Shutdowns in power plants or refineries are necessary for maintenance work, but such instances present a significant business impact. Not only are they expensive, due to their labor- and material-intensive nature, but they also affect a company’s productivity. For a plant shutdown to be successful, it has to be carried out effectively and quickly to avoid more negative impacts on business.
Successful organizations often implement a model outlining all the key phases and meticulous guidelines for carrying out the steps required in every phase of the shutdown plan. Shutdown plans are typically based on two approaches and principles. First, there must always be a continuing and clear communication between all the stakeholders in the organization. Second, shutdown planning is always a continuous activity essential for a company’s success.
Steps before Plant Shutdowns
From securing onsite fuel services to clearly delegating work responsibilities, there are a lot of things to consider when preparing for a shutdown, but first determine the size of the outage. It can be based on the duration: short (counted by hours), small (by days), moderate (also by days), and large (by weeks). You also need to familiarize yourself with the size and complexity of the shutdown.
Reviewing your last scheduled outage in the form of the closeout report also contributes to the success of a plant shutdown. If no formal report has been prepared, call for a brief meeting with the people involved in the former outage.