Students with Black Employee Network at Phillips 66’s Alliance Refinery - alums pictured are: Tim Davis ’85, Kevin Bachemin ’86, Alfred Ripoll ‘91, Chris Davis ’91, Carlos Encalade ’93, Taiwan Simon ‘03
Recently Mr. Hasan Cherkaoui's class visited Phillips 66 AllianceRefinery. The trip was organized by Alfred Ripoll III, Class of 1991 and the Black Employee Network at AllianceRefinery.
The Alliance Refinery, located on the Mississippi River in Belle Chasse, Louisiana, 25 miles south of New Orleans, processes mainly light, low-sulfur crude oil. Alliance receives domestic crude oil from the Gulf of Mexico by pipeline and U.S. tight oil by marine transport. The refinery can also receive foreign crude oil by pipeline connected to the Louisiana Offshore Oil Port.
The field trip included short presentations made by several departments including Engineering, Instrumentation, Finance and Human Resources as well as a host of demonstrations on equipment and a tour of the plant.
“I am glad that Mr. Ripoll arranged a visit to such a large and modern refinery and that my students had an opportunity to learn something more about crude oil production and refining,” said Mr. Cherkaoui. Commenting on the lectures, tour and demonstrations, which included presentations on the business functions as well as scientific activities of the refinery.
Several other Purple Knights who are employees at the refinery joined the session and provided words of wisdom to the students in attendance. Students left Phillips 66 with a greater appreciation of how each department relies on the other to operate at a safely while maintaining strong operating excellence.