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Refining & Petrochemicals

Refining & Petrochemicals

Although the Capital Project activity in the refining industry has been slow in North America, the activity worldwide is rather brisk. Projects in South America, the Middle East and Asia are moving forward and new facilities are planned for Africa and the Pacific Rim. Most Projects are driven by a combination of local supply needs, feedstock changes, regulatory compliance and global demand. These projects suffer from an industry wide, engineering and construction labor resource shortage as well as ever demanding economic challenges to meet company defined return on investments. Moreover the petrochemical and chemical industry in the U.S. has had a rebound with shale gas extraction used as feedstocks for ethylene, propylene, methanol and ammonia production. These projects face the same problems as refining projects, coupled with the fact that in most cases the Owners want to take advantage of the high product price cycles and implement project execution strategies such as "fast track".

Capital Project Impact: 

The impact of these issues is of major concern for companies executing large scale capital projects and programs. Increased time and cost to execute these projects minimizes the already slim margins realized in the refining and petrochemical industry. 

Representative Clients: 
  • Ascend Performance Materials
  • Bahrain Petroleum Company
  • Braskem America
  • Canadian Natural Resources Ltd.
  • Chevron Phillips Chemical Company
  • Citgo
  • Delek Refining Ltd.
  • ExxonMobil
  • Flint Hills Resources
  • HollyFrontier
  • INEOS
  • Irving Oil Ltd.
  • Kraton Polymers
  • LyondellBasell
  • Marathon Petroleum
  • Motiva Enterprises
  • Norco Refining
  • North Leaf Capital Partners
  • North West Redwater Partnership
  • PEMEX
  • Petroleos de Venezuela, S.A.
  • PetroPeru
  • Phillips66
  • Red Leaf Resouces Inc.
  • Reficar
  • SASOL
  • Shell Chemical LP
  • Shell Oil Products
  • Staatsolie Maatschappij Suriname
  • Syncrude Canada Ltd.
  • Tesoro Corporation
Why Pathfinder: 

Pathfinder has addressed these legitimate concerns and through our various project support services we have assisted our owner clients in either minimizing the cost/time component of planning and executing capital projects or provided a reality check to assure senior management that these projects are achievable and business/project expectations can be met. 

Pathfinder has extensive experience in the design of strategies for fast track projects highlighting key successes such as the definition and planning of the project in early phases, and strict controls during the execution phase. Also, Pathfinder has worked as a highly experienced cold eye review team or as part of the existing project team to provide mentorship and guidance. Pathfinder’s Leadership and Core Consulting teams have over 600 years of collective project experience in the refining and petrochemical industry which leads to a wealth of international lessons learned. This experience is invaluable and proves priceless when planning and executing these complex chemical process driven projects.  

Industry Affiliations: 
  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)
  • Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering (AACEI)
  • Construction Industry Institute (CII)
  • Construction Owners Association of Alberta (COAA)
  • Construction Users Roundtable (CURT)
  • Engineering and Construction Contracting Association (ECC)
  • Project Management Institute (PMI)