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Downstream: Process & Technology: Infrastructure Project & ETRM Implementation

Monroe Energy, LLC (Monroe) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Delta Air Lines, Inc. (Delta) and operates the 185,000 bpd refinery in Trainer, Pennsylvania (Trainer Refinery).  In 2011, the Trainer Refinery was idled and ceased operations until late June 2012, when the refinery was officially acquired by Monroe from Phillips 66.  Shortly after the acquisition, Monroe began the turnaround with more than 1200 contractors onsite to bring the Trainer Refinery online.  As part of this turnaround, Monroe engaged Opportune for an Infrastructure Project and ETRM Implementation.

Opportune was responsible for the Infrastructure/Refining systems project team, who transitioned and commissioned 40+ applications for operations of the Trainer Refinery.  The project team also implemented Terminal Automation and Pipeline Control Systems for MIPC, a subsidiary of Monroe that operates and maintains approximately 52 miles of pipelines in southeastern Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey.  In order to accomplish these implementations, Opportune’s project team put in place the necessary infrastructure at both the refinery and the interstate pipeline system, without any transition services from Phillips 66, prior to the time the refinery started producing products in September 2012.

Opportune also worked with Monroe personnel to implement a commercial system with the ability to run an “Order-to-Cash” process.  The system selected was Openlink’s RightAngle (RA) solution. Opportune worked with Monroe to understand the critical pieces to get the business running prior to the first run of crude - less than three months after Monroe’s acquisition of the refinery.  Opportune specifically designed processes around the organization, business requirements and the RA application to coordinate daily business interactions between the internal work groups at Monroe, as well as those at Delta.  The functional processes covered front to back office needs, including deal capture, operations, scheduling, actualization, pricing, tax, settlements and accounting. The RA implementation alleviated the heavy lifting for the new, but growing, organization by including automation for Toptech truck liftings, inventory management utilizing the combination of OSIsoft’s PI within Teradata, and integration between RA and SAP to streamline the AR/AP accounting functions.  Additionally, in order to support compliance reporting requirements for Monroe, additional reports were implemented within RA, including Inventory, Production Book, Foreign-Trade Zone, and ExSTARS, .  After the “Go-Live,” Opportune continued to provide support and additional enhancements as requested, which introduced a Deal Approval Workflow and 30+ additional reports, including Audit, Reconciliation, and Accounting reports.

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Matt Flanagan

PartnerOpportune LLP