While the recent devastation created by a season of hurricanes is still be surveyed, we are learning more and more about how this unusual weather impacts critical parts of our nation’s infrastructure. In some cases, those feeling the pinch aren’t even in Harvey or Irma’s wake. In the latest round of damage, Hurricane Harvey has now disrupted the plans for critical maintenance at refineries more than a thousand miles away from the flood zones!
This time of year is typically taken to catch up on needed repairs and maintenance, since demand typically begins to dwindle. After the summer driving season, many plants and refineries use this time to install new equipment at places that typically run 24 hours a day seven days a week. However, since Harvey knocked nearly 25% of the nation’s refining capacity offline, many companies are delaying these needed repairs and updates in order to try to churn out more fuel.
Still, it is an excellent time to take stock of what may help a refinery or plant run more smoothly in the coming months, and here is where Komax shines. Whether the industry needs to mix additives into the crude in order to create high quality gasoline or using heating elements to efficiently (and consistently) generate product, Komax mixers and heaters have long been industry standard for making the leap into higher, more efficient production and saving energy at the same time. Given the current gas and diesel situation in the country, refiners are certainly going to need to do both!
Refiners shouldn’t wait too long, however, to make the needed arrangements for maintenance. The longer repair is delayed, the more likely the plant is to end up sustaining more serious damage. Companies planning on delaying repairs for a few more months should contact Komax as soon as possible to help in the transition to better mixing procedures.