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Yanbu Refinery Shutdown Completed

Source: www.gulfoilandgas.com 4/6/2011, Location: Middle East

Employees at Saudi Aramco’s wholly owned Yanbu‘ Refinery recently completed a wide-ranging and complex Total Refinery Shutdown (TRS) on schedule and without any safety incidents.

The scope of the TRS covered 320 pieces of equipment, 1,000 maintenance work orders and more than 30 projects. The refinery undergoes extensive maintenance every five years to ensure the safety, integrity and reliability of the facility. However, the TRS that ended March 10 was more extensive than previous shutdowns.

Among the differences was improvements made at the refinery, including:
• The crude tower trays were upgraded to a new type of high-capacity stainless steel trays as part of a total revamp to improve the diesel quality and allow a refinery throughput increase to 250,000 barrels per day. • The Continuous Catalyst Regeneration/platformer reactors’ center pipes and scallops were upgraded to a more robust design to improve the reactor’s integrity and reliability.

Despite adverse weather and other issues, the shutdown was completed in the scheduled 38 days, due largely to advanced planning, organization and solid teamwork. Nearly 3,000 Saudi Aramco employees and contractors worked together to complete the task safely and on time.

Safety and environmental issues were seamlessly integrated into the operation’s scope, and the outstanding performance of employees — and contractors — proved to be a testament to the success of this holistic approach, organizers said.

Young engineers and technicians were given major responsibilities, joining their mentors in playing a major role, enabling knowledge-sharing as an added outcome.

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