The company that runs three nuclear power plants at Sellafield in West Cumbria is re-engineering its business processes to realise business benefits from an enterprise resource planning system that it implemented two years ago.
"To minimise the impact on the business, we did not change processes when we implemented the ERP system. We are now embarking on the next phase, which will significantly enhance functionality," said Richard Davison, site maintenance systems manager at British Nuclear Group.
Speaking at software supplier Lawson's annual user conference, Davison said that British Nuclear Group would automate business processes by developing interfaces between its Lawson M3 ERP system and its finance, HR and document management applications.
British Nuclear Group will be awarded performance bonuses from the Department of Trade & Industry if it meets cost-cutting targets.
As well as removing manual intervention from many of its core processes, British Nuclear Group said the move would enable improved parts ordering and cut the time taken to complete repairs or place one-off orders.
It expects to spend between £2.8m and £2.9m before the end of 2008 on the project. This sum is in addition to the £3m that was spent deploying the ERP system in 2005.
The project has been made more urgent because British Nuclear Group relies on legacy systems for some of its core business processes. These will no longer be used once the interfaces between Lawson and the other applications are in place.
Davison said, "We have an asset management system on the site that we did not bring across to Lawson in the first phase. It has been around for 15 years and there is one man who looks after it who will shortly retire."
Although British Nuclear Group operates Sellafield and the Low-Level Waste Repository at neighbouring Drigg, the power plants themselves are owned by a DTI quango called the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.
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This was first published in March 2007