Best-practice in plant maintenance, shutdown requires long-term alliance between operator, contractor

Strategies and practices to achieve planned major maintenance and inspection shutdowns vary considerably throughout the oil and gas industry. This is interesting because all operators face the same challenges: to restore technical capabilities fully, minimize downtime, and satisfy government inspectors for the next run period.And, of course, the health, safety, and environmental (HSE) records must remain impeccable, while the economics of the entire venture stay attractive. So, what options do we have to achieve best in class?Clearly, approaches will be influenced by where in the world we operate. Running a refinery in most of the US or Western Europe provides easy (i.e., economic) access...

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