More smart meters to be rolled out in Oman

More smart meters to be rolled out in Oman
CESI Smart Metering Laboratory used for independent testing of meters
Published: 6 September 2017 - 2:02 a.m.
By: Baset Asaba

CESI, world-leading technical consulting and engineering company, has been awarded the second phase of the Automated Meter Reading (AMR) technology implementation project by Nama Group (NG) Oman. 

Closely monitored by the Authority for Electricity Regulation and in line with their vision, the AMR implementation project for high value customers was made to serve the distribution companies in Oman (Muscat Electricity Distribution Company (MEDC), Mazoon Electricity Company (MZEC), Majan Electricity Company (MJEC), Rural Areas Electricity Company (RAECO) & Dhofar Power Company (DPC)) to create a higher level of interconnectivity, engagement and sustainability.

With a goal of enhancing the quality and speed of processing metering data, this AMR rollout will work towards improving billing accuracy, mitigating losses, lessening query related costs and reducing debtor days.

 “CESI has already developed the blueprint for the AMR implementation for high value customers in Oman, and we are confident in their abilities to manage this complex project and ensure its successful rollout,” said Mansoor Al Hinai, VP Distribution in Nama Group.

The project is expected to be completed in two years, during which the AMR system will be implemented according to the highest technical and quality standards; and will allow for the knowledge transfer from suppliers and advisors, enabling NG to operate the AMR solution independently at the conclusion of the AMR project.

“We are fully committed to providing the strategic approach, essential to such a revolutionary project.  By enabling the AMR solution, we can support the policy for the establishment of a really effective power sector market in the Country,” said Dr. Matteo Codazzi, CEO, CESI.

The objective of the AMR rollout is to implement a central system in order to obtain customer readings remotely. With such a system, the Authority for Electricity Regulation in the Sultanate will be able to provide companies and customers with interface access to their AMR information; enable competition and customers switching between supply companies; and provide consumption analysis that will allow better loss management strategies and theft detection.

CESI’s role is to manage the project activities end-to-end and to ensure the proper coordination and delivery of the several contractors and service providers and manufacturers involved in the implementation.

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