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Egypt changes amount of smart meters to be distributed

In North Africa, Egypt’s Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy has cancelled a tender for the supply of 50,000 smart meters that were needed for the South Cairo Electricity Distribution Company, Trade Arabia reported.

New tender process

According to the ministry, the five initial companies who submitted their technical and financial offers, were notified about the decision to cancel the tender, however they weren’t given any explanations.

Despite the initial financial and technical offers for the smart meter tender having already been considered, new offers will be presented to supply three million meters.

According to the Ministry sources, there are 12 Arab and international companies who have purchased  the specifications of the new tender.

These companies include Elsewedy Electric, Siemens, Global, Banha Electronics, Huawei, ZTE, and Gama, Trade Arabia reported.

Smart meter distribution

According to the ministry, it was decided that 5% of the meters will be used as a pilot batch.

According to a report, The South Cairo Electricity Distribution Company will be supplied with 1.3 million meters, which will be installed in five districts across Cairo, namely 6th of October City, Sheikh Zayed, Haram, Dokki, and Maadi.

Other smart meter news

The Ministry also announced that it 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, four million smart meters annually will be installed, until 2024, Youm7 reported last week.

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.”