London, UK,

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.

Steve Beeston, Vice President, Global Technology Business Development for Amec Foster Wheeler
I am delighted that John is being honoured today for his distinguished career and exceedingly proud that he has been part of our team. His impact on the industry over almost half a century has been tremendous, having served as a leader and mentor within Amec Foster Wheeler, as well as in the larger delayed coking community. He has always been willing to share his vast technical knowledge with others.
Steve Beeston, Vice President, Global Technology Business Development for Amec Foster Wheeler

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) Programme.

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.

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