Smart grid and smart metering strategy to be developed for Saudi Arabia


Floris Schulze,
Managing Director,
CESI Middle East
Dubai, UAE — (METERING.COM) — October 17, 2012 – CESI Middle East, a power systems consulting and testing company, has been selected to develop a smart metering and smart grid strategy for Saudi Arabia.

The contract, awarded by the Electricity & Co-Generation Authority of The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (ECRA), will develop policies, specification requirements and an implementation plan for a smart metering and advanced metering infrastructure.
The agreement is the first kingdom-wide project of its kind to be undertaken in Saudi Arabia, and also gives further impetus to the development of future plans based on renewable energy across the Middle East, according to CESI.

Commenting Floris Schulze, managing director of CESI Middle East, said: “This project is a very important step for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the region in moving towards the global future of electricity and energy and the development and implementation of newer, more advanced technologies and innovations that will deliver sustainable solutions and cost saving through energy conservation.”

The study’s primary objectives will include:

  • Identifying Saudi Arabia’s current and future challenges that a smart meter/smart grid strategy can help overcome
  • Investigating and reviewing available smart metering technologies that are best suited for the Saudi electricity industry and its customers
  • Assisting ECRA and representatives of the major electricity industry stakeholders in the Kingdom to determine the functional requirements of the smart meters and AMI to be deployed
  • Developing an overall (high level) smart grid deployment strategy for Saudi Arabia
  • Advising on and helping prepare the most efficient implementation and rollout of smart meters.

CESI will be partnered on the project by global management consulting firm A.T. Kearney, which has extensive experience in Middle East region.