Astron Energy Transforms Crude Assay Management Process and Reduces Assay Creation Time by 50%

Astron Energy Transforms Crude Assay Management Process and Reduces Assay Creation Time by 50%

Astron Energy Transforms Crude Assay Management Process and Reduces Assay Creation Time by 50%

Astron Energy was formed as a result of a majority acquisition of the former Chevron South Africa Pty (Ltd). At the center of Astron Energy’s operations is its Cape Town Refinery, the country’s third-largest crude oil refinery at a capacity of 100,000 barrels a day, producing a range of fuels for distribution across Africa. As part of Chevron’s global network, the Cape Town Refinery previously relied on Chevron’s data, processes, and corporate teams for crude characterization and analysis. When Chevron announced plans to sell its majority shareholding in the South African business, including the refinery, the operations team faced the challenge of taking over the processes previously held by Chevron as well as choosing and implementing a technology to support their long-term strategy and operations as an independent refiner. In three months, Astron Energy’s Cape Town Refinery team successfully transformed one of the refinery’s most fundamental business processes, crude assay management – from characterization and blend analysis to sharing data for planning models and reliability assessments, all without disruption to the business.