Umm Al Houl Power digitally transforms Qatar’s utilities sector

AdobeStock 234354995Umm Al Houl Power, one of the largest independent water and power plants in Qatar and the Middle East, is driving innovation in Qatar’s utilities sector with increased efficiency in management of its business processes and resource utilisation, on a digital transformation partnership with global technology company SAP

Supporting Qatar National Vision 2030 goals of power and water security, Umm Al Houl Power is a state-of-the-art IWPP with an installed capacity of 2.52GW of electricity, or 30% of the country’s power needs, and 198 million gallons of desalinated potable water per day, or 40% of the country’s freshwater needs.

In its digital transformation, Umm Al Houl Power has worked with the channel partner Kaar Technologies LLC to deploy a wide range of real-time business solutions that are enabling a paperless office.

Khaled Al Siddiqi, business manager, who leads the Digital Transformation initiative at Umm Al Houl Power, commented, “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. UHP is one of the best run utility, with a highly skilled, lean and efficient organisation structure we have achieved an annual revenue to employee ratio of more than US$3mn per employee - which is one of the highest in the world for any sector.”

“We have been able to manage this amazing feat by providing our employees with advanced technological tools that ensure right actions at the right time and at the right cost. Very early on we took the very important decision to digitally transform our company across the board, be it our Human Resource Management, Operation, and Maintenance Management, Material Resource Management, or Financial Accounting and Cost Management,” stated Al Siddiqi     

“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.

Umm Al Houl Power has granular data on one real-time platform, delivering unprecedented 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 Capex.

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