September 2006

Special Report: Refining Developments

Consider adopting next-generation refinery scheduling

An opportunity exists to redefine the way planning is done, involving the key groups more in a strategic supply-chain management role

Agrawal, A., Balasubrmanian, K., Infosys Technologies

Refinery scheduling is the critical link that "implements" a refinery operation plan. A good scheduling process becomes even more essential in a competitive scenario where the downstream business model is a demand-driven model rather than the conventional supply-driven model. Good scheduling tools and applications are available in the marketplace, and various refineries are vigorously implementing these tools. However, we feel that there is a possibility of going beyond what is attempted and available now in the scheduling product space. This is referred to as the next-generation scheduling solution and involves four points: 1) Consider scheduling as part of the supply chain rather than as

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