Pipeline Operation & Maintenance: A Practical Approach, Second Edition
8 Pump and Compressor Station Maintenance
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- Ris (Zotero)
- Reference Manager
With the global changes occurring in today's economy, it is becoming increasingly important for pipeline companies to consider the role and impact of maintenance. for existing facilities, there are often significant opportunities to improve the effectiveness of the maintenance function by applying industry best practices and thereby increasing the value and effectiveness of these assets. When new pipelines are constructed, there is a prime opportunity to apply better methods such as condition monitoring, which will result in more effective maintenance.
Many companies are rethinking their maintenance programs. Time-based tasks are being replaced by more condition-based tasks and the frequency of maintenance is generally being reduced as risk is better understood. In some cases, maintenance is being turned over to major equipment vendors.
A maintenance program that is applicable to a specific situation can be developed by looking at vendor tasks, using relevant experience and possibly doing a more in-depth analysis. The results should be properly documented, most likely in a computerized maintenance management system, and should include detailed task description, frequency, time and skills required, special procedures and spare parts needed. Work orders can then be issued automatically to ensure that all tasks are carried out on time and that results are documented.