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Living in a modern world has been dependent on oil and gas. Vehicles and equipment perform the way they are expected to because of these commodities. Refineries and plants have been essential part to convert crude oil into diesel, petroleum and gasoline products without you giving much thought about it. However, there is such event that even refineries and plants must be taken off-stream in order to revamp the refining process.

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Refinery turnaround, to put simply, is a scheduled process to take a break in the production so that maintenance can be performed. This makes sure that the plant upon resuming operation shall perform well or perhaps better. A single turnaround can make a significant difference in the availability of fuel supply to retail outlets.

When do turnarounds happen?

Depending on the management, plant turnaround can occur periodically as scheduled especially when preventive maintenance, upgrades and revamps are going to be made. These turnarounds are temporary and ensures that the refinery stays safe when operating, competitive and meet all requirements as imposed by the government. The turnaround can occur to the entire plant or just a part of the refining production.

Turnarounds are simply temporary shutdowns and usually happens every three or five years. In order for it to happen, however, careful and extensive planning must be done as well as coordination on both materials and labor so that the process can run smoothly and successfully. Typically, each turnaround is done when the production is at its minimum and the availability of skilled labor is ensured.

How long do turnarounds take?

In a typical setting, turnarounds can take only a few weeks but in some cases it may require a few months. The length of time required entirely depends on how extensive the project is and whether the process went smoothly or with some problems that must be solved along the way. The plant will undergo thorough inspection and testing. So if there are problems identified at this point, the turnaround is extended until it is clear for operation again.

What are the effects of each turnaround?

On each turnaround, the effects to be expected are mostly on the fuel supply. The law of demand and supply is usually applicable – wherein lower fuel supply would mean that the prices would increase both for the consumers and wholesalers.

Therefore, to make each plant turnaround successful and will not pose any major effects on fuel supply, coordination and extensive planning must be done within the plant’s management.

Sources:

(Turnaround,eceglobal.com)

(Importance of Turnarounds in a Plant’s Operation, setxind.com)

Posted on Nov 22, 2015

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