DIG­I­TAL­I­SA­TION AS A KEY DRIV­ING FORCE

Refining & Petrochemicals Middle East - - COVER STORY -

“ADNOC’S dig­i­tal­i­sa­tion am­bi­tions cap­i­talise on value-cre­at­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties by bring­ing to­gether peo­ple, data and tech­nol­ogy, en­abling de­liv­ery of our 2030 smart growth strat­egy,” Alhajri opines.

“Our dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion ap­proach is fo­cused on busi­ness needs and sup­port­ing ag­ile, ef­fec­tive and ver­i­fied de­ci­sion-tak­ing. Dig­i­tal­i­sa­tion is very sig­nif­i­cant in re­fin­ing and petro­chem­i­cal busi­ness; it gives us much greater vis­i­bil­ity into our op­er­a­tions and helps us to make in­formed de­ci­sions.”

De­vel­op­ing the In­te­grated Pro­duc­tion Plan­ning plat­form – a dig­i­tal twin of the en­tire ADNOC value chain – en­abling in­creased pro­duc­tion, bet­ter plan­ning and iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of mar­ket op­por­tu­ni­ties, is a promi­nent ex­am­ple for ADNOC’S dig­i­tal­i­sa­tion en­deav­our.

It mod­els the key work pro­cesses, in­clud­ing crude and feed­stock se­lec­tion, dis­tri­bu­tion plan­ning, pro­duc­tion plan­ning, op­er­a­tions plan­ning, and blend­ing, to op­ti­mise th­ese pro­cesses, im­prove prod­uct slates, and max­imise profit within given op­er­a­tional con­straints.

The ap­pli­ca­tion fa­cil­i­tates en­ter­prise-wide lin­ear and non-lin­ear plan­ning, al­low­ing for multi-plant and multi-pe­riod views vis­i­ble to var­i­ous parts of the or­gan­i­sa­tion. Sched­ul­ing sup­ports com­pre­hen­sive op­ti­mi­sa­tion of re­fin­ery ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing crude re­ceipts, process op­er­a­tions, prod­uct blend­ing, and prod­uct ship­ping. It does not end at the re­fin­ery gate, and op­ti­mises all mar­gins along the en­tire value chain. It in­creases mar­gins due to the abil­ity to get the right prod­uct to the right lo­ca­tion at the right price via the right trans­porta­tion mode.

“Our IRIS – In­te­grated Re­fin­ery In­for­ma­tion Sys­tem – runs var­i­ous re­fin­ery spe­cific ap­pli­ca­tions all in sync with each other to give us a holis­tic view of the en­tire oper­a­tion. It fa­cil­i­tates in­ven­to­ries of re­fined prod­ucts avail­able in near real time,” re­marks Alhajri.

“The sys­tem fea­tures ac­cess to a range of re­fin­ery spe­cific ap­pli­ca­tions for pro­duc­tion ac­count­ing, sched­ul­ing sys­tems, etc. This helps us to see ‘Re­fin­ing Mar­gin’, the profit on a given bar­rel of crude oil af­ter it has been pro­cessed. Be­ing able to ac­cess that in­for­ma­tion rapidly has a knock-on ef­fect, and could fun­da­men­tally change the way ADNOC Re­fin­ing does its busi­ness.”

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