Saudi's SEC deploys 10mln smart meters in move toward digital

The project for smart meters was accomplished in record time of less than 13 months

Smart energy meter. Image used for illustrative purpose.

Smart energy meter. Image used for illustrative purpose.

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Saudi Arabia - The Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) has completed the installation and replacement of more than 10 million smart electricity meters, part of its most important project for digital transformation.

The project for smart meters was accomplished in record time of less than 13 months. During this period, the mechanical electricity meters were replaced with smart meters in all regions of the Kingdom, without the customer bearing any costs.

Fahd bin Hussein Al-Sudairi, CEO of SEC, said: “With the installation of the 10 millionth meter, we completed installing and replacing the mechanical meters with smart ones. The customer will discern the benefits and services provided by smart meters gradually.”

Al-Sudairi expressed the company’s happiness on accomplishing this project on time, despite the difficult and extraordinary circumstances the Kingdom and the world witnessed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

He stressed that this project would not have seen the light were it not for success granted by Allah Almighty and the limitless direct support from the government of King Salman and Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman, in addition to the cooperation of Prince Abdul Aziz bin Salman, minister of energy.

The CEO asserted that the project meets the ambitions of SEC to serve its customers, pointing out that the smart meters and their technological and communication systems are resistant to the various climatic conditions, and are in conformity with the best local and international technical standards and specifications.

He said that smart meters are the company’s most important project toward digital transformation and it is the pivot for its strategy aiming to raise the standard of services for the better. It is also the most promising project toward comprehensive national development and a brighter future.

Al-Sudairi thanked all the customers for their cooperation during the installation of the smart meters in their homes and facilities. This contributed to the completion of the project in record time.

He also thanked the authorities participating in making the project a success. They included: The Ministry of Energy, Ministry of Communication and Information Technology, Electricity and Cogeneration Regulatory Authority, Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization (SASO), Local Content and Government Procurement Authority, Communications and Information Technology Commission, as well as other executive authorities and manufacturers.

Nearly 4 million smart meters were manufactured locally, making up to 40 percent of the total number of smart meters in the project. Furthermore, all the meters were compared and the suitable models were chosen by SASO, according to the procedures followed by the National System of Metrology and Calibration (Taqyees).

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