National Petroleum Committee of Serbia Held a Workshop on Digitization in the Energy Sector

National Petroleum Committee of Serbia  Held a Workshop on Digitization in the Energy Sector

Belgrade, December 2022 - Workshop titled “ Digitization in the Oil and Gas Energy Sector” was organized by the National Petroleum Committee of Serbia (NPCS-WPC) in the premises of the Serbian Chamber of Commerce.

The workshop brought together the leading figures of the NPCS and members of this organization, as well as guests from the private and state sectors. The opening address was delivered by Goran Stojilković, President of the NPCS-WPC, Nikolay Zalevskiy, President of the NPCS-WPC Digitization Workgroup and Boban Mihajlović, Acting Assistant Director of the Office for IT and e-Government of the Republic of Serbia.

In his opening speech, Stojilković drew the audience's attention to the fact that the issue of digitization is an important segment not only of the oil sector, but of the entire society, as well as that the role of the NPCS-WPC Digitization Workgroup is significant in initiating discussions on how to approach digitization and which partners to collaborate with in order to reach the goal of efficient work processes. Stojilković concluded that it is important for the NPCS that representatives of NIS, HIP Petrohemija and “Informatika” openly exchange information and ideas.

The President of the NPCS-WPC Workgroup Zalevsky pointed out that the oil industry is a very conservative branch when it comes to changes, but that digitization is one of the strategic goals of NIS in the next 10 years, as digitization in the oil industry has now become a prerequisite for success.

Representing the state sector, Boban Mihajlović stated that Serbia is positioning itself as a regional leader in terms of digitization, and that according to the index of development of electronic services, Serbia is ranked 26th in the world. He also pointed out that the Office now has its own "cloud" and provider for state bodies because digitization is one of the priorities of the Government of Serbia.

Speaking about the advantages of digitization in the oil sector, Nadica Ristić, Modeling Engineer at NIS, spoke about predictive maintenance and increasing processing capacity, which is only possible with the application of high technologies and digitization.

When it comes to sustainable solutions, Marijana Stajić Vukmirović, Application Solutions Designer at HIP Petrohemija, pointed out that this company did not opt to purchase certain software systems, but instead created them itself, which is a huge advantage considering that maintenance costs are lower and that it is easier to implement changes.

Marija Hallar, Director of the Center for Digital Transformation and Improvement of User Experience, described the transformation of user experience at NIS Petrol and Gazprom Neft petrol stations. NIS has introduced advanced analytics, which facilitates the collection and analysis of feedback and enables the creation of personalized information, and there is also the Drive Go application, which enables payment at the filling stations, is simple and available across the entire network of petrol stations.

Dragan Lazarević, a representative of Informatika, started the presentations on digitization in the electric power sector by presenting electric power predictive analysis models, while his colleague Filip Jekić from the ASW presented models of short- and medium-term predictions of electric power production and consumption.

The participants of the workshop evaluated the workshop as successful and emphasized the need to organize this kind of gathering and exchange of ideas again in the foreseeable future.