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Accelerating downstream digitalization for optimized efficiency, reliability and safety

18 February 2021

Hyatt Regency Intercontinental Hotel, Houston, Texas

2021 Speakers, Facilitators and Panelists

Francisco Ortigosa of Repsol speaking at Future Downstream Automation Summit, Texas

Francisco Ortigosa

Director Innovation & Technology

Repsol

Mark Fonda of Meridian Energy Group speaking at Future Downstream Automation Summit, Texas

Mark Fonda

Chief Technology Officer (CTO)

Meridian Energy Group

Colin Xander of Chevron Phillips Chemical Company speaking at Future Downstream Automation Summit, Texas

Colin Xander

Executive Turnaround Director

Chevron Phillips Chemical Company

Andy Lewis of Dow Chemicals speaking at Future Downstream Automation Summit, Texas

Andy Lewis

Senior Technology Director

Dow Chemicals

Richard Xu of BHP speaking at Future Downstream Automation Summit, Texas

Richard Xu

Principle Data Analyst & Project Lead

BHP

Lance Medlin of Meridian Energy Group Inc speaking at Future Downstream Automation Summit, Texas

Lance Medlin

Chief Operating Officer (COO)

Meridian Energy Group Inc

To be announced of OLI systems speaking at Future Downstream Automation Summit, Texas

To be announced

OLI systems

Todd Jackson of Delek US speaking at Future Downstream Automation Summit, Texas

Todd Jackson

Director of Operational Excellence

Delek US

To be announced of KBC speaking at Future Downstream Automation Summit, Texas

To be announced

KBC

Murali Gopalakrishnan of SABIC speaking at Future Downstream Automation Summit, Texas

Murali Gopalakrishnan

Chief Scientist, Modeling and Optimization

SABIC

Sarma Garimella of Dow Chemical speaking at Future Downstream Automation Summit, Texas

Sarma Garimella

Project Lead, Manufacturing Execution Systems

Dow Chemical

Yugender Chikkula of Motiva Enterprises LLC speaking at Future Downstream Automation Summit, Texas

Yugender Chikkula

Manager, Technology – Advanced Process Control & Digitalization,

Motiva Enterprises LLC

Sri Mattu of Suncor Energy speaking at Future Downstream Automation Summit, Texas

Sri Mattu

Engineering Manager

Suncor Energy

Karthick Srinivasan of Delek US Holdings Inc speaking at Future Downstream Automation Summit, Texas

Karthick Srinivasan

Senior Director Digital Transformation & Business Transformation

Delek US Holdings Inc

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What does the Future Downstream Automation Summit focus on?

Uncertainty with global market conditions and ongoing oil price volatility is forcing Downstream operators to continuously streamline their operations.
A technology-led approach and a transition to smart refineries is seen as crucial in achieving these objectives to optimize operations, driving down OPEX and CAPEX costs, all whilst improving reliability, decreasing downtime and maintaining safety standards.
Whilst the benefits of digital transformation and optimization strategies are clear, remaining agile to the pace of innovation and selecting the right processes, systems and solutions to complement existing assets and legacy infrastructure, is a considerable challenge.
Ultimately a lack of agility and failure of Downstream operators to proactively adapt their approaches, will result in sub-optimal operations, missed opportunities and reduced revenue, putting their bottom line at risk.

Format explained:

  • Keynote presentation focused on macro issues and the future of the industry
  • Thirty roundtable discussions to choose from with six different opportunities throughout the day
  • Five different themes throughout the day
  • Five pre-scheduled face-to-face meetings between vendors and delegates open to every attendee
  • Panel discussion featuring our roundtable discussion facilitators to summarise the day and answer questions from the audience
  • Exclusive networking drinks reception

The summit covers topics including:

The Summit’s program topics have been validated by senior executives from the petrochemical and refining community as the top critical issues they face.

The Road Ahead – analyzing the challenges and opportunities for refining and petrochemical manufacturing in the 21st century

Environmental Regulations – keeping track of regulatory compliance obligations for the refining and petrochemical industry

Shutdowns and Turnarounds – Key Success Factors Driving Turnaround Performance

Optimizing Process Safety and Efficiency

Achieving Operational Excellence through Improved Asset Maintenance and Management

Creating a Culture of Safety through Effective Leadership

Achieving Maintenance and Reliability Excellence – Key approaches used in equipment maintenance and methods to improve plant reliability

Asset Life Cycle Management – Effectively managing mature assets and extension of plant life

Talent Acquisition, Retention and Development – Understanding and planning effectively for knowledge transfer, technology changes, compliance requirements

Identifying and Selecting Automation Solutions

Choosing the right technology solutions and providers to compliment and align with current and future business objectives.

