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Certas Energy Uses Cloud Solution to Run Danish Service Station Network

Refinery, tank terminals, hauliers, airports and banks connected via iGOS

(PresseBox) (Hamburg/Dublin, ) Certas Energy Retail Europe (Certas Energy), part of the Irish group DCC, has moved its operations for another service station network to the cloud. Following the migration in France, Certas Energy is now also controlling its 210 stations in Denmark using iGOS (Implico Global Operation Services), the cloud solution for downstream services. The software and consulting company Implico once again carried out the migration in close cooperation with its customer within just a few months. All processes are now running in the cloud, from transmitting planning data to the tank terminals, to complete service station billing.

In 2016, Certas Energy took over the downstream business in Denmark that had been run by Shell but was bought up in the meantime by Couche-Tard. The company very quickly had to take over the supply and operation of the service stations itself, and opted for a solution that had already been implemented in 2015 in France, where it is running very successfully: migrating all service station management operations to the iGOS cloud in cooperation with Implico.

The project teams from the consulting company and the retailer migrated one process after another from the Certas Energy Operations Centre in Drogheda, north of Dublin. This included the transmission of planning data from the hauliers to the terminals and the refinery in Fredericia, sending delivery notes and processing loading data at the tank terminals. Processes for dealing with finances, handling fleet cards and billing individual service stations are also running through iGOS. Implico additionally covered the fuel replenishment process for the seven airports that are part of Certas Energy’s business in Denmark. Everyone in the network is connected to the system: the refinery, tank terminals, hauliers, airports and banks.

“The go-live is an important milestone and the result of close, trusting cooperation between Implico and Certas Energy,” said Vassilis Karagianidis, the project manager at Implico. “We are proud to support our partner on its path toward additional growth.”

Certas Energy hopes this migration will follow in the very successful footsteps of the project in France two years ago. In that case, the iGOS cloud solution enabled the Irish retailer to minimize its investments, achieve clearly calculable operating costs and ensure professional data management.

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About Certas Energy

Certas Energy Retail Europe is a subsidiary of DCC, a broadly based group operating across four focused divisions (DCC LPG, DCC Retail & Oil, DCC Healthcare, and DCC Technology). Through the development of a scalable ‘hub and spoke’ operating model, key pricing, supply, finance and back office functions are operated remotely from our operations centre in Drogheda (north of Dublin) across the retail petrol station network.

About Implico

The Implico Group optimizes logistics and business processes for oil and gas downstream companies. The international consulting and software company with its headquarters in Hamburg, Germany, has subsidiaries in Malaysia, Romania and the USA. Founded in 1983, the company today employs around 200 staff.

Implico provides consulting services, data services and software solutions for the entire supply chain – from forecasting, order entry, dispatching and tour optimization to data collation and invoicing. Leading oil and gas companies all over the world trust in Implico’s industry expertise and high-performance IT solutions including OpenTAS and iGOS. OpenTAS automates the storage and transportation of hydrocarbons for refineries, tank farms, and service station networks. iGOS (Implico Global Operation Services) offers innovative downstream solutions out of the Cloud.

Additionally, Implico offers unique consulting expertise surrounding the SAP Secondary Distribution Management for Oil & Gas (SAP SDM) and SAP Retail Fuel Network Operations (SAP RFNO) downstream solutions. SAP SDM steers and optimizes the complete order-to-cash process. SAP RFNO automates all payment and quantity flows of service station networks.

Implico is a Microsoft Gold Partner, a Software Development Partner of SAP and a member of the Oracle PartnerNetwork. The company has been recognized for its products and services on numerous occasions. It was named, for example, Oil & Gas Logistics Company of the Year in 2015 and Best Oil & Gas Software Specialists in 2017. In the field of Terminal Automation Systems, Implico is market leader in Europe, Middle East and Africa (ARC market study, July 2016).