With an ever increasing need for cost control and management of project complexities, the significance of every decision made by a TAR manager during the planning and execution stages of these events is continuously imperative.
As the current oil price downturn has widened refining margins and set owners smiling from ear to ear, the realities are still the same for the shutdown manager.
In this interview, we speak with a veteran turnaround manager about the growing difficulties of finding the right people for the job, and how the simple, graphical visualisation of the turnaround process can really swing the balance between success and failure.
When dealing with oil and gas, safety and effective risk management is crucially important, as any errors can have huge repercussions not only for the environment, but also to the company involved. Accidents, spills and leaks can be incredibly costly to deal with, while an organisation's reputation can receive untold damage as consumers lose faith in it. However, the most dangerous period for an oil or gas refinery is not in day to day running but during start-up and shutdown, where thousands of procedures need to come together in the right order to prevent disaster.
Monitoring and reporting are crucially important to the oil industry in order to assess the performance of current projects and analyse the information provided to help improve future ventures, all in an industry that is struggling to maintain aging assets.
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How Shell, BP and Exxon offset the loss of revenue caused by unplanned shutdowns in recent years
Content description: In times of tightened belts and narrow margins, capitalising on uptime and reducing downtime is key to profitability. Oil and Gas IQ’s Asdza Nadleehe, outlines 8 steps to optimised productivity.
Various professionals from Exxon, Alstom and Atkins Borea discuss asset maintenance in continunous processing. Key topic areas include efficiency, the priorities, human factors, fuel variability and the importance of constant risk assessments.
Extending intervals between shutdowns is the Holy Grail for people with the headache of managing a large, complex, critical plant that’s continuously running. This has been further heightened by the lamentable slide in oil prices in the past 18 months.
In the following interview, we speak with, John Woodhouse, a veteran in the asset management field about a methodology that, when properly implemented and understood, could cut shutdown frequencies by 50 per cent.
As operators contend with narrow profit margins, volatile markets and the tightening noose of emissions control optimising, the strategic and diligent planning of a shutdown and turnaround strategy is essential. Oil & Gas IQ spoke to industry experts to hear their thoughts on the benefits and drawbacks of strategic long-term shutdown planning. The consensus was that long term shutdown strategies have numerous benefits in comparison with more short term strategies.