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This event is THE must attendstrategic decision-making event for the Gulf Coast Downstream Industry

Situated at the epicentre of US Gulf Coast downstream industry, Downstream 2020 will see the industry’s leading professionals congregate at the NRG Centre, Houston, TX to receive business critical insight to overcome the industry’s most pressing through key case studies and lessons learned by major downstream companies.

Our unique ability to cater to the full downstream value chain - from project conception to product delivery - puts us at the forefront of industry development offering an unrivalled opportunity for learning, networking and business development. Our dedicated tracks will provide unmissable business critical insight, innovation and solutions across Engineering & Construction, Reliability & Maintenance, Shutdowns & Turnarounds, Process Engineering & Technology and Supply Chain & Logistics and 450+ booth exhibition. Join us to serve all your teams needs in just two days!

Downstream 2020 will see senior-level attendees from all major operator, EPC, solution & service provider community - the journey to optimization starts at the NRG Centre, Houston!

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Downstream 2020 All-Star Line-Up

Featured Speakers Include:

  • Michael Johnson
    Michael Johnson Four Times Olympic Gold Medallist and Double World Record Holder Track & Field
    Team USA
  • Senator Larry Taylor
    Senator Larry Taylor The Texas State Senate
  • Mitra Basiri Kashanchi
    Mitra Basiri Kashanchi General Manager
    Chevron Salt Lake Refinery
  • Alan Gelder
    Alan Gelder VP Refining, Chemicals & Oil Markets, Downstream Global SME
    Wood Mackenzie

Top Track Speakers Include:

  • Thomas Abel
    Thomas Abel SVP Projects
    Borealis AG
  • Tim Sutherland
    Tim Sutherland GM - Pasadena Refinery
  • Taylor Auburg
    Taylor Auburg VP Projects
    Freeport LNG
  • Jim Ellis
    Jim Ellis General Manager Global Engineering & Project Management
  • Walter Pesenti
    Walter Pesenti Global Petrochemical Operational Excellence Manager
  • Paula Glover
    Paula Glover CEO & President
    American Association of Blacks in Energy
  • Mark Fonda
    Mark Fonda CTO
    Meridian Engery Group
  • Roger Pesenti
    Roger Guenther Chief Executive Officer
    Port of Houston
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So many Reasons to attend - what your team simply can’t miss in 2020 and beyond:

Discover why downstream leaders chose Downstream year on year out.

5 dedicated
conference streams

Downstream is huge. Yet we take pride servicing the full downstream value chain’s individual needs across our 5 tracks to ensure the full downstream industry’s 2020 business goals are met.


All Stakeholders. All Functions. 1 Place.

The most cross functional downstream event in the world. The world’s biggest names Petrochemicals, Chemicals, Refining and LNG under one roof, for just 2 days. We have done the work, so you don’t have to! Can you afford to miss it?


More than just conference sessions

Sometimes the best ideas don’t come from the stage. They come from the chance happenings, like when you joined one of numerous roundtables, workshops or networking events.


Exclusive business insight from key industry stakeholders

The best speaker line up the industry has ever seen! No other line up will better prepare your 2020 business optimization strategy! Year on year we secure the leading voices on innovations, problem solving and optimization and now it is time your team benefits from their exclusive insight.


The best downstream networking

We know that you’re looking for ROI - you need to know that you and your team will come away with enough meetings and insights to generate business critical leads for years to come. To ensure, this we bring you our Exclusive 1-2-1 Networking App – allowing you to arrive with 2 days packed-full of meetings!


The most senior downstream event in the world

Our winning formula of quality and breadth of insight attracts the largest delegations the world has ever seen from all Petrochemical, Chemical, LNG Producers and Refining companies. At no other event will you meet so many decision makers and innovations leaders from such crucial companies.


No other Downstream event serves the entire value chain.

Downstream 2020 is home to 5 dedicated conference tracks covering all aspects of Downstream operations

Process Engineering & Technology - Key 2019 Themes:

Capture Every Molecule

  • Process Excellence:

    Ensure the optimization of you processes and hear the latest on process control, optimization and intensification, issues and solutions.

