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 2019 course programme and leaflet will be available approximately 3 months prior to the course. However, you can view and download the 2018 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 2017 course delegates said that the course met their aims and that they would recommend the course to colleagues.

"Very good course, that gives a good insight into commissioning systems" Marlow Foods Ltd

"Great overview of commissioning and some very useful extras, such as control and instrumentation considerations" Johnson Matthey

"Excellent course - especially for engineers who are starting a career in commissioning" Synthomer (UK) Limited

"The course provides and excellent brief to approaching chemical commissioning and highlighting best practice" Rolls-Royce

"It was a pleasure to attend the course, it opened my eyes on small details that have a huge impact on integrity and fluency of commissioning and also safety during the process" CNG Services

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: £1310
Non IChemE Member: £1390
Late registration supplement: £80 (after 29 May)

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 (29 May 2019). 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.

We have negotiated the following special rates per night for our delegates:

Friday – Sunday evening, bed and breakfast £82
Monday – Thursday evening, bed and breakfast £86

To take advantage of these special rates, please book by contacting the hotel direct on 0113 230 6000 ( Emma Barker), E: Please quote "University of Leeds CPD Unit" and the course name when contacting Weetwood Hall to book accommodation.

Please note that accommodation bookings must be made two weeks before the course commences at the latest to qualify for the special rates and to guarantee room availability.  Any accommodation requests after this date will be subject to availability and rates.​​ A list of alternative hotels is available on request.  



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