Advanced Plant Shutdown & Turnaround Management

Course Overview

The planning, preparation and execution of a turnaround is a complex undertaking that demands an effective strategy, a high degree of control and great attention to detail. It also requires a profound understanding of the critical elements that go to make up a turnaround and the drivers and constraints that shape the event. This requires involvement of every level of the company from senior management who set the framework for the event through to the craft personnel who perform the actual work.

The shutting down and start up phases of a turnaround are critical to the success or failure of the event and as such must be planned and prepared in as much detail as the mechanical phase. There comes a point in each area of the turnaround at which most tasks have been completed and the systems may be handed back to operations for start up. This is a critical transition phase and if not properly controlled, time, money and effort can be wasted. Although it may seem to the casual observer that the start up of the plant is simply the reverse of the shutdown.

There are only two types of work on a turnaround, routine and unexpected. If the routine is under control there is time to deal with the unexpected but if the routine becomes unexpected the unexpected may become catastrophic”.

Each module offers a practical approach with exercises and examples that draw out and develop participants learning and experience in addition to that offered by the workshop.

Course Key Takeaway

Enhance the company’s strategic Turnaround capabilities
Improve the company’s approach to planning and scheduling
Provide a framework for effective turnaround execution

Highlight the unique safety requirements of turnarounds
Foster the “one team” approach to turnarounds
To ensure a safe and orderly transfer from Turnaround phase to Start-up phase

Provide a comprehensive knowledge base for turnarounds
Demonstrate the latest planning techniques for turnarounds
To share ideas and issues

Who Should Attend


  • Managers
  • Engineers

  • Operations

  • Planners

  • Schedulers

  • Logistics coordinators

  • Cost managers
  • Supervisors

  • Safety officers
  • Inspection
  • Engineering personnel

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