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Fuel Supply Management Solutions | Kuwait Petroleum International (Q8) Case Study

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PIDX standards-ready solutions for fuel supply management …

PIDX standards-ready solutions for fuel supply management

Kuwait Petroleum in the Benelux, also known as Q8, runs service stations under the brand names of Q8, Tango, and IDS. In addition, it also operates three fuel supply terminals. The company, which began its European operations in the mid-1980s, strives to stay on the industry’s cutting-edge trendline.

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  • 1. Kuwait Petroleum in the Benelux, also known as Q8, runs service stations under the brand names of Q8, Tango, and IDS. In addition, it also operates three fuel supply terminals. The company, which began its European operations in the mid-1980s, strives to stay on the industry’s cutting-edge trendline. Challenges Increasingly, major supply companies in the Oil & Gas industry have been selling off their terminal distribution infrastructure and using third-party operators to distribute products. While this provides savings for certain overhead expenses, it also poses a supply management problem for these companies as their thousands of customers are travelling to hundreds of terminals operated by different companies. Keeping track of supply levels and managing customer allocations in this scenario is difficult. The solution has been fuel supply management systems that not only allow suppliers to view product levels across their entire network, but also enable them to manage credit limits and allocations for their customers. To work, however, these systems need to integrate with the terminal automation system (TAS) that controls loading, and this can be a challenge in a multi-vendor environment. PROJECT AT A GLANCE Project Type A fuel supply management solution for a top-10 energy conglomerate. Location Bertrange, Luxembourg Applications DTN Guardian3™ CUSTOMER BENEFITS • Improved operational efficiency • Stronger customer relations • Instantaneous reporting and notifications • Increased control over network of terminals Kuwait Petroleum International (Q8) PIDX standards-ready solutions for fuel supply management Fuel Supply Management Solutions Make the most of your energySM
  • 2. ©2014SchneiderElectric.Allrightsreserved. February 2014 Schneider Electric USA, Inc. 9110 West Dodge Road, Omaha, NE 68114 Telephone: 1-866-338-7586 Fax: 1-402-255-8125 www.schneider-electric.com In the United States, suppliers and terminal operators have adopted standards that allow fuel supply management systems to plug directly into a terminal’s automation system. The standards are in place so that even if a terminal uses a different vendor for its TAS than the supplier’s fuel supply management system vendor, they can still interface. The same trends are moving into Europe, and major suppliers, in particular, are beginning to demand the same kinds of connectivity and standardisation with their terminal automation systems. To capitalise on this demand from the major suppliers, and to stay true to its commitment to cutting-edge technology, Q8 decided to transition their terminal automation systems to the newly-developed PIDX standards. This helps them connect to fuel supply management systems. Solution With fuel supply management systems, suppliers are able to control all aspects of product supply management across their entire terminal network. This includes managing access permissions, credit limits, and product allocations for their customers at each individual terminal — and doing so in a way that is both efficient and provides instantaneous notification of changes to suppliers, terminal operators, and customers. By adopting the PIDX standards, Q8 is ready to provide suppliers the business advantage of using a fuel supply management system at its terminals, for very low initial investments. Q8 is ready for a future where the speed of data sharing becomes very important. Customers picking up product from terminals also receive the benefit of pulling from terminals that support their supplier’s fuel supply management system. These customers are able to access information about their credit limits and product allocations at the terminals they pull from at any time from online dashboards, so they never have to worry about sending a truck to a location where it can’t load product — a costly waste of a trip. As a result, Q8 will not only attract more suppliers to its terminals, but it will also be a preferred loading point for its customers. Results One of the main benefits of implementing PIDX standards is that it is a relatively low- intensity adoption. Q8, a long-time user of Schneider Electric’s DTN Guardian3, a solution designed to integrate with fuel supply management systems, contracted the company to help. It also worked with DCM EMBA Metering & Control, its knowledgeable distributor, which it has worked with since 1988. Together, the two companies could provide it with a complete terminal solution. Schneider Electric’s automation system was central to the solution, with DCM EMBA supplying and installing flow meters, pumps and valves, loading arms, and injection systems. With those pieces in place, the total implementation process consisted of several rounds of data communications testing in controlled environments, but less than half a day to get the terminal itself up and running. Since the implementation, Q8 has seen efficiency improvements for its stakeholders; loading reports now go out almost instantaneously. More importantly, Q8 is poised to attract additional business from major suppliers seeking partnerships in Europe. Kuwait Petroleum International refines and markets fuel, lubricants, and other petroleum derivatives in Europe and the Far East. “The use of the automation system makes it very easy for Q8 to manage the terminal on a daily basis. The operators can focus on the daily tasks at the terminal and not have to worry on admin work.” Prominent DCM EMB executive Fuel Supply Management Solutions Kuwait Petroleum International

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