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Richard Crawford from Integrated Global Services, a solution provider at the marcus evans Petrochemical & Refining Summit 2012 and Power Plant Management Summit 2012, on asset safety and optimization.

Interview with: Richard Crawford, President, Integrated Global Services

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Boosting Asset Reliability in the Energy Sector - Richard Crawford, Integrated Global Services

  1. 1. Boosting Asset Reliability in the Energy SectorInterview with: Richard Crawford, How could they protect their spill or explosion at a domestic refineryPresident, I ntegrated Global assets? would be disastrous to efforts toServices maximize domestic extraction and Addressing the issue of metal wastage production, so there is a strong need for from erosion and corrosion is essential, this kind of proactive approach to riskMetal wastage from erosion and as it can lead to expensive unscheduled management.corrosion can lead to expensive downtime, the costly repair ofunscheduled downtime, the costly repair equipment and potentially unsafeor replacement of critical equipment working conditions. A well designedand machinery, and potentially unsafeworking conditions, says Richard surface protection system involving customized shop-applied or onsite There is a needCrawford, President, Integrated thermal spray, weld overlay, andGlobal Services. ceramic coatings can extend an asset’s for more lifespan and lessen maintenanceFrom a solution provider at theupcoming marcus evans expenses within the constraints of even the shortest plant shutdowns. Plant environmentalPetrochemical & Refining Summit2012 and Power Plant Management operators must carefully consider these alternatives to traditional epoxies and and safetySummit 2012, Crawford discussesenvironmental health and safety and an operate-until-failure approach to avoid unexpected vessel or boiler wall controlsenergy management optimization. thinning and the associated costs of operating without a preventativeHow can efficiency be increased in maintenance strategy.the petrochemical, refining and How can plant safety be improved?generation space? Perhaps the most important point is that when machinery fails due to corrosion As a multi-national contractor, we havePlant managers are being asked to or erosion, it is critical to investigate the benefitted from being able to witnessproduce more with the same aging issue and address the root cause of the different safety programs acrossequipment that was used 10, 20 and failure, and to lay the groundwork for a industry and geography. In whatevereven 50 years ago. They are also being more reliable outcome going forward. format they are implemented,challenged with the increasing amount behavior-based safety should beof heavier and sourer fuels. What environmental concerns implemented, particularly in culturally should plant managers focus on? diverse international workforces. In theIndustry executives believe that there is petrochemical and refining space, wea need to move into alternative fuels It is critical that plant managers perform have seen that many plant-specificthat are cheaper or have a less intrusive risk assessments to anticipate the programs are often quite specific to aenvironmental footprint; however, they likelihood and impact of related risks plant, which makes it challenging tomust also continue focusing on specific to the plant. Obviously, a sour introduce new service providers to theiroperating with conventional fuels more gas processing plant has a dramatically own way of doing things.efficiently. different set of potential environmental concerns than an oil burning power However, on the generation side,There is now immense pressure to do plant. Most visible environmental risks contractors find it easier to get up tomore with less. The continued need to be addressed at the corporate speed with all requirements regardinginvestment in technology improvements level, as the political impact of an safety and efficiency, perhaps becausefor increased throughput, efficiency, and environmental mistake can literally they are more acclimated to the processreliability will become increasingly destroy a company’s ability to operate of packaging the requirements andimportant over the next few years. flexibly. The effects of another large instructing new providers.
  2. 2. For more information please send an email to or visit The Energy Network - marcus the event websites below: evans Summits group delivers peer-to-peer information on Petrochemical & Refining Summit 2012: strategic matters, professional trends and breakthrough innovations. Power Plant Management Summit 2012: Contact Please note that the Summit is a closed business event and the Stacey Melvin, Journalist, marcus evans, Summits Division number of participants strictly Tel: + 357 22 849 400 limited. Email: For more information please send an email to All rights reserved. The above content may be republished or reproduced. Kindly inform us by sending an email to press@marcusevanscy.comAbout Integrated Global ServicesIntegrated Global Services (IGS) provides surface protection solutions for mission-critical equipment. IGS’ integrated serviceoffering of Metalspray®, weld overlay, large particle ash (LPA) filtration, and mechanical services helps power, oil and gas, paper,and other critical processing companies operate their equipment reliably and safely. A world leader in onsite thermal spray withover 2,000 successful projects completed, IGS offers proprietary materials and application processes and experienced projectmanagement for dependable assistance in planned or emergency shutdowns.www.integratedglobal.comAbout marcus evans Summitsmarcus evans Summits are high level business forums for the world’s leading decision-makers to meet, learn and discussstrategies and solutions. Held at exclusive locations around the world, these events provide attendees with a unique opportunity toindividually tailor their schedules of keynote presentations, think tanks, seminars and one-on-one business meetings.For more information, please visit: www.marcusevans.comUpcoming EventsPower Generation APAC Summit - www.apacpowergen.comTransmission & Distribution Summit - www.t-dsummit.comWater & Wastewater Management Summit - www.h2osummit.comTo view the web version of this interview, please click here: