Phillips 66
Engineering Manager
Phillips 66
EPC Category Manager
Phillips 66
Contracts Specialist
Phillips 66
Major Capital Projects – Senior Advisor
Project Engineer and Project Manager
PBF Energy
Capital Construction Superintendent
PBF Energy
Corporate Manager, Project Execution
Major Projects Procurement Manager
Senior Manager, Capital Project Groupt
TA Engineering Manager
Director – USGC Supply Chain Optimization
Valero Energy
Staff Instrument Engineer
Valero St. Charles Major Projects
Former Vice President of Manufacturing
Shell Oil Company
Project Manager
Shell Oil Company
Project Manager & Process Engineer
Shell Oil Company

Top Speakers:

  • Carlos Camera

    Carlos Camera
    Senior Advisor - Major Capital Projects
  • Scott Lawn

    Scott Lawn
    ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company
    Global Capital Efficiency Advisor, Project Development Division
  • Kane Hittle

    Kane Hittle
    Hollyfrontier El Dorado Refining
    VP & Project Manager
  • manuel walters

    Manuel Walters
    Phillips 66
    Global Contracts Manager
  • Martin Champagne

    Martin Champagne
    Motiva Enterprises LLC
    Corporate Manager - Motiva Capital Projects

Newly confirmed groups attending from

  • Chevron
  • Holly-Frontier
  • Phillips-66
  • valero
  • Jacobs
  • Odebrecht

We Provide the Best Learning & Networking in The Industry – Here’s Why:

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Welcome to the World’s Largest Refining Engineering & Construction Conference

With budgets in the billions, timelines spanning years, and the world energy market at its most volatile in the last decade, refining capital projects and maintenance activity present enormous management and budgeting challenges for U.S. energy companies. While many upstream projects are being cancelled and some refining projects are being delayed, U.S. refining capital project spending is still expected to remain in the billion-dollar range for the next few years, according to market research firm Industrial Info Resources (IIR). U.S. and Canada refinery capital spending is expected to hit $6 billion for those projects beginning construction in 2016, with another $14.49 billion planned for construction kick-o‑ in 2017 and $17.32 billion planned for 2018, according to IIR’s database.

While North America’s capital project spending is big, the problems confronting the industry are daunting as well – from fluctuating world crude prices to shrinking margins, from increased retail gasoline demand to changing exports and emerging markets, from the desire for feedstock flexibility to the need to update old refineries, from increasing regulation to growing environmental concerns. In this market environment, refining capital project teams need to make the right investments at the right time to move forward while safeguarding their business against future uncertainty.

The 2nd Refining Engineering & Construction Conference & Exhibition 2016 (Nov 14-15, Houston) is the largest and most highly regarded refining event of its kind in North America. Bringing together 600+ industry experts from refinery owners, EPC contractors and key vendors, the conference to discuss those very issues affecting the industry here and now. The high level discussion guarantees crucial market outlook and proven best practices, which will help refiners supercharge their project execution strategies and utilize growth opportunities amid these volatile market conditions.

As an Advisory Board member for Refining Engineering & Construction 2016, I am looking forward to seeing top refining leaders come together to find tangible solutions to new and on-going project execution challenges. With the caliber of speakers & attendees alike, this is one event not to miss for 2016.

Mark Turner, Senior Global Project Manager, Hexion, Inc.


Mark Turner

I am pleased to be a part of the Advisory Committee for Refining Engineering & Construction 2016. The event is designed to provide insights and strategies for addressing current industry challenges delivered by subject matter experts, and bring key players from across the industry together under one roof

Scott Lawn, Global Capital Efficiency Advisor, Project Development Division, ExxonMobil


Scott Lawn

Bringing together world-class refining experts for best practice on:

  • Predicting the Future of Our Industry: Map out your CAPEX strategy for 2017 and benchmark your projects accordingly
  • Streamlining Project Portfolios: Effectively identifying the highest value capital investments and unlocking savings to improve margins
  • Minimizing Project Risk: Ensuring safety, reliability and time and cost efficiency on your future projects
  • Optimizing Front-End Planning: Dramatically improving project performance and predictability
  • Project Team Alignment: Improving communication between teams to optimize productivity and promoting successful leadership strategies

This 2-day forum is specifically designed to facilitate the highest quality knowledge sharing, industry collaboration and devising of tangible solutions for corporate, senior & management level influencers involved in North American refining capital projects.

