MOL Group and ABB to tackle asset integrity management at four European sites30 September 2020

ABB has been awarded a three-year contract to improve asset integrity management (AIM) through changing mindset, standardizing processes and software and ensuring integrity management is focused on the right equipment, at four European chemical and refinery sites operated by MOL.

The project spans MOL DS Production plants in Hungary, Slovakia, and Croatia, will implement standardised asset integrity procedures in a move to drive production efficiency, improve safety and reduce risk.

ABB and Metegrity Visions will integrate a common digital platform at the Danube, Slovnaft, MOL Petrochemicals plants and INA chemical unit. The new solution, with the adoption of improved integrity management processes being rolled out by ABB will provide advanced risk analysis of assets with a key aim of reducing unplanned outages and lowering maintenance costs.

It is estimated that by controlling all its static equipment though the Asset Integrity Management (AIM) procedures, processes and systems, MOL will increase availability and reduce turnaround duration, leading to savings and production improvements of approximately 10 million euros a year across MOL’s downstream assets.

Zied Ouertani, global technology manager for chemicals & refining, ABB Energy Industries, said: “The adoption of AIM will increase efficiency and transparency, identifying the critical assets and focusing inspection and remediation of risk with respect to safety and production. This will enable MOL to base asset integrity investment decisions on the equipment’s current condition, and to make the switch from reactive to proactive maintenance.”

Over the past two years, the ABB team worked closely with MOL to develop a business case and ensure it could deliver the right solution.

The company will provide a bespoke team to deliver the project across three distinct phases with a key objective of transferring knowledge, upskilling MOL’s employees to use the software with a view to self-sufficiency by 2023.

William Dalrymple

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