Cryogenic Units are specialized equipment requiring specific know-how to design, operate and maintain. The proper maintenance of cryogenic plants is essential to ensure the long term reliability and safety of the asset.
GASAL manages maintenance of its facilities at three levels:
- At the local level, the plant manager is responsible for on-going and day-to-day maintenance of the facility, coordinating and scheduling of turnarounds and developing a good relationship with the local maintenance contractors.
- At the country level, the GASAL operations group supported by a Middle East Technical Platform of Air Liquide which provides expertise and recommendations on maintenance procedures, collects the reliability data for the plants, and assists during major turnarounds. In addition there is a centralized group of experts providing support and troubleshooting mainly in the areas of instrumentation, electrics, machinery and process,
- At the Air Liquide level, maintenance and technology groups define best practices and assists in training the plant staff.
GASAL coordinates whenever possible with its customers and strive to perform plant maintenance during periods when consumers are at reduced load or shut-down. This allows Air Liquide and GASAL to maximize availability in a cost effective manner. Good co-ordination and forecasting must be established between the operating teams communication protocol that the parties will develop together. There is a compelling mutual interest that both parties work together in achieving the highest availability and efficiency.