Chemical Plant Commissioning

What will I learn?
The course deals with the commissioning and start-up of process plants both large and small. It covers many different aspects including the planning and managerial aspects of major plants, the start-up of small plants with an emphasis on the technical problems and also dealing with the documentation associated with commissioning.

How will I benefit?
You’ll benefit from the wide experiences of the course presenters, all of whom have been associated with start-ups themselves. There will be substantial emphasis on tutorial exercises in both commissioning and pre-commissioning.

You’ll receive a comprehensive course manual, which has been highly acclaimed by those attending previous courses.

The 2020 course programme and leaflet will be available approximately 3 months prior to the course. However, you can view and download the 2019 course details for further information by clicking the course leaflet and course programme link.

Day One:

Introduction to plant commissioning
Tutorial exercise: Heat Transfer Utility
Developing effective commissoning plans and schedules
Planning tutorial exercise

Day Two:

Risk based commissioning and start up
Commissioning tutorial exercise
Plant completion - dealing with complexity
Commissioning instruments
Tutorial in diagnosing causes of mal-operation
The role of the process control engineer

Day Three:

The law, safety and the environment
Commissioning Hazard Studies
Case Study - Start-up of an LNG Liquefaction Plant
Commissioning "Top Tips"

This course is for you if you’re a recent graduate process engineer about to take on your first major commissioning responsibility or if you’re a process engineer who wants to strengthen your knowledge in commissioning to commission a new plant. 

100% of 2018 course delegates said that the course met their aims.

"A course that gives a good level of insight into commissioning chemical plants, by those who have done it." Sellafield Ltd

"I strongly recommend this course for any engineer that will face or currently facing commissioning activities" GlaxoSmithKline

"Good course for those coming in to commissioning Manager role with high level aspects and lots of experiences shared from lectures. Thanks to all for putting the course together." Syngenta

"Excellent overview of commission. Provides invaluable resources for project engineers along with communicating a wealth of experience and lessons." BYK Additives Ltd.

"The course met my expectations and allowed me to develop my understanding of commissioning. With my first assignment approaching, I will be looking at my task completely differently." DSM Nutritional Products (UK) Limited

Course Director:

Professor Mike Fairweather - School of Chemical and Process Engineering, University of Leeds

Deputy Course Director:

Dr Martin Pitt - Chemical and Biological Engineering,University of Sheffield

Deputy Course Director (Industrial):

Mr Paul Lunt - Commissioning Manager, Trans Adriatic Pipeline AG

This course is an IChemE accredited short course. A certificate from the IChemE will be sent to you shortly after you’ve completed the course.

IChemE Member: £TBC
Non IChemE Member: £TBC
Late registration supplement: £80 (after date TBC)

The course fees includes a comprehensive course manual, lunches and refreshments, together with the course dinner.

To take advantage of the preferential terms, bookings must be made on or before (date TBC). Substitutions may be made at any time without extra charge except that a non IChemE substitute will be liable to the £80 supplement on the ordinary registration fee.

Weetwood Hall Conference Centre and Hotel
Otley Road
LS16 5PS


The course will take place at the Weetwood Hall Hotel and Conference Centre, which is situated to the north of Leeds at the junction of the A660 Leeds - Skipton road and the A6120 Outer Ring Road.

The hotel accommodation preferential rates have now expired, any accommodation requests should be made direct with the hotel and will be subject to availability and rates.​​



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