Reliability & Maintenance

Maximize Uptime & Optimize Production

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    Exhibition Attendees

  • 2500+

    Conference Delegates

  • 35%

    Owner Operators

  • 450

    Exhibition Booths

  • Expo Booths Sold for 2020

Major reliability & maintenance names already confirmed for 2019

Speaking to more than 3000+ of North America’s most influential operators, refiners and EPCs, these expert speakers will deliver the very latest case studies allowing you to maximize uptime & optimize production.

  • Tony Barre
    Tony Barre Site Manager
  • Kane Hittle
    Kane Hittle VP Capital Projects & Reliability
  • Cindy Gross
    Flint Hills Resources
    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
  • Kannan Palanisamy
    Cameron LNG
    Kannan Palanisamy Director of Maintenance
    Cameron LNG
  • Jimmy Jernigan
    Jimmy Jernigan Manager - Global Reliability Process
  • Richard Ellis
    Richard Ellis DFRAM Global Expertise Lead
  • David Reed
    Eastman Chemical
    David Reed Director of Plant Maintenance
    Eastman Chemical
  • Ken Stevens
    Ken Stevens Director of Reliability
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Major trends for the 2019 agenda:

  • 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 & maintainability (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.

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Introducing some of the very best new sessions for 2019

Note that opportunities to feature as a speaker, panellist of live-demo are limited. Contact asap for more information now.

Explore the key opportunities, incentives and programs being run to support long-term capital investment in petrochemical, chemical, LNG and all downstream facilities globally.

KEYNOTE: Wading through the Perfect Storm - Delivering Performance Excellence in a Digital Era
  • This session will address the market context and business case for digital technology in the oil, gas and petrochemicals sectors. Illustrating success factors, challenges, and routes to optimize and incorporate digital technology into businesses.
  • How does the journey look? What can we learn from the leaders? How we can close the gap faster? And provide innovative solutions for tomorrow that will help address industry challenges and create value in the future.
  • There will also be discussion of digital experiences from a “Good” and “Not So Good” implementation.

BP Walter Pesenti Global Petrochemical Operational Excellence Manager BP

KEYNOTE: The SME factor - Celebrating Excellence
  • With a ramped-up economy, finding skilled workers continues to be a challenge. This increasing demand for labor, combined with reduced labor availability, is forcing organizations to re-think their strategies to recognize, engage and retain the most talented maintenance professionals.
  • Historically employee turnover has been rapid, with expectations by some that to progress they need to change jobs every two years. Many organizations are now looking to offer increased recognition of the importance of SMEs within their plants. 
  • This session will give an overview of the strategic shift that is needed to change the culture to one where remaining in the same role is actively encouraged. How do you reward excellence? How do you keep people engaged?

Covestro Victor Ortega VP - Technical Site Management Covestro

Flint Hills Resources Cindy Gross Director of Reliability Flint Hills Resources

Shell Miguel Hernandez Refinery Maintenance Field Execution Supervisor Shell

Kevin Ruda Senior Business Development Manager Per Se Group

Maine Pointe Mark Montanari Vice President - Chemicals, Oil & Gas Maine Pointe

Getting it right first time - Process, process, process
  • A consideration of all elements of the maintenance process - Equipment failure, notification, prioritization, planning, execution schedule, execution. What process should be followed to achieve the most cost effective and efficient fix first time round. What are the core responsibilities and accountability?

Eastman Chemical David Reed Director of Plant Maintenance Eastman Chemical

BASF Amy Odom Asset Effectiveness Engineer BASF

LyondellBasell Jimmy Jernigan Manager - Global Reliability Process LyondellBasell

Flint Hills Resources Dana Hanning Jr Manager - Reliability & Maintenance Flint Hills Resources

Westlake Gerry Brooks Director of Maintenance Westlake

Team Inc Jeff Major Global Product and Service Line Director Team Inc

KEYNOTE: Why the Capital Project is the Birthplace of Reliability
  • There is increasing recognition that a unit’s reliability journey doesn’t begin following start-up. The long-term health of equipment can be enhanced by properly considering design for reliability & maintenance (DFRAM) principles at every stage of a project.
  • Whilst the potential benefit of DFRAM is clear there is considerable difficulty in managing the trade-off between lowest installed cost and the long-term cost of ownership. This can result in a disconnect as to how the capital and reliability teams are benchmarked during and following construction with each team potentially working off competing scorecards. 
  • It is with this context that we discuss how effectively manage a project aligned with DRFAM principles, what are the key to successful integration, how do you better share accountability and what need to be done on an executive level to encourage coordination and cooperation?

