NPCC accelerates five-year digital transformation plan
Two streams of digitisation to cover corporate affairs and manufacturing competencies; NPCC has partnered with AVEVA and Microsoft on strengthening systems and procedures
National Petroleum Construction Company (NPCC), a part of Senaat Abu Dhabi, announced today an ambitious five-year plan, backed by multimillion dirham investments, to transform its digital capabilities and meet the evolving needs of its clientele, employees and the region’s oil and gas industry. This follows a two-year assessment conducted by NPCC with the support of Deloitte to assess its future technology needs and prepare it for the ‘smart’ world envisaged by the Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030.
The digital transformation plan of NPCC was announced at the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition & Conference (ADIPEC) being held at the Abu Dhabi Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), where NPCC has a dedicated pavilion. NPCC is also showcasing its digital transformation roadmap and enhanced tech competencies at the event. NPCC has activated two streams of digitisation: The first focuses on corporate affairs, with a focus on system and procedure enhancements, and the second aims at strengthening manufacturing capability through advanced automation.
As part of the digital transformation, NPCC has marked a strategic US$40 million investment partnership with Microsoft and AVEVA to enhance the company’s internal and customer-facing systems while a dedicated in-house innovation team has been established that will work across the board to implement increased manufacturing automation that will enhance operational efficiency and add value for the company’s customers.
The impact of the digital transformation at NPCC will be higher efficiency levels across all aspects of its operations that will position it as the most competitive, effective and productive EPC partner for customers. It also reflects on NPCC’s commitment to be at the forefront in leveraging next-generation technology, establishing it as the most agile, lean and flexible entity that embraces changes in the technology landscape to lead the market.
NPCC’s partnership with Microsoft and AVEVA aims to transform its internal enterprise resource planning (ERP) software. This will enhance the operational systems resulting in a greater flow of information across departments and greater convenience for employees and customers alike.
Eng. Ahmed Al Dhaheri, CEO of NPCC, said: “With technology redefining the energy landscape, it is a strategic imperative to invest in next-generation digital tools to add value to our customers by enhancing the efficiency of our operations across every touch-point. Our digital transformation marks a substantial investment that will position us as the most flexible and agile EPC major for the energy sector, meeting the need of our customers, and adding more value to our operations. This reflects our commitment to meeting the goals of Abu Dhabi Vision 2030 to build a vibrant domestic manufacturing ecosystem that is highly efficient and productive.”
He added: “The close links between digital and technology revolution have brought a new era of innovation to the energy sector, which has typically been static to changes. We are seizing the opportunity to be a digital-first entity through the digital transformation plan, which will enable us to offer cutting edge solutions to meet the diverse needs of our customers, which too are moving ahead in the digital curve. Since 1973, our industry leadership has been underpinned by a forward-looking mindset that proactively identifies the needs of our clients, employees and the sectors we operate in. Our new digitisation strategy will ensure that we will have access to the most innovative solutions – both developed in-house and through our partnership with majors such as Microsoft and AVEVA.”
The digital transformation by NPCC is supported by a close evaluation and adaptation of the latest technological manufacturing solutions as well as factory management systems that will lead to the upgrade of NPCC’s manufacturing facility both in Abu Dhabi and its new yard in Saudi Arabia.