Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Minimizing Downtime during Refinery Turnaround

When plants undergo a turnaround for maintenance, a lot is at stake for the business. The longer it takes to complete, the bigger the risk is of losing profit in the process. This is why refinery managers need to focus on taking precautions and employing effective strategies to minimize downtime. For a successful refinery turnaround, these tips will come in handy:

  1. Plan to Acquire Necessary Services

Knowing what you need beforehand can save your business a lot of grief. Your turnaround plan should include acquiring necessary services from trusted companies that can provide you with emergency services like refueling. This way, your needs will still be met even during unplanned shutdowns.

  1. Invest in Quality Communication Systems, Software and Hardware

Communication during the turnaround is vital to its success. Therefore, gas and oil companies must be equipped with state-of-the-art communication systems for easier relaying of information between key personnel. Software and hardware need to be up to the latest standards as well for best results.

  1. Accurate Analysis of Data

Companies should always record the state of their equipment in order to find out what type of maintenance should be done during turnaround. Afterwards, the data from before and after the maintenance should be carefully analyzed to devise better maintenance strategies for the future.

Time is the biggest concern in turnarounds, and the best way to minimize the risks is to ensure the efficiency of your systems and your employees. 


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