Learn how we helped a Midwestern refinery better focus on day-to-day operations through an integrated solution of baseline inspections and an RBI implementation.
A large, complex Midwestern refinery with pipeline access to widespread 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.
Pinnacle was selected and trusted to complete the RBI implementation for this capital project for three key reasons: integrated asset management support, expertise, and horsepower. Pinnacle provides holistic support by integrating integrity and inspection services. Pinnacle can support capital projects and/or asset expansion with baseline inspections. In addition to inspection services, Pinnacle’s integrity and reliability engineers will also implement the new data into all relevant documentation and inspection software; perform corrosion studies and an RBI analysis; and set accurate inspection schedules. Pinnacle’s workforce also provides the expertise and horsepower needed to design and implement integrity and reliability programs, and to readily support a quality, efficient, and cost-effective project.
Because Pinnacle possesses the workforce, the multifaceted expertise, and the field inspectors to provide a holistic solution, Pinnacle was trusted to independently own the project, so once complete, everything would be ready to hand over to the client. Pinnacle’s process, which involves minimal involvement from the client, is outlined below.
Pinnacle’s success is largely determined by forming strategic partnerships with each of its clients to deliver optimal results. On this particular capital project, Pinnacle provided a comprehensive RBI software data management program, with data supported by Pinnacle’s inspection team.
Pinnacle’s single-source provider format provided the client several efficiencies. First, as previously mentioned, Pinnacle executed all required engineering and inspection activities in addition to all project management needs. Weekly updates were held with site stakeholders informing them of progress and other Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), resulting in minimal client involvement while ensuring buy-in on progress, quality, and schedule adherence. Secondly, the client was able to focus on managing day-to-day operations and turnaround schedules, while realizing the completion of the addition of all the new assets to the facility’s Mechanical Integrity (MI) program.
Increased value to the client, as a result of the project includes the following:
Overall, Pinnacle provided comprehensive asset management support through its multifaceted areas of expertise and through its unparalleled horsepower, delivering the value of efficiency. Through the execution of this project, the assets analyzed for this capital project have now received the proper foundation for achieving safety, compliance, and cost savings, and the client is now fully equipped to run and maintain a highly effective program.