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Centerra Gold

Centerra Gold implements operational consistency and best practices in mining in less than 100 days with Ellipse Select

The Company

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 Challenge

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.


The Solution

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.

Main Data

Location Turkey
Industry Mining

Solutions Used

Ellipse Select Enterprise Asset Management (EAM)
 



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"Ellipse Select’s standardized business processes offer a strong foundation for building consistency. We expect it to elevate the quality of our processes as well."


– Adil Mehmood, Director of IT and Communications, Centerra Gold

The Result


Prepared for growth

Ellipse Select was designed to grow with a business by offering functionality in pre-packaged solutions. This means that customers can purchase only the functionality needed for the current stage in the business’s lifecycle – a very appealing feature for new ventures, as Ellipse Select can support operations from planning and construction, and through all operational stages. 

Ease of implementation
The flexibility of Ellipse Select will give Centerra Gold the ability to expand in functionality and capability as its needs grow. This staged approach not only created a compelling budgeting benefit, with its low entry cost compared to the expense and complexity of a full EAM/ERP system, it also expedited the implementation, reducing the time needed to be fully productive. Centerra Gold went live on Ellipse Select in under 100 days.

“The clearly-defined business structures and models built into the software enabled us to accelerate our deployment, as we only needed to purchase the functionality we need now,” said Adil, “which also saved personnel resources and time.” 

The standardization of business processes that Centerra Gold found so desirable in the initial implementation will later be applied more widely when Ellipse Select is implemented at other locations. At Centerra, each company maintains a complete, local set of books – what’s referred to in their system as a district. Ellipse Select gives Centerra Gold’s management visibility into timely data and regular reports across districts. The ability to support centralized data access and analytics was one of the key differentiators cited by Adil in selecting Ellipse Select.

By having the big-picture view of assets, Centerra Gold will be able to more effectively allocate and use equipment and get to a new level of business efficiency.


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