Qatar power and water provider implements digital transformation to boost efficiency
12 Jul 2021
Qatar’s Umm Al-Houl Power (UHP), one of the largest independent water and power producer (IWPP) companies in the Middle East, has adopted digital technologies through a partnership with SAP to boost efficiency and improve operations
Qatar’s Umm Al-Houl Power (UHP), one of the largest independent water and power producer (IWPP) companies in the Middle East, has adopted digital technologies through a partnership with SAP to boost efficiency and improve operations.
As part of the digital transformation, UHP has also partnered with Kaar Technologies to deploy a wide range of real-time business solutions that are enabling a paperless office.
Following the adoption of the digital technologies, Umm Al-Houl Power has granular data on one real-time platform, delivering unprecedented levels of analytics, efficiency, and productivity. The company has less asset downtime, and spends less time and effort on routine administrative tasks with more time used for strategic planning. UHP is currently implementing SAP Ariba, digitally enabling the complete procure-to-pay cycle, which is expected to further optimise capital expenditure (Capex).
“In line with Umm Al Houl Power’s goals of providing a secure power and water supply, we needed full visibility on our utilities operations and resources,” Khaled Al Siddiqi, business manager, UHP, who led the digital transformation initiative at Umm Al-Houl Power. “UHP is one of the best run utilities, with a highly skilled, lean and efficient organization structure we have achieved an annual revenue-to-employee ratio of more than USD 3 million per employee - which is one of the highest in the world for any sector.”
“Thanks to our digital transformation with SAP, we’ve seamlessly integrated data from our plant OT into SAP MII to provide real time KPIs and Dashboards for effective Management oversight, data from the DCS and field operators and technicians is routed directly to the concerned engineers for real-time decision-making, this has led to new levels of employee productivity. Through the Digital Planning Board engineers can assign the right resources at the right price and right time. Technicians can access assigned job orders, technical documents, permits, check, and call in physical inventory through SAP MM module on their mobile devices to quickly diagnose and fix any issues without any administrative delays. Our implementation of ESS and MSS with SAP Fiori on mobile has almost eliminated any lag time by enabling requests and approvals on the go. With continuous collaboration with SAP and our policy to leverage innovative technologies, I am confident Umm Al-Houl Power can keep our operations running at maximum efficiency into the future,” said Al-Siddiqi.
In the future, Umm Al-Houl plans to use real-time solutions like field-based equipment integrated with mobile devices, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and robotic process automation for predictive maintenance of its assets, which could further optimize costs and efficiency.
Umm Al Houl Power is a Joint Venture Company with the Qatar Electricity and Water Company, Qatar Petroleum, Qatar Foundation, and Japan’s K1 Energy that is comprised of Mitsubishi and Jera.
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