Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC), a subsidiary of Kuwait Petroleum Corporation, manages oil refining and gas processing operations as well as the marketing and distribution of petroleum products throughout the country. Established in 1960, the company operates three major refineries at Mina Abdullah, Mina Al-Ahmadi, and Shuaiba. With a total refining capacity of 900,000 barrels per day, KNPC is one of the largest oil refining companies in the Middle East.
Local support always plays a major role in vendor selection, and this was critical to KNPC’s systems management. For the hardware refresh, an internal selection committee short-listed Oracle and IBM’s P series and then conducted a rigorous evaluation process involving a series of testing scenarios, vendor visits, and analyses of various benchmarking reports.
KNPC had already been using a variety of Oracle products, including applications and databases. It recognized the value proposition of an end-to-end Oracle solution in how it maximizes the return on investment, lowers total cost of ownership, reduces implementation risks, and allows seamless migration of critical applications.
“We looked at other systems, but considering Oracle’s local presence, support, services, and the synergies, Oracle was the best choice for us. We selected Oracle over IBM due to our performance requirements, and we are confident that we saved time, effort, and costs,” said Abdulaziz Ahmed Abdulrahman Al-Duaij, manager information technology, KNPC.
KNPC projected a six-month implementation cycle for the project. It completed the full implementation— including migration from old to new systems—within four months with the help of Oracle partner ITS—well within the planned timeframe, and within budget.
With the successful completion of the implementation, KNPC boasts one of the biggest Oracle hardware infrastructures in the region—paving the way for similar successes throughout the Kuwait Petroleum Corporation group and other companies in the region. KNPC is now considering implementing other Oracle solutions across the stack, such as for the refinery process.
KNPC engaged local Oracle partner ITS for delivery of hardware and software, including the implementation and set-up of the servers, as well as the complete migration.