African Kingdom installs new metering system

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Mbabane, Swaziland — METERING .COM — 27 November 2008 – The Swaziland Electricity Company (SEC) has contracted a leading metering company to install new prepayment meters for its customers.

Actaris Metering Systems will be working in cooperation with BNM technologies, a local company that has been subcontracted to the project. BNM is owned by Bongani Mashwama, a former employee of the SEC. BNM has dealings with Actaris and does not deal directly with the SEC.

The SEC is in the process of rolling the pre-payment metering system around the country and the contract is worth approximately €30 million. The first phase of the project, which covers the Manzini region is already underway and expected to have been completed by April next year. Meanwhile, the SEC is already gearing itself for the installation of prepayment meters for homes and small businesses in the Hhohho region.

This will be the second phase. Tenders have already been invited from suitably qualified and reputable institutions for the supply and installation of prepayment meters in rural, urban and peri-urban areas, as well as new connections.

The tender specifications for the project calls for the meters to have the following capabilities:

  • Standard Transfer Specification (STS) compliant
  • Split meters with remote human interface
  • Able to interface with the present server capabilities
  • Capable of capturing as much digital information as required by SEC
  • Capable of enforcing maximum securities
  • Capable of handling different tariff structure.