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Ensuring Reliability through Preparedness Planning: Best Practices for DCUs

Presented By

Eddie Gerren - Veolia NA


For refineries with a delayed coker unit, the jet pump is a critical piece of equipment that keeps the unit in production. If this pump goes down or requires unscheduled maintenance, coke cutting is halted, which can result in major financial impact on a refinery.

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An inherent challenge to coke cutting is that a jet pump can begin experiencing issues without notice. But with an effective preparedness plan, a plant can mitigate the operational and financial risks, and avoid an emergency situation.

One best practice for minimizing the impact of coker jet pump downtime is a comprehensive preparedness plan that is established and pre-approved by your organization, before an issue arises. A thorough preparedness plan should include:

This best practice will be described and demonstrated through real-life examples and case studies on the financial and operational impacts of preparedness planning. For example, one major refiner in Texas was able to avoid millions of dollars in downtime and keep its jet pumps totally operational for 12 days in February 2014, thanks to an effective preparedness plan that was developed and executed for the plant by Veolia.

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