Turner Industries Helps Indorama Port Neches with ‘Critical Situation’
When Indorama Ventures reached out to Turner Industries with a critical need, Project Manager Reese Forse and his site team answered the call with a successful solution.
The job at Indorama’s site in Port Neches, Texas, entailed a complicated six tubular reactor catalyst change out amid a five-unit outage. It was no small task, but ultimately successful due to the experience of Turner’s team. The 72,000-work-hour scope consisted of 34 activities in each reactor for catalyst removal, abrasive blasting, inspection and simultaneous catalyst loading of the combined 46,998 tubes.
Forse, along with Site Superintendent Mike Brawley, pulled “triple-duty” from April to early June 2022. They acted as liaisons for Turner’s turnaround services group, assisted with the five-unit outage and managed the catalyst change while overseeing Turner’s maintenance program at Indorama.
“The Turner team stepped up and worked together through this event,” Forse said. “We are very fortunate to have very knowledgeable employees who have participated in this work scope before. We leaned on them and leveraged their experience to make the entire event successful, while still executing our daily maintenance work across the other eight units inside the facility.”
According to Forse, this project had its share of challenges. It started with a short pre-outage timeline to recruit craft resources and source equipment and culminated with the team recovering over 450 previously plugged tubes via a “drill and blast” method during the catalyst removal stage.
“When Indorama needed us to drill out 457 tubes with packed catalyst in the No. 5 reactor, I knew it was going to be a challenge and dramatically impact the critical path of the turnaround,” said Turner Operations Manager Colby Plaia. “But the team met that challenge head-on and worked through it to be successful. I’m so proud of our Turner team at this site.”
“The catalyst change on this unit was our critical path activity,” said Indorama Port Neches Operations Site Director Kim Hoyt. “Reese and his team were able to quickly respond to our need and arrange for both the staffing and the equipment necessary to complete the work within our outage window. We have built a great working relationship with Turner, so we had confidence the Turner team could perform the work safely and within our timeline. We really appreciate the Turner team stepping up and helping us out of a critical situation.”