Refinery Scheduling is a critical link between refinery planning processes and refinery operations execution processes. It takescritical inputs from the Crude traders, Planning, Operations and the Sales group to generate feedstock, blending, operations, oil movement, dispatch and dock schedules. The challenge in the hands of the schedulers is to timely source the required inputs, analyze and process the information and generate nimble execution strategies for the operations team in an era of unanticipated demand volatility and price fluctuations.
Scenarios of missed opportunities, inappropriate operation and occurrence of avoidable financial losses are common to a scheduling system that lacks integration with its critical information sources. Often, the scheduler grapples for the required inputs through e-mail and phones to the concerned departments and by such time he manually feeds in the data and generates schedules, “he eventually misses the bus”.