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ADD GRUP and KVA s.a.l. will deliver 250,000 smart meters to Beirut, Lebanon

ADD Grup, together with its partner from Lebanon – the ACC-K&A JV, KVA sal, the electricity Distribution Service Provider – signed a contract for the supply of more than 250,000 smart meters for Electricité du Liban (EDL) in Beirut and the Bekaa Valley. This is after a cooperation process which started in 2016.

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Initially, the project was launched in 2011 but has been postponed several times. This is, in particular, due to the specifics of the Lebanese power grid and the necessity to define a data transmission technology, data model, interfaces between DCU [data concentrator unit] and HES [head-end systems] in order to make it unified for all vendors and Distribution Services Providers.

This project aims to assist EDL in the reduction of technical and non-technical losses and improve the collection of revenue significantly especially when coupled with the EDL AMI centre which is still a project to be awarded by EDL.

As result, PRIME technology was chosen and a T5-based data model was developed, taking into account all the individual nuances of the Lebanese power grid.

The certification procedure also required special attention and had to be carefully thought out and worked out. Finally, in November 2020, ADD successfully passed the smart meter certification procedure and, accordingly, the Utility Validation stage with the completed KPI for data collection.

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Despite the quarantine due to the pandemic, as well as the tragic incident that occurred in the port of Beirut in August 2020, the Lebanese Authorities intend to make up for lost time to develop and improve infrastructure.

In turn, ADD have coped with the preparation tasks, despite the difficulties and peculiarities of the Lebanese network – mainly caused by the non-uniform distribution of customers and load across the relatively small country, and in early 2021 ADD will launch the next stages of the project, namely – supply of smart meters in the amount of 1% and 10% from the total quantity with the target to finalise the whole volume in mid-2022.