Building the business case to define the vision, prove the ROI and secure budget for automation technology and resources.

The Road Ahead – analyzing the challenges and opportunities for refining and petrochemical manufacturing in the 21st century

Environmental Regulations – keeping track of regulatory compliance obligations for the refining and petrochemical industry

Shutdowns and Turnarounds – Key Success Factors Driving Turnaround Performance

Optimizing Process Safety and Efficiency

Achieving Operational Excellence through Improved Asset Maintenance and Management

Achieving Maintenance and Reliability Excellence – Key approaches used in equipment maintenance and methods to improve plant reliability

Asset Life Cycle Management – Effectively managing mature assets and extension of plant life

Creating a Culture of Safety through Effective Leadership

Talent Acquisition, Retention and Development – Understanding and planning effectively for knowledge transfer, technology changes, compliance requirements

Identifying and Selecting Automation Solutions

Choosing the right technology solutions and providers to compliment and align with current and future business objectives.

Building the business case and proving ROI

Building the business case to define the vision, prove the ROI and secure budget for automation technology and resources.

Who will you connect with at the Future Downstream Automation Summit 2020?

C-Suite Execs, VP’s, Directors, Chiefs, Heads, Managers, Seniors, Engineers, Leads, Analysts, Advisors and Stakeholders specializing in:

  • Automation
  • Advanced Process Control / APC
  • Controls / Control Systems
  • Engineering
  • I&E (Instrumentation and Electrical)
  • SCADA
  • Maintenance / Reliability / Turnaround
  • Data Science, Analytics & Management
  • Cybersecurity
  • IT
  • Innovation
  • Technology
  • Digitalization / Digital Transformation / Digital Optimization
  • Digital Strategy
  • Business Improvement
  • Business Intelligence & ERP
  • Emerging Technologies
  • IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things)
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • Machine Learning (ML)
  • Manufacturing Support
  • Operations / Logistics / Supply Chain

From across the entire Downstream sector – including:

  • Downstream Operators / Refineries & Petrochemical Companies
  • Downstream Service Companies
  • Institutes
  • Associations
  • Technology Suppliers
  • Consultants

We will unite an exclusive selection of downstream automation and digitalization specialists from leading downstream operators, service companies, technology suppliers and solutions providers to:

    • Forecast future automation and technology trends within the downstream, petrochemical and refining market, to learn about the latest innovations which will enable your business strategy and objectives to align with future possibilities

 

    • Boost operational efficiency by utilizing new solutions, advanced technology and pioneering processes which improve productivity, minimize down-time and reduce costs throughout the entire organization, enhancing the bottom line.

 

    • Establish a digital foundation which will drive the digital transformation and ensure ROI is maximized

 

    • Remain agile to the rapid pace of innovation, enabling a streamlined approach to the selection and verification of new and existing technology which solves unique downstream and refining business problems

 

    • Drive business and cultural change through leadership and change management, empowering stakeholders for digital optimization and transformation

 

    • Leverage downstream enterprise data to improve speed and accuracy of decision making, mitigate risks, increase reliability and enhance production. Whilst meeting regulatory compliance for health, safety and environment standards

2021 Sponsors

Testimonials

“I enjoyed all the networking of the day and room layouts. By having a discussion – focused day in round tables, it forces folks to get to know each other. I would have enjoyed one or two more talks to offset the discussion focused sessions. Coming on a Wednesday was difficult for an out-of-towner, but being near IAH airport was helpful. Great diverse group of folks attending. Some great digital experts offered a lot of valuable insights”

Austin Hodge, Senior Scientist, Intelligent Operations BP

“Great team effort and hospitality”

Sri Mattu, Engineering Project Manager, Suncor

“It should optimize and streamline processes - creating efficient and safe operations and production in low cost environment, however upstream industry history and entrenched practices are difficult to overcome - so while the automation technology is readily available it is not being utilized very well. It is therefore important to keep up-to-date”

