The collaboration between NIS a.d and R-Tech in the area of Asset Management / Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS) has started in the first half of 2005, and collaboration agreement signed in August the same year. Two teams were in charge of the project: one at the management and one at the implementation/operation level.

As the first phase, the Pilot project was undertaken, aimed to provide the baseline needed for introduction of risk-based methods in inspection and maintenance, and risk management in NISa.d. refineries and other operating units.

The main goals of the project have been achieved by (a) training of NIS staff and (b) performing the risk assessment for selected NIS pilot units in accordance with API 581 and RIMAP methodologies.

The Pilot project ended in April 2006 and has clearly shown the advantages of the application of risk-based methods in inspection and maintenance system, and risk management as well.

Based on the results from the first phase of the collaboration agreement, the continuation of collaboration has been foreseen as necessary.
The contract for extension of collaboration was signed on September 12, 2006, in the premises of NIS a.d. in Belgrade.

The second phase of the Project is aimed to

  • control risk level by means of optimization of inspection processes and justified maintenance tasks, what will contribute to the site safety management and operational reliability of asset
  • increase the effectiveness of the inspection and maintenance activities, and
  • support increasing of the turnaround cycles.

Objective and scope of the Project
The objective of the project is to establish and implement an up-to-date asset management system for fixed equipments which 
  • allows mastering a cost effective maintenance
  • is "auditable" to any regulatory inspections, and
  • ensures life cycle safety and reliability operation of present static and rotating equipment, as well as safety systems.

The diagnostic and monitoring system of the equipment is assigned to provide advices for safety operation and minimize unscheduled shutdowns or losses in production, i. e. the used methodologies as tools should supply an updated knowledge of the equipment conditions allowing a forecast of the expected life and an extension to the maintenance cycles, together complying with the national regulatory requirements and the EU legislative environment also. 

The project has been implemented in all NIS refineries (Novi Sad Oil Refinery, Pančevo Oil Refineryand Elemir Gas Refinery).The number of the equipment to be covered by analyses for oil refineries is defined by the Project annexes.