OceanaGold, operator of NZ’s largest gold mine, saw an opportunity. The nature of the organisation meant that it constantly and concurrently ran a wealth of small- to medium-sized projects ($5K – $1M), so it wanted to improve its expertise and internal processes to manage these more efficiently, effectively, and consistently. Earlier this year they got in touch with our expert team. Here’s how we unearthed project management gold for the Macraes Processing Operation near Dunedin.
Found a little over an hour’s drive north of Dunedin, Macraes Operation is New Zealand’s largest active gold-producing mine. Operated by OceanaGold, it has produced over five million ounces (141+ tonnes) of the precious metal since opening in 1990, unearthing this incredible value while contributing to the local economy in a number of other ways: community investment, a strong donation program, and the employment of over 600 people between the mine and OceanaGold’s Dunedin office.
The process of operating and optimising gold recovery is one of simultaneously running a number of smaller projects. OceanaGold ran a significant number of small- to medium-sized projects valued from $5k to $1 million.
As the number of projects rose over time, so too did operational complexity. While OceanaGold boasted a talented, supportive, and highly engaged team, it saw an opportunity to improve its internal project management expertise and develop the processes, tools, and templates required to deliver these projects efficiently.
The organisation was eager to improve the capability of the operational staff who ran their projects by providing a structure and applying established project management theory. They wanted help to develop the new process and tools that were necessary to achieve these enhancements.
So in early 2022 they turned to our team at Millpond.