International Sugar Journal

15-Day annual maintenance shut: Hulref’s journey from chaos to interdependence* [Full subscriber]

Abstract The Tongaat-Hulett Sugar South Africa-Refinery (Hulref) operates continuously for 47 weeks of the year with a two-week mini-shut in December and a three-week annual shut in April. This means that a significant portion of the maintenance has to be done in a relatively short period. In this paper, the eight-year journey that was undertaken to change the culture from “chaos” to “interdependence” will be discussed. The annual refinery shut is a complex event and includes:- About 3 000 tasks to be done; A number of projects to be executed; A total complement of about 700 permanent and contract staff;…

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