Operations & Maintenance.

US refiners urged to set turnaround KPIs early to meet start-up targets

Feb 17, 2017

Refinery operators must integrate priority Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) into the tendering and planning of turnarounds and collaborate early with contractors in order to control costs, industry experts said.

Refiners planning 39% more maintenance spend in 2017

Jan 3, 2017

Scheduled plant outages, turnarounds and shutdowns are expected to increase by 5.4% to $10.43 billion across all U.S. industrial markets in 2017, with the petroleum refining industry to see the biggest increase, according to Industrial Info Resources.

Front-end loading, scope definition critical to success of refinery projects

Sep 16, 2016

Bring together a project manager, contractor and consultant for a discussion on refining projects, and they will agree on many things, starting with the importance of front-end loading (FEL) and scope definition.

US refineries focus on EPA compliance, delay other spending due to lower margins

Aug 19, 2016

Petroleum refiners in the United States and Canada are forecast to spend about $6 billion on new capital projects in 2016, said Chris Paschall, vice president of global research for the refining industry at consultancy Industrial Info Resources (IIR).

LatAm petchems business lags; ExxonMobil cuts steam-cracking costs

Jul 8, 2016

Petrochemicals news you need to know.

DuPont sees production benefits from new turnaround process

Jun 24, 2016

Initiating company-specific best practices and streamlining its turnaround processes over the last few years has allowed DuPont’s Manufacturing Center in Mobile, Alabama to dramatically improve its turnaround scope management system and start up all its...

Data is key to operational excellence: Petrotechnics president says

Jan 13, 2016

New systems that manage day-to-day work at petrochemical and refining facilities could help companies reduce operational risk and improve the productivity of operations, according to Mike Neill, president of Houston-based Petrotechnics USA, which has been...

Saudi Arabia hikes ethane prices; Westlake to expand US ethylene unit

Jan 13, 2016

Petrochemicals news you need to know.