Tullow Oil is working with Accenture to design and implement a new SAP solution to replace its existing accounting and supply chain systems.

In addition, Accenture will be involved in managing the integration of the technology and business processes across these two functions through the development of a new target operation model.

Accenture has worked with Tullow Oil since early 2011, supporting its finance function in the process of replacing its current accounting system. It was during this process that the range and number of interactions with the supply chain function became evident.

In early 2012, Accenture and Tullow Oil conducted a feasibility study on implementing one standard platform across both business functions.

"Our feasibility study demonstrated that implementing an SAP solution across both our finance and supply chain functions will create a more cost-effective, standardised operating model that will allow us the flexibility for future growth," said Andrew Marks, chief information officer of Tullow Oil.

"We selected Accenture to manage the implementation based on its technical and industry expertise, as well as its team's good understanding of our sector and business operating model."

Under the terms of the contract, Accenture will work with Tullow Oil to implement the financial accounting and controlling module of the SAP ERP Financials solution, materials management with the SAP ERP application and the SAP for Oil & Gas set of solutions, using Accenture Enterprise Services for energy companies.

Accenture will also undertake change management work to support the teams and processes that benefit from the integration.

"This integration will provide Tullow Oil with an advanced platform to manage its business in a more time- and cost-efficient way, benefiting its customers, employees and suppliers," said Johan Nell, client director and managing director in Accenture's Energy business.