Process Plant Start-Up
October 06 - 09, 2014
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Who Should Attend
This course is designed for Senior and mid-level technical people
involved in project execution and preparation for plant start-up in
any process industry. While the actual start-ups may differ by
industry, the commonalities in preparation provide valuable
lessons for people such as the following:
• Project Managers
• Plant Managers
• Start-up Manager, Commissioning Manager
• Process Engineers, Equipment Specialists
• Construction Managers and Supervisors
• Plant Supervisors
• Maintenance Manager
The greatest benefit arises from the application of these start-up
oriented ideas throughout a project, beginning at the conceptual
phase. The practical techniques, illustrated by example and
discussion, provide useful insights that are valuable at any stage
of the project execution and preparation for start-up.
The initial start-up of any plant, irrespective of size, type,
technology or industry, is a unique experience that poses some
special problems. Lack of experience in dealing with these
problems has frequently resulted in prolonged and costly start-ups,
caused by inadequate preparation for the events of start-up. This
course provides guidance for the necessary preparation required
to achieve a successful plant start-up. Start-up oriented thinking at
all stages of the project from engineering to commissioning is the
first step in proper preparation.
The course includes estimating start-up costs, people
requirements and resources. It defines and illustrates the vital role
of project management and plant personnel. Unanticipated events
during start-up, along with inherently hazardous conditions require
extra preparation effort to avoid safety incidents.
Troubleshooting performed during the start-up can be very
expensive and must be done as effectively as possible. The goal
of troubleshooting is to minimize the time and cost of going from
initial start-up to full production. The fourth day will provide a
review of techniques and discussion of numerous examples to
develop troubleshooting skills.
Participant interaction is welcome and is the best means to take
advantage of the range of viewpoints and experience. The faculty
has extensive start-up experience in a wide range of processing
units including chemical, petrochemical, and refining operations,
including material handling, mineral processing and catalyst
production. Individual situations may be discussed as time allows.