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Suggestion For Reference Book For Process Plant Commissioning

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#1 JKM


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Posted 17 February 2023 - 08:30 AM

Dear All,


I am new to the Process Plant Commissioning. Kindly suggest good book recommendation for the Process Plant Commissioning. Slowly I will build my knowledge as I work on the commissioning however, however I thinkg book along side wil enhance my understanding.


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#2 Pilesar


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Posted 17 February 2023 - 04:20 PM

I do not know of general books on plant commissioning. Perhaps you would learn from 'Understanding Process Equipment For Operators and Engineers' by Lieberman. Or his book 'Troubleshooting Process Operations'. I do not know your starting point so will offer general advice that may apply more to others. Read the operations manual for the process. Hear the advice from the plant designers. Understand how process equipment functions. Review the P&IDs. Every detail on the P&ID is there for a purpose. If you do not know what is the function of specific equipment in that process, then find out. There are more ways that a process plant can be operated incorrectly than there are ways to operate it correctly. You cannot anticipate everything that can go wrong, but try to learn at least the top 10 things that can go wrong. Read and understand the procedures developed for the operators. 

#3 breizh


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Posted 18 February 2023 - 02:11 AM


I believe Pilesar is spot on.

Commissioning a plant is not a simple task, should be performed by experienced people, knowledgeable about the process and equipment. 


Definitely good to read and understand the SOPs, the safety matrix with interlocks. 


Check whether this is suitable for you:



Good luck


#4 shvet1


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Posted 19 February 2023 - 11:02 PM

Killcross' Chemical and Process Plant Commissioning Handbook

#5 Bitan729


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Posted 20 February 2023 - 04:34 AM

 As a Chemical engineer who has commissioning background , I would suggest you to read all operating manual, commissioning procedure documents, interlock descriptions, P&ID of the project and Datasheet of equipments etc; that has been assign to you by your organization. Also go through previously made Commissioning report , HAZOP study documents etc.


Try to gather good  knowledge about how Process design engineers of your organization who are designing process units,. It is time taking, but keep good relationship with them as well as Instrumentation, Mechanical and Electrical engineers to gain basic knowledge about their work domain. 


Get ready to be involved in every work in pre-commissioning  & commissioning activities, and do commissioning as many unit as you can. Commissioning is one of the best job profile for a process engineer imo. 



Some of books that may help you are : 


1. Working Guide to Process Equipment by Norman Lieberman.

2. Chemical Process Engineering V A Kayode Coker

3. Process Engineering and Design Using  Visual basic (you dont need to learn Visual basic part at all, just go through the theory part) (Very good book for quick referance)

4. Introduction To Process Engineering And Design by Thakore, Bhatt (handy book also not so expensive)

5. Yaws' Handbook of Thermodynamic (useful for thermo-physical properties calculation )


Other book: 


6. Compression Machinery for Oil and Gas by Klaus Brun Rainer Kurz

7. Working Guide to Pump and Pumping Stations Calculations and Simulations etc.

8. A Practical Guide to Piping and Valves for the Oil and Gas Industry.


Go through design, commissioning practice documents/standards of some well known Oil and gas companies (ECP and licensors)  (they are available, see if you can find them  :ph34r: ).



Get basic knowledge of Unisim, Aspen etc .  Excel is your lifetime companion. 



All the best for your job role (Commissioning engineer profile is great  and your love it)






Edited by Bitan729, 20 February 2023 - 05:06 AM.

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