June 2003

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HPIn Europe: IT makes further headway into the refinery

Although much of the publicity in the past couple of years has been on how the downstream industry around the world has been reacting to the latest fuel specifications, behind the scene..

Pitt, R., European Refining & Marketing

Although much of the publicity in the past couple of years has been on how the downstream industry around the world has been reacting to the latest fuel specifications, behind the scenes, there has been a definite increase in the use of IT. While for many years the emphasis has been on the traditionally perceived IT roles of business administration, sales monitoring and tracking, more recently there has been a widening acceptance that IT can have a much bigger role to play in day-to-day refinery operation. For some time, plenty of software has been available to the process industries to help companies manage and improve

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