NANCY FORD, Contributing Writer

For the past five years, Andeavor Logistics has applied an operational excellence management system (OEMS) to the execution of the company's strategy and operations, and has found the system to be extremely beneficial. Read more

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Companies that are trying to drive a culture of operational excellence need to promote a sense of personal responsibility. Read more

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Asset optimization in operational excellence is an ongoing journey, according to David McKay, head of maintenance, reliability and integrity for Hess Corp. Read more

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Trafigura, North America estimates the Gulf Coast's refining utilization is "effectively maximum" at about 95 percent. Read more

Refining & Petrochemical Processing

Maarten Wetselaar, integrated gas and new energies director for Royal Dutch Shell plc, can envision a future world in which electricity will be the prime, if not sole, source of energy for individual consumers. Read more

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The SMART system helps management focus on "the vision side," guiding them not to dictate orders to workers, but rather to create the vision of what each unit is. Read more

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Next-gen aspiring companies must implement social responsibility programs that span all areas of operation and "enable those communities where you are to be better because you are there." Read more

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Rodney White

U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry believes America is entering a "new era" in energy, giving him and the rest of the DOE "a front-row seat to some of the most astonishing examples of cutting- edge innovation." Read more

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Environmental awareness

Gaj Rudolf

As CEO of The Dow Chemical Company, Fitterling said he strongly believes the chemical industry's future success hinges on its ability "to get sustainability right." Read more

Maintenance & Reliability

Though statistics indicate 80 percent of events are due to human error or nonconformance and 20 percent are due to equipment failure, human error is really only the starting point of the investigation. Read more

Training & Human Resources

While digitization of processes throughout all of industry is a 21st century inevitability, that transition is not without its challenges and risks, particularly to the oil and gas supply chain. Read more

Maintenance & Reliability

While admitting "decentralization" is something of a challenge to his company's application of digital solutions to deliver business insights and compelling end-user experiences, Joshua Flowers, manager of Market Intelligence for Chevron. Read more

Maintenance & Reliability

There are a number of systems and tools that companies employ to manage capital investment and develop strategies to sustain reliability within their budgets. One of those tools that supports the decision to make a replacement investment. Read more


The mission of DROPS is to "influence the implementation of sustainable best practices and encourage industry alignment through collaboration in order to protect our workforce and interests from harm through the elimination of dropped objects" Read more

Health, Safety & Environmental

"There is no change without progress, but there is no progress without change." That simple statement is an apt response to those who resist change within their companies, especially when it comes to the adoption of new technologies. Read more

Maintenance & Reliability

The recent downturn in the oil and gas industry -- "the most severe in history" -- is forcing companies to unlock new operational efficiencies, according to Nigel Bell, senior manager of Digital and Operational Excellence for Hess Corp. Read more

Plant Management & Operations

In a presentation titled "Recognizing the Direct Effect a Reliability Program Has on an Efficient Process Safety Program" at the 9th Annual Chem/Petrochem and Refining Asset Reliability Conference held recently in Houston. Read more

Health, Safety & Environmental

Discussing what Texas' production boom means for the petrochemical industry and its accompanying logistics, Ryan Sitton noted Mexico has aspirations of doubling its amount of electricity generation in the next 10 years, based largely on U.S. natural. Read more


There are two prominent issues that cause workplace-related deaths in the oil and gas industry. At 50 percent, the No. 1 factor is traffic fatalities. Read more

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One of the biggest challenges facing the petrochemical industry's supply chain today is maintaining consistency of deliveries. Read more

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