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How to power a digital plant

Key technologies will enable the connected, collaborative safe refinery of the future.


The digital refinery of the future will be connected, collaborative and—most importantly—a safe workplace. Simon Coombs explores the technology enablers that refinery operators will need to consider when building the digital plant of the future.

“Cybersecurity is crucial. If you’re going to be reliant on dynamic data, then data resilience is going to be key.”

About Simon

Simon Coombs is the cross industry Digital Plant lead within Accenture Asset and Operations Services. He has over 30 years of experience working with asset and energy intensive industries around the world. His experience brings together his skills as an electrical engineer, largescale IT and data solutions, real-time automation control solutions and business transformation programmes to help deliver a new way of working enabled by digital services.