Hollyfrontier Kane Hittle VP Capital Projects & Reliability Hollyfrontier

Olin Corporation Randy Pound Global Director of Maintenance & Reliability Olin Corporation

Dow Richard Ellis Global DFRAM Leader Dow

Project Assuarance Bobby Singh President Project Assuarance

From Ideas to Practice - Proof of Concept Testing to Integration into Work Processes
  • Investing in digitalization and innovative technologies is a vital part of every facilities goal of increasing uptime and optimizing production.
  • However, to ensure you are backing the most beneficial innovation it is vital to select solutions that align with the long-term business vision and are within current capabilities.
  • Don’t fear failure from piloting or testing new innovation.  The learning is always valued knowledge and may lead to new and even greater improvements.
  • This session will share experience in developing proof of concept pilots and methods to increase the speed of capturing value for your organization.

Invista Ken Stevens Director of Reliability Invista

Dow Tony Barre (Former) Global Maintenance & Reliability Director Dow

Afton Chemical Jon Bach Asset Management Specialist Afton Chemical

Innovatia Nathan Rightmer Customer Success Manager Innovatia

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Tailored content for every reliability & maintenance job role:

With such a wealth of sessions in the reliability & maintenance track on offer, there truly is something for everyone. So, don’t limit your team attendance to a few key executives - make sure that every job function (from journeyman to SVP) is represented and unlock the true power of the Downstream 2019 program!

Just some of the key attendees to bring...

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Headline speakers confirmed for 2019:

Marcus Luttrell

Featured Speaker:

Marcus Luttrell

Former Navy SEAL
Author of “Lone Survivor”

Mike Coyle

Featured Speaker:

Mike Coyle

President of Manufacturing

  • Stuart Bradie
    Stuart Bradie CEO
  • Alasdair Cathcart
    Alasdair Cathcart President - Oil, Gas & Chemicals
  • Samik Mukherjee
    Samik Mukherjee Group Senior Vice President, Projects
  • Andrew Stewart
    Andrew Stewart CEO - Americas
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Cement your Position in the Fast Growing Downstream Industry

Downstream 2019 is the ultimate platform to showcase your expertise, services and thought leadership to the booming downstream industry

Take your products to the next level! We will help you to educate potential partners by creating a bespoke speaking opportunity and marketing package that best represents your services portfolio
Build brand recognition with industry decision makers: Participate in panel session debates or construct your own industry relevant presentation to push your message to the entire Downstream community
Increase your visibility: We’re already marketing the event through all our channels and partners. Now is the time to jump on the band wagon for maximum exposure
Do business with people who matter: Over the two days of Downstream 2019, millions of dollars of contracts are negotiated and signed. This figure is set to rise in 2019, as spending on capital projects, maintenance & turnarounds is set to increase. 85% of attendees at Downstream 2019 are decision makers, purchasers and influencers
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Group Rates for 2+ Attendees Teams attending in 2 or more qualify for group rates.

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Free Owner Passes: Owner operators are entitled to employees of Petrochemical, Chemical, Refining, LNG or Oil companies. Contact us directly for details

Supported By

  • AIChE

2019 Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors

  • Bechtel
  • Innovatia
  • wood

VIP Zone Sponsor

  • Zachry

Lanyards Sponsor

  • KBR

Gold Sponsors

  • Aspen
  • BPS
  • SAP

Day 1 Lunch Sponsor

  • Akzonobel

Networking Zone Sponsor


Happy Hour Sponsor

  • plangrid

Silver Sponsors

  • Accurent
  • Audubon
  • ARMS
  • Bentley
  • Dassault systemes
  • Hilti
  • oracle

Bronze Sponsors

  • aerogels
  • A&R Logistics
  • aptim
  • Autodesk
  • BearingPoint
  • FTI
  • Greif
  • IAG
  • Intertek
  • Per Se Group
  • Port of Corpus Christi
  • Rider International
  • Schneider
  • Steller Energy
  • TEAM
  • Technip FMC
  • Thyssenkrupp
  • VUV Analytics

2019 Partners

Official Association Partners

  • AWS
  • CURT
  • International Freight Network (IFN)
  • ISCM
  • LNS Global
  • RC-Galveston
  • Specialist Freight Networks (SFN)
  • World Freight Network (WFN)

Media Partners

  • bicmagazine
  • Breakbulk
  • Chemical Engineering Online
  • ENR
  • Fluid
  • HCB
  • Hydrocarbon
  • Industrial-Info-Resources
  • Inspectioneering
  • LNG
  • Natural Gas Intelligence
  • NaturalGasWorld
  • New-Orleans-City-Business
  • Newsbase
  • StorageTerminal
  • TankNews

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