Chris Gilbert

Chris Gilbert is the Humber Decarbonisation Projects Manager at Phillips 66 Limited.

The Phillips 66 Limited Humber Refinery is one of the most complex facilities in the UK, supplying approximately 20% of the UK’s road fuels demand, and is unique in Europe as the only producer of specialty graphite coke, which is seeing a growing demand as a component in consumer electronics and electric vehicle batteries. The Phillips 66 Limited Humber Refinery is working with the government and various organisations to establish a UK supply chain for the manufacturing of electric vehicle batteries.

The Phillips 66 Limited Humber Refinery is processing increasing amounts of used cooking oil and trialing other waste feedstocks. This has allowed the Phillips 66 Limited Humber Refinery to be the first commercial at scale producer of sustainable aviation fuel in the UK and which is delivered to British Airways under, a multi-year supply agreement.

As well as ongoing work to lower the carbon intensity of the refinery’s products, Chris and his team have also spent the last two years studying how to reduce CO2 emissions from the refinery’s processes, with technological pathways identified to achieve around a 90% reduction. Phillips 66 Limited is participating in Humber Zero, a project to capture and sequestrate CO2, and also in Gigastack, a project to produce low carbon hydrogen to fuel the refinery’s large industrial heaters.

Through the four strategic pillars of batteries, renewable fuels, carbon capture and hydrogen, the Phillips 66 Limited Humber Refinery is seeking to become a Refinery of the Future.

Chris has 38 years industry experience, with 23 years at Phillips 66, starting at the Humber Refinery in 1999. 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.