NIS AD

Serbian energy company must centralise system and automate operations to gain improved control of ever-expanding operational territory. AVEVA is the answer.

NIS AD

NIS AD is one of the largest vertically integrated energy companies in all of Southeast Europe.

Goals

  • To improve operator reaction time. 
  • To decrease manpower and site travel costs. 
  • To enhance various functionalities in the field, including real-time optimisation, collaboration, decision support, data integrity, and general efficiency

Challenges

  • Various integrated equipment spread out across a large area required a customised solution. 
  • NIS oil fields are geographically spread over a 150km x 100km area.

Results

  • Reduced staff labor costs by 20 percent. 
  • Increased overall production by 0.2 percent.

Introducing Serbia’s Primary Oil Provider

Novi Sad, Serbia – NIS AD is one of the largest vertically integrated energy companies in all of Southeast Europe. Its principal activities include exploration, production and refining, sales, and distribution of a broad range of petroleum products. It also deals with the implementation of energy projects.

While NIS is headquartered in Novi Sad, its main production capacities are located throughout the Republic of Serbia, which is the main hub for trade and investment in the Balkans. Recently, NIS expanded its business operations to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Hungary, Romania, and Bulgaria; but at the time, its operational efficiency was limited by its current system.

“At first, the idea was quick expansion. We wanted to cover as many oil wells as possible to collect and gather the data without strong emphasis on standardisation. However, with the release of System Platform, that all changed.”

– Nenad Kovacevic, Assistance & Support Engineer, Automatic Control Engineering

Keeping up with Rapid Expansion

NIS oil fields are geographically spread across a 150km x 100km area, mainly within the northern province of Vojvodina. With a growing number of locations and a variety of integrated equipment, NIS sought a customised solution that would collect data from sources at many different locations, transfer that data back to the NIS headquarters in Novi Sad, and finally, visualise the data in order to obtain actionable insights. It ultimately selected AVEVA.

“Thanks to AVEVA System Platform, it was really easy to integrate all our different equipment. Because what I saw was that AVEVA is hardware agnostic. That was really essential and, thanks to its features, we were able to integrate what was already in our fields.”

– Aleksander Stasuk, Chief Engineer, Industrial Automation, Measurement & ICT, NIS AD

Growing the Right Way with AVEVA

Today, NIS AD leverages System Platform, InTouch HMI & Access Anywhere, Alarm Adviser, and Dream Report within its operations. The core components of the system are located at its command centre in Novi Sad, however, NIS AD’s AVEVA solution has affected oil production throughout the entire province. The solution spans 64 total platforms, with 40 supervisor clients alongside 25 InTouch Anywhere clients for remote access.

A centralised deployment strategy at NIS AD has enabled enterprise-wide standardisation compliance across processes, functional teams, and sites. Additionally, automatically propagating changes systematically across projects helps NIS AD reduce risk and downtime during deployment and commissioning. The solution has also improved situational awareness for NIS operators by managing the facility via real-time parameters.

“In the course of implementation of the field management system, we have already received a loss reduction of up to 300 percent. This is achieved by reducing downtime through rapid response decision-making.”

– Aleksander Stasuk, Chief Engineer, Industrial Automation, Measurement & ICT, NIS AD

What We Are Today

These AVEVA-driven benefits have translated to significant savings. In addition to a 300 percent loss reduction, NIS AD realised a 20 percent reduction in staff labor costs since partnering with AVEVA. Its operational overhaul has also led to a 0.2 percent increase in overall production.

Where We're Headed Tomorrow

No matter how vast its operations, NIS AD knows it has a trusted partner in AVEVA. With a highly scalable solution in place, it will look to continue building upon its system as new challenges present themselves.

“The fourth digital revolution is actually happening. We are embarking on this digital transformation journey, which will take us to the future.”

– Aleksander Stasuk, Chief Engineer, Industrial Automation, Measurement & ICT, NIS AD

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