Risk Based Work Selection (RBWS) – An Essential Step for Turnaround Work Scope Optimization

By Arcot (Radha) Radhakrishnan, Engineering Fellow at Becht. October 3, 2019

Turnarounds (TA) in the petrochemical industry are periodic shutdowns of process units or an entire facility, typically on a planned schedule, to meet multiple objectives, such as regulatory compliance, improving process reliability, and inspecting and/or repairing process equipment. In a competitive business environment, managing TA events in an efficient and cost-effective manner is a significant challenge for owner-operators.

Key Step - Planning

Developing a comprehensive TA work scope for process equipment is a critical step for achieving a facility's business goals. Since a major TA can range from 500,000 – 1 million man-hours and involve hundreds of TA tasks, prioritizing and optimizing TA activities to ensure only justified work is planned and executed is an essential part of TA planning. Efficient execution of these tasks can yield... 

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