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Bilfinger Turnaround Concept

Standard procedure in the process industry is to close down plants on a regular basis so that they can be thoroughly checked and improved as part of a general plant shutdown, also known as turnaround. For industrial plant operators, this means:

  • Production down time,
  • Losing substantial turnover and profits, and subsequently
  • Potentially causing reputational impact with customers and shareholders. 

With its Bilfinger Turnaround Concept (BTC), Bilfinger has developed a methodology that enables plant turnarounds in the process industry to be implemented in an optimal way. The result is a systematic approach allowing turnarounds to be planned and executed at various locations of the respective customer, and over multiple turnaround cycles.

When plants stand still: We make your turnaround work

Process industry plants must undergo a turnaround every two to five years to ensure their integrity. During this process, production is stopped and comprehensive maintenance, inspection and modernization work is conducted. The quick completion of the turnaround is crucial when it comes to keeping these downtimes and the costs associated with them as short as possible.

Bilfinger is your experienced turnaround partner. We successfully carry out more than 80 major and many smaller turnarounds every year for our customers in Europe alone. Our knowledge and experience has been bundled in our Bilfinger Turnaround Concept (BTC). This concept allows us to respond individually to the requirements of our customers. We draw up a detailed project plan that includes all the necessary work steps and their timing. Not only are all services across the entire value chain documented, but efficient time management is also made possible. In addition, we make use of digital solutions, such as the turnaround app that we developed in-house.


Advantages for our customers:


  • Reduced downtime, improved work planning and scheduling
  • Longer intervals between turnarounds through the use of digital solutions, resulting in an increase in the service life of plant equipment
  • Securing qualified personnel by accessing our global network of experienced turnaround specialists
  • Ensuring safety and quality through implementation of the highest standards
  • Providing cost-efficient and transparent solutions through attractive contract models and optimal turnaround execution
Core elements

Learn more about the core elements of the Bilfinger Turnaround Concept

The main principle of the BTC is to offer the highest possible level of competence precisely where our customers need it most, while keeping the same level of quality. More specifically, the BTC consists of three elements: 


Local Maintenance Unit

  • Is responsible for the operative maintenance
  • Has specific plant-specific knowledge and experience
  • Is connected to local suppliers

Central Turnaround Unit

  • Supports local maintenance units with resources, know-how, methodology, and tools
  • Coordinates competences and capacities for current and upcoming turnarounds
  • Takes charge of the continuous improvement of turnaround methods and tools.

Turnaround manual and concept

  • Cycle represents the operative handbook
  • Modules represent the strategic concept
  • Together it ensures a holistic turnaround approach

To make sure the turnaround is successful, all employees have to reach outside the boundaries of their own area of responsibility and work together to find and implement solutions."

Dennis LubschBusiness Unit Manager Turnaround at Bilfinger Engineering & Maintenance GmbH

Implementing structures proven in practice minimizes the risk of mistakes. This fact becomes even more important when you consider the time pressure involved in turnarounds."

Daniel OstertagSenior Consultant at Bilfinger Engineering & Maintenance GmbH

We offer our customers various services from a single source, thereby providing an efficient complete package with just one interface. Together with our customers, we think in solutions – not in problems."

Theodor OstereschManaging Director at Bilfinger EMS GmbH

A turnaround can only be successfully executed as one team between operator and contractor."

Arto TanninenTurnaround Supervisor at Neste PL 2
Our Turnaround Partnership

Benefits of a strategic turnaround partnership with Bilfinger

Bilfinger offers turnaround services at all collaborative levels, whether as supplier, managing contractor or as a strategic partner.  

This said, a strategic partnership with Bilfinger is the option offering the most extensive benefits. The holistic approach on turnarounds focuses not only on the usual tasks and responsibilities of a managing contractor. We also ensure long-term continuous improvement, knowledge management and resource assurance.

Our customers can count on following benefits:

  • Strict adherence to the same high HSE standards by all our employees
  • Skilled personnel who deliver optimal quality and innovative solutions for complex problems
  • Quick and flexible access to a wealth of resources and special tools
  • Intelligent digital solutions for an efficient turnaround management
  • Years of experience, compiled and made available for all projects in our BTC handbook
  • Fewer interfaces thanks to having one major partner
  • Customized collaboration models tailored to the customer's individual needs.

Where our turnaround services have made a difference

Storengy Germany, Germany

Turnarounds at natural-gas storage facilities


Services: Bilfinger coordinates internal planning, management of the trades and completion of the inspection documents.

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INEOS Styrolution Ludwigshafen GmbH, Germany

Customized management approach leads to successful turnaround


Services: Bilfinger provided detailed planning and work preparation for the turnaround. The company also constantly monitored the progress of the turnaround.


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