As domain experts, we understand the challenges facing downstream industries when it comes to executing turnarounds.
Evaluations for planning – Operators need as much data and insights as possible to plan for the use of manpower, time, and capital the turnaround will require. In addition, they need to secure the area and account for reduced production.
Accuracy of cost estimates – Did you know that only 21% of budgets include an allowance for unknown expenditures that surface during turnarounds? It’s notoriously difficult to pin down exactly how much things will cost when you’re not sure what will happen.
Setting up a timeline – Similarly, it’s difficult to put a date on it. And as the date gets pushed back, the costs of labor and tools increase alongside the loss of revenue and opportunity from halted production.
Safety concerns – Inadequate planning leads to major safety risks. Turnaround planning needs to include specific measures for risk mitigation, safe isolation, and simultaneous operations.
Resources, resources, resources – Turnarounds require resources – people, equipment, information, inventories, and consumables. Successfully executing turnarounds hinges on the ability of experienced turnaround managers to pull these vast amounts of resources together, put the right things in place at the right time, and ensure that operations resume as fast as possible.
How much easier would it be to plan for turnarounds if there was an online performance monitoring system in place to show exactly where things need to happen?
What if the turnaround manager could see a digital replica of the entire plant or refinery down to the smallest part, and use this information to allocate resources in the most effective way possible?