The goal is to help Lukoil increase power plant reliability
and lower costs through the use of Fortum’s extensive Asset and Maintenance
Fortum’s solution is based upon IBM’s Maximo® asset management system. It is a
combination of the best parts of enterprise asset management and computerised
maintenance management systems. Fortum’s solution implements a maintenance
management model developed by in-house experts.
“This system delivers applications we have created ourselves,”
says Harri Vesterinen, Project Manager,
Fortum Power Solutions. “We have a background of running power plants in
different countries for many years. We are sharing that experience and what we
Lower costs, faster
The cooperation will help Lukoil manage their physical
assets, work activities and service delivery. The deal covers Lukoil’s newer
power plants and includes consulting on implementing IT systems, training for
Lukoil’s staff, and ongoing updates and troubleshooting.
“The main benefits we hope to gain are lower costs and
quicker maintenance,” explains Jukka
Saarinen, Head of IT Systems at Fortum Power Solutions. “With higher
efficiency we reduce costs. Additionally we can provide higher occupational
With the solution Lukoil will reduce interruptions by
determining the optimal times for annual overhauls, preventive maintenance and
fault repairs. The solution provides ongoing equipment status monitoring,
management of stocked items and cost analysis. Worker safety can also be
improved by document management like work permits and isolation plans.
“The aim of this is to optimise costs and have a higher availability,”
Vesterinen continues. “We want to have fewer shutdowns or breakdowns in
equipment. This will help to produce energy when it is needed without errors.”
Fortum has worked with Lukoil for many years, and the long
history of successful projects built a firm foundation for new collaborations.
“After developing a relationship between our companies we at
Lukoil were convinced of the excellence of Fortum’s business organisation and
the professionalism of all the specialists who worked with us,” says Elena Romanova, chief specialist of PP
and Networks Operation Department at Public Joint Stock Company LUKOIL.
Romanova explains Lukoil became familiar with Fortum’s
processes and qualifications as Fortum provided them with power specialist
training. This led to the realisation that Fortum had much more to offer.
“We would like to increase our competitive advantages by
implementing Fortum’s best practices,” she says. “We are excited about the
expected result in the entire sphere of our business. We need to change a lot
and can’t leave everything as it is. We have distant horizons. This project is
limited in time but I hope we have Fortum consultants with us in the future,
“We are very pleased to work with the project team from
Fortum,” Romanova continues. “The people in our project are excellent. They are
hard-working and interested in our common result. This is professionalism!”
Fortum has put together a dedicated team to implement the
project. Many have long experience in the Russian market, including Project
“We have a great team devoted to this,” Vesterinen explains.
“We have IT specialists who are fantastic programmers. It is a good mix of
younger programmers as well as those with a lot of experience with these types
Fortum does not simply provide these solutions – they also
use them in their own power plants. Specialists from Fortum power plants are on
hand to lend their experience and expertise to the project as it moves forward.
“I am most excited about all these new models we are
constantly developing,” Vesterinen concludes. “We really want to see this
system working in Lukoil’s power plants. In the end, a satisfied customer is
what we want.”
Text: David J. Cord