September 2000

Process Control/Information Systems

Implementing a refinery information system

The South African refining company, Natref (jointly owned by Sasol and Total, South Africa), recently integrated a large refinery management information system into the operation of its Sasolburg refi..

Smith, K. D., Brad Adams Walker Architecture; Burger, A. J., Kruger, C. J., Lotter, A. P., Natref; Karasiuk, C. J., Rooney, D. J., Comcept Internatinal, Inc.

The South African refining company, Natref (jointly owned by Sasol and Total, South Africa), recently integrated a large refinery management information system into the operation of its Sasolburg refinery. Project design, development and implementation spanned almost two years, while project specification and justification took about one year. The Natref system is one of the first Web-based refinery information systems. This approach met the refinery objectives for the project in a cost effective and timely manner. Natref chose to manage the project themselves and to buy components "off-the-shelf", customizing only where necessary. The technology selected and the infrastructure developed as

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