DNV KEMA has been selected by Hafslund Nett to provide independent quality assurance of a smart meter roll out project. Hafslund Nett is the Distribution System Operator (DSO) in the Oslo area and will install about 550 000 smart meters by 2017.
The Norwegian authorities have decided that smart meters and their supporting software are to be installed and in operation for all consumers by 2017. The meters will read electricity consumption automatically and enable consumers to plan electricity use depending on price at any given time. Such a large implementation project does not come without risks. Communication between the smart meters and the supporting software systems as well as IT security are some of the aspects that need to be managed.
The project brings together expertise from DNV KEMA, the recently formed company when DNV acquired a controlling stake in KEMA, the global energy consulting, testing and certification company.
“This is a true example where the combination of DNV’s quality assurance methodology, ability to quantify risk and handle critical software, and KEMA’s experience with smart meters and the roll out process becomes very powerful, ” says Kjell Eriksson, responsible for business development towards the energy sector in Norway and Sweden. “It is our first reference project in Norway as the rest of the market moves towards automatic metering systems and, as far as we’re aware, this is the first contract signed for independent quality assurance.”
Commenting on the project, Arne Raffelsen, project manager at Hafslund Nett says: “As project manager for one of the first, and the largest, AMS roll outs in Norway, security and quality are essential to me, both in terms of suppliers and solutions acquired. Hafslund Nett’s implementation of AMS is one of the largest ICT projects currently in Norway. We strive to find the best partners to support this large and complex project. We are convinced that the competency DNV KEMA has, not only in risk assessment and handling, but also their knowledge of the European AMS marked, will benefit us greatly.”
“I am convinced that this is a first of many projects where the combined skills of DNV and KEMA will position us as a key player in the Nordic power sector, ” concludes Peer Chr. Anderssen, DOO of DNV KEMA Norway and Sweden