Living in a modern world has been dependent on oil and gas. Vehicles and equipment perform the way they are expected to because of these commodities. Refineries and plants have been essential part to convert crude oil into diesel, petroleum and gasoline products without you giving much thought about it.
In many ways a plant shutdown or turnaround is a necessary evil. On one hand the refinery will lose production for a few days and will be unable to earn, but on the other hand the turnaround will make sure the plant will be optimally productive for the rest of the year.
As one would imagine, planning and executing a refinery turnaround is not a simple task. There are numerous factors that must be considered to ensure that everything goes according to schedule. If not done correctly, the consequences could be dire, not only for the plant itself, but the overall oil economy as well. Here are a few things to consider when planning a quick but effective turnaround:
Every oil fuel refinery owner would agree that shutdowns, whether planned or unplanned can be extremely arduous and expensive. Millions of dollars are spent each year, or in every three to four years, depending on the size of the operation, in planning and implementing a refinery turnaround. There are vast issues to address, such as worker safety, equipment upgrades and immense labor demand, timescale, and the overall expense it takes to carry out the plans. While operators are torn between the need to balance turnaround frequency and cost versus equipment maintenance needs, not much effort is afforded to mitigating its impact on downstream customers.
Petroleum and its derivative products—fuel, oil, plastics, and so on—are some of the most valuable substances on earth. Each day, the refineries that process crude oil produce gallons upon gallons of products for the entire world to use. It is hard and laborious work, for both personnel and the machines they operate. So taxing is the job of refining crude oil that machine malfunctions and failures are not unheard of, prompting workers to shut down their operations to fix the problems at hand.
Like any manufacturing or fabricating plant, refineries, too, need to take a break for maintenance purposes. These planned shutdowns are called turnarounds. While turnarounds are great opportunities for refineries to address any issues they might be experiencing, they can raise a lot of trouble on their own if not managed properly.