The client is a large mining company, formed as a result of a joint venture between its parent company (a major steel manufacturer) and a third party.
The mining company had built a concentrator plant to produce high-grade iron ore to:
With the plant scheduled to begin operations in early 2015, the client faced a number of significant challenges to operational readiness, including:
To successfully meet these challenges and move from construction to operations, the client asked Accenture to help it develop an Operational Readiness (OR) program.
Working together closely, the client and Accenture:
To ensure project success, Accenture leveraged strong project management skills to support the acceleration of key activities, implemented structured and process-driven approaches that provided schedule and deliverable performance, and enhanced communications to facilitate the right questions being asked at the right time, thereby enabling concurrent engineering, procurement, construction, and operations activities to proceed. As this was a first time implementation for the client of an OR solution, Accenture and the client worked to change the mindset of the workforce from construction to operations, helping to build the recognition that support functions would need to be ready to be able to produce.
Drawing on a deep knowledge of construction to operations, the mining company received an OR program that resulted in:
The client now has a concentrator that effectively treats ore and prepares it for transport to steel facilities in Europe. With enhanced time to value, this step in the iron ore value chain process is now optimized, reducing the client’s dependency on other companies for iron ore, increasing the profitability of their existing steel manufacturing facilities, and improving the quality of their products.