KNPC advances industry best practices by expanding enterprise-level EHS information management


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Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC) is a global leader in oil refining, gas liquification and supplying petroleum products to local and international markets. Established in 1960, it is Kuwait’s largest downstream oil and gas service provider – operating three major refineries with 6,000 employees producing an average total of 900,000 barrels per day of distilled gasoline, diesel, and bitumen products – and widely recognized as a champion of industry best practices within the powerful alliance of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states.

“As an integral part of Kuwait society, we at KNPC want to be considered as the leaders in safety, health and environmental performance in the petroleum industry,” says the company’s public policy statement. To achieve this goal, KNPC has taken a progressive and proactive approach to environmental, health and safety (EHS) compliance and sustainability, focusing especially on the critical role of information management.

0In 2003, KNPC was one of the first companies in the Middle East to implement a centralized, enterprise-level software platform for air emissions tracking and reporting. Its choice: Essential Suite from IHS. With its new system, KNPC soon demonstrated its commitment to transparency and corporate responsibility. When residents living near a KNPC refinery assumed that their burning eyes were caused by emissions from the plant, KNPC’s environmental team was able to protect the company’s reputation by using information from Essential Suite to prove that their facility was not the source of the problem.

KNPC also used Essential Suite to achieve operational efficiencies by eliminating redundant data entry in multiple systems and simplifying compliance with emerging regulations from Kuwait’s Environmental Protection Agency. Monthly air emission inventory reports that previously took up to 8 hours to produce could now be generated in just 2-3 minutes.

Then, in 2010, KNPC decided to expand its implementation of Essential Suite by collaborating again with IHS and Integrated Environmental Solutions (IES), a top consulting firm in the region that had helped KNPC in 2003. In this new project, IHS is delivering software and implementation services while IES provides project management, on-site maintenance and training.

“The new IHS software will help us maintain our goal of upholding the highest standards for environmental, health and safety management throughout our operations,” said the KNPC Superintendent of Contract. “We look forward to continuing our work with IHS and IES to support our goal of establishing KNPC as a global industry leader for EHS compliance and sustainability management.”

The EHS team at KNPC is escalating its use of Essential Suite in order to meet company goals that reach beyond regulatory compliance – including certification with International Standards Organization (ISO) ISO 9000, ISO 14000 and OHSAS 18000 as well as tracking of key performance indicators (KPIs) to drive operational improvements.

As part of the two-year project, KNPC is building out its centralized, integrated platform to include additional modules for industrial hygiene, water, waste and chemical inventory as well as enabling process data interoperability and metrics tracking. Benchmarks of KNPC progress to date include:

  • 24/7 access via the web provides over 3,500 authorized workers with the information they need anywhere, anytime. Mid-level and senior KNPC managers can view dashboards with tailored KPI charts showing up-to-date results based on actual process data and recent exposure sessions.
  • Advanced data collection capabilities from up to 1,700 process tags and improving reports of tank losses from annual estimations to true monthly accounting. Other aspects of the project will include up-channel reporting capabilities for spills and waste tracking.
  • Setting the stage for potential greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions tracking with improved emission calculations for Nitrogen Oxides (NOx) and tank emissions. IES worked with KNPC to re-validate its air emission calculation models and expand their use. Regular lab analysis results of fuel composition allowed accurate carbon content calculations using time dependent valuations (TDVs).
  • Continuous access to additional GHG data from multiple interoperable systems including KNPC’s Leak Detection and Repair (LDAR) program and several proprietary in-house management programs, configuring more than 6,370 TDVs for accurate carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane reporting.
  • The quick elimination of a 6-year backlog of industrial hygiene and job hazard analysis information that was awaiting data entry. New data on exposure assessments and job hazard analyses, along with incident reports, is now efficiently captured and reported.
  • Removal of various old and redundant systems, including six servers located at KNPC’s three major refineries. KNPC now has greater flexibility to manage EHS data through different resources for custom reporting, quick queries and in-depth data mining.

Taken together, these benchmarks of progress confirm that KNPC and its EHS team are well on their way to achieving the company’s goal of continued industry leadership through best practices in EHS and sustainability.

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