Consider critical issues during a plant turnaround
More project management practices are needed to improve performance in maintenance shutdown
Plant shutdowns for major maintenance work are expensive,
time-consuming and very complex. An adequate plant turnaround
management plan is crucial for improving shutdown performance
in terms of cost and time. Our analysis has revealed the most
critical issues related to the four main stages of shutdown
projects. The critical issues have been related to the most
suitable project management practices (PMPs). Moreover, a study
of the current use of these PMPs for shutdown projects has been
made. Some 89 shutdown experts from 50 chemical firms took part
in two separate studies (50 experts in Study 1 and 39 experts
in Study 2). The first study aimed to identify the critical
activities and discover which PMPs are currently used by
experts. The second study gathered expert opinions about the
importance of the application of PMPs. The study identified 32
critical issues related to the main stages of the plant
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