Centrica Energy, the sister company of British Gas, has extended its SAP platform from the back office into its power generating stations.

The SAP Enterprise Asset Management platform has replaced a diverse range of technology in the Centrica portfolio of acquired power stations. The platform will be used to support key operations for its UK power stations, including a new £400 million gas-fired plant under development in Devon.

Plant operations, maintenance, engineering, project systems, materials, procurement, finance and accounting will all be managed through the IT system.

The IT systems will be phased in. Six power stations are now live and will be followed by the remainder of the company's power stations in March 2008.

Centrica worked with Capgemini UK and a Capgemini development centre in Mumbai during the 18-month rollout.

Alex Spring, programme director at Centrica Energy, said: "The project will make the capture, sharing, comparison and analysis of information more effective and efficient through the use of common methods and processes, supported by a single system."

As part of the change programme, the company worked with Capgemini consultants to review its operation and business processes and to move to a common operating model.

Spring added that the change programme will "help deliver the foundations for an asset management strategy that can optimise the return on our substantial power asset portfolio investment".