A pilot “Digital Substation” IT suite has gone into operation at Gazprom Neft’s Omsk Refinery, with this new facility set to become a vital element in moving its energy control system to an entirely digital format, delivering significant improvements in efficiency, safety and reliability. With its cutting-edge infrastructure (involving “smart” devices and intelligent control systems), the Omsk Refinery’s unique “Digital Substation” suite is unmatched anywhere in the refining industry.
Thanks to this new hardware and software suite refinery specialists will be able to test the reliability and performance of equipment from various manufacturers within a single, integrated IT environment, in real time. Introducing digital solutions in managing energy facilities makes it possible to increase the reliability and transparency of energy supply systems, reducing capital and operating costs. Testing outcomes will form the basis for projects using “Digital Substation” technology in building new energy supply facilities throughout Gazprom Neft’s refineries.
Anatoly Cherner, Deputy CEO for Logistics, Processing and Sales, Gazprom Neft, commented: “Moving over to digital energy is a key element in the full-scale modernisation of the company’s refining assets. In introducing the latest management and control technologies all stages of production we cannot overlook the question of energy supply, which has a direct impact on the efficiency and safety of our enterprises.”