Tashkent, Uzbekistan and Washington, DC, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — April 2, 2012 – A US$180 million loan for an advanced electricity metering project in the Republic of Uzbekistan has been approved by the World Bank.
The project’s objective is to reduce the commercial losses of the state owned Uzbekenergo’s three regional power distribution companies in the country’s capital Tashkent, and in the Oblasts (regions) of Tashkent and Syrdarya.
The project will see the installation of an advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) with around 1.2 million advanced electric meters and meter data management systems at each regional distribution company, as well as a central energy data management and billing and archiving system in Tashkent. Support will also be provided for management efficiency improvements and project implementation, including an assessment of electricity consumption patterns to identify loss reduction opportunities, and a consumer communication program on the new system.
“Advanced meters and associated ‘smart’ technologies will help control energy use and will benefit both utilities and customers,” said Takuya Kamata, World Bank country manager for Uzbekistan. “A more intelligently-run power grid can yield greater cost saving.”
This project concept was developed in coordination with Uzbekenergo, Uzbekistan’s Ministry of Finance, and the Asian Development Bank (ADB). The ADB is providing financing for advanced electricity metering systems, including approximately one million advanced meters, in the three regional distribution companies in Bukhara, Jizzakh and Samarkand.
Commercial losses in Uzbekistan are believed to be in the range 25 to 35 percent.