There are two sure things in life: Death and Taxes. There are other things in life that are not for sure, nor pre-ordained, but stand a pretty good likelihood of occurring such as: Executing Capital Projects during a Turnaround and having an outcome that is less than desirable.
So many of our projects require some amount of outage work to at least perform tie-ins. Many projects may even require significant work when the unit is shut down. This tends to drive up the cost of labor and drive down productivity.
Most of the industry, including the sites that I have worked with over the years, have embraced the need for a unified TA/Construction effort during the turnaround window. This has significantly reduced the need to have two organizations competing for a finite resource of safe work permits, real estate, etc. Having one team planning a combined workload and ensuring all are involved when allocating resources and responding to issues helps to minimize surprises.
Beyond the above, there are several key issues that continue to hinder refineries from really working effectively as a team to complete the maintenance AND project work without cost or schedule overruns or lasting bad feelings.
The best way to head off these potential headaches is to be ahead of the planning game and ensure you work thru these items BEFORE they become issues. If that isn’t possible, remember it is never too late to get the various teams together and get aligned before getting further into the ditch.
Becht can help. We have performed numerous Capital – TA Alignment reviews and workshops at refineries throughout the US.
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Dan Giuliani joined the Becht team as Manager, Capital Project Services in 2019. Dan started his career as an Engineer Officer in the US Army and progressed through Mobil Torrance, ExxonMobil Joliet, BP Whiting, Brand Energy and Middough in a variety of Engineering, Turnaround and Capital Project roles. Dan will focus on growing our capital project services including stage-gate reviews, project assessments, engineering assurance, and seconded resources while cross-selling our other project related divisions such as heavy lift, dimensional technology services, performance group and others.
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