TIGHT CONTROL OVER COMPLEX NUCLEAR PROJECTS
Paris has a buzz most cities in the world would love to emulate. ‘The City of Lights’ is renowned as the heart of fashion, the cradle of revolutions, and the home of poets, artists, lovers and accordion-players.
Then there’s the other, less expected buzz - electricity and nuclear power. Paris is, indeed, the home of EDF – a utilities organisation that finds its customers all over the world. EDF is one of the latest in a line of utilities providers to pin down the benefits of Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management.
Benoit Maurice is the strategy pilot director for EDF France and he refers to EPPM as “a blueprint for best practices”. Maurice says that it helps EDF “keep tight control over complex nuclear projects.” It has been helping him and his team to create project schedules faster on two new nuclear projects across the channel in the UK.
POWER TO THE FUTURE - DELIVERING FASTER WITH EPPM
At two UK locations the imposing power stations rise out of the early morning mists. These are the new latest-generation nuclear reactors taken on by the UK government. EDF are in the hot seat for locations, one commenced in 2009 and the other in 2011. Both are being keenly scrutinised and controlled by the EDF team, through Primavera EPPM.
"Primavera is now held up as a best practice within EDF France, " Benoit Maurice, Strategy Pilot Director, EDF France
At the start of the project EDF had global collaboration high on its agenda. With a $21.5 billion construction project, nobody could afford project delays just because different territories might have been accustomed to doing things differently.
EDF made a pretty fast choice about how it was going to drive project management control and consistency across teams and locations and between on-the-ground project tasks in the hundreds, every day, every week and every month. The fast choice now drives fast actions. The team creates its schedules up to 30% faster and that’s not just saving time, it’s saving money. Works start faster and the projects roll on from stage to stage closer to the timings set for them.