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Optimizing multi-utility processes at BASF

Reaching CDS compliancy standards while optimizing multi-utility interconnectedness

Together with BASF we were invited to present the experiences and insights gained at their chemical plant in Antwerp (Belgium) with a group of Dutch industrial energy users. In a mutual operation with BASF, we are working on the orchestration of the optimisation processes that are at the core of their Verbund thinking.

The BASF Verbund

The BASF Verbund is a one-source system, helping to control production, respond flexibly and act independently. It forms a starting point for multiple value chains and entails reducing raw material use, energy consumption and costs by a closely interlinked production system. On a global scale, BASF realizes annual savings of more than €1 billion through its Verbund concept.

Starting from a compliancy perspective, heading towards multi-utility connectedness

During the co-presentation, Lode Geerts (Head Utility Management , BASF) and Michiel Kuiper (CCO, Energy21) explained the different steps that led towards an optimisation of the connected BASF energy processes.

This journey once started with setting compliancy goals. By data-mapping their required energy numbers and linking these to production information, BASF was able to reach the standards that are required for a CDS (Closed Distribution System). It turned out that organizing the data according to site topology resulted in new insights triggering new ways to improve the Verbund:

  • Reduced imbalances
    Optimised short term demand planning by using realization data (up to 1 minute intervals).
  • Aligned maintenance planning and production planning
    Increased insight in the mid-term planning (window of weeks and months) enables BASF to steer towards less imbalances and peaks. This methodology helps to substantiate the impact of short-term changes in the maintenance planning.
  • Improved portfolio overview
    Insight in BASF’s total portfolio and feedback to each individual customer (or asset) has resulted in understanding how to improve individual planning and operations in order to optimise the total Verbund.
Dutch CDS challenges

During the presentation, it became clear that the Dutch audience could link the BASF case to their CDS compliancy challenges. They also acknowledged the growing importance of optimising planning, monitoring and steering as well as ISO 50.001 compliancy.

How would Energy21’s approach work out in the Netherlands? In a few weeks we will publish an article that especially addresses Dutch ‘CDS’ challenges.

Eager to hear more?

Contact Alex Trijselaar, our Lead Consultant Industrial Energy Users, via +31 6 3167 3035, or contact Energy21.