The World's Largest Coke Dealer... er, Coker Is Now Online!

Well, a few years late and a few bucks over budget, the world's largest Fluid Coker is now officially in production!  After 4 or 5 weeks of "startup" activities and some long days, we introduced feed on May 6, 2006 @ 17:55 Mountain Daylight Time.  Considering how large this project was and how many people it took to design, build and commission this thing, I have to say that on whole, I'm highly impressed.  With a project this size, there's bound to be a few @#$!-ups, and we've got a few of those, but we're online and producing oil so what else can you really expect?  Hopefully we can learn from this and do it better on SERP.

Now my fun begins.  I've got the task of maintaining this behemoth of a coker (with the help of some skilled folks along the way).  Judging from the laundry list of things to fix already (on Day 2 of production), I think my work days are going to be interesting for the foreseeable future.  Of course, now that UE-1 is pretty much online and out of his hair, I'm sure Dad will be looking for some new challenges to fill his day...