December 17, 2018, 10:45 pm

Shutdown Turnarounds and Outages

5 Questions to Ask Before You Adjust the Frequency of Your Shutdowns

Written by Sandy Dunn.   

5 Questions to Ask Before You Adjust the Frequency of Your Shutdowns article

Plant Shutdowns are necessary when maintenance work is required and the plant cannot be running while that work is being performed. Total Plant Shutdowns can be very large and expensive events and, in a downturn such as is currently being experienced in the mining, mineral processing, oil & gas sectors are often the focus of cost reduction opportunities. At face value, it can appear that there is significant money to be saved by increasing the time interval between shutdowns.  The rationale is generally this:

 

Why Shutdown

Written by Brad Coulding.   

There are few activities on the maintenance calendar that pose a bigger risk to your production than shutdowns. They consume resources, create downtime, and are often plagued by over-runs and restart issues. So before you take that risk again, have a look at our latest article – “Why Shutdown” – and make sure you are doing it for the right reasons.

 

Tiwest Joint Venture Kwinana: Plant Shutdown Planning and Scheduling

Written by Holly Morrow.   

Tiwest Joint Venture operates a Pigment plant in Kwinana Western Australia. The plant utilises a number of complex interconnected processes to produce Titanium Dioxide (TiO2).

Due to the nature of Tiwest’s production process, a number of highly volatile and corrosive substances are both utilised and produced. This makes it imperative that safety be at the forefront of the preparation process. This necessitates adherence to strict processes during the planning and scheduling of all shutdown related work.

To this end, Tiwest had made some significant improvements to their shutdown planning, scheduling and execution processes over a number of previous shutdowns. In the lead up to this shutdown, Tiwest wanted to ensure these improvements were leveraged, and further improvement opportunities were identified.

To assist in achieving their goals, Tiwest sought to engage the services of Assetivity.

 

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