In the quest for the resources and energy industry to shift focus from capital-intensive greenfield projects to maximizing output from existing operations, global engineering and project management organization Ausenco is gearing up for a surge in demand for optimization services.

Ausenco’s Asia-Pacific/Africa president Simon Cmrlec says there has been a steady increase in demand for continuous improvement services over the past 12 months. “As clients seek to optimize their productivity, Ausenco structured its growth strategy to take advantage of future opportunities. Continuous improvement practices, which identify ways to ‘sweat’ assets and increase productivity with minimal capital outlay, can generate substantial returns for companies particularly in the resources and energy sector – it’s not unusual to achieve more than 10% savings against operating budgets.”

While Ausenco is not the first company to engage in the concept of continuous improvement, there are a number of major, globally diversified mining groups announcing their current strategies involve an increased focus on asset optimization to unlock capacity within existing operations.

In order to maximize the opportunities in this area of business, Ausenco recently acquired an Australian-based, global provider of asset management and business improvement services, The Rylson Group. Ausenco Rylson delivers leading proprietary software and expands the offering in providing reliability engineering solutions across the project lifecycle, from initial design through to operation and maintenance, to achieve optimal performance of assets within the shortest timeframe possible.

“Continuous improvement solutions are wide-ranging and can be applied to all bulk commodities. They generally include both de-bottlenecking and process optimization, as well as reliability engineering to optimize maintenance strategies and sustaining capital programs. Through these solutions, we have delivered significant long-term savings for a number of clients that have a real impact on the bottom line – in addition to reducing the overall maintenance effort required and optimising capital expenditure,” says Simon Cmrlec.

Ausenco delivers new and better ways to add value to clients’ projects no matter regardless of how demanding or challenging the environment is. The company operates from 30 offices in 19 countries.

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