Accenture signs IT services deal with Sadara
Deal will help Sadara Chemical Co to develop applications, infrastructure and support for petrochem facility
Accenture has been signed to provide business and IT support services to Sadara Chemical Company's integrated complex in Jubail, the largest petrochemical facility ever built in a single phase.
Sadara, a joint venture between Saudi Arabian Oil Company and the Dow Chemical Company, has appointed Accenture under a multi-year deal to assist Sadara in developing best practice and delivery of corporate and manufacturing applications and infrastructure services.
Accenture will also help Sadara manage services for helpdesk, field support, workstation services and computer platform and network support, including data centre operations.
In addition, Accenture will work with Sadara to support the company's Saudization strategy, a government initiative designed to encourage employment of Saudi nationals. Currently Accenture is providing Sadara with service desk support which is fully staffed with trained Saudi women.
Under the deal, Sadara Sadara aims to establish a permanent data centre in Jubail, which will serve the industrial complex with an established IT delivery model for maintenance and support across all services.
Construction of the complex began in the fourth quarter of 2011 with the first plant start-up and first product expected by the second half of 2015, and with the site in full production by 2016.
"Following a rigorous evaluation and assessment process, Accenture was selected to support our drive in building Sadara as a best-in-class organisation that is agile and poised to address both the current and future needs with leading edge technology and second-to-none support and services," said Ziad Al-Labban, chief executive officer of Sadara. "We look forward to working with Accenture and achieving our goals."
"Accenture looks forward to working with Sadara to build an IT organisation that will support the company's growth objectives, provide it with the best solutions to address key business issues and ensure that technology is a key driver of growth for what will be the world's largest petrochemical plant ever built in one phase," said Omar Boulos, Accenture's regional managing director for the Middle East.