July 2020

Special Focus: The Digital Plant

Productivity gains through digital turnaround management

Turnarounds are regarded as a necessary evil by most of the hydrocarbon processing industry.

Radach, A., DuPont Sustainable Solutions

Turnarounds are regarded as a necessary evil by most of the hydrocarbon processing industry. They are costly, time-consuming and complex, yet unavoidable if the maintenance and reliability of a plant is to be guaranteed. Every day operations are shut down means a loss in revenue. Despite such high stakes, turnarounds regularly overrun both schedules and budgets. While a typical turnaround ranges from 24 d–36 d, they can extend to more than 40 d. Tens of millions of dollars—or an entire year’s maintenance budget—can be depleted in a matter of weeks. Many reasons are to blame for poor turnaround outcomes: inadequate preparation, lack of execution oversight, unreliable asset data, delayed insp

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