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Aveva sees software opportunities in Brazil following ANP security directive

10th October 2014

Aveva predicts a rapid increase in the use of asset life cycle and information management (ALCIM) software following the recent issuing of Resolution No. 5/2014 by Brazil’s National Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels (ANP)

Aveva sees software opportunities in Brazil following ANP security directive
The challenge will be to implement these across the oil and gas industry - not only is each plant physically complex and unique, the information assets that each embodies are even more so, and many operational workflows and methods will have to be reviewed and updated

This aims to improve operational safety of the refineries across the country by imposing more rigorous, consolidated standards in key management practices. Aveva believes that this will drive more widespread adoption of Aveva’s Asset Life Cycle solutions, bringing the industry as a whole up to the operational integrity standards of its best performing companies.

“These new standards from the ANP are important to ensure that the same safety standards applied for offshore are now being mandatory for refineries as well,” said Douglas Serrano, area operations manager, LatAm, Aveva.

“When dealing with operational risk, there is no room for error. The information on which everyday actions and decisions are made must be accurate, complete and readily accessible. Standardising and automating the management and use of huge quantities of diverse asset data is key to meeting the new regulations.”

The new requirements cover 16 management practices, divided into leadership, staff and management, facilities, technology and operations. Operators will have a period of two years in which to fully adopt the new standards.

The challenge will be to implement these across the oil and gas industry. Not only is each plant physically complex and unique, the information assets that each embodies are even more so, and many operational workflows and methods will have to be reviewed and updated.

“Currently, operators do have procedures and controls in place, but these are often reliant on information held in disconnected programs,” continued Serrano.

“This results in information being inconsistent, difficult to validate, and not always available when and where it is required. If you cannot trust the information you work with, you waste a lot of time and effort in having to verifying it every time. This is both inefficient and leaves opportunities for data loss or errors to go undetected. In an emergency, this can prove hazardous. Aveva’s Operations Integrity Management strategy is helping owner operators to control and manage both the project performance of their EPCs and the long-term operational performance of their assets.’

The new ANP Resolution No. 5/2014 specifies that responsibility for maintaining plant security must be assigned, and accountability attributed for both the documentation and management of plant information. Without these, complete risk analysis and detailed safety auditing cannot take place. While the Resolution does not define specific tools for its implementation, it is clear that it will demand powerful and robust technology to manage the complex information assets. Fortunately, AVEVA has developed software solutions specifically to meet these challenges and that have been proven to boost operational efficiency and safety of assets.

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