The busy period of annual maintenance shutdowns in the energy sector and industry are about to start. In the warm season maintenance can be performed in better conditions than in the winter and the demand for energy is at its lowest, among other things. Careful planning can shorten the downtime and reduce costs significantly.
Our experience of hundreds of annual maintenance shutdowns both in the industry and the energy sector has inspired us to prepare an extensive manual on how to best succeed with shutdowns.
Sloppy preparations may cause a number of problems, such as:
- Inadequate workforce and missing spare parts, which are impossible to get quickly at a reasonable cost.
- Lack of project management and planning. For example, work is heaped up in excess up to the last minute and you can’t execute them properly during the downtime.
- Because of these, both the budget and downtime are exceeded which may cause big production losses.
Whether we talk about an energy plant in continuous operation or a production plant working on weekdays only, the share of an annual shutdown is typically some 10-30 per cent of the annual maintenance budget. With good preparation the downtime takes up some two per cent of the planned production time, whereas bad preparation may multiply it. Preparation is reflected also in occupational safety.
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Markku Leinonen, President, Project, Installation & Engineering Services, tel. +358 (0)46 851 6195
Hannu Leskelä, President, Industrial Service Agreements, tel. +358 (0)40 546 8580
Timo Partanen, President (acting), Energy, Operation and Maintenance, tel. +358 (0)50 454 7200