Cyan Mumbai AMI solutions

This week, UK utility metering company Cyan has secured a contract with Indian multinational Larsen & Toubro (L&T) for an AMI rollout in India.Under the contract, Cambridge-based Cyan will supply a complete AMI solution including 5,000 electrical meters for installation in power utility Tata Power's grid in Mumbai.

According to a company statement, Cyan secured the contract following the successful implementation of a previous Tata Power contract, which included installation of some 5,000 meters in Q3 2015.

The meters to be deployed over the coming weeks will include 4,000 single phase consumer meters and 1,000 three phase meters for high-use consumers and light industrial customers, Metering & Smart Energy International has learnt.

The previous contract saw Cyan training Tata Power staff on how to install smart meters and operate the Cyan AMI solution, a development which will allow the deployment of the new smart meters without Cyan’s on-site assistance.

Mr. Ashok Sethi, COO of Tata Power, commented, “Cyan’s CyLec smart metering technology provides data to enable Tata Power to distribute power more efficiently, improving the reliability of the customer’s power supply and optimising peak power demand management.”

India smart grid

The signing of the deal comes at a time Mumbai is experiencing a rapid increase in demand for sustainable power evidenced by the growth of Tata Power’s consumer base from 400,000 in 2014 to over 600,000 consumers today.

According to a report from Northeast Group, the Indian government will spend US$21.6 billion on smart grid infrastructure over the period 2015-2025.

In November 2015, the India Ministry of Power announced a program to implement smart metering for all consumers serviced by state distribution companies with completion deadlines ranging from December 2017 for high power usage households through to December 2019 for the remainder.

Cyan in India's AMI solution market

In November, 2015 Cyan secured a purchase order from a local Indian partner - Enzen Global Solutions - to deliver its AMI solution CyLec smart metering for a public electricity distributor in Northern India.

Under the terms of the contract, Cyan is supplying 13,751 smart meters with associated hardware and software solutions to Paschimanchal Vidyut Vitran Nigam (PVVNL) in Uttar Pradesh in a bid to implement regular and accurate billing as well as improve outage management.

Cyan said in a statement that it will provide head-end software as a managed service charged yearly per meter, initially providing a recurring revenue stream for two years after deployment, with an expectation to continue following the initial period.

The deal includes Cyan integrating its head end software with Enzen’s meter data management and data analytics system to provide billing information to the utility’s R-APDRP application.

PVVNL, which distributes power to more than 3.5 million consumers, will stagger the rollout with the first phase expected to be installed and commissioned in the first half of 2016, and with all the meters deployed and commissioned before the end of 2016.

The utility selected Enzen in October 2015 to deliver a RF-based smart metering system based around Cyan’s sub-GHz communication platform.