power distribution

The Bahrain Electricity and Water Authority (EWA) partnered with Siemens to modernise its grid infrastructure.The partnership aims to strengthen the country’s grid network in line with growing power demand caused by an increase in population and industrial activities.

The project is designed to ensure all islands in Bahrain are supplied with adequate electricity to meet their consumer demands.

The project aims to ensure that access to electricity at distribution level is improved in regions facing power shortages. Siemens will ensure interconnection of grid networks of provinces in Bahrain.

Under the contract, Siemens has been tasked to upgrade the country’s 400KV transmission network.

The solutions provider will also supply, install and operate three 400/220KV substations in the country’s capital Manama and in Riffa city.

[quote] The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2018.

Wolfgang Braun, senior executive vice-president of the Energy Management division at Siemens in the Middle East, said: “An efficient and robust electricity network is an essential part of Bahrain’s vision to develop sustainable, world-class infrastructure. Upgrading to 400 kilovolts represents a milestone in the country’s transmission network, boosting the voltage to serve increasing demand, improve security of supply and stability, and strengthen the national grid.”

Grid infrastructure modernisation

US company Northeast Group predicted that Middle East and North African (MENA) countries will spend $9.8 billion on smart grid infrastructure by 2024, including smart meters, distribution automation and smart city technology.

State-owned utility Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation (Kahramaa) kickstarted its smart meters programme in 2015 with the aim of completing the deployment of  phase one of the project by the end of 2016.

The first phase of the utility's project includes the replacement of all analogue meters with smart meters in the Doha area of its service territory.

The rollout forms part of a government-approved smart meter programme launched in January 2015.

Qatar has opted for a smart water and electricity meter system using GPRS as its communication method. [Qatar signs agreement with Belgian firm on smart grid].

According to an industry study, the Middle East smart meters market is forecast to reach 16.1 million units by 2022 with 86% of homes and businesses in the region expected to have smart meters by the same year.