Poor reliability performance of process units and/or a history of incidents requiring unplanned shutdown drives the leadership team at site to reflect on their operations/management practices. A site with a vision of achieving “pacesetter performance” often conducts gap assessment of Safe Operations / Maintenance practices as a first step. Reliability Gap Assessment helps identifying the scope of technology opportunity and best practices to incorporate, in order to make a refinery more competitive. A visual of Reliability Gap Assessment is as below;
Becht Engineering has executed numerous projects on facility wide reliability gap assessments. One of these projects had community advisory panel of the city being involved at all stages. Becht’s process was endorsed by the community advisory panel. The process has the regulatory validity and can be applied where corporate decision making includes validation by city and/or state regulations.
Becht has significant experience in auditing and/or conducting gap assessment for systems and practices for a hydrocarbon facility. Documentation, Implementation and Stewardship of these management and operation practices are checked against industry benchmarks and best practices. Click here for more information on Becht’s Gap Assessment Process.
Example Reliability Gap Assessment Projects are:
- Gap Assessment for Fire-Water Protection System for a North American Refinery
- Facility-Wide Reliability Gap Assessment for downstream facilities