Everything you do at your oil and gas facility comes down to two things, safety and profit. The problem is that these two things are often at tension. Safety isn’t cheap. On the other hand, neglecting safety for the sake of profit isn’t ethical. Therefore this can lead to costly repairs at best and disaster at worst.
The answer is to use a maintenance plan that treats the upkeep of your facility as an ongoing operational expense. Instead of a plan to fix things after they break down.
Here are 4 tactics to build a maintenance strategy that will save you money at your oil and gas facility over time.
1. Practice Preventive Maintenance at Your Oil and Gas Facility
Your plan for an oil or gas facility should center on the type of equipment you have. As well as the age and condition of your equipment.
In the spring and summer, your preventive maintenance should include ways that center on parts that the heat might have a problem with. Or are simply easier to address in nicer weather. Typically, these activities include things like replacing filters and belts. As well as checking for leaks, lubricating moving parts. Also cleaning outdoor components and checking refrigerant charge.
Like spring and summer, maintenance in the fall and winter often center on the demands of the weather and environmental strains. As the weather gets increasingly colder you should start inspecting the ignition. As well as clearing drain lines and checking electrical connections and fan operation.
While these are a good baseline strategy, each spot is different and has different hazards and challenges to take into account. Having someone there regularly to inspect, maintain and repair parts before they become a problem saves a lot of money in the long-run.
2. Engage a Contractor to Regularly Maintain Your Oil and Gas Facility
Monitoring and maintaining an oil facility or gas facility is important. Whether that is a processing plant or a well pad takes a team of skilled, professionals.
Your contractor should thoroughly inspect your system. As well as take the time to explain what he or she did during the inspection. Be open with your contractor. If you’ve been having any issues with your equipment, tell your contractor to avoid dealing with much bigger problems down the road.
While your contractor should be familiar with your facility and notice if anything is out of the ordinary, it can be helpful to have standard reporting procedures. This will help when anyone on site notices something that might need addressed.
At any construction site—gas and oil facilities included—emergencies can happen at any time. When considering a contractor, make sure that someone from the company will be available to come to your site if an emergency occurs no matter what day or time it occurs. Your contractor is one of your main lines of defense because he or she is prepared specifically for these types of emergencies. He or she can also assist your emergency personnel if necessary and offer valuable insight into the cause of the incident.
3. Monitor Electrical Systems During Severe Weather
Severe weather is a strain on all of your equipment and facilities, but storms can be especially hard on your electrical systems.
Summer thunderstorms in particular and the lightening that often comes with them, can damage and cause a complete failure in a facility electrical system that has not been properly maintained and buffered against the threat of a severe storm outage.
Make sure that your oil and gas facility’s maintenance plan includes regular and rigorous testing and inspection of all electrical equipment and systems by a team of certified electricians. It is a good idea if the contractor also has skill in other areas of construction and mechanical systems since a strong electrical system maintenance program often overlaps with these areas.
If your contractor can service and coordinate among all of these different service offerings, you will save yourself the headache and money of hiring and figuring out the efforts needed to make sure your facility stays up and running.
4. Trusted Faces Cut Down on Time and Cost
It might seem smart to bid out each project and repair as it occurs in order to save money. However in the end, this practice only leads to more money by ignoring facility up keep. As well as additional time billed for each contractor to get familiar with your setup.
Instead, by hiring a single contractor you know that they are serving you well. You are able to establish a relationship with your contractor. This leads to a more streamlined process and a trust formed over time.
Regardless of who you employ, your up keep contractor should be willing to sit with you. As well as explain what he or she did during service calls. The contractor should also explain how the problem was fixed. As well as review any possible issues that might require your input. A vendor that spends more time at your place typically does more thorough service.
Oil and gas up keep is a costly but important part of your operations budget. A cost reduction happens when systems are well maintained. As well as when potential problems get caught early. This allows you to operate safely. And give you the knowledge that you are running at an acceptable level of efficiency. By paying attention to these four things, we think you will have a strong foundation. This will keep your equipment operational and your business keep making money.
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