TOTAL, a global integrated energy producer and provider,has today signed a partnership agreement with TCS , a leading global IT services, consulting and business solutions organisation, has signed a partnership agreement with to create a digital innovation center based in Pune in the state of Maharashtra, India.
Marie-Noëlle Semeria, Senior Vice President and Group Chief Technology Officer, Total, said, “For a large industrial group like Total, it is essential to always stay ahead of these topics. After having integrated digital solutions within the group, we now want to invent those of tomorrow by combining Total’s know-how with the agility of TCS.”
The partnership will initially focus on refining the intensive use of digital technologies and will help drive the various building blocks of refining (production units, processes, and the supply chain and petroleum product markets) to improve refinery performance. Real-time data analytics, the Internet of Things, automation, artificial intelligence and agile methodology will be used to improve industrial efficiency, energy performance and availability rates.
Bernard Pinatel, President, refining and chemicals, Total, said, “With the digital innovation center, we are positioning ourselves as a pioneer working to develop a smart, connected refinery that will allow us to improve our industrial competitiveness. We want to invent the Refinery 4.0. Based on the TCS concept of ‘entrepreneurship-in-residence’, Total will work with TCS’ technology and domains experts. TCS will also bring to Total its network, its structured co-innovation approach and its unique Business 4.0 cooperation framework.”
Debashis Ghosh, President, energy, resources and EPC business, TCS, said, “The energy and resources sector is one of TCS’ fastest growing business units. We are delighted to sign this strategic digital innovation partnership with Total for which we will leverage our Business 4.0 framework, with a focus on agile, intelligent automation, internet of things, analytics and cloud-based solutions.“