DIGITALISATION AS A KEY DRIVING FORCE
“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.”