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Recent Air Regulations: Impact on Turnaround Vapor Deinventory Strategies

By Paul Anderson and Chris Longo, GEM Mobile Treatment Services |

With the onset of new environmental regulations, turnaround teams must look to temporary vapor-control strategies to ensure compliance during non-routine operations Turnarounds are one of the most anticipated and time-intensive events in a plant’s cycle, and are an essential part of continuous operations in the petroleum refining and petrochemical industries. A turnaround is a scheduled event wherein an entire process unit in a refinery or manufacturing site is taken offline for an extended period of time to perform maintenance, modifications, inspections, catalyst regeneration or changeouts, as well as any related projects (Figure 1). Turnarounds provide an important window of opportunity for essential maintenance tasks and allow for safe and efficient servicing or replacement of process equipment. If done correctly, turnarounds can potentially lead to huge gains in the facility’s productivity and output. However, turnarounds are also extremely costly events in terms of direct costs for labor, tools, heavy equipment and materials used to execute these projects. If the budget balloons or the timeline unexpectedly expands, it can have disastrous effects on a company’s bottom line. FIGURE 1. Turnarounds are a challenging —…
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