May 2020

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Maintenance: How to conduct successful turnaround maintenance at refineries

PricewaterhouseCoopers reports that, since 2014, the oil and gas industry has put off noncritical spending to reduce costs.

Diacumakos, S., Ingersoll Rand

PricewaterhouseCoopers reports that, since 2014, the oil and gas industry has put off noncritical spending to reduce costs.1 In 2016, for example, the average number of backlogged labor hours for corrective and deferred safety-critical maintenance increased by 25%.1 While deferring maintenance saves resources initially, such delays lead to unsafe equipment and reduced output due to sub-par equipment. Refinery operations that stalled their maintenance for years are activating maintenance now that demand for oil is on the rise again.2 As refineries increase production, they are using equipment that has been dormant, which can cause stress on equipment that has gone unserviced. Turnaround mai

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