Reserve The 2016 Brochure Here

Brand New for 2016!


With the success of last year’s conference, you can expect to meet teams of capital project professionals from corporate and plant level, from the industry’s key stakeholders. Plus, collocated with the Modular Construction Conference 2016, there will be even more decision makers in the room than ever before

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Multi Tracked

Following an excellent plenary line-up, attendees can also take advantage of parallel conference tracks focusing on refining mega projects & smaller projects, modular construction for petrochemicals and refining, and commissioning & start-ups

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New, Timely, Market Reflective Content

In light of the current climate, this year’s program will provide you with the most up-to-date industry insight, facts & figures, critical analysis and proactive, achievable best practices to succeed in the currently downturn – effectively reducing project costs, boosting productivity and reaping the rewards

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What Our Delegates Say About Our Events:

  • SNC-Lavalin

    "As this was a new conference I had set my expectations to a lower level. However the quality of the speakers, panel participants and subject matter combined with the audience participation was excellent"

    - SNC-Lavalin
  • Lauren

    "The forum allowed for an elevated level of networking and valuable information exchange. The venue was right sized - supporting effective interaction with many. Industry and economic development leaders were present and shared their insights with thought-provoking discussions and presentations. I look forward to next year"

    - Lauren Engineers & Constructors, Inc.
  • Rider Hunt International

    "I learned a lot about the industry in just 2 days that would have taken weeks of research on the internet"

    - Rider Hunt International
  • Samsung Engineering America

    "For an Asian contractor, the conference was an eye-opener on issues facing US Owners-EPCs-Vendors"

    - Samsung Engineering America
  • Samsung Engineering America

    "This was a well-organized event. A very diverse group of both presenters and attendees. I look forward to another round of discussions and updates"

    - Samsung Engineering America
  • Linde Engineering

    "Many of the topics and speakers were interesting. Good availability to meet the speakers following their presentations. Excellent time management throughout both days. Plenty of time available for good networking. Good venue and location for the conference. Look forward to seeing you again later this year at another Petchem Update conference"

    - Linde Engineering
  • Wood Group Mustang

    “Wood Group Mustang benefitted greatly from being a sponsor of the Refining 2015 conference. Our presentation on successful project execution generated valuable interactions with owners, suppliers and constructors. The conference was well organized allowing numerous networking opportunities with influential decision-makers”

    - Wood Group Mustang
  • Hexion, Inc.

    “As an Advisory Board member for Refining Engineering & Construction 2016, I am looking forward to seeing top refining leaders come together to find tangible solutions to new and on-going project execution challenges. With the caliber of speakers & attendees alike, this is one event not to miss for 2016.”

    - Hexion, Inc.
  • Covestro

    “It was a great experience with very helpful information of our industry”

    - Covestro

2016 Sponsors & Exhibitors

Platinum Sponsors

  • apnetworks
  • bentley
  • Check-6
  • IPA

Gold Sponsors

  • Ambitech
  • AVEVA ProCon
  • IAG
  • Industrial Info Resources (IIR)
  • Wood Group

Clean Water Sponsor

  • Evoqua

Charge Station Sponsor

  • ITS

Silver Sponsor

  • Deep South Crane


  • Okazaki
  • GLEX

Key Event Partners

  • CII
  • Fiatech
  • I-Lin

Media Partners

  • Digital Refining
  • Inspectioneering
  • Refiner Link
  • SGI


  • Allegiance
  • Bluebeam
  • Canal Barge
  • Chemex
  • CTI
  • Daily Thermetrics
  • F & M Mafco
  • GATE
  • Great Basin Industrial
  • Insight
  • INTEGRA Technologies
  • JT Thorpe
  • management controls
  • Modular Space Corporation (ModSpace)
  • Optimal
  • Process Industry Practices
  • PSB
  • RCS
  • TDS
  • Veolia

Got a question? Get in touch below!

Karla Sharp

Karla Sharp

Senior Conference Director
Petrochemical Update
(global) +44 (0) 207 375 4321

Joshua Bull

Joshua Bull

Founder & Head of Sector
Petrochemical Update
(global) +44 (0) 207 375 7196

Andrew York

Andrew York

Head of Bus. Development
Petrochemical Update
(global) +44 (0) 207 375 7507

Karla Sharp

BROCHURE UPDATES: Download the latest event brochure here

With new sample attendee list, timed agenda & even more speakers…

— Karla Sharp, Senior Conference Director, Petrochemical Update