Key characteristics and differentiators that utilities should look for during the selection process of an EPC contractor - No.2: Choose an EPC Contractor that has dedicated startup and commissioning professionals, with a strong emphasis on integrating all teams
Startup and commissioning should not be a part-time profession for EPC Contractors. Project owners should seek out EPC contractors that offer full-time specialists in this area, and those teams belonging to EPC Contractors should be fully integrated with the engineering and construction teams. Startup professionals should be involved from the beginning of the proposal, immediately after a project awarded to an EPC Contractor and at the construction site in the very early phases. They should be planning the pre-commissioning and commissioning, while supporting engineering and construction systems turnover packages. EPC Contractors should be integrated with the design engineers and construction personnel to make sure all the functions and features work exactly as planned when the final commissioning occurs. Startup is the riskiest phase of the construction process for an EPC Contractor since there is little time to recover from any changes, so it is imperative to have experienced personnel that focus 100 percent of their effort on a successful startup and commissioning process.
Source: Breaking Energy