EWA invests $28.7M to modernize Bahrain’s electricity, water networks

EWA invests $28.7M to modernize Bahrain’s electricity, water networks

/ Technology & Smart Cities / Thursday, 30 September 2021 07:57

Bahrain Electricity & Water Authority (EWA) had signed a contract with GE Digital worth $28.7 million for software and services that would modernize the Kingdom of Bahrain’s electricity and water networks.

A variety of GE Digital’s industry-leading Grid Software will be installed in a state-of-the-art control center to digitize operations for increased efficiency and operations redundancy. This remarkable end-to-end software solution spans the breadth of operations from transmission to distribution across the company’s essential electricity and water services.

“We at the Electricity & Water Authority are keen to provide electricity and water services at the highest level of quality and reliability to ensure sustainable development in the Kingdom of Bahrain, and to become a leading model for providing electricity and water services,” said H.E. Shaikh Nawaf Bin Ebrahim Al-Khalifa, CEO of EWA. “This project will facilitate our goals to optimize asset and network utilization and minimize outages in the networks for reliability of supply.”

“EWA’s solution is unique in the region and the industry and we are proud to be a part of it,” said Talal Eskandar, VP for GE Digital’s commercial operations in the Middle East region. “As the authority serves 430,000 electricity and 310,000 water customers, digital solutions will assist in optimizing their customer service and asset management goals.”

Grid Software to be utilized in this solution include GE Digital’s industry-leading Advanced Distribution Management Solutions (ADMS) for the safe and secure management of the electric grid; the Advanced Energy Management System (AEMS) for a better framework that optimizes the energy and electric transmission; and the AEMS Wide Area Management (WAMS) for monitoring and locating system oscillations in real-time.

“GE Digital is happy to work with the Bahrain Electricity & Water Authority to help modernize their networks and increase resiliency with our solution,” said Jim Walsh, GM of GE Digital’s Grid Software business. “This is a good example of how our customers are being called on to transform their businesses to take advantage of digital capabilities that can help them to achieve their goals of increased grid capacity and reduced outages.”

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