Pact signed for smart metering

MUSCAT: The Middle East subsidiary of CESI, a global leader in technical consulting and engineering, has signed an agreement with Oman’s Electricity Holding Company SAOC (EHC) (Nama Group) aimed at introducing Automated Meter Reading (AMR) technology (also called smart-metering) for high value customers. EHC is a joint stock company holding the shares of the government in nine companies engaged in the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity and related water services.

The agreement with CESI was signed in the presence of senior executives from EHC’s subsidiaries including Muscat Electricity Distribution Company SAOC, Mazoon Electricity Company SAOC, Majan Electricity Company SAOC, Rural Areas Electricity Company SAOC and Dhofar Power Company.

According to the agreement, CESI will help EHC and its subsidiaries to develop the blueprint for the AMR implementation for high value customers in Oman. CESI will be responsible for defining the customer segments and functional requirements of AMR. In addition, CESI will plan the rollout approach, outlining security measures and standards, designing the market messaging system, detailing the solution architecture and system level designs to be employed in the AMR System, identifying meter specifications, telecommunications media and IT solutions and Meter Data Management System (MDMS) and charting out the testing strategy, governance practices, risk evaluation and mitigation practices.

Matteo Codazzi, CESI’s CEO said: “The Middle East’s growing demand for energy calls for a focus on technologies that promote efficiency and ensure the conservation and long-term sustainability of natural resources. This agreement is a fine example of how private and public sectors can collaborate to identify the best technologies to improve productivity and unlock the maximum potential in any given asset, ultimately benefitting citizens, smaller enterprises and government functions.”

The landmark agreement will support the government’s privatization policies for the electricity sector and enable the application of more sophisticated services for high value customers which include large industrial and commercial and Government customers. The smart-metering technology will enhance the quality and speed of processing of metering data, improve billing accuracy, reduce debtor days, mitigate losses and lessen query related costs.

Dr Floris Hendrikus Schulze, Managing Director, CESI Middle East commented, “This agreement is a milestone for the Government of Oman as it works to secure energy reserves and improve sustainability awareness and understanding. CESI is fully committed to provide strategic insight required for such an important project.”

Omar al Wahaibi, Nama Group CEO, commented, “This project will drive the electricity sector to a superior level of customer service. This implementation of AMR enables both customers and electricity companies to better understand consumption. Our customer will be able to gauge their consumption and effectively conserve energy according to their needs, whilst the electricity companies will be able to manage and anticipate the market’s electricity demands.”

SOURCE: OMAN DAILY OBSERVER

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