February 2018 Roundtable

Date / Time:

Friday, February 9, 2018 

11:15 am – 12:00 pm    Registration & Networking
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm      Lunch & Program
   1:00 pm – 1:45 pm     Networking


“Business Drivers and Technical Features for the Modern Day Ethylene Plant Capital Project – An Overview”

The recent resurgence of capital projects related to the growth in petrochemicals production both in the US and abroad has been astounding.  The past 5 years has seen virtually all US ethylene producers increase capacity either through new plant additions or expansion of existing facilities.  Low cost feedstock has likewise impacted overseas plants with US ethane and propane supplies influencing production planning in China, SE Asia and Europe.  This Round Table discussion will look at the petrochemicals business, especially as it relates to ethylene and propylene production.  A look at key business drivers as well as a high-level glimpse at ethylene plant features and details will be provided.

Event Flyer: Flyer – Flyer – Roundtable 180209

Tom Pickett
VP of Ethylene and Furnace Technology, TechnipFMC

Tom Pickett serves as VP of Ethylene and Furnace Technology in TechnipFMC’s Process Technology Division.  Tom has worked in the ethylene related petrochemicals business for over 35 years and has extensive domestic and international experience.  He is responsible for licensing, technology development, strategic planning and business development.  Tom has significant experience in ethylene plant design, startup and trouble shooting.  He is active in AIChE’s Ethylene Producers’ Committee and is a registered professional engineer in the state of Texas.  Tom holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Texas A&M University.

Location & Parking:

Grand Hall in the Rice Ley Student Center Detailed campus maps are available on the web at http://www.rice.edu/maps/ or download the map here here. The Ley Student Center is located in the central part of Rice campus. The Central Campus Garage, which is the closest parking facility, is located to the left of the Ley Student Center across the street.

Rice University is a popular meeting location. In the remote possibly the underground parking is full, the second closest parking is the West Lot. Continue down the Laboratory Loop Road to the stop sign. Cross the street and the gate will be on the left. Be sure to bring an umbrella if the weather seems inclement.

The campus also offers a bus shuttle that runs about every 15 minutes as it loops the campus. Look for the bus stop signs to use or enjoy a short brisk walk!


$25 per person for online registration and $35 per person for on-site registration – a boxed lunch will be served. $ 0 for Rice Students and $15 for Rice Faculty – registration required in advance. Online registration will close at Noon on Thursday, February 8, 2018. On-site registration is available on the day of the event for $35 per person.

Payment accepted online by credit card at time of registration.

In order to protect the privacy of the luncheon attendees, the list of attendees is not published or distributed.

This Roundtable qualifies for one (1) Professional Development Hour (PDH). Your email confirmation at completion of registration serves as your PDH and payment receipts. Paper receipts may be picked up at the registration desk at time of check-in.