Cyprus Petroleum Refining Ltd (CPRL) has chosen Shell Global Solutions as its partner to enhance plant and business performance at the company's refinery near Larnaca, Cyprus.
The signing of an 18-month Service Agreement, won against strong competition, means that CPRL will be able to benefit from knowledge exchange with a large organization of Shell Global Solutions' caliber. The Larnaca refinery was originally designed by Shell, and this agreement means a return to the group of companies serviced by Shell Global Solutions.
"Enhance plant and business performance"
At a signing ceremony in The Hague, Lex Holst, Shell Global Solutions' Vice President, Engineering and Technology, stressed that the emphasis would be on delivering continuous improvements.
"The key to our Service Agreement philosophy is the constant, proactive drive to identify further opportunities to make additional gains on top of previous successes," he said.
Takis Lefkaritis, General Refinery Manager, referred to the historical ties with Shell, stating: "We are glad to rejoin the Shell family and look forward to fruitful cooperation in relation to all energy matters."
"The emphasis would be on delivering continuous improvements"
Cooperation has already started on site and step-change improvements are now expected in plant integrity and reliability, and staff development. Health, safety and environmental compliance will also be underpinned.
Under the agreement, the 28,000 barrel/day, hydroskimming plant will receive general and unit-specific technical support, advice and assistance on a day-to-day basis.
A crucial element will be the careful tracking by Shell Global Solutions of the extra value generated. The focus throughout will be on identifying areas that can bring the greatest benefits to CPRL's particular circumstances. Regular, on-site reassessments of progress and business priorities will enable the provision of optional services to attain key targets.
The agreement includes a basic services package - best practices, customer service centers, newsletters, news forums, conferences and technical software packages. A key feature of the package will be help-desk facilities designed to empower management to rapidly debottleneck problems, increase throughput, and cut costs and capital investment.
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