Akbar Hajiyev,
Managing Director,
Azeri Gas PU
 
Baku, Azerbaijan --- (METERING.COM) --- February 2, 2012 - More than 400,000 gas smart payment meters are to be provided by Itron to Azerbaijan state gas company Azeri Gas Production Union, a part of the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan (SOCAR).

The deployment follows an earlier project that included installing 250,000 smart payment meters in the capital city of Baku. This marks the start of the second phase of the project, which will cover the remainder of the country. The rollout plan gives Azerbaijan Republic the opportunity to capitalize on the benefits of smart payment technology throughout the entire country.

Meter deployment is underway and will be completed in February 2013. With the smart payment meters rolling out across Azerbaijan, consumers will benefit from the convenience of recharging their payment cards at several points of sales located throughout the country, including self-service terminals. With increased availability and simple access, consumers will be better equipped to effectively manage their gas consumption.

“We constantly strive to streamline our operations and offer the best service to our customers,” commented Akbar Hajiyev, managing director of Azeri Gas PU. "After rolling out 250,000 meters in 2010, we know that the solution can scale up to meet our needs nationwide.”