Effective catalyst handling services are performed by high skilled specialist teams. A range of services, including project planning, estimating, safety and quality planning, and execution of the client’s project, are components of catalyst handling. However, it’s possible for a specialized resource firm to engage at any stage of the client’s need.
Turnaround flows may include the establishment of safety parameters and quality requirements; resourcing and/or outsourcing tasks to other contractors and sub-contractors; and management of an internal or augmented team. The goal of any catalyst handling team is to safely execute work to ensure minimum client downtime.
Planning & Management
Catalyst handling may involve the need to carefully plan a client site shutdown months in advance. It’s often essential to mobilize a specialist team to include planning, organization, and management of the contractor team and/or any subcontractors engaged to perform the work.
The management of shutdowns must consider all necessary steps from inception and planning of the project to its final stages of plant reactivation. The catalyst handling contract must often oversee an internal team as well as their own staff and subcontractors to accomplish the client’s job requirements. It’s often essential to operate with speed, but safety can’t be sacrificed to get the job done.
Most catalyst handling firms develop their own critical equipment and processes but the client’s needs almost always dictate access to modern refining technologies via license agreements held by other parties. In other words, the catalyst handling firm must maintain good relationships throughout the global industry and access precisely what the client needs on demand.
All catalyst handling projects are complex, so each client receives a customized project plan and estimate. The contractor firm must solve one or more specific client problem. Understanding the client’s scope of work and critical path are essential to execution, however. Hazard analysis and assessments are always part of the path to project completion.
Catalyst Handling Team
Some of the processes managed by an experienced catalyst handling team include: hydrocracking; sulfur recovery units (SRU); methanol reactors; sulfuric acid converters; phthalic anhydride (C?H?(CO)?O; natural gas dehydration; residual desulfurization (VRDS + RDS); hydrogen desulfurization; hydro-desulfurization; hydro-treating; FCCU; single + multibed reactors; ethylene oxide, acrylic acid, VCM; ammonia synthesis converters; vinyl acetate; hydrogen; olefins productions; catalytic cracking, steam methane reformers; tube sheet reactors; primary & secondary reformers; municipal potable water; and much more.
Clients in search of catalyst handling requirements need a firm that can plan and execute a turnaround. Involvement at every stage of the process helps the client to reduce organization barriers, time, and money. Efficiency goals are at the heart of the process because, without step-by-step planning, it’s difficult to effectively execute the client’s goals.
The client company is always at the head of the organizational chart, and the catalyst handling team must work hand-in-hand with the client from start to finish of the project. When the project is completed, the catalyst handling team’s work isn’t finished. It’s essential to debrief the client to identify future cost savings, improvements, and best practices.