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Refinery increases productivity using the Visual MESA Supply Chain Scheduling System

An independent marketer of fuel and petroleum products expanded their business by acquiring an oil refinery. To fully integrate with the new parent company, the acquired facility needed to replace most of their business management systems. This also included their scheduling tools.

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The challenge

One of North America’s fastest growing independent marketers of fuel and petroleum products expanded their business by acquiring an oil refinery. This facility is a 55,000- bpd light/sweet crude refinery. It produces gasoline, diesel, jet fuels, asphalts, heating fuels, heavy fuel oils, butanes, and propane.

To fully integrate with the new parent company, the acquired facility needed to replace most of their business management systems. This also included their scheduling tools.

Solution

Visual MESA®-Supply Chain Scheduling (VM-SCS) filled their requirements for an integrated supply chain model. It included logistic operation facilities from feedstock reception to tank yards to product shipment. Since the company was already using Visual MESA® Production Accounting (VM-PA), implementing VM-SCS was the logical choice to support their scheduling business process.

The results

As KBC put the system back online, the operator and the refinery bridged the gap between planning and day-to-day operations to accurately schedule and manage operations. The VM-SCS system allows for efficient monitoring of disruptive events by automatically checking process and logistic constraints and out-of-bound process variables, as inventory levels. By predicting disruptive events, and reacting to them with quick and precise corrective actions, the operator can now minimize the impact.

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