November 6-8, 2017 | Norris Conference Centers, Houston, TX

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Download the 2017 Agenda

The Operational Excellence in Refining and Petrochemicals Summit will bring together over 150 Operations Leaders from America’s downstream and chemicals community to discuss how to embed operational excellence across their organization to improve operational efficiency, reliability and safety performance.Download the 2017 agenda to take a look... Read More

Interviews and case studies

Manufacturing Excellence at Shell Oil

Lynne Buchanan, America’s Regional Manufacturing Excellence Lead at Shell Oil, provides us with insight into the importance of leadership and the management behaviors required in driving operational excellence.Download this exclusive interview to see what is driving Shell’s manufacturing excellence strategy, and how to secure executive level... Read More

Operational Excellence at Veolia: how culture change can improve financial performance in high risk industries.

Matt DiGeronimo, Vice President of Operations at $50B energy company Veolia, shares his insights on transforming the cultural, operational, and financial underpinnings of a failing coal-fired power plant in just 12 short months. Download the full interview to find out what are the challenges of modifying the thought-processes and operational... Read More

Improving Productivity Safely: Driving Operational Excellence to the Frontline

Kristen Kulinowski, board member of the U.S. Chemical Safety Board, provides her insight into CSB’s recent investigations and efforts to identify common drivers behind several major chemical incidents.CSB Investigators have closed high profile investigations into Macondo, the West Fertilizer explosion and fire, the Tesoro Martinez chemical... Read More

Shell Oil Case Study: Building Human, Asset and Environmental Risk Management

Aamir Farid, Former Vice President of Manufacturing at Shell Oil, shares his thoughts on culture, leadership, and strategies for managing the balance between operational efficiency and risk management. Download the interview to find out... Read More

Exclusive interview with Deepwater Horizon Investigator Captain Hung Nguyen

Just seven days after the Deepwater Horizon explosion, U.S. Coast Guard Captain Hung Nguyen was designated as the co-chair for the US Departments of Homeland Security and Interior joint investigation into the incident that killed 11 workers and resulted in the largest oil spill in US history. Captain Nguyen’s role was to determine the causes of... Read More

Dow Chemical: How to reduce unplanned events related to procedure use errors

Dow Chemical Operational Excellence Specialist Wendy Schram shares with us how Operational Excellence is managed at Dow and gives her perspective on applying human factors to procedure use at the $50B chemical... Read More

American Refining Group: Reducing waste to increase profitability in downstream industries

Robin Augustine, Vice President of Operations at American Refining Group, shares how they are responding to the unique challenges around achieving operational excellence in the refining and petrochemical... Read More

Beyond Budgeting: Management Innovation for New Business and People Realities

Bjarte Bogsnes, Vice President of Performance Management Development at Statoil, shares how the Norwegian oil giant is pushing the boundaries of operations management with a concept called Beyond Budgeting.Download the full interview to see how Statoil is redefining performance by setting dynamic and relative targets and using holistic performance... Read More

Cascading Operational Excellence at Duke Energy

Ed Brewer, General Manager, Generation Strategy and Planning at Duke Energy, explains what prompted the energy giant to rethink - and rework - their approach to Operational... Read More


OpEx in Refining & Petrochemicals Summit 2016

Over 1,000 operations leaders attended our Operational Excellence events in 2016. Watch this short video to get a feel for the onsite experience.    “Thanks for filling our tank and helping us create a roadmap for our journey to excellence! This is truly an awesome event!”    Vice President,    Co-Op Refinery.    “Event execution... Read More