Arthur Jensen: About the Author
Mechanical Reliability Specialist, Sunoco, Inc.

Art Jensen graduated from the University of Rochester in 1980 with a BS in Chemical Engineering. He started his career with Chevron at the Perth Amboy, NJ Refinery. He transferred to the Chevron Hawaii Refinery in 1981, and then to the Chevron Philadelphia Refinery in 1988. Art joined Sunoco in 1994 when Sunoco purchased the Philadelphia Refinery from Chevron. Since Joining Sunoco Art has remained in the Philadelphia area providing mechanical reliability and maintenance support at the three northeast refineries (Philadelphia, Marcus Hook PA, and Westville, NJ), as well as the Toledo, OH refinery.

Art's 30 years of refining experience has concentrated in the discipline of mechanical reliability, including: fixed equipment engineering and reliability, fixed equipment inspection, rotating machinery reliability, and predictive/preventive maintenance practices. Other areas of experience include refinery maintenance, turnaround planning and execution, refinery operations, personal safety, and process safety. Particular areas of expertise include: PSM mechanical integrity, management of change, incident investigations (with training and practice in multiple investigation and root cause analysis methodologies), and work process improvements (quality improvement methodology).

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Published Articles

  • Ethylene Unit Fire Lessons Learned - Sunoco Marcus Hook, PA Refinery
    March/April 2010 Inspectioneering Journal
    By Arthur Jensen at Sunoco, Inc.

    At approximately 10:15 p.m. on Sunday, May 17, 2009, there was a sudden and large hydrocarbon release from a main process pipe in the Ethylene Unit at the Sunoco Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania Refinery. The release found an ignition source at an operating process furnace within 2 seconds, resulting in a fire. Seven other process lines within the pipe rack in the vicinity of the initial release ruptured from short-term overheating within the first 10 minutes.

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