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Egypt: Gearing for smart meter roll out plan

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Smart meter: Egypt to install an estimated 36 million smart meters by 2024

In North Africa, Egypt’s Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy will soon be implementing a smart meter roll out plan, which is estimated to cost a total of $7.6 billion.

According to ministry spokesperson, Mohamed al-Yamani, the Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy will install four million smart meters annually until 2024, Youm7 reported on Wednesday.

Yamani said that the ministry has actioned a transition plan, which will see an existing 30 million electric meters convert to smart meters over a 10-year period.

Yamani said:  “The plan aims to transfer the 30 million normal traditional electric meters to smart ones, noting that the consumers increase by a million yearly, to reach a total of 40 million consumers in 10 years.”

Smart meter manufacturing

The State Information Service reported that Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab met with the Chinese telecommunications equipment and services  company, Huawei, in May to discuss the agreement concluded, which concerned the manufacturing of the smart meters.

In June, Stream Misr reported that the minister of electricity, Mohamed Shaker, said that the ministry had signed a memorandum of understanding with the telecommunications company to supply the components necessary for the manufacture of the meters.

Shaker said: “The deal will help increase the number of electricity smart meters from 10 million to 35 million devices, thus reducing electricity theft.”

Driving the power sector

In other news, Egypt is making every effort to ensure a reliable and uninterrupted power supply is in place for the country.

In July, Egypt’s New and Renewable Energy Authority (NREA) announced that it will soon call for interested bidders to submit proposals for the construction of solar and wind power plants with a total generation capacity exceeding 2,000MW.

The tender regulations will be based on the specific type of renewable power technology that is being procured and the indicated generation capacity is based on the national electricity grids’ ability to accommodate the additional power.

Since government have approved the development of new renewable power generation capacity through the country’s feed-in-tariff, the NREA have been working with the private sector to further develop solar and wind power facilities.

The renewable power projects will include 2,000MW of wind generated power as well as the development of a wind turbine manufacturing facility.

The manufacturing facility will produce 300 blades annually for 100 turbines.

Ashley Theron
Ashley Theron-Ord is based in Cape Town, South Africa at Clarion Events-Africa. She is the Senior Content Producer across media brands including ESI Africa, Smart Energy International, Power Engineering International and Mining Review Africa.