Centrica Energy, the sister company of British Gas, Britain’s largest supplier
of domestic electricity, is celebrating a new milestone in its power generation
business with the go-live this month of a new enterprise-wide IT system to help
maximise the efficiency and reliability of its existing 4.1GW portfolio of UK
power stations, as well as its new £400 million 885MW gas fired plant being developed
at Langage, Devon.
The go-live was achieved on schedule, within budget, and without disruption to
business operations. It follows an 18-month programme of planning, implementation
and training carried out as a collaborative effort jointly managed by Centrica
Energy and Capgemini UK, with team members from across Centrica Energy, from Capgemini
UK and from a Capgemini development centre in Mumbai, India.
Centrica Energy anticipates that the new system will help it to increase plant
availability and reduce unplanned outages to a minimum. It is also expected to
underpin cost-effectiveness in key areas of activity such as plant maintenance,
engineering management and procurement. The new system is based on the SAP Enterprise
Asset Management suite of software and replaces a diversity of earlier-generation
technology that Centrica inherited from its portfolio of acquired power stations.
Alex Spring, Programme Director at Centrica Energy, said: ‘The project will make the capture, sharing, comparison and analysis of information
more effective and efficient through the use of common methods and processes,
supported by a single system. One of Centrica Energy’s key business drivers is
to create value enhancing opportunities within our assets. It is clear that this
programme of change will help deliver the foundations for an asset management
strategy that can optimise the return on our substantial power asset portfolio
The new system covers all key parts of the Centrica Energy power generation business,
including plant operations, maintenance management, engineering management, project
systems, materials management, procurement, finance and accounting.
Centrica Energy also took the opportunity presented by the development of new
IT to review its operational and business processes. With the help of Capgemini
business consultants, it has moved to a common operating model, with new, consistent
processes across all its power stations, enabling best practice, promoting efficiency
and giving better management visibility across the enterprise.
John Waymire, Vice President at Capgemini UK, said: ‘With the world’s resources under pressure as never before, the ability to produce
energy with peak efficiency becomes ever more crucial, and we are proud to have
helped Centrica Energy meet this great challenge.’
The new IT systems are going live in a phased process. Six power stations are
now live, and will be followed by the remainder of the company’s power stations
in March 2008.
‘We are delighted that Centrica has selected SAP as their main software suite,
and we look forward to enabling them to maximise benefits realisation from the
system.’ said Nigel Trapp, Utilities Divisional Manager, SAP UK.
Capgemini, one of the world’s foremost providers of consulting, technology and
outsourcing services, enables its clients to transform and perform through technologies.
Capgemini provides its clients with insights and capabilities that boost their
freedom to achieve superior results through a unique way of working – the Collaborative
Business Experience – and through a global delivery model called Rightshore®, which aims to offer the right resources in the right location at competitive
cost. Present in 36 countries, Capgemini reported 2007 global revenues of EUR
8.7 billion and employs over 83,000 people worldwide.
More information is available at www.uk.capgemini.com.
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