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Shutdown Tips: Tame Turnaround Tribulations

Long times between shutdowns increase the importance of proper preparation

By Andrew Sloley, Contributing Editor
Oct 23, 2018

The satisfaction of successfully troubleshooting a problem often can give way to frustration when implementing the optimum fix gets delayed because it must wait until the next turnaround. Many operating companies are extending the period between shutdowns. For instance, some refineries and petrochemical plants now aim to run many of their units for five years or longer. At a lot of sites, the period between shutdowns actually may exceed the length of time a single engineer is responsible for the unit.

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