Impress for Project Management key to BP Lingen shutdown

Webinar shows use of SAP, Impress and Primavera on €54 million turnaround project.

A recent webinar outlines the role played by Impress for Engineering Project Management (EPM) in the 2006 shutdown of BP’s Lingen, Germany refinery. Impress Software’s package was used by BP to synchronize project data between SAP and its Microsoft Project-based Primavera application. The project mobilized some 2,100 external contractors and 300 BP employees (OITJ October 2006). The turnaround was the first complete shutdown of the refinery in 50 years and involved servicing 1,600 pieces of large equipment, 60 reactors and thousands more equipment items.

€ 54 million

The € 54 million project included 800,000 hours of contractor work broken down into 6,000 ‘activities.’ Impress for EPM was the bridge between the Lingen core SAP system and Primavera 3 Enterprise (P3E). SAP work orders were synchronized to P3E to enable project schedule planning, confirmation of completed work and timely payment of contactors. Dynamic scheduling successfully reduced the duration of the turnaround and assured a ‘timely response’ to unplanned work.


Turnaround data is now available to ongoing operations from a BP internal information portal. It is estimated that the systems will reduced planning time and costs by two thirds for future turnarounds. Other Impress customers include Shell, Total, ConocoPhillips, Saudi Aramco, Marathon and Suncor.

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