IRATA Rope access tradesmen decommissioning a derrick on a offshore production platform.

Shutdown & Turnaround Package (V-TAR)

Vertech’s V-TAR Specialist Package provides comprehensive integrity, inspection, and access services tailored to specialist shutdown (SD) or turnaround (TAR) projects.

In the oil and gas, power generation, and mining industries, turnarounds (TARs) are critical to a facility’s ongoing operation. These peak and intense activity periods make it imperative to have the correct planning, the right equipment, and, most importantly, the best people.

A well-planned shutdown can positively impact the plant, have it running at capacity, and significantly extend the facility’s operating life.

Vertech believes we are industry leaders in achieving these outcomes.

SD & TAR, inspection, upgrade or repair projects, can often be critical to production recommencing so that delays can cost asset owners millions in lost revenue. Over the last decade, Vertech has refined our pre-planning, pre-mobilisation and work scope assessment processes to ensure every small detail is accounted for and the chance of delay is as small as possible. By providing well-organised logistics, our teams arrive on-site armed with everything necessary to deliver the job effectively.

Vertech has completed major shutdown and turnaround projects across Australia and New Zealand.

Shutdown & Turnaround Planning

Successful shutdown (SD) or turnaround (TAR) projects require thorough planning and early engagement with the inspection teams, the client’s teams, and other technical specialists needed for the planned activities. Establishing preliminary communication channels ensures a comprehensive and shared understanding of the shutdown’s specifics, such as the prioritised tasks and critical path items.

Regardless of the asset’s condition, our plant inspection and integrity management experience is invaluable to the planning phase, removing assumptions while reducing on-site variables’ risk.

Vertech’s V-TAR Package has been refined over many major and minor, planned and unplanned projects across Australia and New Zealand. Our V-TAR project planning capabilities include a comprehensive array of project management services to complement the operator’s personnel to ensure safe, efficient, and high-quality implementation.

The vertech training facility conducting verification of competency for NDT & Inspection.
Our pre-planning and planning capabilities include:

Turnaround Inspection Services

The Vertech V-TAR Shutdown and Turnaround Package provides our customers with a comprehensive range of high-value high-quality people and inspection technologies to add maximum value to inspections. Key service lines we have invested in include:

Magnetic flux leakage (MFL) testing on the floor of a large tank as part of a wider Tank Testing campaign
Storage Tank Inspection (MFL & API 653)
A vertech AICIP In service inspector conducting external visual inspections of a pressure vessel on an offshore FPSO as part of a topside inspection campaign.
AICIP Pressure Equipment Inspection
An image of an ELIO drone or UAV lit up as part of a marine class inspection of FPSO tanks
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) Inspection
Vertech RDVI crawler systems completing remote visual internal inspections of a pressure vessel removing the need for manned confined space entry (CSE).
Remote Digital Visual Inspection (RDVI)
A rope access, Non destructive testing (NDT) technician conducting phased array roller probe inspection on the external of a pressure vessel offshore
Rope Access NDT Inspection
A Web deck and engineered decking system, with encapsulation being installed on an LNG birth as part of a Structural Coatings campaign
Structural & Coatings

Turnaround Advanced NDT Inspection

Sonomatic has a proud reputation for providing cutting-edge advanced inspection services to support shutdowns and turnarounds’ safety and integrity requirements worldwide.

In Australia, the Sonomatic team forms the advanced inspection arm of Vertech Group, which means our clients benefit from both companies’ specialist skill sets and services under one cohesive shutdown team.

A sonomatic advanced NDT corrosion mapping system on a pipeline.

Advanced NDT

Sonomatic focuses on executing as much advanced NDT before a shutdown as possible, having developed techniques and guidelines for online inspection of pressure vessels and piping. Due to temperature, insulation, access or other requirements, sometimes advanced inspection must be done during the shutdown. For this, Sonomatic has a dedicated team led by subject matter experts that can support planning, execution and shutdown decisions for TOFD, Phased Array, Corrosion Mapping or other specialist techniques.

An inspector checking tube bundles before IRIS tube inspection.

Tube Inspection

Sonomatic has a dedicated tube inspection team led by experts who can support planning, execution, and shutdown decision-making. Technology quickly evolves in the tube inspection space, and expertise is needed to ensure the most efficient equipment and inspection techniques are utilised. We have one of the largest teams of skilled, dedicated tube inspectors in the APAC region, armed with an extensive fleet of the latest-generation equipment and techniques.

Turnaround – Emergency Response & CSE Management

Vertech has provided high-mobility, experienced teams to support and deliver a complete emergency response and confined space entry (CSE) management service for shutdowns and turnarounds across Australia. Our people hold qualifications such as IRATA rope access, confined space entry (CSE), gas test atmosphere, long-line breathing apparatus (BA), and advanced first aid certification, leaving our clients’ site implementation teams to deliver their shutdown activities with the confidence that they have the best in the industry available to respond in any situation.

A Vertech rope access, confined space entry and management team deployed offshore.
Confined Space Rescue & Management
A Vertech marine class emergency rescue team conducting rescue practice in a FPSO ballast tank offshore.
At Height Rescue and Recovery
A Vertech marine class emergency rescue team conducting rescue practice recovering a mock casualty from a tank offshore.
Rescue Equipment Supply
the Vertech rope access, confined space rescue team completing a pre deployment briefing.
Our emergency response and cse management includes:
  • Rescue Stretchers
  • Tripod Rescue Systems
  • Rope Access Rescue Systems
  • Breathing Apparatus
  • First Aid Equipment
  • Vehicles
  • Barriers and Signage
  • Lighting Systems
  • Radio Systems
  • Personal Gas Monitors

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