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Prepaid meter system: Angola to deploy over one million meters

Angolan state to deploy over one million prepaid meter systems by 2017

In Southern Africa, the Angolan government plans to deploy over one million electricity meters by 2017 in order to assist power producers increase their revenue.

According to the state news agency, government plans to spend an estimated $432 million (ZAR5 billion) on the prepaid meter rollout, Business Day Live reported.

Energy minister João Baptista Borges said that the meters would be connected to a prepaid system, which is commonly used in Africa for mobile phones, Angola News Agency reported on Tuesday.

Other Southern African countries to deploy prepaid meter systems

In Zimbabwe, the Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC) have called for eligible bidders to submit proposals for 150,000 STS (standard transfer specification) single phase prepaid meters, comprising of 100,000 BS connection type meters and 50,000 DIN connection type meters.

ZETDC is installing the prepaid meter system in a bid to improve revenue collection.

Senior Manager at the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA Holdings), Wilfred Shereni told ESI Africa in an earlier interview that the collection index from the post-paid metering and billing system is around 70%. By implementing the prepaid meter system, the collection index will rise to more than 100% as customers will be able to pay for their current consumptions as well as debt payment.

Shereni said that the prepaid meter project is already reaping the benefits with overall improved energy efficiency and an increase in revenue collection.

He added that since the implementation of prepaid meters, there has been a 22% decrease in energy consumption, reducing strain placed on the grid by 110MW resulting in reduced need for load shedding.

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.