SWCC Chooses DSS to Accelerate Operational Improvements


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    Saudi Arabia’s Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) is collaborating with DuPont Sustainable Solutions (DSS), the operations consulting business of DuPont, to improve operational performance and safety in the country’s desalination facilities. SWCC is responsible for about 70 percent of the total production of desalinated water in Saudi Arabia. The collaboration will enhance the operational excellence and risk management processes at SWCC to ensure a sustainable water supply for the people of Saudi Arabia. “Every activity taking place at SWCC now is to prepare for the privatization 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,” said Ali Al-Hazmi, governor of SWCC. As part of SWCC’s aspirations to privatize and align with Saudi Arabia’s 2030 strategic objectives, the executive management decided to invest further in the transformation of its operations. While SWCC has long been committed to operational excellence, the implementation of these critical initiatives will enable SWCC to produce water in a more cost-effective way. DSS and its partners will start at some of SWCC’s biggest facilities – plants, transmission lines and headquarters. According to Abdullah al-Zowaid, deputy governor, Operations at SWCC, “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 optimization.” 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.” The Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) is a Saudi Arabian Government Corporation responsible for the desalination of seawater-producing electric power and supplying various regions with desalinated water. The corporation was established by royal decree as an independent government corporation. It aims to consolidate the natural water resource in various regions and cities where there are severe fresh water shortages through the process of desalination. As one of eight businesses in DuPont, DuPont Sustainable Solutions (DSS) is a leading provider of world-class operations management consulting services to help organizations transform and optimize their processes, technologies and capabilities. DuPont Sustainable Solutions is a partner of choice for many industrial companies throughout the Middle East. As an owner/operator, DSS is in a unique position to help companies transform its operations and extract more value.