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Nama Group has announced the commencement of the live operation of their centrally implemented Automatic Meter Reading project designed for high-value customers in the electricity sector in Oman.

The ground-breaking project was carried out by a professional team of Omani experts from the electricity distribution companies in Nama Group in partnership with CESI Middle East FZE - a subsidiary of Italy-based CESI, a world-leading technical consulting and engineering company and Wipro as the system integrator.

The automatic meter reading system is a central standard smart metering system that will enable electricity companies to obtain accurate, hourly meter readings from high-value customers and collect consumption in an automated manner.

Eng Omar al Wahaibi, CEO, Nama Group, said, “The automatic meter reading system is another milestone in our continuous efforts to drive the electricity sector to enhance efficiencies, reduce electricity losses and provide better services to our customers.

Moreover, this project sets a strong basis for providing more advanced services to our customers and helps us to be more effective in serving their needs in an efficient manner, in our quest to realise Nama’s vision of becoming a leading reference for utility service excellence by 2022.”

Dr Mansoor al Hinai, Nama’s VP distribution said, “This project, which is implemented by Omani experts from the electricity sector with the support of CESI and Wipro will help the sector implement its future vision of building Omani’s capabilities and put them at the forefront of leading technologies in the power industry.

“The project will also support the implementation of privatisation and electricity supply competition in line with government’s vision. CESI’s knowledge and experience was a key factor in embedding enhancements in systems, processes and employee capabilities, which not only secured the project’s success, but also helped create a long-lasting effect of improvement and efficiency in the sector,” said Dr Hinai.

CESI has been supporting the project since its inception in 2015, and the company’s role has been to manage the project activities to ensure the efficient coordination and delivery of several contractors, service providers and manufacturers involved in the project’s implementation.

“By tapping into our team’s extensive experience developed over tens of AMR projects implemented in Europe, Latin America, Asia and the Middle East (for approximately 50mn customers), the Oman AMR project will successfully foster the creation of an advanced power sector in the country, and also help Nama realise their vision for utility service excellence and industry leadership amongst the GCC,” said Dr Matteo Codazzi, CEO, CESI.

Dr Floris Schulze, managing director, CESI Middle East FZE said, “This AMR project is very significant for the development of the electricity sector in Oman, as accurate and precise meter readings prepare the sector for future advancements such as distributed rooftop solar generation, whereby solar energy is generated and consumed locally.”