Downstream Report

Many people have dedicated their life's work to the downstream industry. While it is impossible to pay respect to every person that has made a contribution to the downstream industry, individuals that have been awarded a life time achievement award for lasting and significant contribution by any industrty association will be recognized.

Amec Foster Wheeler’s John Elliott receives Lifetime Achievement Award


  • 47 years of experience in the Delayed Coking industry
  • Internationally recognised for significant industry contribution
  • Elliott Rules named for Delayed Coking Units
  • Retired from Amec Foster Wheeler in 2014
  • Amec Foster Wheeler announces today that retired employee John Elliott has been honoured for his Lifetime Achievement in the Delayed Coking industry by the Refining Community. The award was presented today at the 2016 RefComm® conference in Galveston, Texas, USA.

    RefComm® is the premier technical forum for project and process engineers, operators, maintenance, and other leaders to share knowledge and ideas relating to the Coking, CatCracker, Sulfur Recovery and I&E.

    John began his career at Foster Wheeler in 1966 as an intern during his junior year at Penn State University. He joined the company full time in 1967 after completing his Bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and worked as a Process Engineer on heavy oil projects. Throughout his 47+ year career with Amec Foster Wheeler, John has held various key positions such as Chief Process Engineer-Heavy Oils, Manager of Heavy Oils and Director- Coking Technology. He has dedicated his career to developing and advancing Delayed Coking technology and has been instrumental in developing the correlations used today in Amec Foster Wheeler’s SYDEC (Selective Yield Delayed Coking) Program.

    Achieving international acclaim, John has travelled globally to promote Delayed Coking technology and has presented numerous technical papers at various prestigious forums. Many of the rules employed today by Amec Foster Wheeler in the design of Delayed Coking Units are called ‘Elliott Rules’ as a mark of credibility. John retired from Foster Wheeler in 2014.

    AMECFosterWheeler Press Release

    The Engineering & Construction Conference (ECC) awards one individual each year the ECC Life Time Acheivement Award. The prestigious list of past ECC award recipients:

    • 2014 - Richard Tucker, Founder, Construction Industry Institute, National Academy of Construction
    • 2013 - Emmitt Nelson, Shell (retired), Co-Founder Zero Injury Institute
    • 2012 - Alan Boeckmann, Chairman, Fluor
    • 2011 - Khalid Farid, Sr. Vice President, Strategic Planning, AMEC
    • 2010 - Dr. Jorge Vanegas, Dean, College of Architecture, Texas A&M University
    • 2009 - Don Vardeman, Vice President of Worldwide Projects, Anadarko
    • 2008 - Louis J. Cabano, Chairman, Pathfinder LLC
    • 2007 - Noel G. Watson, Executive Chairman, Jacobs Engineering Group
    • 2006 - Bill Greehey, Chairman of the Board, Valero Energy Corporation
    • 2005 - James B. Porter, Jr., Du Pont
    • 2004 - Bill Higgs and Paul Redmon, Mustang Engineers
    • 2003 - Larry Evans, AspenTech
    • 2002 - Jeet Bindra, Chevron/Caltex
    • 2001 - Ed Merrow, IPA
    • 2000 - Hugh K. Coble, Fluor Corporation
    • 1999 - John Mihm, Phillips Petroleum Company
    • 1998 - William A. Brookshire, S&B Engineering & Constructors Ltd.
    • 1997 - W. I. (Irv) Doty, Shell Oil
    • 1996 - Ted C. Kennedy, BE&K Inc.
    • 1995 - Shelby Pierce, Amoco Corp.
    • 1994 - Stephen D. Bechtel, Jr., Bechtel Group, Inc.
    • 1993 - Robert H. Miller, E.I. duPont de Nemours & Company
    • 1992 - Dr. Joseph J. Jacobs, Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc.
    • 1991 - Wallace L. Tanner, Shell Oil
    • 1990 - Dave Tappan, Fluor Daniel
    • 1989 - Al Crosby, Exxon
    • 1988 - Albert Dib, Bubler, King & Bubler

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