  • Process Design & Development:

    Hear the latest in new research and developments, emerging technologies, and recent innovations in the manufacture and recovery of ethylene and other base chemicals.

  • Downstream Integration for Value Creation:

    Choose the right operating model and level of integration to ensure survival and sustained profitability of your plant.

  • Application of Big Data Analytics in Petrochemical Production:

    Maximize production and profitability of established and future assets through data-driven optimization of operations and process safety.

Featured Speakers

  • soon
    Steve Eckhoff Lead Process Engineer
  • Phillip Smee
    Phillip Smee Director of Technology & Consulting
  • Frank Zhu
    Frank Zhu Senior Fellow Leader Engineering Innovations
    Honeywell UOP
  • soon
    Dylan Loudon Senior Manager Process Engineering & Modelling
  • soon
    Richard Conticello Director Process Engineering
    Amec Foster Wheeler
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Engineering & Construction - Key 2019 Themes:

Unleash innovation to deliver world class capital projects

  • Technology Showcase:

    Uncover the very latest in engineering, construction and project safety innovations you can deploy to deliver capital projects on time and budget

  • Digitize Execution:

    Learn to unlock the power of project digitization to transform your ability to respond to challenges and make critical project decisions in real-time

  • Transform Productivity:

    Gain all the exclusive insights you need to optimize project controls, AWP and scope development to supercharge tool-time for the whole value chain

  • Workforce Ready:

    Discover what steps you can take to meet your immediate resource needs and inspire the sustainable capital projects workforce of the future

Featured Speakers

  • Decie Autin
    Decie Autin VP Project Management Upstream/Downstream
  • Randy Pound
    Ed Lehotsky SVP Engineering & Construction
    Cheniere Energy
  • Tony Barre
    Jim Ellis General Manager Global Engineering & Project Management
  • Lance Medlin
    Lance Medlin Chief Projects Officer
    Meridian Energy
  • Bob Tinn
    Bob Tinn Director of Supply Chain Management - Major Projects
    Motiva Enterprises

Reliability & Maintenance - Key 2019 Themes:

Maximize Uptime & Optimize Production

  • Advanced Maintenance Strategies:

    Shift from a model of reactive to predictive maintenance with the latest advances in requesting, planning, scheduling and recording of maintenance.

  • Designing for Reliability:

    Hear from industry pioneers on how to ensure that the capital project is the birthplace of reliability by properly considering design for reliability & maintenance (DFRAM) principles at every stage of a project.

  • Innovative Technology:

    With an increasingly crowded technological landscape learn how to select, test and implement innovative technology that will deliver the biggest ROI.

  • Recruitment & Training;

    In the face of increasing labor demand and reduced availability, re-think your strategy on how to attract, recruit and most importantly retain talented and experienced maintenance professionals.

Featured Speakers

  • Tony Barre
    Tony Barre (Former) Global Maintenance & Reliability Director, Hydrocarbons & Energy
  • Kane Hittle
    Kane Hittle VP Capital Projects & Reliability
  • Cindy Gross
    Cindy Gross Director of Reliability
    Flint Hills Resources
  • Walter Pesenti
    Walter Pesenti Global Petrochemical Operational Excellence Manager
  • Victor Ortega
    Victor Ortega VP – Technical Site Manager

Shutdowns & Turnaround - Key 2019 Themes:

Best in Class Turnaround Planning, Execution and Post-Event Critique

  • Capital Project Integration:

    With the integration of capital work now an industry standard, discover the best model for success including resourcing, planning, and accountability strategies.

  • Optimize Time Between Turnarounds;

    Rethink your event schedule and discover how to make rationalised business focussed decisions that enable you to find the ‘the sweet spot’ between production, reliability and risk.

