April 2023


Editorial Comment

Maintenance is an integral part of refining and petrochemical plant operations.

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Maintenance is an integral part of refining and petrochemical plant operations. Without a reliable maintenance program, crucial equipment cannot operate optimally or, in a worse case, could break down, leading to unit downtime or even a safety issue. Due to the essential nature of process equipment, maintenance costs are a necessary expenditure. According to Hydrocarbon Processing’s HPI Market Data 2023 report, global maintenance expenditures are forecast to reach nearly $80 B this year. This cost helps to ensure that unit equipment is working efficiently and that operations are obtaining the most out of each production process. Since maintenance and reliability are crucial topics within t

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