Shutdowns & Turnarounds

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

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  • 7000+

    Exhibition Attendees

  • 3000+

    Conference Attendees

  • 35%

    Owner Operators

  • 350

    Exhibition Booths

  • Of Speaking Opportunities Sold

Major turnaround 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 achieve best in class Turnaround planning, execution and post-event critique

  • Jeff Brock
    Jeff Brock Global Manager- Performance Improvement
  • Eric LaPointe
    Chevron Phillips Chemical
    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
  • Theunis Myburg
    Theunis Myburg Portfolio Manager - Maintenance, Reliability & Turnarounds
  • Joe Jackson
    Joe Jackson Process Quality Assurance
  • Vic Cleveland
    Vic Cleveland Category Manager
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Major trends for the 2019 agenda:

  • 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 rationalized 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

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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 kerr@petchem-update.com 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.

The integration of Capital Projects into Turnarounds - What is the best model?
  • The ever-present challenge of integrating capital work into the already inherently complex, costly and problem-prone process of Turnarounds continues to be a key challenge faced by Downstream facilities worldwide.
  • Join us as we bring together experts from both the turnaround and project teams to pick apart an example model of integration and determine what best practice actually looks like.
  • The aim of the session will be to first look at key issues arising from integration before using these to design the ideal model and key elements for success.

LyondellBasell Jeff Brock Global Manager - Performance Improvement LyondellBasell

CP Chem Eric LaPointe Turnaround Coordinator CP Chem

Celanese Heith Robey Turnaround Leader Celanese

JVIC Kevin Wauters VP Specialty Services JVIC

RLG International RLG International

Creating Consistency to Better Predict Costs & Schedule
  • How do you determine the base-level minimum requirement for a TAR and then use this to better inform your budget and schedule? How do you plan for the unexpected? Preventing Scope Creep?

LyondellBasell Joe Jackson Process Quality Assurance LyondellBasell

INEOS Jeff Spigener Turnaround Manager INEOS

Phillips 66 Robin Harris Global Turnaround Estimating & Cost Control lead Phillips 66


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

Celanese: A journey to TA Excellence
  • Look back at prior historical KPI performance and behaviors that drove a cycle of continuous turnaround failure
  • Review of the step changes to correct Turnaround performance, road map to success
  • Work processes, summary review of the key work processes implemented to make the changes needed
  • Review of results, path forward for continued improvement and conclusions

Celanese Heith Robey Turnaround Leader Celanese

Staying on Top of Your Turnaround Planning - How to Alleviate Bottlenecks and Prioritize Resources
  • At the line manager level what processes, assistance, incentives, structure can you implement to help your team make adequate time to plan for events. What are the key milestones? Initially identify core distractions then what can be done/used to mitigate.

LyondellBasell Joe Jackson Process Quality Assurance LyondellBasell

Phillips 66 Charlie Dodd Turnaround Planning & Scheduling Lead Phillips 66

BP Tim Ganger Lead Turnaround Planner BP

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Tailored content for every shutdowns & turnarounds job role:

With such a wealth of sessions in the shutdowns & turnarounds 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 COO
  • Andrew Stuart
    Andrew Stuart CEO - Americas
  • Jim Brittain
    Fluor Corporation
    Jim Brittain Group President - Energy & Chemicals
    Fluor Corporation
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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

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  • AIChE

2019 Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors

  • Bechtel
  • wood

VIP Zone Sponsor

  • Zachry

Lanyards Sponsor

  • KBR

Gold Sponsors

  • Aspen
  • SAP

Day 1 Lunch Sponsor

  • Akzonobel

Networking Zone Sponsor


Silver Sponsors

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

Bronze Sponsors

  • A&R Logistics
  • aptim
  • IAG
  • Port of Corpus Christi
  • Rider International
  • Schneider
  • Technip FMC

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

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