Pakistan's Islamabad Electric Supply Company (IESCO) will launch a $171.7m smart meter installation project with a loan secured from the Asian Development Bank (ADB).The smart meter programme will be deployed in phases with the first phase comprising the installation of some 900,000 smart meters and in-home display units for customers of IESCO in Rawalpindi city.
The project will be implemented over the next four years to help IESCO improve its revenue collection through accurate electricity billing.
According to the Express Tribune, the technology will also help reduce non-revenue electricity through quick identification of meter tampering incidents.
The smart meters will enable consumers to improve management of their energy consumption and lower their bills by having access to real-time data regarding how they use electricity.
Smart meter programme rollout
In related news, Pakistan energy provider Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) made an announcement in early February that it is targeting to install some 22,000 smart meters by the end of 2017.
The utility’s smart meter programme falls under efforts to modernise its gas distribution system to improve its operations in Rawalpindi.
Since 2016, the energy provider has managed to install some 18,000 smart meters out of the 38,000 units required in Rawalpindi city.
The smart gas meters will enable SNGPL to improve its billing accuracy and help consumers to improve their gas efficiency and costs as well as reduce leaks.
With the new gas meters, SNGPL will be able to detect meter tampering and reduce its expenses associated with theft.
Apart from the installation of the two-way communication gas metering system, SNGPL is laying a 450km gas pipeline to improve gas distribution to serve the growing customer base in Rawalpindi.
Since the launch of the programme, the energy provider says it has witnessed a huge decrease in both technical and non-technical gas distribution losses.
Line losses have lowered from 9% in 2015 to 7.5% in 2016 and consumer enquiries regarding over-billing, load shedding and gas leakages reduced from 48,000 to 28,500 in 2016. [Nepal records a decrease in non-revenue electricity losses].
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