Doha, Qatar --- (METERING.COM) --- April 4, 2012 - Qatar General Electricity & Water Corporation (Kahramaa) is deploying a turnkey smart metering solution from Siemens Infrastructure & Cities, the company has announced.

With the deployment of the solution Kahramaa intends to test how energy demand can be managed during peak load periods, and how the billing process with customers can be improved.

The project will see the installation of 17,000 smart meters, equipped with consumption data recording modules for electricity and water as well as GPS modules for localizing the individual metering points. The order further includes a broadband powerline communication network to connect the meters to an existing fiber optic network for the 66 kV transformer substations in the city area. To improve the billing process for energy customers, the solution will be integrated with Kahramaa’s IT back office systems.

The project, with a value of €10 million, is scheduled to run in three districts of Doha up to May 2013.

Kahramaa is the sole utility company responsible for transmission and distribution of electric power and water in Qatar.