En­er­gis­ing an Ar­chi­pel­ago

Asia Outlook - - Contents - Writer: Jonathan Dy­ble | Project Man­ager: Matt Cole-Wilkin

En­abling in­dus­try pro­gres­sion through tech­no­log­i­cal dy­namism

Trans­for­ma­tion is a word that has be­come syn­ony­mous with in­dus­try 4.0. As the im­ple­men­ta­tion of new tech­nolo­gies is in­creas­ingly en­abling busi­ness ex­cel­lence, from smart fac­to­ries to IoT to cloud com­put­ing, in­vest­ment into this pro­gres­sive sphere is be­com­ing a must through­out a num­ber of dif­fer­ent in­dus­tries.

Ac­cord­ing to fore­casts from the es­teemed In­ter­na­tional Data Cor­po­ra­tion, ap­prox­i­mately $1.3 tril­lion will be spent on digital trans­for­ma­tion tech­nolo­gies this year, mark­ing a 16.8 per­cent in­crease on the $1.1 tril­lion spent last year.

And while firms the world over ac­tively fi­nance their own digital trans­for­ma­tion initiatives, those who are en­abling the tech rev­o­lu­tion, such as Siemens Philip­pines, will con­tinue to pros­per.

“For the last 124 years, Siemens has been a tech­nol­ogy part­ner to the ma­jor play­ers in the en­ergy, man­u­fac­tur­ing, build­ing tech­nolo­gies, mo­bil­ity and health­care sec­tors in the Philip­pines,” says Jorel Nuyda, the Com­pany’s Pres­i­dent and CEO.

“Through our tech­no­log­i­cal com­pe­ten­cies in the ar­eas of elec­tri­fi­ca­tion, au­toma­tion, and dig­i­tal­i­sa­tion, we re­main com­mit­ted to en­hanc­ing our cus­tomers’ op­er­a­tional ef­fi­cien­cies and prof­itabil­ity, con­se­quently de­liv­er­ing im­pact­ful con­tri­bu­tions that cre­ate last­ing value for so­ci­ety.”

Trans­form­ing in­dus­try

A fully owned sub­sidiary of Siemens AG, Siemens Philip­pines em­ploys al­most 400 peo­ple across the coun­try with of­fices in Makati and a power plant in Santa Rita, Batan­gas.

In the eyes of Nuyda, this is one of the Com­pany’s most im­pres­sive de­vel­op­ments to date, home to the 414 MW San Gabriel Com­bined Cy­cle Power Plant.

“This is a land­mark project that we have built, and now man­age and op­er­ate for our client, a big player in the lo­cal en­ergy mar­ket,” he ex­plains.

“Siemens did the engi­neer­ing, pro­cure­ment, and con­struc­tion of the San Gabriel power plant which was the most ef­fi­cient gas-fired power plant in South­east Asia when it was com­mis­sioned in March of 2016, with an ef­fi­ciency level of more than 60 per­cent,” Nuyda ex­plains.

Owned by First NatGas Power Cor­po­ra­tion, the turnkey de­vel­op­ment is equipped with a SGT6-8000H gas tur­bine, SST6-5000 steam tur­bine, hy­dro­gen-cooled SGen6-2000H gen­er­a­tor, Benson type heat re­cov­ery steam gen­er­a­tor, as well as a SPPA-T3000 con­trol sys­tem.

The San Gabriel Power Plant is just one of a mul­ti­tude of projects that the firm has played a key role in con­struct­ing, hav­ing also de­liv­ered, in­stalled and com­mis­sioned di­rect drive wind tur­bines to an 81 MW wind farm in Ca­parispisan and the Ban­gui Bay Phase III’s 18 MW wind farm, both lo­cated in Ilo­cos Norte.

Pro­vok­ing progress

Such ven­tures are made suc­cess­ful by the em­pha­sis that Siemens Philip­pines places on in­no­va­tion, producing in­spir­ing new prod­ucts and ser­vices that it in turn shares with its clients.

One such ex­am­ple is the de­vel­op­ment of the HL class gas tur­bine, de­scribed by Nuyda as “an evo­lu­tion­ary step for­ward from the proven H-class de­sign, boast­ing a fleet ex­pe­ri­ence of more than 500,000 fired hours spread over four con­ti­nents”.

With an ef­fi­ciency level of more than 63 per­cent, the HL class gas tur­bine fea­tures a cut­ting-edge de­sign and first-in-class per­for­mance.

“We are op­ti­mistic about the de­mand for this tur­bine class in the Philip­pines and the ini­tial re­sponse from our cus­tomers has been positive,” adds Nuyda.

Equally, the Com­pany is the cre­ator of MindSphere – an open cloud-based plat­form IoT op­er­at­ing sys­tem that is mak­ing sig­nif­i­cant in­roads, help­ing to en­able digital trans­for­ma­tion.

Mak­ing data avail­able and ac­ces­si­ble through dif­fer­ent digital ap­pli­ca­tions, Siemens’ MindSphere cus­tomers are bet­ter po­si­tioned to make sound de­ci­sions based on vast streams of data by util­is­ing ad­vanced an­a­lyt­ics.

Fur­ther, along­side MindSphere the Com­pany has cre­ated its Om­nivise chan­nel, a digital ser­vice port­fo­lio that al­lows en­ergy com­pa­nies to in­crease rev­enues and de­crease costs, sim­i­larly through the use of data-driven in­sights.

In each of these ven­tures, Siemens is help­ing to trans­form in­dus­try through­out the Philip­pines and be­yond.

“Our vi­sion is to guide our cus­tomers as they tran­si­tion into a digital land­scape with in­no­va­tions such as MindSphere and Om­nivise,” says Nuyda.

Main­tain­ing re­la­tions

Cru­cial to the suc­cess of this tech­no­log­i­cally-driven outlook is the firm’s staff.

In en­sur­ing that its high self­im­posed stan­dards and vi­sions are met si­mul­ta­ne­ously, Siemens Philip­pines of­fers its em­ploy­ees a mul­ti­tude of dif­fer­ent path­ways to achiev­ing per­sonal de­vel­op­ment.

“We en­sure that our staff are en­gaged and that their tal­ents are op­ti­mised and honed as far as pos­si­ble,” ex­plains Nuyda. “We subscribe to a bal­anced ap­proach that com­bines for­mal learn­ing, per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ences, and on-the-job train­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties.”

By pro­vid­ing this plat­form,

Siemens Philip­pines ben­e­fits from both en­hanced growth prospects and lead­ing staff re­ten­tion due to wide­spread em­ployee sat­is­fac­tion.

“Busi­ness growth and prof­itabil­ity is a must, but our most im­por­tant as­sets are our em­ploy­ees, and we do

Busi­ness growth and prof­itabil­ity is a must, but our most im­por­tant as­sets are our em­ploy­ees, and we do what we can to help them achieve pro­fes­sional ful­fil­ment”

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