July 2011

Bonus Report: Maintenance and Reliability

Seal off costly refinery leaks

Older refinery seeks better method to be leak-free

Paterson, J., Sealing Corp.

Leaks are a huge problem for the oil industry. Even small leaks from pipes, valves, boilers, heat exchangers, etc., reduce efficiency and eat away at profits. Indonesia’s state-owned oil and gas company, PT Pertamina, suffered from leak problems in aging refinery and petrochemical complexes. This case history explores how this operating company solved its sealing problems. Aging Asian downstream complex. PT Pertamina was established in 1957. This national oil company (NOC) engages in both upstream and downstream activities. Upstream, PT Pertamina is active in oil, gas and geothermal exploration and production. For the downstream, this NOC refines, ships and markets transportation f

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