Chemical Plant Commissioning

Topic Contract and Project Management

CPD Hours 16


This course deals with the commissioning and start-up of process plants, both large and small.

Many different aspects are covered including the planning and managerial aspects of major plants, and the start-up of small plants, with an emphasis on the technical problems and dealing with the documentation associated with commissioning.

Lecture materials are delivered by specialists in the field, all of whom have been associated with start-ups themselves. There is substantial emphasis on tutorial exercises in both commissioning and pre-commissioning.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course, you will understand:

  • gain an overview of the many aspects involved with the commissioning and start-up of both large and small process plants
  • develop a better understanding of the commissioning process from planning to execution
  • learn about developing effective commissioning plans and schedules
  • receive guidance on how to deal with complexity, identify risks and diagnose causes of mal-operation.

Course outline

Day 1

  • Introduction to plant commissioning
  • The commissioning experience
  • Introduction to pre-commissioning and tutorial exercise
  • Discussion on tutorial exercise
  • Start to finish: know where to begin and end your planning
  • Planning tutorial exercise

Day 2

  • Risk based commissioning and start-up
  • Commissioning tutorial exercise
  • Quality assurance and coping with the paperwork
  • Commissioning instruments
  • Tutorial in diagnosing causes of mal-operation
  • Commissioning process control systems

Day 3

  • Safety in commissioning
  • An Introduction to IPPC
  • IPPC and environmental aspects of commissioning
  • COMAH and commissioning

Who will benefit

Graduate process engineers about to take on their first major commissioning responsibility and process engineers who want to strengthen their knowledge in commissioning in order to commission a new plant.

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