Khurram launches AMI system in IESCO

Published date12 November 2022
Publication titleRegional Times

Minister for Power Engineer Khurram Dastgir on Friday said all electricity meters installed at Rawalpindi Cantonment and Rawalpindi City Circle are being switched to Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) in first phase with an estimated cost of $ 95 million.

Addressing at launching ceremony of AMI project here at Islamabad Electric Supply Company (IESCO), the minister said new technology is being introduced to reduce power sector losses, enhance quality of billing and recoveries and control power load-shedding and address consumers complaints of over billing.

He said Asian Development Bank (ADB) has provided $ 170 million financial assistance for the AMI project which would help round the clock monitoring of meters. All power distribution companies (DISCOs) have already been directed to install AMI meters on all industrial, commercial, bulk power supply and agriculture connections in order to ensure round the clock monitoring of the meters, he said.

He said AMI system would help identify areas of power pilferage and power losses. The system would also be installed at all high losses feeders and transformers in all DISCOs, he said.

The minister said earlier, AMI system was installed at Multan and Lahore Electric Supply Companies at very limited level.

He said performance and issues of DISCOs were thoroughly reviewed in August and September. The IESCO AMI system would be replicated in other DISCOs, he added.

Khurram said that on the directives of...

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