Enhance Coker Profitability by Conducting Periodic Audits
Historically, Pace Setter Petroleum Refineries conduct reviews/audits of their delayed coker units plus other major processing units every 3-5 years. These important surveys primarily address changes in processing feed stocks and production requirements as well as assessing application of new technologies to improve unit profitability.
- Site-specific coker unit evaluation (Cold Eye Review)
- A system called Photo-Logics to record and review the collected data.
- A written report with a firm direction towards Operator Driven Reliability (ODR)
Delayed Coker Audits result in saving
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Facilitate advancement to “Pacesetter Performance.”
The important qualifications are:
- Analysis from an owner’s perspective, as the site evaluator formerly was with major refining companies.
- Where possible, enhance plant identified potential improvements.
- Conduct an unbiased “cold eyes” evaluation, to generate new ideas.
- This site audit requires minimal but effective effort from plant technical and operations personnel.
- Obtain agreement/commitment from key plant personnel on worthwhile improvements identified by the audit.
Technical Issues Addressed in Audits
Important areas include:
- Current and future processing objectives and potential improvement opportunities.
- Review of key operating practices and procedures.
- Reliability assessment of key equipment performance and online maintenance.
- Incidents/near misses, their causes and corrective action taken.
- Capability of safety facilities and important reminder activities.
- Operator surveillance rounds by walking the rounds with operators and witnessing shift turnover.
- Operator depth of knowledge for equipment and up-keep.
- Depth of knowledge of the Delayed Coker process.
- Safety equipment
- Auto start equipment
- Safety interlocks system (heaters, coke drum valves, un-heading)
- Fire protection
- Procedures and on-deck witness of these tasks: top and bottom drum un-heading, coke drum, switching, and coke drum drilling
- Operations routine duties (minor preventive maintenance)
- List of bad actors (reoccurring problems)
- Preventive maintenance program with schedule, task list, and history.
- Equipment status including age and up-keep.
Overall incentives for conducting audits are increased profitability by:
- Higher on-stream production
- Improved yields
- Enhance plant personnel knowledge and performance
- Meaningful profitability results and other benefits
- Substantial no and low cost changes
- Reasonable potential investments are identified and priorities noted
- The cost of an Audit is normally recovered in 2-3 months
Our in-depth analysis evaluates potential improvements and establishes incentives for changes. Potential improvement opportunities can then be prioritized.
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