Course Description

Process Plant Start-Up

5-8 October 2015
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Course Offering 1510-209
Course ID 561

In-Person Course

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
  • Contractors
  • 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.

Course Description
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.

Course Director
Chris Wallsgrove; Manager, Process Engineering, Brinderson Engineers & Constructors Inc.

Chris Wallsgrove is Manager of Process Engineering with Brinderson Engineers & Constructors Inc., a full-service engineering and construction company based in California, USA. He has concentrated on the startup related aspects of engineering, including design, planning, training, initial operations and plant troubleshooting. He has participated in the startup of six world-scale petrochemicals plants, and more that ten other major petroleum, petrochemical and chemical plants, worldwide. He was recently responsible for precommissioning and commissioning management for a first-of-a-kind petrochemical plant in the Middle East. He is a member of the AIChE, IChemE (UK) and the ACS, and has presented papers around the world on startup, training and a variety of technical subjects.

Contributions on Course Development by:
John Butler,
who has over forty years of experience managing the effective design and operations of process plants, including all phases of process design from conceptual developments to hands-on startup and troubleshooting. He is Past Chairman of the Fuels and Petrochemicals Division of the AIChE, and has presented papers on startup, training and technical subjects around the world.

Venue Information
Amsterdam Area
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