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In North Africa, the Egyptian Ministry of Electricity and Energy signed five deals for the provision of smart electric meters.According to MENA FN, the ministry awarded the contracts for the supply of some 250,000 smart electric meters to help utility firms improve management and operations of energy networks.

The contracts include an agreement with ZTE for the company to supply South Delta for Electricity Distribution Company with the advanced meters.

Huawei will provide its advanced metering infrastructure solution to Alexandria Electricity Distribution firm whilst EL Sewedy will supply smart electric meters to Canal Company for Electricity Distribution.

Iskraemeco has been contracted to supply smart meters for deployment in Middle Egypt Electricity Distribution Company’s grid network and Sigmakom to North Cairo Electricity Distribution Company.

The deals fall under efforts by the ministry to install up to 20 million smart meters in the next years to help utility firms to accurately bill consumers and improve their revenue collection.

According to El Huesseiny El Far, a member of the electricity companies' distribution affairs department in the Ministry of Electricity and Energy, the smart meters will help reduce electricity theft and utilities operational costs through the elimination of manual meter reading.

The advanced metering infrastructure is also expected to help consumers improve their energy efficiency and keep energy bills low through access to real time data regarding their energy consumption.

Stable energy networks and clean energy generation

Apart from employing energy efficiency and emerging technologies including smart meters to stabilise energy networks, the Egyptian Ministry of Electricity and Energy embarked on an initiative to expand its energy generation portfolio.

In February, the ministry partnered with Siemens to increase the country's total energy capacity and strengthen its grid system to meet growing power demand through the addition of 14,400MW of energy capacity into the country’s grid network.

The smart grid technology provider will develop three gas-fired power plants in Egyptian cities of Beni Suef, Borollos and the New Administrative Capital. Read more...

 

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