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    The general preparations that are to be done for a unit shutdown

    Talib Al_Munawri
    Talib Al_Munawri

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    The general preparations that are to be done for a unit shutdown

    Post by Talib Al_Munawri on Sat Jul 30, 2011 7:48 am

    The general preparations that are to be done for a unit shutdown

    Phase1: preparation

    1-Management determines what repair work and upgrades are to be done during the turnaround.
    2- Engineering planning, diagrams, and so on are completed or repair and project work for the turnaround. Plant departments and maintenance are notified of the shutdown and planned work.
    3 – Logistics of materials, supplies, and tools needed for shutdown are determined.
    4- A list is prepared of equipment to be inspected.
    5- The shutdown schedule is continually reviewed to determine ways to reduce turnaround time.
    6- Shutdown procedures, blind lists, and check-off lists are verified as up-to-date.
    7. Additional operations and maintenance personnel are scheduled for the shutdown.

    Phase 2: unit shutdown

    1- Plans, including training, are prepared to minimize the flaring of materials, equipment damage accidents.
    2- Unit feed and temperature are slowly decreased to prevent damage from thermal shock.
    3- Unit vessels and piping are deinventoried as much as possible to recover all unit hydrocarbons.
    4- After all hydrocarbons have been pumped ot or drained from piping and vessels, purge with an inert gas.
    5- Insert blinds, aerate, and use gas doctors to check the lower explosive limits (LEL) of each vessel after equipment is hydrocarbon free.
    6- Check vessels daily for LEL before allowing entry and check hot work jobs while maintenance and contractors are doing turnaround work.
    7- Engineering and operations personnel do a final inspection before equipment is closed up.

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