Chris Gilbert

Technical Manager and UK Decarbonisation Lead , Phillips 66

Chris has 37 years industry experience, with 22 years at Phillips 66, starting at the Humber Refinery in 1999.

The Humber Refinery is one of the most complex facilities in the UK, supplying approximately 20% of road fuels demand, and is unique in Europe as the only producer of the specialty graphite coke, which is seeing a growing demand as a component in consumer electronics and electric vehicle batteries. Humber Refinery is working with government and various organisations to establish a UK supply chain for manufacturing of electric vehicle batteries.   

Chris and his team have spent the last 18 months studying how to decarbonise the facility to become the ‘Refinery of the Future’, with technological pathways identified to achieve over a 90% reduction in emissions. The refinery is the only facility in the UK to process used cooking oil to lower the carbon intensity of finished products, with other waste feedstocks being trailed. The refinery is participating in Humber Zero to capture and sequestrate CO2, and also Gigastack to produce ‘green’ hydrogen to refuel its large industrial heaters.     

Chris has had other leadership roles at the refinery in production planning and process engineering, as well as being involved in serval major projects.

Prior to joining the company, Chris worked at Exxon; UOP, the process licensor; and a major engineering contractor. This experience included projects in the upstream, midstream and chemicals sectors, as well as refining. 

Chris graduated from University College London in 1984. with a degree in Chemical Engineering.

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