power distribution

Italy’s Enel and the Saudi Electricity Company have signed an agreement to work together in power distribution.According to a release, the two companies will share best practice  and experience in “best-in-class” power distribution networks, promote grid digitisation as well as improve energy efficiency at customers’ premises.

[quote] The agreement was signed in Riyadh by Livio Gallo, Enel’s head of Global Infrastructure and Networks, and Ziyad M. Al-Shiha, SEC’s president and CEO. [Enel to commence with digitisation plans in 2019]

Livio Gallo, Enel’s head of Global Infrastructure and Networks was reported saying, “We are very pleased to lay the foundations for cooperation with an important partner in a sector as key as network digitisation, which plays a crucial role in the Group’s current strategic plan.

“Enel is a pioneer and global leader in smart technologies and the collaboration with SEC, the largest utility in the Middle East and North Africa, will help strengthen and further develop our capabilities in this field.”

Promoting best practice

Under the three year agreement, the two utility companies will share best practices and benchmarks to take power distribution networks’ performance in areas like operation, efficiency and security to best-in-class levels, while also introducing a technology roadmap, aimed at digitising distribution grids and improving energy efficiency at customers’ premises.

“This agreement comes within the framework of SEC’s plans and initiatives to keep up with Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 efforts to enhance the country’s electricity sector,” said Ziyad M. Al-Shiha, SEC’s president and CEO. [UAE surpasses US and Europe in electricity and water efficiency]

“The cooperation agreement signed with Enel is in line with SEC’s programme to make Saudi Arabia a regional centre and a major hub for distribution automation and smart grid solutions, including through strategic partnerships signed with international companies.”

SEC is touted to be the largest utility in the Middle East and North Africa, serving more than 8 million customers and distributing more than 280 GWh of energy each year. SEC’s strategy is focused on implementing Saudi Arabian government policy for the development of the country’s electricity sector, with the objective of providing end-users with safe, reliable and cost-efficient supply, as well as promoting the implementation of a fully automated smart grid.