The National Petroleum Construction Company (NPCC) has announced its ambitious five-year plan backed by multi-million dollar investments, to transform its digital capabilities and meet the evolving needs of its clientele, employees and the region’s oil & gas industry.
This is in line with the two-year assessment conducted by NPCC with Deloitte’s support to assess its future technology needs and prepare it for the ‘smart’ world envisaged by the Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030.
As part of the digital transformation, NPCC has marked a strategic $11 million investment partnership with Microsoft and Aveva to enhance the company’s internal and customer-facing systems.
Eng. Ahmed Al Dhaheri, CEO at NPCC said: “With technology redefining the energy landscape, it is 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 needs of our customers, and adding more value to our operations,” he added.
Meanwhile, Ihsan Anabtawi, COO at Microsoft pointed out that the energy sector was 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 fuelled by digital technology.
“This enhances business productivity, collaboration, innovation and helps organisations make data-driven decisions,” noted Anabtawi.
The partnership with Microsoft and Aveva aims to transform its internal enterprise resource planning software, which will enhance the operational systems, thus resulting in a greater flow of information across departments and greater convenience for employees and customers alike, NPCC stated.
Additionally, Steen Lomholt-Thomsen, chief revenue officer at Aveva, said: “Working alongside Microsoft, we are excited to be building on our long-term relationship with the NPCC to help them accelerate their digital journey across the engineering, procurement and construction core business processes.”
“Advances in technology mean there will be a 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,” he added.
NPCC’s digital transformation plan builds on several 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 the company’s proud tradition of leadership in new technologies, it added.
The digital transformation plan of the NPCC was announced at the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition & Conference (Adipec) that was held in Abu Dhabi, UAE.