innovation · 2/15/2018

The smoothest operators have now been found by playing NAPCON Games Distiller at The Operator World Cup

Neste Corporation


15 February 2018

The smoothest operators have now been found by playing NAPCON Games Distiller at The Operator World Cup  

NAPCON Operator World Cup 2017 finals were played on 8 February 2018 in Houston between operators from Neste and MOL Group.

NAPCON developed by Neste Engineering Solutions provides solutions for production optimization and for operator training for the process industry among others. To award the best process operators in the world NAPCON has launched last year a competition called the Operator World Cup.

NAPCON Operator World Cup 2017 finals were played on 8 February 2018 in Houston between operators from Neste and MOL Group. As the result of a tight fight between MOL Group and Neste operators, MOL Group operators managed to win the Operator World Cup with 34,777 points. MOL Group's total score was 406,253 and Neste's 371,476 points.

"Playing the NAPCON Games Distiller is educational but also engaging and fun. It is also very realistic and gives a possibility to train real disturbances in the oil refinery distillation process. It has been great to be part of this project of taking on NAPCON Games Distiller training games at MOL Group", One of the participants of MOL Group team, Levente Töro says.

"The work of the operators is very demanding and it is good to be able to give them the credit that belongs to them. Controlling production is a highly responsible task and training the operators well is very important risk management. There is no room for mistakes in the process industry", states Mika Neffling, Sales Manager for NAPCON Games.

The Operator World Cup consisted of qualifications by playing NAPCON Games Distiller online game (available at, which is developed for process operators to train them basic distillation process in an oil refinery. From the qualifications and semi-finals in London, Houston, Dubai and Helsinki during the autumn 2017 made Neste and MOL Group's top operators their way to the finals, which took place at the Operational Excellence event in Houston on 8 February 2018. The two teams consisted of three players, whose joint result was counted as the team result.

The players played one mission each of the NAPCON Games Distiller and the missions were 3.1, 3.3 and 3.5 in the finals. Missions were played at 4 times speed. The differences between the world's greatest operators were very small.

 "It feels really nice to be one of the world's smoothest operators. This is an honor and it is great that the work of the operators is recognized like this", Levente Töro continues.

More information on NAPCON Games Distiller, customizable training games and other NAPCON products for making your production and training more effective can be found on

More information: Joanna Viileinen, Communication and Marketing Specialist, NAPCON, Neste Engineering Solutions Oy, tel. +358 50458 9557, Joanna.viileinen(at)


NAPCON developed by Neste Engineering Solutions offers you a wide range of advanced process automation solutions to enhance your production. The dedicated solutions based on extensive process know-how and modern software engineering fulfil your needs on the areas of Production Optimization, Quality Optimization, Safety, Logistics, Business Optimization, Environment and Big Data. NAPCON offers also innovative solutions to train operators with simulators and games.

MOL Group in brief 

MOL Group is an integrated, international oil and gas company, headquartered in Budapest, Hungary. It is active in over 30 countries with a dynamic international workforce of over 25,000 people and a track record of more than 100 years in the industry.

Neste in brief

Neste (NESTE, Nasdaq Helsinki) creates sustainable solutions for transport, business, and consumer needs. Our wide range of renewable products enable our customers to reduce climate emissions. We are the world's largest producer of renewable diesel refined from waste and residues, introducing renewable solutions also to the aviation and plastics industries. We are also a technologically advanced refiner of high-quality oil products. We want to be a reliable partner with widely valued expertise, research, and sustainable operations. In 2017, Neste's revenue stood at EUR 13.2 billion. In 2018, Neste placed 2nd on the Global 100 list of the most sustainable companies in the world. Read more: