Important Elements for Successful Plant Shutdowns

Whether it’s a disaster in the plant or a scheduled plant turnaround, there should be measures in place to avoid a long downtime and even more lost profits. To avoid this, those in charge of managing plant shutdowns should be fully prepared and capable of making quick decisions. For a plan shutdown to be successful, it should have these three important elements:

A Detailed Plan

During plant shutdowns, an employee should be assigned a specific task which he will carry out in coordination with other workers. The plan should detail the scope of work to be done and the time required to accomplish it. It is also important that the necessary equipment or materials be acquired in advance. If there is a need for fuel, the plan should include contacting a local company for emergency fueling services.

Flawless Execution

Since all employees are now familiar with their own responsibilities during a plant shutdown, it should all be done systematically and safely. There should be an assigned supervisor to monitor progress and employee performance to make sure that the plan is implemented and executed flawlessly.

Restoring the Systems

Once all the work is done, the performance of the facility should be tested before the plant is approve to operate once more. The test should determine that all necessary systems are installed, there are no design flaws and that all issues are remedied. Only after the results indicate that the plant is at 100% should it be cleared to return to service.


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