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j5 International, a leading provider of Operations Management Software, have written a Case Study with the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and Upstream Oil and Gas / E&P company – INPEX – who are using the j5 Operations Logbook, j5 Shift Handover and j5 Work Instructions applications at their sites in Japan and Australia (Ichthys LNG Project).
In 2012, INPEX sought to adopt an electronic Shift Handover System in time for the operational startup of the Naoetsu LNG Terminal, an LNG receiving terminal that commenced operations in 2013. The company also sought to replace the paper-based Shift Handover System adopted at its existing oil terminals, oil and gas production facilities and valve stations installed on natural gas trunk pipelines. The challenges posed by the paper-based Shift Handover System were as follows:
- It was a challenge to standardize work descriptions in the paper-based logbooks, because certain sections of the logbooks required free-text entries, which resulted in discrepant details.
- It was time consuming to search for information and it was also difficult to share information across the different sites involved in gas production activities
- It was difficult to ensure consistency in how each activity including planning, logging, reporting, analysis and improvement was presented at shift handovers across the different sites.
After a thorough evaluation process, INPEX selected the j5 system as a solution.
The introduction of j5 at INPEX helped improve and enhance operation management efficiency. j5 has contributed to the efficient and stable operation of INPEX assets. Information is standardized and accurate and therefore easier to retrieve. We plan to introduce new operational improvement applications in the near future.
Jinsei Li, General Manager, Information Management & Technology Unit, INPEX