Brussels, Belgium --- (METERING.COM) --- July 22, 2009 - Belgian distribution grid operator EANDIS (Elektriciteit, Aardgas, Netten and Distributie) has awarded a contract to Contigea S.A., Itron’s Belgian subsidiary, to supply 40,000 gas smart payment meters over a period of 3 to 5 years, starting in June 2009.

Following regional regulations whereby the distribution grid operator has an obligation to supply a subsistence level of gas or electricity to residential customers that are unable to pay their bills, EANDIS has to install budget meters at customers’ homes. End-users will be able to charge their meters via a smart card, which can be credited through PC-based points of sale at different EANDIS customer centers and at the municipal social service department connecting to the Itron TaleXus Vendor™ system.

In place in Belgium since 1999 for electricity, the Itron smart payment system is already enabled for combined electricity and gas management, which eases the implementation of gas meters in existing premises. The current contract calls for delivery to 40,000 residential customers in Flanders of the Itron RF1 iV PSC gas smart payment meter managed by the TaleXus Vendor™ system.

“We are proud to provide EANDIS with a smart payment system for gas meters,” commented Eric Scheepers, general manager electricity Benelux and S&M manager gas Benelux. “Thanks to our experience and know-how in energy smart payment, we are certainly uniquely positioned to help gas distribution grid operators and suppliers manage their missions with solutions adapted to the local needs and region-specific regulations.”

EANDIS serves about 2.45 million electricity customers and 1.45 million natural gas customers in the Flanders region of Belgium.