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5 minutes with Bünyamin Kılınç
Superintendent - Process & Equipment Development, Tupras

What do you think the main benefits of ERTC: Ask the Experts will be for the engineers?

I have been working in TUPRAS Refineries and Headquarters for 18 years.  I have started as a operational engineer in TUPRAS Izmit Refinery , after  this 3 years operational   experience, I had  15 year  experience on process, problem solving, troubleshooting, unit/process design, investment, revamp, capacity expansion and all of related activities.( Project  leadership, Initial S/U, Test-Run, Normal operation,  S/U, S/D etc..)  Nowadays, I am working at TUPRAS Headquarters as Process Superintendent responsible for   Unifiner, Reformer, Platformer, CCR, Isomerization and Benzene saturation processes for four TUPRAS Refineries.   I have also worked on a variety of different units/processes, Crude Oil, Hydroprocessing , Desulfurization/U LSD, Kerosene Treating, Caustic Neutralization, ARU, SRU, SWTU  etc..   These experiences from my past 18 years as process specialist, I hope to be able to help the new refining engineers with just a few years’ experience as.

Do you think there is enough support for young engineers at the moment or do you this is something that is lack in their everyday roles?

My experience is mainly in the process side, I have general knowledge for equipment and related systems. (Compressors or pumps, electrical and instruments, or maintenance issues on daily or annually basis.) For this type of issue you would need the guidance of operations, maintenance and project people.

Bunyamin’s tips:

  • You can reach a high knowledge level as theory; if you combine your knowledge with real data / experience on current operation you can reach best analysis and evaluation.
  • Don’t be afraid to use external sources if you need help; reach out to licensors or technology provider specialists.  Follow all technological developments and BATs.
  • Benchmarking is one of the best ways for problem solving and troubleshooting.
  • If you want to reach best solution, you should contact dedicated specialist for your out of ability and responsibility.
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