Petrochemical & Refining Majors Plan Ways to Keep Costs Down and Improve Productivity on US Turnaround Projects

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Experts from energy majors including LyondellBassell, Motiva, and Dupont will discuss ways to reduce costs and improve productivity for US turnaround and capital projects at The Gulf Coast Shutdowns and Turnaround Conference and Exhibition, June 7-8 at the New Orleans Convention Center.

Refiners in North America are projected to spend about $6.7 billion on new capital projects in 2016. Out of that, refiners in the US and Canada have scheduled about $1.3 billion of maintenance spending in 2016. Petrochemical producers and refiners must remain focused on keeping costs down during volatile market conditions.

Companies plan for maintenance and projects for months, even years in advance. Yet the majority do not deliver these events on time, or on budget. And what’s meant to improve efficiencies often has the opposite effect leading to delays because of lost revenue, production loss, shareholder value or non-compliance with regulators.

“With almost 90% of turnarounds failing to meet established goals, [the Gulf Coast Shutdowns & Turnarounds] conference will be crucial for turnaround teams looking for innovative strategies and devising best practices to consistently achieve pacesetter results and successful turnarounds. The quality of speakers is excellent and the content is fresh,” said Bobby Singh, President of industry consulting firm Project Assurance.

Some 25 of North America’s leading turnaround specialists and turnaround managers have been handpicked to share insight and proven best practices at The Gulf Coast Turnaround and Shutdown Conference and Exhibition. Experts will share details on how they are increasing productivity and reducing costs via effective scope management, optimized owner-operator alignment, novel capital project integration strategies and new technologies.

Speakers include: Mike McAtee, Sr. Vice President Engineering & Maintenance at BASF, Jason Amato, Production Excellence Manager at Shell Chemical – Geismar Plant, James Elder, Strategic Sourcing Director, Global Purchasing at The Dow Chemical Company, Ricky Mann, Gulf Coast Turnaround Event Manager at Motiva Enterprises, Chris Vaughn, Maintenance Team Leader and Turnaround Leader at Dupont and Jackie Hirbe Turnaround Event Manager at LyondellBasell

“As a speaker at this year’s Gulf Coast Shutdowns & Turnarounds Conference, I look forward to sharing best practices with an audience of key turnaround leaders, who have the power to devise and implement tangible solutions to on-going challenges affecting our industry,” said Jason Amato, Production Excellence Manager, Shell Chemical - Geismar Plant.

More than 200 key decision makers from the world’s top petrochemical and refining stakeholders will be at The Gulf Coast Shutdowns and Turnaround Conference and Exhibition, including Shell Chemical, Valero, ExxonMobil, Tesoro, LyondellBasell, Chevron Phillips, INEOS, Motiva Enterprises, Dow Chemical, Celanese, Mexichem, BASF, Sasol, Dupont, Braskem, Hollyfrontier, Fluor, Jacobs, and more.

The Gulf Coast Turnaround and Shutdown Conference and Exhibition is co-located with the Petrochemical and Engineering and Construction Conference, bringing together more than 700 industry leaders in turnarounds, engineering and construction professions.

For more information, download the conference brochure here: or get in touch with Conference Director, Karla Sharp via details below.

Karla Michelle Sharp
Senior Conference Director
Petrochemical/Refining Update
T: +44 (0)20 7422 4321 (UK Office)                            
USA Toll Free: 1800-814-3459 ext. 4321
E: karla(at)petchemupdate(dot)com

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