By enhancing its range of services – both physical and digital – to work as closely as possible to the end-users of our tubes, Vallourec is now able to provide solutions all along its customers’ value chain. And this momentum is now gathering speed, reinforced by many technological and commercial successes…
September 2019: Vallourec signs a $900m deal with ADNOC (Abu Dhabi National Oil Company) to supply OCTG tubes. A new 100% digitally managed yard – or operational storage area – was built specially for the needs of this mega-project. It was also an opportunity for Vallourec to conduct the large-scale roll-out of Smartengo Inventory, its inventory management service, which also manages all flows and activities on the yard.
Arnaud Reveilloux, Digital Services Delivery Director, gives us the key notions which he feels best sum up this collective endeavor.
Delivery of the Smartengo Inventory was contractually set for the start of September 2020. We therefore had 12 months, and no more, to develop and deliver this tailor-made, operational and entirely digital yard.
Although we had already implemented an initial version of Smartengo Inventory for Petrobras in Brazil and TotalEnergies in Angola, we were still at the stage of a first version. The requirements contained in the specifications were much broader. To meet ADNOC’s needs, we were almost starting from a blank page before being able to ramp up our solution.
It was an ambitious move, but all the teams stepped up and successfully rose to the challenge. By September 2020, we were on schedule to meet the target set by our customer.
These are the three strengths at the heart of Vallourec’s DNA which we have been able to rely on. They also allowed us to overcome the Covid crisis, despite the involvement of teams from all around the world – teams in the Middle East (business sponsors and yard operators), developers in Brazil and teams in France (technical development and IT managers, as well as project management).
Following its transformation process, Vallourec has shown great agility in combining its historical activities as a tube manufacturer with its commitment to this new era of the development of digital solutions. By taking advantage of all of the Group’s skills, we have managed to offer a high-quality, highly technological response that is totally in line with the customer’s expectations.
The yard has been running at full capacity for almost a year and a half and more than 160,000 parts have been delivered so far! We are now working to enhance our range of services, particularly by combining it with the Smartengo Running Expert solution, designed to increase the reliability of well construction operations on platforms.
As for Smartengo Inventory, standardizing and industrializing the entire flow of data that feeds into the application will be our next major challenge in order to boost its commercial expansion.
This initiative has already begun in the United States, based on Vallourec’s services in the Gulf of Mexico, and in Africa (Angola and Uganda) for TotalEnergies.