Warsaw, September 25 -26, 2013. As their employers first and last line of defence, TA managers agreed to meet and further develop STA action plans, choosing to shorten downtime between cycles, and giving Europe's plants and refineries another chance to compete before the cycle of plant turnaround begins in 2014.
Similar to the processes they regulate, turnaround management strategies at refineries and plants are subject to the challenges brought by heat and pressure from the market. Teams can react quite differently to normal circumstances and often breakdown when faced with surprises. It is a fact of life in the world of STAs.
Yet, since 2009, both the refining sector and other complex industrial plants have experienced unprecedented heat and pressure from the market. Refiners have lost more than 1 million b/d in refining capacity, thus Europe's STA specialists have had to tighten their game and contribute to restoring margins at refineries and plants thought to still have a competitive business case. Even now, emerging with a considerably leaner asset base, moving from an climate of managed risk to profitability haunts refiners.
With these challenges facing the wider industry, TAR Managers like Kris Bakelants from BASF are on the case. Targeting “Goal Zero”, Bakelants focus is on the First time right, total quality concept. Zero accidents, no production losses and taking lessons from every shutdown in order to achieve excellence.
Since Russian and Asian exports will continue to check any development of prices in Europe, the current lean asset base means that plants and refineries need to run like clockwork to avoid costly unplanned events. Even in the shadow of the still recent closure of 11 refineries in Europe (2011), leading STA specialist have to raise their game.
Toni Kinnunen, Neste Oil's Plant and Production Manager, digs into the handover of maintenance and and investment work to operations, and the execution of the pre-startup safety review before the start of actual process units. The critical nature of these rolling checklists and tight logistical deadlines, requires near perfect communication and totally transparent management.
Edwin van Doeselaar, Advando Projects Control and Johny Baert, Plantec, both Turnaround Scheduling Experts, both collaborating on the recent Zeeland Refinery turnaround, deliver a joint presentation on Integrated Turnaround Schedules. With key focus on: integrating turnaround phases as well as monitoring and follow up, the pair demonstrate the increasingly critical skills needed to coordinate interrelated work assignments.
Check out the presentation Turnaround “Cycle Optimization” and “Execution during 2012” – Porvoo, Finland. Fins have been very successful in hockey but Ivo Sannen, Turnaround Manager at Borealis digs deeper, exploring what makes for a successful turnaround. Initiating studies on turnaround cycle optimization, he also explores benefits for combined plant turnarounds, optimized timing and deciding on newly optimized turnaround cycles as well as getting them embedded.
Discover what these Pan-European shutdown experts have set their sights on in Warsaw.
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