DOWNSTREAM OIL AND GAS RESOURCES
j5 Case Studies and Other Related Information
j5 Applications are used across the Operations, Process Safety, Compliance and Reporting teams of our Downstream Oil and Gas clients to improve communication and data collection across all levels of a refinery. In the past a mix of paper, spreadsheets, scattered databases and poor verbal communication have been used to log events within the Downstream Oil and Gas Industry. Recent process safety incidents such as the Texas City Refinery Explosion in 2005 were partly due to inadequate Operations Logbook utilization. Poor Shift Handover was a root cause in the Texas City Refinery Explosion because there were unclear shift logs and operators missed shift turnovers. Key information about problems with the Raffinate Splitter Tower was not communicated in a clear and efficient way.
The refining business is one of the most prone to accidents and injury. The most effective way of minimizing these incidents is to fastidiously record all Near Misses, to analyze these incidents rigorously so as to mitigate and minimize the possibility of it happening and also minimize the severity of the consequences.
Regulatory authorities – such as the American Petroleum Institute (API) – require that refineries record and collect chemical, regulatory, toxicology, environmental, safety, and other related data. The j5 Compliance Management application enables the various operations personnel within a refinery to manage all of these compliance duties efficiently and consistently. In this way, it helps ensure compliance with internal policies and the requirements of the relevant local and national regulatory authorities.
The Plan–Do–Check–Act (PDCA) cycle is often used in the refinery sector. Some of our clients use the j5 Work Instructions module to provide a framework for the planning, creation, actioning and reporting of work instructions. Using this system, the many diverse instructions at a refinery are handled efficiently across all the sites enabling them to strictly adhere to the PDCA cycle.
It is also important to interface refinery IT systems together to provide a central recording and reporting Operations Management System which can be accessed from the Control Room and Field Operators to the Refinery Managers to the Operations Managers. The j5 framework reads and writes data to popular refinery systems such as the Wonderware and the OSIsoft PI System® historians, maintenance systems such as IBM Maximo, asset management systems such as SAP, Laboratory Information (LIMS) and so on. This ensures that all the relevant data recorded at a refinery can be shared with the correct people in real-time. Corporate Senior Management can also use j5 Dashboards and Reports to analyse the performance across their refineries. They can compare and contrast asset performance to optimize costs and efficiency.