Kamstrup bags smart meter tender in Northern Cyprus

The 30,000 meter rollout is accompanied by a disconnect solution, automatically switching off the meter if the voltage level becomes too high
The 30,000 smart meters being deployed in Northern Cyprus incorporate a disconnect feature that automatically switches off the meter if the voltage level becomes too high

In southern Europe, KIB-TEK, an energy company in Northern Cyprus, has awarded Danish smart meter manufacturer Kamstrup a contract for the deployment of 36,000 smart electricity meters.

Kamstrup is deploying 30,000 OMNIPOWER single phase meters, along with 6,000 OMNIPOWER three phase meters, enabled by GPRS communication.

The smart meter rollout, which began in December 2014, is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2015, with 15,000 meters installed to date.

Kamstrup is also providing additional support with technology integration and the training of installers.

Managing voltage fluctuations

KIB-TEK, which is the only electricity company serving Northern Cyprus, has a customer base of 175,000 and is considered to be one of the most advanced utilities in the region in terms of advanced metering.

One of the challenges of the local electricity network is the high level of voltage fluctuations in the grid as a result of a ‘extreme climatic environment’ on the island.

In order to address voltage fluctuations, Kamstrup has developed a extra feature tailored to the Northern Cyprus market – a disconnect solution able to automatically switch of the meter, should the voltage level be too high.

The meter manufacturer said this also aims to protect customers from fire danger and damaged in-home appliances.

Kamstrup’s AMI win in Copenhagen

The deal follows another win for Kamstrup in Europe when it won a tender for one million remotely read electricity meters worth €239m.

In March 2015, Kamstrup said it beat competition from 30 international suppliers to secure the order from DONG Energy Eldistribution to provide metering units for the Greater Copenhagen area until 2034.

The news follows DONG Energy putting out an advanced metering infrastructure tender in April 2014 for one service provider to deliver one million meters in the capital Copenhagen and one of its regions Zealand in a contract estimated at 2 billion DKK (Danish krone).

The scope of the tender included meters, communication and head end system, as well as installing meters and communication systems and maintenance.

DONG Energy’s installation is part of a move towards remote electricity meters and the introduction of hourly electricity consumption reading in Denmark.

DONG Energy has chosen the OMNIA suite of meters “that allows new functionality to be uploaded directly to the meters to ensure that the solution can live up to future demands as well,” says Per Asmussen, CEO of Kamstrup.