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Refinery Maintenance: The Work Management Process

In any equipment intensive sector, there is almost never a quiet day – and a refinery is no exception.  Even the best-planned days can be full of interruptions – failures and other unplanned events that disrupt the schedule and cause system slowdowns or outages. But a well-curated and properly executed Work Management Process can smooth… read more →

Truck Rack Process Optimization: A Case Study in Refinery Performance

Performance consulting, by definition, deals with the integrity and effectiveness of processes.  At Trindent Consulting we know that process effectiveness is impossible to achieve without also addressing two important aspects of every organization:  The system, which measures and guides the process, and the behaviour of process participants, which is a direct response to the system…. read more →

Hydrocarbon Loss: Regaining Control

Hydrocarbon Loss costs individual refineries millions of dollars per year and occurs daily in refinery operations when improper systems, processes, and behaviours are in place.  Best-in-class targets are under 0.25% loss while under 0.5% loss is considered an achievable target for the average refinery. If your refinery is performing worse than these targets or, worse,… read more →

Hydrocarbon Loss: Identifying Opportunities

In refineries, an Operating Expense hides in plain sight – Hydrocarbon Loss. Hydrocarbon Loss occurs daily in refinery operations because improper systems, processes, and behaviours are in place.  This is a preventable loss that often costs individual refineries millions of dollars per year.  Best-in-class targets are under 0.25% loss, while under 0.5% loss is considered… read more →

Octane and Volatility Giveaway: A Necessary Evil?

While its existence is undesirable, gasoline giveaway is often regarded as a necessary evil.  Most refineries have some sort of system in place to record octane and volatility giveaway and track their own performance against industry metrics.   However, many refineries fall short of doing everything they can to actively track giveaway, set aggressive targets to… read more →

Refinery Maintenance: Defect Elimination

There is a famous quote, “insanity is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results.”  By this definition, it is senseless for a refinery to all allow major equipment to fail the same way multiple times.  These types of failures can lead to expensive production stoppages and result in unplanned overtime,… read more →

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