Turnarounds, Shutdowns & Outages

Executing successful turnarounds and shutdowns is a delicate balancing act, requiring a depth of planning, scheduling and people management expertise. The sheer scale of work alone can be overwhelming, which is why our optimization programs have been specifically designed to help managers control the scope, identify potential in preparation and execution and make the improvements that are necessary. We don’t have a standard plan because every site, every turnaround and every team is different, but we do have the right experience and expertise to get you on track and achieve the results you need.

T.A. Cook Engineers

The dedicated team at T.A. Cook Engineers offers a range of truly independent professional turnaround, shutdown and outage services including expert and interim management. Our highly experienced staff are trusted by leading international corporations and mid-sized business alike to run individual events, direct whole departments or support the on-site team with critical activities and cope with heavy workloads.

Readiness Reviews & Audits

Accurately predict your TAR duration and costs with a series of structured interviews, observations and data analysis exercises at critical phases in the preparation and execution. Our positive audits are designed to identify opportunity and define realistic, concrete actions to reduce risk and save on duration and cost.

Execution Reviews

Define your overall execution productivity by conducting a detailed review of the hands-on-tool time in consideration of coordination, supervision, control and reporting quality. After a comparative analysis, we will identify efficiency improvements—typically 10 to 25%.

Process Improvements

Gauge your project’s complexity, detail and quality to industry best practice and develop an optimal front-end loaded (FEL) process for continuous improvement. We can assist with anything from training and coaching staff to full turn-key event management.

Featured Insights

The End of Subjectivity

The End of Subjectivity

Turnarounds in large industrial plants can become money pits if the advance preparations aren’t right. The new Project Intelligence Tool from T.A. Cook helps to improve the quality of preparations, thereby significantly reducing the risk of longer

A perfect turnaround

Unpredictible obstacles are part of the job in turnaround projects. In a computer-based simulation, decision-makers learn how to deal with them in practice and yet without any

Time to act

At the established TAR Annual Meeting, executives, project managers and specialists met to discuss the current challenges in turnaround management. All participants agreed: If you

"Yes, we can make this happen."

Even under the most ideal circumstances, achieving targets for an STO (shutdown, turnaround, outage) is a challenge. However, ideal circumstances are hard to come by, making a


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Gert Müller

Gert Müller