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As the global landscape of the oil and gas sector continues to change, the pressure on performance of its supply chain continues to grow.


Global energy consumption shows no sign of decreasing. Increased demand for new sources of energy are required, most of which are often found in more remote areas such as deep water, the arctic or in politically troubled regions of the world. These new supply chain challenges require proven solutions in order to meet demand.

Unlocked by technological advances, the dramatic development of unconventional sources of Shale Gas and Light Oil in the USA, have also highlighted a different set of problems for the logistics professional. Existing multi-modal supply-chain options for moving raw material from the source point to the refinery are either not clearly defined or is simply not there at all – without significant investment.

Cirrus provide software and services that include;

  • Evaluation of project and spares supply chain
  • Optimisation of MRO activities
  • Site material and traffic flow optimisation
  • Satisfy customer forecast demand through primary and/or secondary, multi-modal distribution networks, whilst minimizing costs calculated down to delivery point level.
  • Significantly reduce marine terminal demurrage costs and delay time
  • Terminal shipping operations planning and control


All the majors have been hit by refinery overcapacity and weak demand for petrol and diesel in slowing western economies, which has hit earnings in their downstream refining and marketing divisions. This weakening demand has coincided with the construction of a new wave of giant refineries in Asia and the Middle East that are putting pressure on older and less sophisticated plants in more mature markets. Some majors have responded by selling their European refineries, though in some cases they have struggled to find buyers. Others are shifting their focus to areas of higher demand growth and lower costs.

Cirrus has over 25 years’ experience of supplying solutions to the oil and gas industry including;

  • Refinery shipping operations planning and control
  • evaluate the network effect of territory expansion
  • Significantly reduce marine terminal demurrage costs and delay time
  • allocate delivery points to least cost depots
  • analyse the impact of changes to network infrastructure
  • establish annual models for use in negotiating exchange agreements based on costs and volumes
  • calculate resource requirements (vehicles, drivers)
  • calculate ‘cost-to-serve’ to outlet level
  • quantify the cost of network constraints