KBC was awarded an opportunity to provide transaction support to a significant merger between two international oil companies. During the due diligence phase of the transaction, as part of integration planning, KBC was asked to develop certain planning and processing models and scenarios using a linear plan programme and confidential refinery data. Since the appropriate regulatory approvals had not yet been received, the modelling was performed in a "clean-room" environment. Having such information prepared in advance allowed the management of the combined organisation to accelerate its integration process once regulatory approvals had been received and the transaction closed. Throughout the year, as an independent consultancy, KBC has provided significant support to international and national oil companies involved in acquiring refining assets as well as private equity firms interested in acquiring refinery assets. This includes due diligence related to the assets being acquired and integration assistance related to optimising all assets within the client's portfolio.