12 - 13 February 2018 | Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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Shutdown and maintenance best practice - Video from IAMTech

View this Video from IAMTech who go through their thoughts on what is Shutdown best practice.  


Shutdowns and Turnarounds 2017 - How to cut your Shutdown Frequencies in Half

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.

Optimising Shutdown Strategies

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.


Survey Report 2018

Oil & Gas IQ have surveyed a number relevant individuals within the industry and put together three years of statistics from the shutdowns and turnarounds space. The results demonstrate that attitudes are evolving in the low oil price continuum and challenges increasingly lie in maintaining efficiency during turnaround delivery and hiring the right people to complete the task in a timely manner.

Shutdowns and Turnarounds Annual Survey 2017


After 24 months of the worst oil price depression in living memory, the global industry is reeling from a quarter of a million job losses and no end in sight for oil price lows.

A symptom of this industry-wide malaise has been the squeeze on integrity and maintenance activities across the board, with pressure heaped on turnaround crews to do more for less with a diminishing pool of available talent.

In this infographic, we take three years of statistics from the shutdown and turnarounds space to track how fortunes and attitudes have changed in the upstream and downstream sectors. With a greater burden on turnaround experts than ever, have things got better or worse in the last year?


2018 Shutdowns and Turnarounds Sample Attendee List

Take a look at the 15th Annual Shutdowns and Turnarounds Summit Attendees so far!



When the oil price significantly drops, most of the hydrocarbons industry goes into a state of meltdown. However, in the downstream sector, the nose-diving materials costs can generate a generous increase in profitability for the part of the industry that is, traditionally, the most squeezed. Keeping your facility online and raking in the cash while times are good is of the utmost importance, so making sure your refinery is shutdown and turned around safely, within budget and on time is absolutely crucial.

The following infographic is based on a poll conducted by Oil & Gas IQ into trends in the shutdown and turnarounds space. As you will see, although things may be looking up for refining margins, it is not all plain sailing for those charged with keeping these facilities in shipshape condition….

The World’s Top 10 Super Refineries

Oil & gas IQ reveals the new breed of oil super refineries that is becoming more prevalent across the world. Learn who owns and operates each refinery, teir capacity in Million Tons per Annum and Barrels Per Day (BDP).



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.

Prevention is better than the cure for oil giants

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 Management: How to Pre-Empt the Downtime

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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Unplanned Shutdown Management

How Shell, BP and Exxon offset the loss of revenue caused by unplanned shutdowns in recent years

Shutdowns and Turnarounds – 8 Steps to maximise uptime and minimise downtime

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.

Plant Reliabilty and Maintenance

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.


Sample Attendee List - 14th Annual Shutdowns & Turnarounds Event

Sample List of Attendees from our last event. Please note job titles & company names are scrambled for data protection.

Shutdowns and Turnarounds Post Show Report - Previous event

Whether you attended the Shuts and Turns event or are perhaps considering attending next time, this post show report will help you understand what happened at the event as well as who attended and what was learnt.  There is also information on our up and coming events coming up over the rest of the year. 


Two Sure-Fire Ways To Limit Scope Creep In Your Shutdowns

In this exclusive interview for Oil & Gas IQ, Tim Haidar speaks with Anil Malik, Shutdown and Turnaround Planning Engineer for Qatar Petroleum about the tricks of the trade he has learned from masterminding more than 30 shutdowns worldwide.

In the course of his interview, Anil touches on:

  • Scope Management & Development: Formulating and executing your management strategy throughout the project life cycle, to guarantee that your TAR project is completed on time, on budget and, without increasing in scope or complexity.
  • Contractor Management: How and when to induct and communicate with contracted professions, how to make the most out of your skilled labour force, and developing a strong and positive culture
  • Lessons Learnt: Capturing data, and implementing the lessons learnt, to improve the efficiency of your next turnaround project.


Life-Cycle Costing - A Research Model

In this special double interview, Dr Paul Baguely, Research Fellow in Cost Engineering at Cranfield University and Peter Okafor, Head of the Department of Quantity Surveying at the Federal Polytechnic of Ogun State, Nigeria, join Oil and Gas IQ to discuss Life-Cycle Costing (LCC) in Shutdowns and Turnarounds.

They outline the current challenges that oil refineries face with regards to technology and how LCC methodology can help them overcome these challenges. Next they talk about the life-cycle cost breakdown structure (CBS) and how it can help those within the industry. Finally, they offer their thoughts on what those working outside of the oil industry can take away from their research.

Download the transcript here