ARTICLE - 10/05/2017

​​Energy+ magazine: Mutsuto Tone, General Manager in JGC Corporation

With its headquarters in Japan, JGC Corporation has been a leading global contractor to the oil and gas industry since it was founded in 1928. It is well known in this sector for its capability in delivering very large developments, including Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) plants, Gas to Liquid (GTL) plants and complete oil refinery projects. Indeed, it has successfully completed more than 20,000 projects in the oil and gas sector spanning throughout over 80 countries.

Working as the General Manager for JGC’s Start-up & Operation Service Department, my biggest challenge is to guide the business to expand its overseas markets. We have to continually look to the future and to where JGC can deliver real benefit to its clients. There are exciting new technologies out there that are redefining the way industries operate. One of our focuses just now is to increase the value of our services through the use of IT technologies such as the Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) that can be used to leverage the huge volumes of data collected across a plant (Big Data). With appropriate context, this data can be translated into meaningful intelligence that can help improve processes, efficiency, productivity, plant availability and, ultimately, profitability. We believe that JGC can make a huge difference to the oil and gas industry in this area by using our process and mechanical engineering expertise and our experience in plant maintenance and inspection to help operators reap the benefits of this digital revolution.

JGC’s relationship with RINA and its subsidiaries goes back more than 15 years. We have worked with them on several Front End Engineering Design (FEED) and EPC projects in countries including Qatar, UAE, Vietnam, Malaysia and Mozambique. We selected RINA as a partner because of their ability to contribute to client satisfaction levels through the provision of professional experts that can resolve technical issues relating to maintenance and inspection. The long relationship between the two companies also means we are confident in the communication between teams, the ability to work together efficiently and complete work to the required schedule.

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