Bhutan Runs SAP

Bhutan Government’s investment arm drives economic development in the Kingdom by adopting the SAP platform.

THIMPHU, BhutanBhutan Government’s investment arm (Druk Holding and Investments, “DHI”) and its key subsidiaries (Druk Green Power Corporation, “DGPC” and Bhutan Power Corporation, “BPC”) will adopt the SAP platform across their national power generating facilities to enhance overall operations.

Sonam Lhundrup, Company Secretary and General Counsel, DHI, said: “At DHI, we are constantly enhancing business performance and improving corporate governance to benefit the people of Bhutan. The major output we are looking forward to from this partnership with SAP are the management dashboards providing real-time information; consolidated accounts and centralised billing enabling payment of bills independent of customer location; employee self service reducing administrative burden; as well as improving inventory, asset and project management overall. This solution will help steer us towards our ambitious targets and provision of electricity for all in Bhutan by 2013.”

DHI, DGPC and BPC will implement the SAP for Utilities solution to enhance business efficiency, reduce costs, gain overall operational synergy and improve on business intelligence management. Sonam added: “SAP’s comprehensive solution covers our requirements from end to end, and we are looking at the scalability of the solution given the challenges of managing Bhutan’s hydropower capacity of 10,000 MW by 2020.”

The SAP solution will serve as a platform where emerging technologies and the deployment of Smart Meters and Smart Grids can be based on. The single platform also enables DHI and the companies to leverage on a common technical skill set. “Bhutan wants to develop local talent trained in world class IT solutions and increase their employment opportunities in Bhutan and abroad,” Sonam also said.

To be deployed at DHI’s head office and all plants and offices of DGPC and BPC, the SAP solution will benefit around 3,500 employees. Francis Lee, Head of Emerging Markets, South East Asia, SAP, commented: “It is a rare honour and we are proud to partner with the largest public sector companies in Bhutan. We look forward to working with DHI and its companies to transform its business landscape, and drive towards modernization and growth.”

“SAP brings to this partnership not just proven technology, but also over 35 years of industry experience and business process expertise,” added Lee.

SAP for Utilities offers complete sets of integrated solutions, helping companies gain visibility into their projects, assets, service, and costs. It also comes with full support of best and next practices required by regulatory agencies. For details on the SAP solution that is to be implemented by DHI, DGPC and BPC, please refer to attached factsheet*.

About DHI, DGPC and BPC
DHI is a holding and investment company of the Royal Government of Bhutan. DHI’s primary function is to hold and manage the public sector undertakings and to make new investments in Bhutan. DHI has currently six owned companies and eight linked companies in a wide range of industries such as power generation, transmission and distribution, telecommunication, airlines, banking and insurance, manufacturing, trading, natural resources and real estate. For more information, visit www.dhi.bt

DGPC was incorporated on January 1, 2008. It has an installed capacity of 1480 MW. DGPC is responsible for operation and management of hydropower plants and for implementation of future major hydropower projects in Bhutan. For more information, visit www.dgpc.bt
BPC was incorporated on July 1, 2002 with the mandate to supply reliable, adequate and affordable electricity to all the Bhutanese-households. BPC is the only electricity transmission and distribution company in the country. For more nformation, visit www.bpc.bt

About SAP
SAP is the world’s leading provider of business software(*), offering applications and services that enable companies of all sizes and in all industries to become best-run businesses. With more than 92,000 customers in over 120 countries, the company is listed on several exchanges, including the Frankfurt stock exchange and NYSE, under the symbol “SAP.” For more information, visit www.sap.com.

(*) SAP defines business software as comprising enterprise resource planning and related applications.

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