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Optimizing Downstream Operations through Automation, Technology and Innovation

SEPTEMBER 2020

Hyatt Regency Intercontinental Hotel, Houston, Texas

2019 Speakers / Facilitators

Jie Yu of Shell Downstream Inc speaking at Future Downstream Automation Summit, Texas

Jie Yu

Senior Process Control Engineer, Manufacturing Support & Excellence,

Shell Downstream Inc

Emhemmed Youssef of CKPC,Canada Kuwait Petroleum Company speaking at Future Downstream Automation Summit, Texas

Emhemmed Youssef

Senior Process Engineer,

CKPC,Canada Kuwait Petroleum Company

Lisa Williams of KBC speaking at Future Downstream Automation Summit, Texas

Lisa Williams

Manager, US Operations, IT and IIoT Services

KBC

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

Sri Mattu

Engineering Project Manager

Suncor Energy

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

Murali Gopalakrishnan

Chief Scientist - Modeling and Optimization

SABIC

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

Karthick Srinivasan

Director, Process Control Engineering, Refining

Delek US Holdings Inc

Joe Jackson of LyondellBasell speaking at Future Downstream Automation Summit, Texas

Joe Jackson

Project Process Assurance, former Turnaround Project Manager,

LyondellBasell

Jay Sharif of CVR Energy Inc speaking at Future Downstream Automation Summit, Texas

Jay Sharif

Senior Applications Project Manager

CVR Energy Inc

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

Sarma Garimella

Project Lead, Manufacturing Executions Systems,

Dow Chemical

Jared Carter of Cisco Systems, Inc speaking at Future Downstream Automation Summit, Texas

Jared Carter

Global Industry Lead, Oil and Gas

Cisco Systems, Inc

Rick Clowers of Delek US Holdings speaking at Future Downstream Automation Summit, Texas

Rick Clowers

CyberSecurity Team Lead/Sr Engineer

Delek US Holdings

Mike Aylott of KBC speaking at Future Downstream Automation Summit, Texas

Mike Aylott

Chief Technology Officer

KBC

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

Yugender Chikkula

Manager Technology (APC, Monitoring, Digitalization), Refining Excellence Central Technology,

Motiva Enterprise LLC

Kevin Finnan of Yokogawa speaking at Future Downstream Automation Summit, Texas

Kevin Finnan

Systems Consultant

Yokogawa

Theunis Myburg of LyondellBasell speaking at Future Downstream Automation Summit, Texas

Theunis Myburg

IT Portfolio Manager: Global Engineering and Turnarounds

LyondellBasell

Jeffrey Strecker of HollyFrontier Corporation speaking at Future Downstream Automation Summit, Texas

Jeffrey Strecker

SIS/Instrumentation and Controls Leader, Refining Integrity Team,

HollyFrontier Corporation

Shadi Wadi-Ramahi of ControlSoft speaking at Future Downstream Automation Summit, Texas

Shadi Wadi-Ramahi

Commercial Manager

ControlSoft

Michael Weaver of Delek US Holdings Inc speaking at Future Downstream Automation Summit, Texas

Michael Weaver

Director of Cybersecurity,

Delek US Holdings Inc

Matthew Nalbone of Cisco Systems, Inc speaking at Future Downstream Automation Summit, Texas

Matthew Nalbone

Vertical Solutions Architect, Oil & Gas

Cisco Systems, Inc

Craig Harclerode of OSI Soft speaking at Future Downstream Automation Summit, Texas

Craig Harclerode

Global O&G and Industrial Chemicals Business Development Executive

OSI Soft

Paul Jepson of SABIC speaking at Future Downstream Automation Summit, Texas

Paul Jepson

Manager, Operations US, Logistics, SPE

SABIC

Jay Manouchehri of ControlSoft speaking at Future Downstream Automation Summit, Texas

Jay Manouchehri

Advisor

ControlSoft

Krishnan Krishnaiyer Ph.D of Marathon Petroleum Corporation speaking at Future Downstream Automation Summit, Texas

Krishnan Krishnaiyer Ph.D

Integration & Optimization, Light Products Supply and Logistics

Marathon Petroleum Corporation

Lauren Goodwin of Formlerly BP speaking at Future Downstream Automation Summit, Texas

Lauren Goodwin

Former Vice President: Digital Transformation

Formlerly BP

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What is unique about our event?

Every organization, team and employee will face their own unique daily challenges. Whilst many common challenges exist; business objectives may vary, each company will vary in size, availability of budget will differ and so will available resources, which means that a “one size fits all” method may not be effective.

Understanding this, our format is designed to drive value through the power of discussion, leaning on automation, digitalization and technology experts to structure conversations on specialist topics and lead them according to the objectives of the participants. This allows discussion to flow more seamlessly and create an opportunity to work through current problems by using the collective experience of all participants from varying backgrounds
and skills sets.

The Future Downstream Summit is the premium forum bringing solution providers and executives from the leading petrochemical and refining companies together. As an invitation-only event, taking place behind closed doors, the Summit offers an intimate environment for a focused discussion of key new drivers shaping the future of the petrochemical and refining industry.

The summit attracts a diverse and eclectic mix of speakers, delegates, sponsors and sessions that provide a unique guide through the most significant developments in Downstream strategies and technologies. The Future Downstream Automation Summit explores winning strategies and technologies in tackling the challenge of depreciating profit margins, debilitating regulations and increased competition within North America plus other global markets. The combination of emerging environmental restrictions, declining crude quality, shifts in product specifications and demand, and fierce international competition see the industry players having to make the right investment decisions throughout the value chain.

The event looks to set out the advantages of embracing automation and new technologies and aims to provide tactical advantage and allow delegates leave with firm plans as how they can start to confront their issues and implement new plans over the next 12-18 months.

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 2019?

VP’s, Directors and Leaders from specializing in:

  • Automation
  • Advanced Process Control, APC
  • Controls / Control Systems
  • Engineering
  • I&E (Instrumentation and Electrical)
  • Maintenance / Reliability / Turnaround
  • Digital Transformation
  • SCADA
  • Data & Analytics
  • CyberSecurity
  • IT
  • Business Improvement
  • Business Intelligence & ERP
  • Optimization
  • Digitalization
  • Digital Strategy
  • Innovation
  • Technology
  • Emerging Technologies
  • IIoT
  • Manufacturing Support
  • Operations / Logistics / SupplyChain

From leading:

  • Downstream Operators
  • Downstream Service Companies
  • Institutes
  • Associations
  • Technology Suppliers
  • Consultants

We will unite over 100 automation specialists from leading operators, service companies and technology providers to:

    • Gain an industry forecast of the downstream and refining market, innovation occurring in the sector and how it is expected to evolve over the next 12 months to ensure your strategy is aligned to future possibilitie

 

    • Work through unique challenges by networking, sharing, discussing and collaborating with automation and digitalization specialists from leading operators, solutions providers, startups and consultants that have successfully solved your problems.

 

    • Enhance operational efficiency and asset optimization across the entire organization through automation technology and digitalization, that will reduce costs, limit down-time, improving productivity and bottom line.

 

    • Leverage company data that will improve speed and accuracy of decision-making.

 

    • Ensure new and existing technology selection is fully aligned to unique business objectives and designed specifically to solve downstream and refining problems.

 

  • Reduce risk, increase reliability and maintain all health, safety and environmental regulations and standards.

2019 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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