The Gazprom Neft Board of Directors examines the outcomes of the Downstream Efficiency Control Centre’s first year in operation

The Gazprom Neft Board of Directors has reviewed information on the outcomes of activities at the company’s Downstream Efficiency Control Centre.

Proactive improvements to production processes have allowed Gazprom Neft to establish a solid foundation for digital transformation in logistics, refining and sales, with real-time monitoring of more than 45 percent of all processes now in hand, and all facilities throughout the company’s refining plants now equipped with cutting-edge automated process control systems.

This level of automation allowed the company to establish a fundamentally new key element in improving efficiency — the Efficiency Control Centre — in 2017. Helped by new digital solutions and technologies, the Centre is able to manage the entire value chain as a single asset — from crude supplies, through refining, distribution, and the transportation of oil products to storage facilities and end-users.

One of the Centre’s key projects has involved the introduction of an integrated automated scheduling system — a development unmatched anywhere in the oil and gas industry, with the Efficiency Control Centre providing integrated operational scheduling, from refineries to oil depots, generating an optimum plan in terms of production, distribution of oil products, shipment scheduling, and monitoring of oil reserves at storage facilities, in real time.

In addition to this, the Centre centralises the monitoring and coordination of operations throughout all stages of the value chain. A fundamentally new approach — the predictive management of anomalies and deviations — is being implemented at the Centre, allowing events and potential incidents to be managed before they occur, through the analysis of large volumes of data, increasing consistency in operating processes as well as improving industrial safety.

The “Neftekontrol” (oil-control) system has been rolled out at the Efficiency Control Centre, ensuring the end-to-end monitoring and analysis of any losses in the volume and/or quality of oil products throughout the value chain, from the refinery to the customer. Sixty percent of the facilities within Gazprom Neft’s Logistics, Refining and Sales Division are already connected to this system.

The programme for developing the Downstream Efficiency Control Centre envisages the ongoing implementation of new software and technologies. Despite the fact that the Centre is not expected to be fully functional until 2020, the company’s financial results show the centre delivering beneficial impacts valued at more than RUB4.7 billion in 2017.

The Efficiency Control Centre will complete the development of a unified integrated planning and warehouse management circuit by 2020, making the transition to a fully predictive basis for managing production, technological deviation and equipment reliability.