Salamander Energy selects AVEVA for Enterprise Asset ManagementSalamander Energy has selected an AVEVA Enterprise Asset Management solution to improve operational effectiveness across its assets in Indonesia and Thailand.Established in 2005, Salamander Energy is a fast-growing Asian oil & gas exploration and production company with over 300 employees, and offices in Singapore, Jakarta, Bangkok and Ho Chi Minh City. Production in 2011 is expected to average between 18,000 and 19,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boepd) from fields in Thailand and Indonesia.Recognising the importance of best practice in its asset management, Salamander started to investigate suitable Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) solutions. After a thorough evaluation, the company selected AVEVA WorkMate and, in 2010, deployed it across all its operations for procurement, maintenance and materials management.'AVEVA WorkMate was a strategic decision for Salamander,' explained Guus Harting, Regional Operations Director of Salamander Energy. 'It is helping us to create a highly efficient environment with straightforward multi-site operations and management,' he continued. 'Our initial WorkMate deployment is already reducing costs and improving productivity right across the business.'Why AVEVA WorkMate?AVEVA WorkMate is a powerful EAM solution for all types of process plant. It comprises integrated modules for procurement, materials management and maintenance. Together, these support all aspects of plant management, including Management of Change, inspection and preventive maintenance programmes, Work Order and Work Permit management, logistics and so on. Equally important, a WorkMate deployment is extremely flexible and configurable, and integrates readily with other popular enterprise solutions such as SAP, Documentum or Primavera. This combination of power and flexibility makes it easy to deploy WorkMate in a progressive manner to meet the needs of any size of plant operating company.WorkMate's Procurement module is particularly versatile, supporting not only the needs of full enterprise-level procurement, but also those of the occasional buyer of low-value items. Its Materials Management module provides comprehensive inventory and logistics management from receipt to consumption of all types of materials and equipment, even rental items. Finally, the Maintenance module is a management tool for maximising asset performance by optimising maintenance programmes and their execution for minimum cost and down time. It supports continual improvement strategies by maintaining detailed histories, and it can interface with specialist systems for Reliability-Centred Maintenance.The Salamander deploymentSalamander had begun the search for an EAM solution early, recognising that it would be important for the company's long-term success. A member of the management team had had experience with WorkMate in a Canadian company and had been impressed with both the technology and the performance of AVEVA's EAM team in Norway (formerly ADB Systemer AS) in delivering and supporting the solution. The first discussion between Salamander and the EAM team took place in 2009.06AVEVA World Magazine 2012|Issue 1The Bualuang production facilities in block B38/8 in the gulf of Thailand. Photograph courtesy of Salamander Energy.
Over the following few months, a formal proposal process was carried out and a number of systems from other vendors were evaluated. The result was a decision in early 2010 to implement WorkMate on Salamander's first operational assets. The implementation went according to plan and the system was immediately put into operation.In Indonesia, WorkMate was implemented at Salamander's office in Jakarta for managing procurement, materials and maintenance of the offshore Kambuna wellhead, and for the existing and the planned new facility at the Glagah-Kambuna TAC onshore base and gas plant.In Thailand, WorkMate was implemented at Salamander's Bangkok office for procurement and materials management of the Sattahip onshore base, supporting the Bualuang wellhead. After first implementation, Salamander conducted a review of the system's performance and their future business requirements. Realising that WorkMate had much greater capabilities than they were initially using, Salamander decided to standardise on WorkMate for maintenance, procurement and materials management of all their assets. This initiated a second phase of implementation of WorkMate on the other operational assets, which was successfully completed in September 2011.The futureDuring the second implementation project, many other opportunities were identified for additional WorkMate modules to further improve Salamander's business processes in areas such as integration with project management and financial systems, supplier management and so on. These opportunities are now being addressed as ongoing projects, with the support of the AVEVA EAM team. The relationship between the two companies has proved highly successful and Salamander has now identified opportunities for widening its AVEVA deployment to cover the engineering and design disciplines and information management. We look forward to learning more about Salamander's growing success with AVEVA technologies.About Salamander EnergySalamander Energy is an Asia focused, independent, FTSE 250, upstream oil & gas exploration and production company. Salamander has a balanced portfolio of production, development and exploration assets with interests located in Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam and Lao PDR. For more information about Salamander Energy, visit www.salamander-energy.com.AVEVA World Magazine 2012|Issue 107Guus Harting, Regional Operations Director of Salamander Energy. Photograph courtesy of Salamander Energy.