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Neste Engineering Solutions uses ALMA in even its most challenging instrumentation and automation projects

Technical Documentation & Management
Instrumentation and Automation Projects
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Neste Engineering Solutions and ALMA have worked in cooperation for 20 years. Together they have fine-tuned operating methods and solutions to ensure that they fulfill customers’ needs. The shutdowns at the production plant in Neste Porvoo are a good example of ALMA at its best.

Neste Engineering Solutions is a solution provider that specializes in particularly demanding instrumentation and automation projects. All its operations require a strong safety and quality culture.

Heimo Heikkilä, a specialist working in Information Management Operations explains that the key elements are the designing of safe plants and influencing the safety and smoothly-flowing work of employees. ALMA provides excellent help in this. ALMA’s usefulness and the strength of the cooperation between the partners is clear in the shutdowns of Neste Porvoo’s production plants. Shutdown and its planning involves years of work, with hundreds of simultaneous sub-projects. It takes place every five years, and lasts for about five weeks.

“The process involves surveys for making basic plans, further defining these plans, and finally detailed plans for the actual shutdown. This requires a comprehensive system, in which everything is controlled and readily at hand. The last time, in 2015, ALMA had about 70 users. The number of licenses was slightly less, but we were easily able to temporarily obtain the required additional amount. It is important in long, demanding project procedures that everything works and that we receive 100% support from our supplier. When preparing for the shutdown, the plant constantly has other lifecycle-related needs: for example, revision control and the renewal of products and their scheduling,” says Heikkilä.

By choosing the right methods for managing and maintaining information, the organization can anticipate and reduce the project’s potential risks.

“The significance of growing automation and the increasingly intelligent documentation of process control and maintenance is constantly rising. For this reason too, ALMA has been the right choice for us. When we were looking for a planning system in the mid 1990s, one which is supported by the supplier, we found ALMA. Over the years, our cooperation has grown stronger and we are thrilled with how innovatively ALMA develops both the system and the operations of the whole organization.”

Neste Engineering Solutions uses ALMA globally 

“Neste Engineering Solutions has chosen ALMA as its internal tool for different projects. It will also be expanded to electrical engineering. We have already carried out projects intelligently using digital solutions for a long time. We prioritize the management of our network, in which we focus on high quality and above all, a safe end result from the customer’s perspective. This is why we trust ALMA”, says Heimo Heikkilä.

Neste Engineering Solutions Oy was previously known as Neste Jacobs Oy. The name was changed as of January 1, 2018. 

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Text: Tia Härkönen / Photo: Neste

 

Neste Jacobs provides technology, planning and project leadership services to many organizations in different oil, gas, petrochemical and chemical industries and the biotechnical sector. The company has 60 years of experience in technological development, implementing
and maintaining investment projects, and the rationalization of operations, all over the world. It employs 1300 professionals worldwide.