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How do fully enable 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."


Simon Coombs

Simon Coombs
Managing Director, Industry X.0 - Digital Plant

Simon Coombs is the cross industry Digital Plant lead in Europe for Accenture’s Resources Industry X.0 practice – deploying combinations of highly intelligent and connected digital solutions to enable new sources of value for our clients. 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 OT solutions with business transformation programmes to help deliver new ways of working.

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