A Look Ahead at Plant Turnarounds and Shutdowns

Like so many things in 2020, plant turnarounds and shutdowns found themselves on a slightly different schedule than in previous years. Due to occupancy and distancing concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic, World Oil reported that many operations placed such practices on hold. After all, the work requires “extra” personnel to make their way on-site, opening the door to potential virus spread.

Although such safety concerns are absolutely warranted, these practices play an essential role in keeping industrial operations running safely. As we take our first steps into 2021, the FUSED team anticipates contractors will find themselves busy with plant turnarounds and shutdowns — especially in the year’s second half. Other reports note similar predictions for the coming months and years:

  • ENR Texas & Louisiana reinforces the idea that turnarounds might find themselves pushed back by a year and a half or so, until market conditions become more stable. Despite the fact that markets stood strong at the end of 2019, the pandemic — paired with decreased oil prices and an active hurricane season — resulted in massive change for the industrial sector as a whole. Learn More
  • Reuters reports that plant turnaround postponements could result in a bottleneck in the coming year or two, as companies work to get back on track. That supply-and-demand mindset, they said, could also result in price increases. Learn More

At FUSED, we encourage our friends and customers in the industrial sector to begin plans now for future turnaround needs. Assess your operations — equipment health, lags or slowdowns and even prior turnaround timelines — and then get future dates on the calendar. Such maintenance isn’t just a necessary step toward keeping plants healthy. It can serve as a return to normalcy following a year that was anything but normal.

If you have questions about plant turnarounds and shutdowns, or if you’re curious about how FUSED can assist, please feel free to contact our team. Our experts are always happy to help.