Colombo, Sri Lanka — (METERING.COM) — December 5, 2008 – Sri Lanka should opt for electronic electricity meters for domestic customers, power and energy minister W. D. J. Senevirathne said at a ceremony recently to hand over the first consignment of locally manufactured domestic electricity meters to the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) from Anteleco Electricity Metering Company Pvt Ltd in Colombo.
Minister Senevirathne was reported to have said that Sri Lanka was behind Bangladesh in using electronic meters and they are also being used in other countries in the region such as India and China.
Senevirathne also commented that the manufacture of meters locally is an achievement since Sri Lanka had been using imported electricity meters to date. Locally manufactured meters would save foreign exchange as well as solve the shortage in the market.
Ante Leco Metering, a joint venture between the Lanka Electric Company (LECO) and the Ante Meter Company of China, is expected to supply Sri Lanka’s total annual demand of around 250,000 electricity meters.
Minister Senevirathne said the possibility would be explored of using facilities in Veedagama and Bandaragama to manufacture water meters as well.