In Pakistan, the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council announces utility smart meter projects to benefit from $448.3m in funding issued by the ADB.The approved projects include two Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) projects to be rolled out by the Islamabad Electric Supply Company (IESCO).
According to a local publication, the first of the utility's approved projects include the installation of smart electric meters in Rawalpindi circle and Taxila at a cost of Rs16.9 billion ($161.2m).
The project will also include IESCO upgrading its entire billing system.
[quote] The second project which secured the Asian Development Bank’s funding will involve the deployment of the smart meters in south eastern Lahore.
The approval of the smart meter projects follows last year’s rejection by ECNEC.
The council denied to approve multiple smart meters projects due to the Ministry of Power and Water’s failure to develop a national standard for rollout of the meters. [ADB approves $800m loan for Pakistan AMI development].
Commenting on ADB's funding of the smart meters projects in Pakistan, Werner Liepach, country director for the ADB in Pakistan, said that the projects were part of the solution to the country’s energy sector woes.
In addition to the AMI programmes, ECNEC also approved a Rs8.3 billion ($79.1m) project for the establishment of a 500KV sub-station in west Islamabad.
A proposal submitted by the Ministry of Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit Baltistan for the construction of a 20MW hydropower project at Hanzil in Giligit district was also approved at a cost of Rs6.3 billion ($60.1m).
Smart meters deployment in Pakistan
In late May, technology firm MicroTech Industries kick-started the deployment of a smart metering pilot for a private housing society in Lahore.
In a press statement, the diversified technology firm said it is installing 3-Phase whole current and LT Type CT operated as well as prepayment smart energy meters. The smart prepayment energy meters will enable pay-as-you-go metering and billing, facilitating the end user with credit management features.
The installed meters have a load connection/ disconnection feature for automatic load management.
Commenting on the trial, Mr. Tariq, Deputy General Manager Business Development Department, said: “The deployment of smart prepayment energy meters will facilitate the housing society to collect payments in advance that will help the society to generate revenues. The system will offer multiple financial and social benefits to the society such as improved cash flows, no bad/ circular debts, energy saving and better forecasting of electricity demand. [Pakistan smart meters: MTI project for gov billing].
“The system is designed keeping in mind the stringent anti-tempering and load limiting feature required by the customer. The feature will help the society to manage consumer load accordingly by limiting the maximum load of the consumer."
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