Maintenance trends

David NakamuraRefining/Petrochemical EditorMaintenance activity, especially related to turnarounds, is on the rise in 2002 as downstream plant operators take advantage of weak market conditions to perform shutdowns. In an effort to maximize profits, refiners are more willing to keep units running longer to take advantage of high margins and are more willing to shut down units for maintenance when times get tough.This demonstrates how important it is to maximize the effectiveness of each turnaround. Refiners are unsure how much market conditions may improve in the future, so they must be ready to extend run lengths beyond the normal operating plan.The same reasoning applies to petrochemica...

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