SEC will install about 12 million smart meters by 2025 across the kingdom

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The Saudi Electricity Company’s (SEC) CEO Engineer Ziad bin Mohammed Al-Shiha inaugurated on Wednesday 11/03/2015, the first symposium on the project of smart meters in the presence of His Excellency the Governor of the Electricity Regulatory and Cogeneration Authority Dr. Abdullah bin Mohammed Al-Shahri. Also a number of heads of major companies across the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as well as manufacturers of electronic meters, communications and automated solutions who are interested in this field were present in the seminar. Al-Shiha stressed in his speech that the project of smart meters is a quantum leap in terms of developing electric services provided to subscribers, noting that the meters are marked by a high capacity in the calculation of the energy consumption and the ability to connect remotely to be briefed on the state of the meters with no need to visit their sites. The meters are also capable of recording cases of fraud and stealing electrical power when opening the meter or reversing the current, he said. Al-Shiha stated that smart meters are able to issues bills with a high accuracy, stressing that this will reduce human errors and risks of service interruptions. He concluded that the company will be looking forward to cover all areas with smart meters by 2015 across the kingdom. Meanwhile, Engineer Bandar Al-Harbi, the director of smart meters project, gave a presentation on the strategic plan of the company within ten years. He said the plan includes the replacement of the existing meters which are 7.6 million until reaching 12.5 million ones by the end of the plan. He also focused on some issues related to smart meters such as communication methods and their examination laboratories. The seminar reviewed a host of technical subjects presented by experts in the field of technology in three sessions which included nine work papers that discussed specifications of the smart meters, the methods of their communication channels and solution systems. At the end of the symposium, there was an open discussion to listen to the attendees’ observations and their views on the project of smart meters on which the SEC is working.