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Implico - Oil and Gas Downstream Solutions

Oil and Gas Downstream Solutions

OMV sites in Germany ready for EMCS 2.0 The transitional period for EMCS 1.0 ends on 30 September 2012 / Implico converts its German OpenTAS customers to the new EMCS release

The company continues to rely on the EMCS functionality built into Implico’s OpenTAS terminal management and terminal automation system. The German customs authorities have in fact certified OpenTAS for EMCS 2.0 twice, both in Version 4.6 and in Version 5.0.

The EMCS electronic movement and control procedure has been mandatory since January 2011 for all cross-border shipments of excisable goods under suspension of excise duty within the EU. It affects most of the products of the oil and gas industry. Since the beginning of 2012, transporting these goods within Germany has been possible only if the EMCS electronic system is used. German customs also approved the use of the new EMCS Version 2.0. at the same time.


The main changes from version 1.0 concern operations such as splitting movements of energy products, warning/rejection before receipt, explanation of shortfall/excess quantities, and conveyance cancellation. During the transition period, which extends until the end of September, either the EMCS 1.0 standard or the EMCS 2.0 standard may be used for electronic communications with the German customs. From October, communication will be possible only using the EMCS 2.0 standard.

OpenTAS certified for EMCS 2.0

Starting and completing EMCS-related shipments in Germany is handled via a customs web portal – or with certified software like OpenTAS. Compared to web-based solutions, however, integrated packages such as OpenTAS offer immense advantages. The automated transfer of loading data to the customs authorities (via a certified interface) considerably improves data security while also increasing efficiency by making 24-hour operation possible.

Nor do any new, manual work processes need to be introduced for shipping offices. Finally, an all-in-one system is also considerably cheaper to run. Implico has also had OpenTAS certified for EMCS 2.0 in both the current Version 5.0 and the previous Version 4.6. Customers who have not yet changed to OpenTAS 5.0 can therefore continue to benefit from the EMCS processes integrated in OpenTAS by simply obtaining a software add-on.

Changeover to EMCS 2.0

When OMV Deutschland GmbH decided to switch to the latest EMCS version, specialists from Implico swiftly converted the refinery in Burghausen and the Feldkirchen tank terminal to EMCS 2.0. Normal operations were unaffected during the changeover, as the new EMCS version runs completely independently of the previous version 1.0. Implico is currently converting the processes of other OpenTAS customers in Germany – including Total, Vopak and Tanklager Simon – to EMCS 2.0.

About OMV Deutschland GmbH

OMV Deutschland GmbH is the leading mineral oil and natural gas company in Bavaria. It is active in the refining, retail and filling station sectors. OMV Deutschland currently operates some 320 filling stations, including 250 in Bavaria alone, constituting a market share of more than 10%. The company also operates filling stations in Baden-Württemberg and Hesse.

With a 30 percent share of the retail market, OMV is market leader in Bavaria. Since the early 1970s, the OMV terminals in Feldkirchen, which OMV also operates on behalf of the German National Petroleum Stockpiling Agency (EBV), have ensured the security of supply of diesel and fuel oil for the metropolitan area of Munich and the surrounding region. With a direct jet fuel pipeline to Munich Airport, the Burghausen refinery is the airport’s main supplier.

In 2003, OMV increased its stake in the Trans Alpine Pipeline to 25 percent and acquired 45 percent of Bayernoil Raffinerie GmbH. With refineries in Burghausen, Neustadt and Vohburg and an annual processing capacity of 8.2 million metric tons, OMV owns over 42 percent of Bavaria’s refinery capacity. This makes it the most important supplier of mineral oil products in southern Germany. It also meets approximately 10 percent of the chemical industry’s demand for mineral oil derivatives in Germany.