  • Sharing Best Practice Across Sites:

    Discover how to leverage the success of individual site turnarounds and exploit your historical data on events to define and roll out a gold standard across your portfolio

  • Turnaround Resourcing:

    With an already intensively competitive labor market becoming increasing stretched find out how the industry is rethinking permanent staffing levels and making themselves an attractive prospect for contractors

Featured Speakers

  • Jeff Brock
    Jeff Brock Global Manager- Performance Improvement
  • Eric LaPointe
    Eric LaPointe Turnaround Coordinator
    Chevron Phillips Chemical
  • Randy Pound
    Randy Pound Global Director of Maintenance and Reliability
    Olin Corporation
  • Jeffrey Spigener
    Jeffrey Spigener Turnaround Manager
  • Walter Pinto
    Walter Pinto (Former) Senior Director, Global Projects, Engineering, Maintenance, Reliability & Turnarounds

Supply Chain & Logistics - Key 2019 Themes:

A Supply Chain that Delivers End-to-End

  • A Global Approach to End-to-End Visibility:

    Find out how key players in trucking, rail, marine, logistics and warehousing are implementing real-time tracking that guarantees clarity on your shipments

  • The Next Generation Digital Supply Chain:

    Real life examples of how digitisation, blockchain, metrics and more, are driving visibility, velocity and versatility in supply chain management

  • Navigate the Political Roadmap:

    Get smart with our business critical insights on the international tariffs, trade deals and regulations that will impact your international outreach in 2019 and beyond

  • Unlock your Supply Chain’s Potential:

    Understand how process standardization, data alignment and stakeholder buy-in are guaranteed to transform your business operations for good

Featured Speakers

  • Brent Bement
    Brent Bement Director Supply Chain, Petrochemicals N. America
  • Joe Kelly
    Joe Kelly Logistics Manager - Polyethylene
    Shell Chemicals
  • Rick Lissa
    Rick Lissa Sr Director of Logistics Management
    Formosa Plastics
  • Paul Jepson
    Paul Jepson Supply Chain Manager
  • Grigor Bambekov
    Grigor Bambekov Director, Operational Services, Operational Excellence Management System, and Risk Management
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Full A-Z of the Downstream Industry Already In Attendance

Driving Diversity in Downstream

Join our world leading diversity discussion - Cultivating our Next Leaders: Build. Train. Retain. Diversify.

  • Mitra Basiri Kashanchi
    Chevron Salt Lake Refinery
    Mitra Basiri Kashanchi General Manager
    Chevron Salt Lake Refinery
  • Shelley Scalzo Brown
    Shelley Scalzo Brown Vice President, SH&E Director, Transportation Business Line DCS Americas
  • Paula Glover
    American Association of Blacks in Energy
    Paula Glover CEO & President
    American Association of Blacks in Energy

The industry is changing, and it is changing fast. This year we are leading the conversations of tomorrow to best prepare your organization. Don’t be left behind! Join us in industry leading discussions challenging the status quo on work force development norms including:

  • Cultivating Our Next Leaders
  • Retaining Talent
  • Diversification - A Point of Business
  • Integrating the Generations
  • BRAND NEW - Student Engagement Workshop
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As a one-stop-shop it’s evolving, and has become the premier exhibition event for the Downstream industry

Stuart Bradie, CEO, KBR


NEW FOR 2020!

Full Digitalization Strategy

Are you on the road to digital optimization? Whether you're at the beginning of your journey and don’t know where to start or looking for the next silver bullet we have step-by-step sessions for you.

Student Engagement Workshops

Labor shortages, aging workforce, the millennial question! Meet, greet and collaborate with the next generation of the downstream workforce to understand and overcome workforce development challenges.

THE Networking Party of the year

Join downstream executives for the cocktails and canapes and the very best networking in the downstream industry - see you at the bar!

Downstream 2.0

The industry is changing, and it is changing fast. This year we are leading the conversations of tomorrow to best prepare your organization. Join us in industry leading discussion challenging sustainability, workforce diversity and digitalization.

