'Digitalization is about making sense of data'

Sajiv Nath
Managing Director
Yokogawa India Ltd
'The future belongs to those organizations who will be able to close the loop between data extraction and value creation in real time', says Sajiv Nath, Managing Director, Yokogawa India Ltd. In an exclusive interaction with Rakesh Roy of Offshore World, he shares insights about how Digital Transformation can embrace the full automation of the entire Oil & Gas Industry and Yokogawa Digital Transformation journey in detail.


According to you, how digitalisation can leverage the full automation of the entire hydrocarbon industry? How has Yokogawa planned to adopt the changing business environment?

Digitalisation is not industry specific. Digitalization is touching our everyday life and every industry. Digitalization is about making sense of data - data, in most of the cases, are already available in the industry. Hydrocarbon industry is relatively more automated and generates TBs of data every day. Merely 5 percent of those data are meaningfully used. Off course, in some cases, smart sensors need to be added to get fuller information on the process and its safety and productivity. However, the key point is the usage of data and make sense of those data. Corelating different types of data, using combinational analytics will help users to achieve newer outcomes. Yokogawa believes that the future belongs to those organizations who will be able to close the loop between data extraction and value creation in real time.

As always, Yokogawa embraces the new technology, converts it to useful form for our customers and delivers effective solutions to customers' pain points. With enormous potential that digitalization can deliver, Yokogawa announced Synaptic Business concept in 2017 for the Industrial Automation segment which essentially converges Operational Technology for Operations Management and Control and Information Technology for business system - both together creates sustainable value for our customers and our solutions support improved productivity across the plant life cycle, from the management level to the operations level.

How do you evaluate the Indian Oil & Gas Automation market in the Digital era?

Indian Oil & Gas is one of the best in the world - in terms Process, Level of Automation, Productivity and safety standard. A few Indian companies generate high GRM in the world. They can handle heavy/low quality crude through complex refining process. Not only refining process, our refiners are advanced in business process also, like dynamic product mix strategy and effective crude sourcing strategy to align with changing market need.

Many of them are at higher level of digital maturity. However, we have a lot more to achieve. A more real-time data-enabled decisionmaking process, integrated with market and process realities, can support sustainable and safe productivity growth.

Easy oil is gone and the industry is now going to deepwater and offshore of harsh environment to find oil. In this scenario, how does Automation play a key role to optimise production and improved operational safety and efficiency?

Safety, Reliability, Scalability and Remote Access are the key value drivers in the harsh and difficult-to-access deep-water exploration. With years of pioneering offshore experience, Yokogawa has kept pace with the industry's increasing requirements for technology and safety. Yokogawa's subsea control system, proven to be robust and ex tremely reliable, ideally suited for the world's deepest subsea facility. Along with this, Yokogawa's Intelligent Sensing devices with flexibility, Scalability and connectivity create a formidable and right automation choice for subsea harsh environment.

With power of Digitalisation now available with industry, Yokogawa's Advance Analytics of data from such intelligent devices continuously captures the site situation, improve data quality and support agile decision making which is of utmost importance in a very dynamic deep-water environment.

How do you view the Indian Govt's plan to raise share of clean energy in the energy mix? What are the sustainable approaches of yours towards clean energy?

We are in a phase of contradicting requirement-in India and Globally. With rising standards of living across the globe, the consumption of energy is bound to go up. We also have a serious issue to deal with and that is Climate change. Renewable energy can partly solve the issue but demand for energy will be much higher than what renewable natural sources of energy can cater to. Hence productivity has to be enhanced, usage has to be optimized and loss in transmission and distribution to be avoided. However the goal set by the Government is ambitious and the success of it will largely depend on implementation efficiency and speed.

Yokogawa is committed to Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and have taken many initiatives. Our SDG goals by 2050 are 3 - Net-zero emissions, Quality life for all and Circular Economy. Both as a route to achieve our SDG goals as well as DNA of Yokogawa's vision, we have high quality, innovative solutions to optimize the process, safety and energy consumption. Through our Digital Transformation journey, we make our intelligent sensors to sense-making to our customers.

Yokogawa's unique Advanced Data Analytics goes much deeper and analyses Physical properties of manufactured products, physical phenomena, equipment restrictions, weather and environmental conditions apart from Process Characteristics. With strong base layer control, intelligent sensors, KBC's (a Yokogawa company) advanced technology applications and industry know-how provides the basis for ensuring successful and sustainable outcomes and value for our global customers.

Refiners are now using mix crudes to keep higher margins and producing fuels comply with certain environmental norms. According to you how does Automation help to optimise the crude processing in refiners in this scenario?

Yes, crude processing is getting complex day-by-day to keep pace with ever increasing global competitiveness and volatile environment around crude oil. This is thereby necessitating to refine lower quality crude. Refiners are increasingly using more complex refining process to handle low quality crudes, so refiners are constantly tr ying to unlock values by increasing reliability, availability efficiency and safety. Concerns for climate change , SDG and change in environmental regulations are added dimensions to the refiners.

As a comprehensive solution to such complex process and environmental requirement, Yokogawa has adopted a concept of Synaptic Business Automation where we Co-innovate with customer to drive agile and adaptive management, Synaptically synthesize everything - people, systems, data, services and supply chain, create optimum answers through our business and domain knowledge and OT/IT solutions and services and finally create sustainable value for the customers.

Yokogawa has always Smart and Intelligent sensors in the portfolio but we have changed the role of sensors from sensing to sense-making, using the power of Advanced Data Analytics which uses the enormous data thrown out by the intelligent sensors and analyses multidimensional factors as Process Characteristics, Physical properties of manufactured products, Physical phenomena, Equipment restrictions, weather and environmental conditions. With this comprehensive and customer-centric Digital Transformation journey of Yokogawa, we are enabling our customers to address their over-all business needs along with SDG goals.