October 2013

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HP Reliability: Why users must update design contractors’ understanding

In early 2012, a rotating equipment engineer was involved in a machinery quality assessment (MQA).1 Located halfway around the globe, this engineer’s new job was to oversee the engineering, procu..

Bloch, H. P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

In early 2012, a rotating equipment engineer was involved in a machinery quality assessment (MQA).1 Located halfway around the globe, this engineer’s new job was to oversee the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) company and to ensure that the multinational owner-operator’s long-term reliability interests were understood and carried out. However, as best-of-class (BOC) owners know, EPC companies are primarily geared to low initial cost and on-schedule plant startups. So, reasonable compromises must be found among the initial cost, safe long-term equipment performance, life-cycle cost (cost of ownership) and project schedules. BOC owner-operators have formalized and in

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