The 9th meeting of the Permanent Expert Group for Energy Efficiency of the International Association of Oil Transporters (IAOT) has been held in Moscow at the premises of the Pipeline Transport Institute (Transneft &D).
Representatives of Transneft, Transneft R&D and foreign members of the IAOT (MERO ČR (the Czech Republic), MOL (Hungary), Transpetrol (Slovakia), Gomeltransneft Druzhba (the Republic of Belarus) and Caspian Pipeline Consortium (CPC-R) participated in the event.
The meeting’s participants discussed the results of the 2018 IAOT members' energy efficiency benchmarking calculations. The calculations were performed by the Pipeline Transport Institute, which is a data processing centre and the main contractor.
“We have developed a new approach to assessing energy efficiency of pipeline companies. It allows to reveal the best practices and technological decisions and also draw up basic recommendations on increasing energy efficiency for implementation into corporate development strategies,” noted Bronislav Grisha, Head of the Foreign Economic Activity Section, the Pipeline Transport Institute.
Measures aimed at improving energy efficiency ensure a consistent reduction in specific energy consumption of all IAOT members. In 2018, the Association as a whole was able to achieve a 3% decline compared to 2017.
“Сomparing our figures for 2018, 2017 and 2016, we have identified a positive trend among those members of the Association that are really taking measures to improve energy efficiency at their companies. Based on this data, we can carry out a more detailed analysis and identify opportunities for improvement,” said Ondřej Šmolik, Head of Planning and Strategic Projects Department of MERO ČR and General Secretary of the IAOT.
Among other issues discussed at the meeting of the expert group of the IAOT were the results of the Association’s participation in the 14th Pipeline Technologies Conference and Exhibition (PTC) in Berlin, as well as the capabilities of the experimental hydrodynamic test benches designed by the Pipeline Transport Institute for the purpose of studying oil and petroleum products transportation processes, including for energy efficiency improvement.
The main tasks of the IAOT’s Expert Group on Energy Efficiency are:
- organising information exchange as regards energy efficiency and energy saving between the Association’s members;
- organising benchmarking research of energy efficiency for the Association’s members at PTI Transneft.