September 2005

Special Report: Refining Developments

Optimize turnaround projects

Effective planning can eliminate surprises during shutdown and construction

Buckner, E., Foster Wheeler North America

In addition to selecting the best technology to process low-sulfur fuels, refiners must successfully execute these projects. Refiners will be installing new equipment and retrofitting processing units to produce clean fuels. Such projects are coordinated with facility turnarounds. Timing is everything with turnarounds. This article examines the common problems encountered in capital expansion projects and methods used to avoid challenges. Project planning. Providing engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services for revamp projects such as a delayed coker unit (DCU), fluidized catalytic cracking unit (FCC), and two naphtha hydrotreater units (NHU1/2) is both challenging and r

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