Cape Town, South Africa — (METERING.COM) — May 25, 2009 – At last week’s African Utility Week, Smart Energy International Excellence Awards were presented to PN Energy and Ortech.
PN Energy, established as a joint venture between Eskom, EDF and East Midlands Electricity and now a fully owned, ring-fenced subsidiary of Eskom, received the award in the “Revenue protection” category, for its Khayelitsha Revenue Protection Project. The project, believed to be unique in Africa, has reduced non-technical losses in the Khayelitsha area outside Cape Town from 26 percent in 2001 to as low as 4 percent and an average of 7 percent per month.
Ortech Consult won the award in the “Metering” category for its work in Nigeria with the Power Holding Company of Nigeria on PHCN’s ambitious nationwide program to convert all low voltage consumer connections to prepayment metering, replacing some 2.5 million meters. This has included the development and management of the PHCN Industry Competence Centre. In PHCN Eko Zone there was a requirement to install approximately 300,000 new meters over a 2-year timescale.
The annual awards recognize excellence among African electricity and water utilities and meter suppliers with respect to innovations in metering products, systems and projects. This year the judging panel was made up of representatives from utilities, government and universities worldwide.