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CESI signs Oman smart metering contract

Italy based firm to develop blueprint to introduce technology for 'high value customers'.

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CESI Middle East has signed an agreement with Oman’s Electricity Holding Company (EHC) to help introduce smart metering for high value customers.

Under the agreement, CESI will help EHC and its subsidiaries to develop the blueprint for the implementation of ‘automated meter reading’ technology (AMR) plan.

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.

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 and Rural Areas Electricity Company SAOC & Dofar Power Company.

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 privatisation 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, a statement said.

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 said: “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.”

Eng. 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.”

Eng. Abdullah Al Badri, CEO of Muscat Electricity Distribution Company, said: “AMR is a key enabler for customer service development for utility companies. Using it effectively will bring numerous benefits, like faster meter reading and billing. It also helps companies to secure their revenues and reduce the probability of electricity losses. AMR is a platform that distribution companies can use to build more sophisticated services for their customer, and allow their customer to have more control over their consumption.”

CESI is well-renowned as the global leader in smart-metering projects, thanks to the development of some of the biggest projects in the world, e.g. in Italy and Spain – among others.

In Saudi Arabia, CESI is already working with the Electricity & CO-Generation Regulatory Authority (ECRA) in developing a smart-meters/smart-grids strategy and in studying smart metering technologies that are best suited for the Saudi electricity industry and its customers.

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