Oman’s Mazoon Electricity to integrate drone technology into its network

By Arya M Nair, Official Reporter
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Mazoon Electricity Company, a leading electricity provider in Oman, has collaborated with Esbaar, an Omani company specializing in artificial intelligence (AI) and drone asset inspection solutions, to run trials.

The company said that this move comes as part of Mazoon’s strategy to integrate the application of drone technology into its network. Mazoon, a significant player in the Oman power sector, is primarily undertaking regulated distribution and supply of electricity in Al Dakhiliya, South Al Sharqiya, North Al Sharqiya, South Batinah governorates and Suwaiq in North Batinah governorate.

Mazoon said it continuously looks for state-of-the-art technologies and innovations that help serve customers better. This trial offers an opportunity to implement advanced drone technologies and smart solutions for inspections of electricity networks.

The Planning and Asset Management department along with the Operations and Maintenances department will lead the trial under the supervision of the Asset Performance team led by Engineer Mohamed Nasser Al Sawafi, Head Asset Performance, Mazoon Electricity.

Mr. Al Sawafi said drone technology allows companies to assess the condition of network assets in a safer manner and optimally improves inspection and data quality. The new innovative AI technologies and drone-powered solutions will transform aerial data and site footage into comprehensive, accurate, and actionable insights to enable smart, well-informed decisions, Mr. Al Sawafi added.

The trial also open doors for more collaboration with Esbaar in the field of HSE and asset management including, asset inspection and condition monitoring.

Earlier this year, the company announced that it is introducing and developing electronic systems to operate and monitor the performance of the power network and ensure service continuity. The company’s total investment in the project plan to the end of the year reached $208 million.

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