Preparing one of Canada's largest oil companies for sustainable growth through operational excellence and continuous improvement
Context and Challenge
One of the pioneers in modern oil sands technology, looking to steadily expand the production footprint in Northern Alberta.
A combination of established SAGD operations combined with a rapidly growing plant, both of which have unique operational improvement needs.
Leadership looking to develop a "common way of working" that avoids the extremes of rigid, mechanical standards and procedures and a loose, multiple-ways-of-doing-things approach to operations.
Stretching commitments to deliver results in the areas of: Production, Unit Cost, Operating Efficiency and HSE.
Operational Excellence Foundation phase designed to develop a vision for a common way of working and to enroll the organization in the journey, followed by a result-focused Delivery phase aimed at building sustainable capability.
Leveraged program with Evolve consultants working side-by-side with an internal team to develop their capability.
Focused efforts on control room optimization, group problem solving, front-line coaching and the systematic elimination of waste, variation and complexity in the operation.
Building a common, enterprise-wide Operational Excellence Framework with an initial focus on: Production & Optimization, Cost Excellence, Maintenance & Reliability, Leadership & Management and Human Skills & Performance.
Delivered a 20:1 return in 12 months.
"Evolve's support has been invaluable. I had worked with consultants before, and I guess had the view that consultants were useful so long as you kept them 'in their box.' Working with Evolve has changed my views."