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Shutdown Management

...K ee p the m oney m achine runnin g.

Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away

Antoine de Saint-Exupery, French poet, writer.

Author: Jim Wardhaugh

Location: 2.2.3 New Medium-Sized Complex Refinery


We aimed to make our brand-new refinery a top performer in every conceivable aspect. When we contemplated our first shutdown, we decided to learn from both poor performers and top performers those practices that brought poor performance or made them top performers.

I had been collecting good practices on shutdowns over many years, both while working in various types of plants and while visiting them on consulting visits from the technical headquarters. Many shutdowns of all sorts were done each year all over the world. Therefore, I found it surprising that there was no standard recipe which all these locations followed. All over the world, shutdowns were handled in completely different ways. Some of these ways brought success, others mediocrity, and still others brought abject failure in performance terms.

I think I have a good handle on what should bring success (or fail- ^ure). But let us start by looking at what we are trying to achieve. J

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