ConocoPhillips

“The 2018 event was a great catchup with my exsisting network and also meet some new players from other markets that are finding successes by creating demand in the O&G market”

Robert Ward, President, Ward BDC

“My experience was that it wasn't how I imagined the event, but it was enjoyable”

Rodrigo Ramirez, Senior Sales Engineer, BLTI

“Great Forum to exchange ideas and to look at the adaption of proven technology in new applications”

Jeff Foster, CEO, Cimarron Energy

"I enjoyed the unique format - it created opportunities to interface with colleagues in the oil and gas Industry and get exposed to suppliers / vendors with noval automation solutions."

Rogier Pouwer, Automation Engineering Manager, Anadarko

"As a relatively new person to the automation world, this was a great opportunity for me to learn more about the industry"

Joel Bush, Wescom

“The Future Well Site Automation Summit brought together a number of technology leaders to share problems, solutions and experiences for the betterment of the industry. It's events like this that will increase the pace of technology innovation in the oilfield."

Mark Scantlebury, President and CEO, Extreme Telematics Corp.

“The format of the Future Wellsite Automation Summit was a great experience. I enjoyed seeing E&P companies as well as vendors all working towards the common goal of solving automation concerns throughout the industry."

Owen Skjonsby, Superintendent US Operations, Crescent Point Energy

“The event was like an open work session with various experts in the industry. No sitting and agonizing over power point slides, but rolling up our sleeves and working on real problems with real experts and peers. Very synergistic and well worth the time invested. The Well Site Automation Conference have enabled me to be about two years ahead of the curve. Right when people start to get excited about something, i'm able to reply, "yea we discussed that at length at Well Site Automation a couple of years ago...”

George Robertson, Cyber Security Advisor, Chevron

“Good meeting to discuss various issues related to automation and tech"

Ajitkumar Sreekumar, Vice President, IMI CCI

“Automation is the future, it is important to keep up-to-date
with the latest tech that can improve our operational capabilities”

IGL Services

“Automation is inevitable because of price volatility and the fact Labor is one of the biggest operating costs”

WJH Consulting LLC

“The hope is that automation at all levels improves efficiency”

Petronas

“It will reduce the dependence of manpower and increase the reliability of operation”

PPL

“Machines are now able to do more than manpower in many operations so I believe it will do great things in improving the industry overall”

Fluidtech Corporation

“In fully automated optimised fields you created improved profitability”

Petrobras

“The size of capital investments required and identifying the right tech is difficult,
making learning opportunities important”

SITEP

“Training and learning about automation tech is important, because without
trained staff automation gains will not be fully realised”

Danos

“Combining fabrication of sites with field support, engineering and design is important going forward”

ENGlobal U.S., Inc

“Automation is important in the future for improving safety”

ipem spa

“As usual, I learned new things and was challenged in my preconceptions”

George Robertson, Chevron

“I see it as a very integral part of improvement”

Oasis Petroleum

“Autonomy should be the goal of any wellsite. Driving efficiencies is important for every barrel now”

Ambyint

“By crunching high frequency data into information for fast decision making, It has helped us reduce downtime and has improved the way we work. Automation is increasingly important”

Schlumberger

“Production digitalization will change the ways operators are investing CAPEX and OPEX in the future”

TechnipFMC

“The next leap in productivity and profitability will be a result
of automation, digitalization and data management from IIOT”

Evokenak

“Automation would be help avoid accidents and other incidents”

Morton

“Automated Data Collection will improve operational inefficiencies, as long as the Data is presented to individuals with the authority to overview and review potential changes in operations, and also the Data must be presented in a legible and palatable manner. Automation teamed with data clarity is important”

Petropath

“It should optimize and streamline processes - creating efficient and safe operations and production in low cost environment, however upstream industry history and entrenched practices are difficult to overcome - so while the automation technology is readily available it is not being utilized very well. It is therefore important to keep up-to-date”

ConocoPhillips

“Automation will help to reduce human error, increase efficiency, and reduce recurring costs”

Bazooka Technology

“Increasing automation has allowed collaboration and sharing of expertise and
allowed us to prioritize our actions more effectively”

Chevron

“Automation allows us to reduce downtime and costs of operations, less and less manpower will be required”

Vine Oil

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