TanQuid terminal in Poland communicates with Shell's SAP system
Implico automates the delivery of shipping data
Thanks to a major project in which international oil company Shell linked a number of terminals in six Eastern European countries to the company's CEE (Central Eastern Europe) back office, these terminals have been sending their shipping data to Shell's SAP system completely automatically via BizTalk middleware since 1 January 2011. The previous error-prone transmission of these data by fax and phone is now a thing of the past.
This important project for Shell also had an impact on the TanQuid Polska Sp.z.o.o. terminal owned by TanQuid GmbH & Co. KG, Duisburg. This terminal, with 24 tanks and a total capacity of 136,550 m³, has been using OpenTAS to automate the administration of its loading and shipping processes since 2001. The data for Shell shipments are now sent from OpenTAS to GSAP, Shell's SAP system, by sFTP (secure File Transfer Protocol). It provides information on all of the terminal's business processes: the replenishment of service stations in Poland, deliveries to industrial customers in Poland and exports from Poland to Slovakia to supply service stations in that country. The data are sent as XML with iDoc type content.
TanQuid is the leading independent tank farm operator in Germany. The 20 tank farms it owns or operates (19 in Germany, one in Poland) with a capacity of around 4 million m³ make TanQuid the market leader in the storage and handling of mineral oil and chemicals in Germany. TanQuid’s principal customers are the chemical and petrochemical industries. The company is based in Duisburg and has around 400 employees.
As an international consulting and software company, Implico supports oil and gas companies worldwide in optimizing their business processes. The company was founded in 1983. Headquartered in Hamburg, Germany, the Implico Group has subsidiaries in the UK, Malaysia, Switzerland and the US.
Five of the world's ten largest oil companies now rely on Implico's industry experience, consultancy expertise and high-performance solutions – including OpenTAS and SAP OGSD (Oil and Gas Secondary Distribution). OpenTAS is targeted at fuel depots and refineries, offering comprehensive functionality for administration, automation and process improvement. SAP OGSD, developed by Implico and marketed worldwide by SAP, optimizes the distribution of petroleum products.
The fast-growing Implico Group currently employs around 250 staff.