The utility firm said it will construct the $250 million manufacturing plant for development of smart meters, before the end of 2016.
The project falls within efforts conducted by the utility company in reaching its smart meter installation targets in Kaduna, Kebbi, Zamfara and Sokoto states.
The development of the smart meter manufacturing plant in Kaduna will help the electricity distribution company in meeting its targets to install 500,000 smart electric meters to its customers by 2021.
In Kaduna state alone, the utility aims to install 20,000 smart electric meters to its residential, industrial and commercial customers.
In addition to simplifying the availability of smart meters, the project will help reduce the costs incurred by the firm in implementing automated metering infrastructure.
[quote] The availability of locally made smart meters means KEDC will reduce the number and costs of smart electric meter imports.
Garba Haruna, managing director at KEDC, said: “This will also create more employment opportunities for graduates and other supporting staff and help the company cut down the cost of training its technical staff.”
Smart meters deployment
The news follows an announcement made by the Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company in early October of its plans to begin distribution of pre-paid smart electric meters to its customers in Sokoto, Kaduna, Kebbi and Zamfara.
In a press statement, KEDC announced that in order for its customers to be provided with the free smart electric meters in the four Nigerian states were identified under the Credited Advance Payment for Metering Implementation (CAPMI) system.
CAPMI provides a platform for willing customers to pay the cost of the meter into a dedicated account jointly managed by the Disco and meter vendor/installer. [Nigeria says no to “foreigners taking over local meter manufacturing”].
Under the scheme, once payment has been made, customers would have their meters installed within 45 days by a Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission accredited smart meter vendors and installers.
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