CAPITAL PROJECT: BUILDING A STRONG RBI FOUNDATION THROUGH INTEGRATED INTEGRITY
A Midwestern refinery began a capital project to implement four new units.
PinnacleART provided an integrated solution by providing baseline inspections and performing the RBI implementation for all of the new assets.
By partnering with PinnacleART, the refinery was able to remain focused on day-to-day operations and is now equipped to maintain an effective program that will achieve safety, compliance and cost savings.
A large, complex Midwestern refinery with pipeline access to wide-spread neighboring crude oil sources produces gasoline, diesel fuel, and other in-demand refined products. Upon the inception of a new asset expansion project, the facility needed a third party capable of providing a turnkey solution.
In June of 2015, this Midwestern refinery invested in a capital project, in which four new units would be added by January of 2016, expanding capacity from 120,000 to 135,000 bpd. With the addition of these new assets came a substantial workload: performing baseline inspections, organizing/implementing data, corrosion modeling and a Risk-Based Inspection (RBI) analysis. As a result, the refinery personnel were facing a great deal of work to be executed in a short time.
Because this project needed to be completed within a specific time-frame, the facility faced a major challenge: they could not rely on current staff resources to manage this capital project and maintain day-to-day operations. Therefore, they initiated a search for a third-party organization that was:
capable of providing a comprehensive asset management solution that integrates RBI-based integrity and inspection services, and
adequately equipped to provide the personnel and expertise necessary to complete the project efficiently.