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Texas Senator Larry Taylor Joins Chevron, SABIC, BP, BASF Execs to Discuss Workforce Development Challenges in Gulf Coast Conference

Petrochemical Update, February 3, 2020

Petrochemical Update, part of Reuters Events, today confirmed Texas Senator Larry Taylor will join senior executives from Chevron, SABIC, BP and BASF at Downstream 2020.

Senator Taylor and the other leaders will be attending the world’s biggest downstream event to discuss key industry issues including the workforce challenges currently facing the sector and the opportunities presented by the second wave of investment currently underway in the Gulf Coast.

The Downstream 2020 Exhibition & Conference features 450 exhibition stands and is expected to attract more than 10,000 attendees and 3,000 conference delegates. The 2019 event generated more than $60 million in new business for attendees.

Alongside Senator Taylor, confirmed speakers for the 2020 event so far include:

  • SABIC’s general manager of global engineering and project management, Jim Ellis.
  • BASF’s director of supply chain petrochemicals in North America, Bret Bement.
  • BP’s global petrochemical operational excellence manager, Walter Pesenti.
  • Chevron’s Pasadena refinery general manager, Tim Sutherland.
  • Freeport LNG’s vice president of projects, Taylor Auburg.
  • Meridian Energy’s chief technology officer, Mark Fonda.

Over two days, Downstream 2020 will feature conference tracks on process engineering, engineering and construction, reliability and maintenance, shutdowns and turnaround, and supply chain and logistics.

“Since 2010, petrochemical producers have announced significant expansions of capacity in the U.S., and the momentum is not over,” said Downstream 2020 global project director Bridget Robinson.

“To date, 334 chemical and plastics projects cumulatively valued at $204 billion have been announced, with 53% of the investment completed or underway and 40% in the planning phase. Downstream 2020 represents a unique opportunity to tap into this vibrant and growing market.”

Petrochemical Update is now part of Reuters Events after its parent company FC Business Intelligence was acquired as part of the Reuters news and media division of Thomson Reuters in October 2019.

For more information about Downstream 2020, taking place on June 10 and 11 at the NRG Center, Houston, download the event brochure or write to

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