Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group (NCIG) optimizes logistics and maintenance with Quintiq

October 19, 2012 | Melbourne, Australia

Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group (NCIG) has chosen Quintiq, a leader in Advanced Planning & Scheduling (APS) and Logistics Optimization software, to provide a port planning solution to enhance its existing planning and scheduling processes.

NCIG's operation has grown rapidly since its inception. With an expansion program to increase capacity to 66 million tons per year (Mtpa) underway, the enterprise recognized that more advanced planning technology was needed to enable planners to make better decisions and understand the implications of their decisions. The Quintiq APS is anticipated to significantly reduce planning time and costs by identifying capacity constraints and bottlenecks, and provide network visibility to enable planners to make informed planning decisions. The system will manage and optimize the planning of berths, stockpiles, trains, as well as assist in planning maintenance, repair and operations (MRO) events.

Integrating with existing systems as well as sharing information across internal and external customers is seen as critical to the success of the project. Besides integrating with a number of internal business systems, the Quintiq application will integrate with external data sources from three NCIG partners: Newcastle Ports Corporation (NPC), Hunter Valley Coal Chain Coordinator (HVCCC) and Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC).

NCIG Operations Manager Neill Bell said, "It was clear our existing systems wouldn't be able to manage the increased planning complexity with the ramp up to our intended full capacity. Our procurement process identified a number of specialist vendors and we selected Quintiq. They demonstrated a deep understanding of port operations and their current port solution met our existing requirement with the capability to scale to meet our future goals and objectives."

Paul Shepherd, Director of Quintiq Australia and New Zealand, said, "We are very pleased to welcome NCIG into our extensive operational portfolio of bulk commodity ports, which includes Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal and Port Kembla Coal Terminal. Quintiq leads the way in optimizing coal terminal operations and our port solution is an excellent fit to meet the current state and future vision of NCIG." 

About Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group (NCIG)

In 2004, six companies joined to form the Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group (NCIG) with a simple objective - to increase the export capacity of the Port of Newcastle, the world's leading exporter of coal.

The members of NCIG are significant coal producers who have sufficient coal reserves and projects to materially increase their aggregate coal production by at least 30 million tonnes during the next five to ten years.

About Quintiq

Quintiq's Advanced Planning & Scheduling software enables companies to create business value by visualizing and optimizing their operational processes. Quintiq software is capable of generating the best possible planning solution to suit any business model and solve any planning puzzle, even in the most complex and dynamic of planning environments.

Established in 1997 and rapidly-growing, Quintiq has a global coverage with dual headquarters in the Netherlands and the USA and a global development center in Malaysia.

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