Operations & Maintenance

Louisiana’s top turnaround chiefs and consultants share tried and true solutions to their challenges

Robert Chandler, Turner Industries’ senior vice president for maintenance and specialty services, says the 3,200 or so turnaround workers he oversees are “a different...

Insight: Is strategic planning fact or fiction?

What is strategic planning? A written strategic plan, when done well, is both the road and the map itself. Fact: Simply put, it is a...

What’s being done to combat cyber threats targeting the petrochemical, oil and gas industries?

The headlines are worrisome and increasingly frequent. Time and again, the business community is successfully targeted by enterprising cyber profiteers who hack into corporate...

My Toughest Challenge: Johnny Holifield of SWAT in Gonzales

POSITION: President COMPANY: Specialty Welding and Turnarounds (SWAT) WHAT THEY DO: Founded in 2014, SWAT provides complete turnaround services, along with specialty welding, piping, furnace re-tubes and...

As cost overruns plague Gulf Coast projects, owners look for answers

Anyone in industry will tell you cost overruns are the norm rather than the exception in the dynamic world of refinery and chemical plant...

Amid intense capital expansion, industry braces for a surge of another kind in 2017—turnarounds

An expected surge in planned maintenance turnarounds across south Louisiana and the Gulf Coast in 2017 could have a minimal impact on manpower needs—or...

Corridor industrial plants faced ‘epic’ challenges after the storm of 2016

It didn’t take long for the record-breaking August deluge of 30-plus inches of rain in and around Baton Rouge—and the flooding that followed—to escalate...

Executive Profile: David Rentrop, W.R. Grace

Name: David Rentrop Position: Operations Director Company: W.R. Grace, Lake Charles Plant Age: 60 Hometown: Lake Charles Education: B.S., Chemical Engineering, Louisiana Tech University Where did your career start, and how...

SWAT assembles an elite turnaround team and raises the productivity threshold

By 2014, Johnny Holifield and Jimmy Quick had several years of experience under their belts, along with some clearly defined notions about what it...

MUDBUG and Spider highlight new products

Chet Morrison Contractors of Houma debuted a new tool for cleaning drilling and production risers that the company says is safer, faster and more...

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