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Conference Agenda at a Glance

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Morning Day 1 & 2
Networking Breakfast (Exhibition Hall)
Welcome to Downstream 2020
Market Forecast - Drivers for Downstream Growth
PLENARY Presentation - Vendor Opportunity
PLENARY Presentation/Panel - Owner/EPC
Morning Coffee Break (Exhibition Hall)
Engineering & Construction Reliability/ Maintenance & Turnarounds Process Engineering & Technology Supply Chain & Logistics ask for details
Chairman’s Intro Chairman’s Intro Chairman’s Intro Chairman’s Intro Digitalization
Keynote Presentation Keynote Presentation Keynote Presentation Keynote Presentation Workforce Development and Diversity
Keynote Panel Keynote Panel Keynote Panel Keynote Panel Sustainability
Lunch Break (Exhibition Hall & VIP Lunch Zone)
Afternoon Day 1 & 2
During the afternoon of both days we will be hosting a vastly expanded workshop, roundtable and case study program designed to cover every key job role and competency from journeymen to the most senior executives.
Engineering & Construction Reliability/ Maintenance & Turnarounds Shutdowns & Turnarounds Process Engineering & Technology Supply Chain & Logistics
Alternative Contract Strategies Enhance Your APM Strategy Capital Projects Integration Intensification Tackling External Market Challenges
Attack Rising CAPEX Cost Embracing Industry Digitalization Comprehensive Scope Planning Integration Outside-of-Industry Best Practice
Going Digital The Workforce Question A Happy & Productive Workforce Information Leveraging Your Data
Project Management Solutions Transforming Productivity Technical Time Join, Link, Connect Sustainability Your Best Ever Network
Offsite Networking Party
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Provides opportunities for people from small and large companies, to meet and get together and share ideas

Mike Coyle, President of Manufacturing, Chevron


Downstream Connect -
Our Bespoke 1-2-1 Meeting Service

Downstream Connect is a specialist networking tool that will help you find & book meetings with new business contacts at Downstream 2020.

How does it work?

  • Access your personal page

    Once you’ve registered for the event you will receive a link to access your personal Downstream Connect meetings page

  • Update your profile

    Update your personal profile, so other people can find you. Your contact details are only exchanged with your confirmed appointments

  • Search for contacts

    Search for contacts by job title, company, business type or use the automatic suggestions to find your perfect match

  • Send & receive invitations

    Send & receive invitations with high level contacts & arrange meetings on exhibitor stands or in the dedicated meetings lounge

  • Appointment reminders

    With a PDF schedule, SMS reminders & help from our onsite concierge team, you will arrive at your appointments on time

Downstream Connect Tutorial

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Downstream Connect in Numbers -
Highlights from Downstream 2019 meetings programme

10,000+ Meeting Requests
66% Attendee Engagement
4.2 / 5 stars Average Meeting Rating
$60+ million in new business
Book your booth for 2020   Speak or sponsor at Downstream 2020

2020 Sponsors

VIP Zone Sponsor

  • Zachry

Platinum Sponsor

  • Bechtel

Gold Sponsors

  • Akzonobel
  • Aspen Aerogels
  • ATR
  • BPS
  • Infor
  • mobideo

Silver Sponsors

  • aptim
  • Clear-Metal
  • Elemica
  • Hexagon
  • Hilti
  • KBC
  • Precision
  • Procure
  • Rap international
  • SUEZ
  • Symphony Azima
  • wood
  • yokogawa

Bronze Sponsors

  • cumulus
  • DCW
  • FTI Consulting
  • Pall
  • Universal-Plant-Services
  • Veson

2020 Partners

Strategic Partners

  • Gas-Processing
  • Hydrocarbon Processing

Training Partners

  • San Jacinto College

CPI Partner

  • Chemical-Engineering-Online

Digital Content Partner

  • BIC

Official Association Partners

  • CURT
  • plc
  • PSI

Media Partners

  • Chemical Processing
  • DigitalRefining
  • Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide
  • Hydrocarbon
  • Industrial-Info-Resources
  • MyTechMag
  • NGW
  • Oil Information Technology Journal
  • Oil & Gas Engineering
  • PTQ
  • Reuters
  • RPMedia
  • BBAM

Downstream Exhibition & Conference is organised by Petrochemical Update which is part of FCBI Energy Ltd. Registered in England and Wales - Company registered number 09823824 - 7-9 Fashion Street, London, E1 6PX, UK
Sponsorship / Exhibition Enquiries:
+44 (0) 207 422 4306

Delegates / General Enquiries:
+44 (0) 207 375 7560