May 2021

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Editorial Comment: Maintenance and reliability—A cornerstone of safe and efficient plant operation

Refineries and petrochemical plants are comprised of a series of crucial processes to produce transportation fuels, products and chemicals demanded by the global market. These processes consist of capital-intensive units that must be maintained to provide reliable performance. Failure to adequately maintain these assets can have a detrimental effect to not only operations and profit, but also to worker safety.

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Refineries and petrochemical plants are comprised of a series of crucial processes to produce transportation fuels, products and chemicals demanded by the global market. These processes consist of capital-intensive units that must be maintained to provide reliable performance. Failure to adequately maintain these assets can have a detrimental effect to not only operations and profit, but also to worker safety. It is imperative to maintain a robust maintenance strategy to ensure these units are operating effectively. Equipment failures can lead to unit downtime, severely affecting the plant’s profitability. Therefore, maintenance should not be considered an expense, but rather a value-added

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