- Two streams of digitisation to cover corporate affairs and manufacturing competencies; NPCC has partnered with AVEVA and Microsoft on strengthening systems and procedures
- Digital transformation investments are part of NPCC’s commitment to Abu Dhabi Vision 2030 and offer employees and clients the very best digital capabilities for years to come
- Comprehensive digital transformation, also led by in-house Innovation team, will position NPCC as most competitive EPC partner for its partners
Abu Dhabi, UAE: 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 AED 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.
NPCC’s digital transformation plan builds on a number of innovation-based initiatives rolled out in recent years. These include the launch of an innovation centre to generate state-of-the-art solutions for the industrial oil and gas sector and continue NPCC’s proud tradition of leadership in new technologies.
“The energy sector is witnessing a change as organisations in the region see a massive opportunity to gain business insights, accelerate innovation and improve service levels, and this change and transformation will no doubt be fueled by digital technology. This enhances business productivity, collaboration, innovation and helps organisations make data-driven decisions,” said Ihsan Anabtawi, Chief Operating Officer, Microsoft Gulf. “We are proud to support NPCC’s journey in driving digital transformation by partnering with them as they invest in their own unique digital capability, and become fast adopters of best-in-class digital technology which they view as a key differentiator and core to their long-term vision and business outcomes.”
Microsoft recently announced it will make available its secure, flexible and intelligent cloud to the regional customers through two dedicated cloud data centres, one in Dubai and one in Abu Dhabi. Organisations in the region’s energy sector can make the most out of the Microsoft cloud by accessing enterprise-grade reliability and performance, combined with data residency and broadest compliance.
Steen Lomholt-Thomsen, Chief Revenue Officer at AVEVA, said: “Digitalisation is a hot topic, especially in the global refining and petrochemicals industry – in a short space of time the discussion has moved on from ‘why digitalisation?’ to ‘how quickly can we transform?’. Working alongside Microsoft, we’re excited to be building on our long-term relationship with NPCC to help them accelerate its digital journey across engineering, procurement and construction core business processes. Advances in technology mean there will be phenomenal change in the digital downstream landscape in the coming years and AVEVA, with its market-leading portfolio of solutions, will be right at the centre of it.”
NPCC (National Petroleum Construction Company), headquartered in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, is a world-class Engineering, Procurement and Construction Company that provides total EPC solutions to both the Offshore and Onshore Oil & Gas sectors.
Owned by Senaat, one of the UAE’s largest industrial investment holding companies owned by the Government of Abu Dhabi, and Consolidated Contractors International Company (CCC), an international construction group, NPCC provides engineering, procurement, project management, fabrication, installation and commissioning to project owners and operators.
Since its inception in 1973, NPCC has expanded its geographic footprint globally and today operates in Arabian Gulf, South Asia and South East Asia, and has plans to expand its operations to Africa and Caspian region.
NPCC has built strong relationships with leading Operating Companies (OPCOs), National Oil Companies (NOCs) and International Oil Companies (IOCs), and has a team of over 1200 engineers, based in four engineering centres in Abu Dhabi - UAE, Mumbai and Hyderabad - India, and La Ciotat - France.
NPCC’s state-of-the-art fabrication facility in Mussafah, Abu Dhabi, is spread over an area of 1.3 million sq. metres, and the yard can fabricate up to 100,000 metric tonnes of structural steel annually. The company owns a fleet of 22 offshore vessels equipped with modern facilities to support its shallow and deep water operations. It can lift structures weighing up to 4,200 MT and is also equipped for laying sub-sea cables and pipelines, up to 66 inches diameter; in water depths from 10 to 2,000 metres.
As of March 2019, NPCC has executed more than 1,190 EPC projects, laid over 6,199 km of pipeline and 1,374 km of subsea cables as well as installed more than 1,360 structures.
About Microsoft Gulf:
Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) enables digital transformation for the era of an intelligent cloud and an intelligent edge. Its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. Microsoft Gulf opened its Dubai-based headquarters in 1991 which, today, oversees operations across the region. More information can be found here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-gulf/
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