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SWCC signs partnership with DuPont to advance operations

The collaboration is aimed to align with Saudi Arabia’s 2030 objectives, says authority.

| | Jun 4, 2017 | 10:15 am
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Johan van der Westhuyzen, Regional director for DSS – Turkey, Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa and H.E. Ali Al-Hazmi, Governor of SWCC

Saudi Arabia, June 4: Saudi Arabia’s Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) has signed a partnership with DuPont Sustainable Solutions (DSS), to augment operational performance and safety in the country’s desalination facilities, the corporation said in a press communiqué.

Speaking on the initiative, H.E. Ali Al-Hazmi, Governor of SWCC, said: “Every activity taking place at SWCC now is to prepare for the privatisation of the company. We want to create an environment that will allow SWCC to compete internationally, so that ultimately, we have a sustainable business that the people of SWCC and Saudi Arabia can benefit from. DuPont’s experience in implementing operational improvement initiatives at their own facilities, and in the Kingdom, is an integral part of our improvement process. This collaboration is part of SWCC’s aspirations to privatise and align with Saudi Arabia’s 2030 strategic objectives.”

Abdullah Al-Zowaid, Deputy Governor-Operations at SWCC, added: “This operational transformation project will aim at strengthening our practices in risk management and operational excellence. The initiatives selected will focus on developing leadership capabilities, maximizing productivity, reliability and cost optimisation.”

Johan van der Westhuyzen, Regional Director for DSS – Turkey, Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa, said: “We are excited to collaborate with SWCC and have invited strategic partners to support us in helping SWCC achieve its aspirations. Each partner will bring a unique set of best practices to ensure SWCC gets the required support.”

Sharing details on the roles of each strategic partner, Westhuyzen added: “Emerson to bring experience in automation and reliability, Riventa to provide expertise in water transmission and pumps and GrahamTek with best practices in core desalination processes and technology.”

Jean-Paul Sacy, Senior Manager at DSS, added: “Behavioral shift is at the core of the DuPont operational excellence approach and will play a key role in driving change through the SWCC organization. We are looking forward to progressively developing and empowering the SWCC team to drive continuous improvement into the future.”

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