Headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, Centerra Gold is a mining and exploration company engaged in the operation, exploration, development and acquisition of gold properties in Asia, Canada and other markets worldwide. Their objective is to build shareholder value and to establish annual gold production of 1.5 million ounces by maximizing the potential of our current properties and leveraging their financial strength and experience to acquire new long-life, low-cost projects.
The Öksüt Gold Project, located in the Kayseri province of south-central Turkey, was originally an exploration joint venture between Centerra and Stratex International formed in 2009. By 2013, Centerra Gold, the largest Western-based gold producer in Central Asia, became the sole owner of the Öksüt Gold Project. The change to independent operations became a catalyst for Centerra Gold to standardize its business processes across several diverse mines and office locations — so began its evaluation of enterprise asset management (EAM) and enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions to find the one that would best fit its needs.
Centerra Gold evaluated several EAM and ERP solutions. Ultimately, Centerra identified that it was not just consistency that they needed, but rather to consistently apply mining operation best practices across locations. For this reason, they chose ABB’s Ellipse Select.
For many years, ABB’s flagship EAM solution, Ellipse, has successfully supported some of the world’s largest mining operations with highly customizable and powerful functionality. As a leader in EAM, ABB understands the challenges that timeand cost-constrained companies face when implementing such a robust solution. So when ABB introduced Ellipse Select, its newest solution, already pre-configured with industry best practices learned over time, Centerra Gold knew that it would have a strong functional parallel to Ellipse and therefore minimal project risk.
Ellipse Select’s preconfigured functionality meant that Centerra Gold could take advantage of time-tested processes in mining operations at the onset. Additionally, less customization would require a shorter implementation window as well as fewer resources for implementation and ongoing administration.
According to Adil Mehmood, Centerra Gold’s director of IT and communications, “Ellipse Select’s standardized business processes offered a strong foundation for building consistency. And, because it’s based on years of best practices in mining operations, we expect it to elevate the quality of our processes as well.”
Ellipse Select offered Centerra Gold the best of asset management functionality for mining developed over 35+ years. Plus, the new solution’s role-based, business process focus included easy-to-use online process diagrams, forms and training tools that would give Centerra Gold a shorter training and solution adoption time, and a faster time to value. Additionally, it would be a valuable resource for the future, since the online training resources and tools would be available to new staff as the company grew.