Strategizing a Central Processing Platform (CPP) Commissioning & Start-up in a Complex Mega Scale Project

Proceedings of ‏The 3rd International Conference on Applied Research in Business, Management and Economics

Year: 2021


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Strategizing a Central Processing Platform (CPP) Commissioning & Start-up in a Complex Mega Scale Project

Firdaus bin Harun



Commissioning & Start-Up (CSU) of a facility in Oil & Gas industry, is classically the transitional phase prior to the start of Production phase. As every project has its own unique and explicit requirement, it is of paramount importance for a project to have its own CSU philosophy to drive the project execution to achieve their project objectives. This paper outlines project management process, focusing on Network Diagram tools, in Commissioning and Start-up phase for multiple and complex facilities.

The focus of this paper will be on the formulation of the commissioning philosophy for an integrated Commissioning & Start-Up (CSU) strategy which involves multiple packages, centering on a Central Processing Platform (CPP). Proper Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) and Project Management Network Diagram tools is applied in producing a detailed commissioning plan, which guides strategic phasing of commissioning phases and milestones. This is further discussed and deliberated through series of workshops among the stakeholders to gain their buy-in and acceptance.

This method has been adopted in two different projects of about the same magnitude, resulted in clear and focused commissioning execution, and leading to accelerated project delivery. Such positive impact is doable with appropriate execution strategy; whereby potential clashes are proficiently managed, and project execution were steered through clear Commissioning & Start-Up phases/milestones. This paper also recommends the methodology used to produce a Commissioning Network Diagram, which can be used as guiding principle in managing activities during project execution in an efficient manner.

Keywords: project management; work breakdown structure; network diagram; phases; milestones.