Big, smart plans for SEC in Saudi Arabia
One of the fastest growing economies in the Middle East, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, is faced with a growing energy demand. Accelerated economic and infrastructure growth call for a stable and reliable energy supply and management. The plan for large-scale smart metering implementation, supporting SEC`s goal for enhanced energy efficiency, has been set in motion.
SEC (Saudi Electricity Company), the sole energy company in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, provides services to various governmental, industrial, agricultural, commercial and residential sectors. For SEC, the introduction of smart metering is essential for handling a booming energy demand in this fast-pace economy. Moreover, smart metering implementation plans are a sign of a thorough restructuring and liberalization of Saudi`s electricity sector.
With the number of metering points continuously on the rise, especially in the residential sector, the country aims to install around 12 million smart meters across the Kingdom by 2025.
55,000 smart meters that Iskraemeco will start supplying to SEC are a clear signal that the country is following its set plans. The specifics of the countries` topology require the meters to be highly efficient in an environment, characterised by high temperatures and a high humidity level. With a growing number of home appliances (such as multiple air conditioning devices) in Saudi homes, current transformer connected meters are becoming a must-have. The MT880 meters, deployed within this development project, were specifically fitted to SEC`s requirements and will be rigorously tested by an independent testing facility before the roll-out begins.
With the gradual installation of smart meters, the utility aims to improve power distribution by providing better energy conservation and management, improving meter reading accuracy, reporting tampering and theft, and providing accurate consumption data to consumers.
SEC will also be able to identify real-time energy consumption patterns for all the users in its network and consequently get a clearer picture on the demand and supply of energy. Demand response is a solution that enables energy companies to plan accordingly for future power projects, considering the increasing power demand rate.