Natural resources companies face constant pressure to increase value in a highly dynamic and competitive business environment.
Oil and gas companies are developing individual strategies to grow or simply to survive. They face volatile oil prices, engineering challenges and extended supply chains.Metals and mining companies are increasingly required to make major capital decisions against a backdrop of heightened uncertainty.
They face traditionally high stock dependence and uncertain demand in the automotive and manufacturing industries. Both segments must learn to cope with new technologies, dwindling refining and processing margins, protected reserves, cost reductions and environmental pressures.
We have two hundred natural resources specialists with a deep knowledge of the opportunities and special circumstances of both developed and emerging markets.
We have developed specific solutions for the natural resources industry and successfully implemented essential projects thanks to our long-lasting relationships with leading oil, gas, metals and mining companies worldwide. Our experts combine consulting and technology capabilities. We deliver customised end-to-end solutions to our clients that link their individual business strategies to operational reality across the oil, gas, metals and mining value chains.
We also have strategic alliance partnerships with world-class technology providers (SAP, Oracle) and our leading position in this industry is well recognised.
What all companies in the hydrocarbon value chain have in common is that their fortunes often rise and fall as a direct result of forces that are beyond their control. With so much volatility related to the price of crude oil, manufacturing excellence alone is no longer enough to ensure financial success for companies where commodities are traded like in the hydrocarbon value chain. Long term commitments become more and more costly to hedge in the absence of liquidity.
How effective and efficient is your HSE (health, safety and environment) management system? How much time and effort is required to prepare and consolidate company data and prepare HSE reports?
How can you effectively manage a large scale investment programme for your upstream and downstream projects, your retail oil products sales, other operational projects and your Information Technology Projects?
Global metals and mining manufacturers recognise that force-fitting monolithic applications into manufacturing operations is costly, risky and ultimately creates systems that hinder agility. Ultimately this defeating the original purpose of the installation. The metals and mining industry is still learning to manage the ‘IT space’ between ERP and metals and mining Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES). Companies find that the integration platforms (MII, Webmethods, etc.) allow specialist systems to close gaps in operations. The general accepted practice for production management is to move away from an ERP-centric design to a more integration-centric design for Production Systems Landscapes.
On a daily basis oil & gas companies receive hundreds of customer requests for oil products from retail networks, bunkers, wholesales and others. They must be processed (registered in ERP, select refinery, schedule delivery/transport) and orders must be sent to refineries. The current paper-based process is time consuming and is open to potential human error. It results in ineffective refinery loading and in the inability to receive online information about actual deliveries.
One of the latest clear trends is interdependencies between enterprise competitive advantage and the effectiveness of supply system management. Business process optimisation and cumulative cost reduction related to supply of materials and services are one of the main methods of increasing profitability. Lack of supply effectiveness creates risks such as gratuitous costs that are related to insufficient control of the supply process, non-transparent sourcing, overstocking and storage over-costing.
Here’s how your function relates to what we offer.
We make sure we understand your business problems, the trends in your industry and then work out what we need to do to achieve results for you.
Our consultants know where you are coming from, because they’ve usually been in your industry. We combine our deep knowledge and experience in your sector with the technical ability to create solutions with real business value. We’re always looking to find ways to improve your productivity, streamline your processes, and leverage new revenue opportunities for you.
Finally, we get results - virtually all of our most significant clients renew their relationship with us year on year.