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Turnarounds Get An Upgrade

Phillips 66 is upgrading the way it executes refinery turnarounds to increase field productivity and cost efficiencies while keeping safety front and center.

Turnarounds are maintenance events that are complex in nature — a major turnaround might require 50,000 or more scheduled tasks — and critical to the safety, reliability, environmental performance and competitiveness of refineries.

They are often scheduled years in advance, require extensive planning, coordination and additional staffing, and can last weeks or months, depending on the scope of the work. They are also expensive. Therefore, safe, on-time and on-budget execution is critical to a refinery’s bottom line.

December 2020 saw the completion of a rollout of a training platform on the 17 new tools and processes to plan and execute turnarounds.

The project is expected to generate more than $40 million in savings over the next five years.

The tools and technology facilitate automation of workflows and processes, convey real-time data, and support progress and milestone tracking. For example, handwritten wall charts or spreadsheet progress updates and radio-relayed status updates are replaced by easy-to-read electronic screens, simple-to-use mobile apps and text alerts, all relaying real-time information.

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