PAS 55 / ISO 55000 Implementation; the first in the Gulf Region

We provided a systematic review of existing capabilities and maturity across both water and electricity network operations and the core expertise for the introduction and implementation of PAS 55 / ISO 55000 certification
“…transformed the business…”
Improved knowledge transfer and engagement of staff
Previously silo’ed functions now integrated and aligned
Contract Objectives

TRANSCO is a subsidiary of Abu Dhabi Water & Electricity Authority (ADWEA) and is responsible for developing, operating and maintaining the high voltage power transmission and bulk water transmission networks within the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

The Woodhouse Partnership provided the core expertise for the introduction of PAS 55 / ISO 55000 to Transco over a 3-year period, achieving the first utility certification of an asset management system in the Gulf region. A further 3-year assistance program was provided to senior management and leadership in updating and extending the plan.

Activity Description

A systematic review of existing capabilities and maturity in Asset Management (across both water and electricity network operations).
Development of a Gap analysis and roadmap for a 3-year improvement programme, leading to independent certification against the PAS 55 standard for optimal management of physical assets (first such utility certification in the Middle East).
Implementation workstreams included

  • Development of risk management, criticality and prioritisation schemes
  • Asset management education programme
  • Capital investment planning processes
  • Project and programme management
  • Operational and maintenance problem-solving and innovation activities (including procedures for root cause analysis and elimination, maintenance optimisation, condition monitoring, integrity management).
Contract Project Outcomes

A strong theme throughout the project was the knowledge transfer and engagement of Transco staff in developing their own solutions, integrating and aligning their (previously silo’ed) functions and establishing a clear line of sight between corporate priorities and day-to-day personal activities.  The effectiveness of this approach is best illustrated by the feedback of project sponsors and participants:

Dr Najib Dandachi, TRANSCO Asset Management Director commented:
“Thank you to all the Woodhouse team for the hard work and the genuine support to TRANSCO during the last 18 months; this is sincerely appreciated and I would kindly request you pass our gratitude to all the Team”.

Dr Abdullah Al Suwaidi, chairman of TRANSCO commented:
“The development of the asset management capability within the company has transformed the business notwithstanding a tough road requiring focused and dedicated teamwork. Looking forward, this will enable TRANSCO towards achieving the company’s vision and will help contribute to the Abu Dhabi 2030 Master Plan.”

The Woodhouse Partnership would be delighted to show you how our gap analysis, road mapping, and implementation services can be applied to benefit your business, contact us now for a free initial consultation. We look forward to hearing from you.

I would like to thank you for playing your part in this achievement. The last 5 years have seen TRANSCO adopt a SAM model for asset Management and become recognized to be operating at an internationally recognized good practice standard for Asset Management”.

David Copestake
Former Managing Director, TRANSCO

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