Red Union Fenosa has been trialing an end-to-end ADDAX AMI solution comprising 230 smart meters from ADD Grup in a problematic area in Chisinau, the capital city of the Republic of Moldova, with the goal of reducing non-technical losses.

During the pilot, which has been in operation since the beginning of 2013, ADDAX IMS has proved its efficiency in detecting electricity theft. Based on alarms received from the ADDAX system, Red Union Fenosa could curb illegal activity and even catch thieves red-handed. As a result the total losses were reduced from 20-30% to less than 10%.

“Red Union Fenosa continually searches for new and efficient ways to tackle electricity theft,” said Mihai Gidei, manager for Energy Control at Red Union Fenosa. “We hope that the solution will prove its effectiveness and we are considering using ADDAX IMS in our networks.”

ADDAX meters have advanced anti-tampering features, including alarms, and two-way communication that enable timely actions by the utility. The system also constantly calculates the difference between supplied and billed electricity.

Red Union Fenosa, a subsidiary of Gas Natural Fenosa is the biggest electricity distribution company in Moldova, with more than 800,000 customers.