smart meters manufacturers
In West Africa, Nigerian smart meter manufacturers have spoken out insisting that government intervention is needed for their firms to thrive in the energy sector.

Last week, chairman and CEO of Mommas Engineering Meters Manufacturing Company Limited (MEMMCOL), Dr Kolawole Balogun, highlighted that his company has the capacity to produce 50,000 smart meters per month, while other smart meter manufacturers have the ability to produce 20,000 each per month.

He, however, highlighted that this capacity has been underutilised due to very low support from the government and the current electricity boards.

Other metering companies include; MOJEK International, UNISTAR High Tech Limited, Electricity Meters Company of Nigeria (EMCON) and SWEDEN Nigeria Limited.

Smart meter manufacturers – correlation with Discos

Balogun pleaded with the government to proclaim an enabling regulation that will enhance support for locally produced electricity smart meters and products. He explained that government needed to invest heavily in the sector and, through its regulatory authorities, ascertain that these products meet international standards.

“The basic function of an electricity board is the effective and constant distribution of electric power to the consumers, and not the distribution of bills,” Balogun stressed.

He continued: “Technically speaking, power transmission companies have enough electricity to supply to the consumers through the Discos, routed through power transformers. However, most current transformers in place cannot withstand the amount of power or energy required by the consumers.

“Power sector ‘re-privatisation’ may have to be tabled again, wherein the Discos role is limited to power distribution up to the transformer-point (at one-end) and allow for electricity marketing companies (EMCs) to take it from there to the consumers.

“So, the Disco ensures that power transmission is always and effectively delivered to the connecting transformers, while EMC ensures that the power is effectively distributed to the consumers (metered for billings and feedbacks). Discos have been overwhelmed and over-powered by the present roles of distribution and marketing.”

He added: “The marketers, therefore, will be in a symbiotic-relationship with the manufacturers of meters for supply, installation and monitoring (maintenance). Meanwhile, employment opportunities for the teeming population of Nigeria is hereby created.”

Issuing of licences

Balogun further outlined for the need to issue licences to more companies, after accreditation in order to supply the markets with enough and quality meters and smart meters.

“Investors here and abroad will begin to look into the power sector to stock it with much more funds than we presently have. With time, Nigeria will run an efficient, steady-state power sector to be envied,” he said

“We can migrate in progression to include the manufacturing of power transformers of higher standard and quality than what is obtainable abroad. If we start with meters now, we will get to transformers soon. Let the government throw the first shot, the local manufacturers are ‘all hands on deck’ to deliver.

“Our management, professionals and team of engineers are poised to receiving government delegation for a state-of-the-art tour of our installed manufacturing facilities at our ultra-modern factory”, he added.