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Improving Cost Estimating for Maintenance Turnarounds

In the September 2021 edition of “The Chemical Engineer” magazine, Gordon discusses the current poor state of turnaround cost estimating and highlights five, simple to implement actions that can help improve the accuracy of future turnaround estimates. To read the full article click here.  This article is the fourth in a planned series of six from Gordon, being published […]

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Recommended Practices for Cost Estimating Maintenance Turnarounds

~ Writing a Basis of Estimate ~ The Recommended Practices issued by AACE International are widely recognized and have been adopted in estimating and control departments across the process industries. Until recently, the focus of these practices was mainly on capital projects. However, they are now also beginning to cover Maintenance Turnarounds. A first RP on Maintenance […]

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First Principles of Energy Transition – An Unbiased Look at the Data and Principles: Part 1

This is the first part of a two part article, as published in Decarbonisation Technology, August 2021 Contributing authors: Jean-Gaël Le Floc’h, Mel Larson and Darren York Energy Transition – What does it really mean? In the current lexicon of society, terms, and concepts such as decarbonization, greenhouse gas emissions reductions, carbon neutrality, and energy […]

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Quality Practices for Process Outages

This paper is an excerpt from the author’s contribution to a panel discussion at the Marcus Evans 9th Annual Chem/Petrochem & Refinery Shutdowns and Turnarounds Conference, August 2017 For continuous manufacturing or process facilities, unplanned production disruptions are extremely costly.  One way to avoid these is to make sure that all work done during planned […]

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Integrating Capital Projects Into a Turnaround Event

In the July 2021 online edition of “The Chemical Engineer” magazine, Gordon discusses how project teams are often blamed by turnaround managers for problems with meeting turnaround event schedules. He examines the key areas that need to be addressed when integrating a project into a turnaround event and highlights the point that these areas need to be discussed and resolved during the project […]

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Leveraging Enhanced IR and Decoking Process Optimization to Increase Heater and Unit Capacity

Editor’s Note: From the Top is a recurring column in Inspectioneering Journal that explores how di­fferent parts of organizations can partner in a collaborative manner to discover new efficiencies, improved equipment integrity and opportunities to capture additional margin. The year 2020 shifted the traditional mindset of much of our sector. In order to thrive, companies […]

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CorrExpert®-Crude: Corrosion Prediction and Material Selection for Refinery Crude Corrosivity Applications

State-of-the-art Cloud-based Decision Support Model drives enhanced crude processing flexibility and unit mechanical integrity through accurate, simultaneous quantification of naphthenic acid and sulfidic corrosion Refinery Crude Unit operations, characterized by significant process complexities and crude blend / fraction assay properties, have traditionally remained an area where accurate asset integrity and life prediction have been difficult […]

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Becht Process Advisors Participate In Q&A In Recent Issue Of Digital Refining

Participants: Doug Clarke, Al Keller, Jim Asquith, Sam Lordo, Bob Falkiner, Steve DeLude and Roberto Tomotaki To review the Q&A article in Digital Refining, please click HERE   We’d like to produce less light naphtha and more liquid fuels from our hydrocracker. How do we go about it? For changes mid-run with an existing hydrocracker catalyst load, […]

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Becht Experts Participate In Q&A In Recent Issue Of Digital Refining

Participants: Gerrit Buchheim, Mel Larson, Fred Lea, and Robert Ohmes To review the Q&A article in Digital Refining, please click HERE   We didn’t expect severe corrosion issues in the carbon steel of our amine unit. What’s causing it?  – Gerrit Buchheim Severe corrosion in amine units is not rare and should be expected.  Depending […]

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Becht Recognized By Great Place To Work® On Certification Nation Day

Becht is proud to celebrate Certification Nation Day, along with the community of Great Place to Work-Certified™ companies across the country. Great Place to Work® designates June 22 as Certification Nation Day to salute and recognize the companies working to create great places to work for all. “We hire great people that align with our […]

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