Total Deploys OpenTAS Nationwide at all Refineries

23 July 2010

Successful Roll-out in France / Targets: Harmonization, EMCS, SOX Compliance and ADR Implementation

Total-Refinery-2.jpgThe French petroleum group Total migrated all six of its French refineries in record time to a standardized communication platform: OpenTAS developed by Implico. At the start of March 2010, OpenTAS went live at the sixth and final refinery in Gonfreville-l'Orcher in Normandy. With this project, Total has succeeded in harmonizing and optimizing the business processes for handling loading data in all of its refineries in France.
TOP'R – or Template Order Processing Refineries – was the name of the large-scale project for rolling out OpenTAS at Total's refineries in France.
The Total group carefully analyzed IT solutions and concepts from various providers before deciding in September 2007 to implement OpenTAS at all six of its refineries in France. The proven standard solution for managing and automating processes at terminals and refineries was introduced as a new layer between the regional terminal administration systems (TAS) and the central ERP system.
Total's aim was to harmonize and optimize its business processes for handling loading data in order to increase the efficiency and transparency of its refinery processes and create a stable basis for successfully tackling other important issues such as EMCS, SOX compliance and ADR.
Refineries-France.jpgConcerning the Excise Movement and Control System (EMCS), the great advantage of OpenTAS is that, unlike the many stand-alone web-based solutions which are available, it seamlessly integrates EMCS into the loading and shipping process. By implementing OpenTAS, Total also wanted to make its accounting processes more transparent in accordance with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) and introduce a standardized basis for ensuring compliance with safety regulations such as the European Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road (ADR).
Total decided to have the French company Atos Origin implement the system locally. To familiarize the Atos consultants with the many functionalities and special features of OpenTAS, six configuration training sessions took place at Implico's headquarters in Hamburg.
The refinery in Donges was the pilot for the extensive, tightly scheduled project. After the successful acceptance test in April 2009, during which key users at Total thoroughly tested every functionality, the business simulation took place in May followed by the successful go-live at the end of June 2009. Step by stp, OpenTAS was then launched at the refineries in Flandres, Feyzin, Gargenville/Grandspuits, Provence and Normandy. At all refineries, OpenTAS now handles the loading of tank trucks as well as railroad tank cars, pipelines and ships.
About Total
With operations in more than 130 countries, Total engages in all aspects of the petroleum industry, including Upstream operations (oil and gas exploration, development and production, LNG) and Downstream operations (refining, marketing and the trading and shipping of crude oil and petroleum products).

Total also produces base chemicals (petrochemicals and fertilizers) and specialty chemicals for the industrial and consumer markets (rubber processing, adhesives, resins and electroplating). In addition, Total has interests in the coal mining and power generation sectors. Total is helping to secure the future of energy by progressively expanding its energy offerings and developing complementary next generation energy activities (solar, biomass, nuclear).
Total is one of the leading traders of crude oil and refined products worldwide
  • Refining capacity: approximately 2.6 million barrels per day
  • Retail network: nearly 16,425 service stations
  • Sales of petroleum products: approximately 3.7 million barrels per day#
  • Brands: TOTAL, Elf, Elan, AS 24
About Atos Origin
Atos Origin is a leading international IT service provider. The company covers the entire spectrum of IT services with its expertise in consulting, system integration and outsourcing. Atos Origin generates annual revenue of EUR 5.1 billion and has 49,000 employees in 40 countries.
Atos Origin is a global IT partner to the Olympic Games and has a customer base consisting of renowned international companies in all industries.
Atos Origin is listed on the Eurolist Marché in Paris and operates under the names Atos Origin, Atos Consulting, Atos Euronext Market Solutions and Atos Worldline.
Photo captions
Photo 1: Total Refinery, © Total
Photo 2: Total Deploys OpenTAS Nationwide at all French Refineries, © Implico