Rapid Disaster Recovery Helps JBS Rockhampton Get Back Into Production

Client: JBS Rockhampton
Location: Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia
Scope overview: Cyclone Marcia Repairs
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Project Description

Business value created for JBS Australia
In February, 2015 JBS’s Rockhampton facility was struck by Cyclone Marcia with disastrous consequences.  Initial estimates from within JBS were that the plant would be closed for three or more months.  Wiley’s rapid recovery approach meant that the plant was reopened in just over four weeks.  A task considered impossible by some.

Compelling need for the project
The Rockhampton facility employs more than 500 people and has a processing capacity of nearly 700 cattle.  The financial loss to JBS and the community per day as a result of this disaster was significant.  Recovering a safe operating environment in the shortest possible timeframe was paramount.

Value outcomes for JBS Australia
Wiley and JBS engaged in a very collaborative approach with “round the clock” communication and reporting combined with accelerated planning and approval processes.

As a result, the project team was able to deliver the earliest possible restart of operations.  Temporary repair methods were utilised in areas requiring longer rectification periods to facilitate this rapid recovery of production.

The financial impacts of Cyclone Marcia were minimised as operations reignited within weeks of the disaster hitting the site.  The benefits Wiley were able to deliver with this approach flow directly to JBS, their staff, the insurers and the wider community.