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In this section of the site contributing authors submit interesting articles relating to the various services, industries and research & development efforts of Becht Engineering.

Are Your Heaters Affecting Your Reliability?

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From a process standpoint, your Fired Equipment items are not only some of the most critical but some of the most risky items in day-to-day operations. Add in the presence of open flames and failures can be dramatic.  In today’s refining climate, fired equipment is required to run 4, 5, 6 or even 7 years between outages.  To achieve a reliable operation for runs of this length, a solid shutdown, maintenance, inspection, repair, and start-up strategy is critical.Recently a Midwest refinery contracted Becht Engineering to complete a detailed review of their fired equipment for an upcoming turnaround.  Becht used a team of experienced refining experts to provide an in-depth review of more than a dozen fired equipment items.  To provide a holistic approach, Becht utilized experts with backgrounds in process engineering, heat transfer, mechanical integrity, inspection, and operations.  The goal of the review was to ensure the fired equipment would provide...
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Risk Based Work Selection (RBWS) – An Essential Step for Turnaround Work Scope Optimization in Refining Units

Risk Based Work Selection (RBWS) – An Essential Step for Turnaround Work Scope Optimization in Refining Units
Turnarounds (TA) in refining units are executed periodically, on a planned basis, to meet multiple objectives, such as regulatory compliance, process reliability improvement, and equipment inspection and/or repairs. In a competitive business environment, managing TA events in a cost effective manner is a well-recognized challenge.Key Step - PlanningDevelopment of a comprehensive Work Scope for the TA of equipment in a Process Unit is a key step which can make the difference when focusing on business goals for a Process Unit. Since a major turnaround can range from 500,000 – 1 MM man-hours and involve hundreds of TA tasks, Best Practices - utilizing Risk Based Work Selection methods - are used for prioritizing and justifying execution of tasks. Execution of these tasks yields an optimized work scope and minimized TA duration.A principal outcome of this Work Process is that it enables the Unit to meet S, H, E, and Financial goals of major Process...
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Repair versus Replace – Not Always an Easy Decision

Repair versus Replace – Not Always an Easy Decision
Equipment Operators face hundreds of work list items while planning for scheduled maintenance events.  For each item the owner must make a decision on whether to repair or replace the equipment to resolve the deficiency.  In some circumstances, owners are unable to come up with a cost effective repair solution so they default to the replacement option.  In other instances, the repair option is chosen based on the lowest upfront cost. At Becht, we identify solutions that aim to reduce the overall life-cycle cost of equipment.  This life-cycle cost includes both the repair/replacement cost and the probability weighted lost opportunity from unplanned outages.  The probability for unplanned outages is dictated by the repair method; a full replacement will significantly decrease probability while a short term band-aid solution may only slightly reduce probability.  This holistic analysis takes future events into consideration and thus minimizes cost in the long run.BackgroundThere are multiple levels of...
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Consistency and Commitment to BBO Safety Program Add to Unprecedented Success of North Slope Turnaround

Consistency and Commitment to BBO Safety Program Add to Unprecedented Success of North Slope Turnaround
by Scott McLaurin, Becht Safety Solutions Manager and contracted member of Owner’s Team of onsite Safety Professionals during Summer 2014 turnaround on Alaska’s North Slope.“If it’s important, it gets measured” is an oft-heard adage, but especially true when it comes to Safety Performance.  The truth is while we attach certain values to both desirable and undesirable numbers (statistics), we often tend to stop at the number itself and seldom consider the long-term ramifications.This summer, I had the opportunity to participate in perhaps the best-planned, best-executed turnaround with which I have ever been associated.  What I learned reinforced, once again, what effective leadership can accomplish.As a Safety Professional, I always do a mental Leadership Assessment whenever I work with a new team, and this was no exception.  From the first day onsite, the good folks of BP Exploration Alaska’s (BPXA) Central Gas Facility (CGF) on the North Slope of Alaska demonstrated the...
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Guest — Scott McLaurin

CGF TAR

My Pleasure! You and the Team at GCF are clearly ' Leaders of The Pack' !
Monday, 27 October 2014 10:30
Guest — Craig Flippo

CGF TAR Ops SPOC

Thanks for the kind words Scott and your professionalism and support were clearly a bonus to our team. It was great working with ... Read More
Thursday, 23 October 2014 11:33
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