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Hafslund choose Eltel as the provider offered the “most economically advantageous tender”

In Europe, Norway’s largest power grid operator Hafslund Nett has awarded European critical infrastructure company Eltel a tender to deliver a 630,000 smart meter deployment, the largest in Norway to date, the companies claim.

Eltel will oversee the installation of the smart meters across Hafslund’s distribution network as part of a three-year rollout, which will also involve 150 Eltel employees.

Eltel’s delivery scope will include rollout planning, end customer communications, logistics and installations.

The parties have agreed to utilize Eltel’s Mobile Workforce Management system for the rollout process.

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Commenting on the choice of supplier, Kristin Lian, senior vice president at Hafslund Nett, said: “Eltel has offered a thorough and efficient solution with favorable commercial terms for the installation of electricity meters in all directly measured installations.

“Eltel has experience of similar projects from the past, both in scope and content. Eltel also showed good understanding of, and approach to, project implementation.

Ms Lian added: “The project organization consists of many experienced resources, and they presented a detailed project plan with clear responsibilities, realistic timelines and deliverables. Eltel also delivered the most economically advantageous tender.”

In May 2014, reported on another major smart meters project between Validér AS, a smart metering service provider formed by 21 grid companies in the west of Norway, and utility software company Powel AS.

Under the agreement, Powel and its sub-suppliers Oracle and e-vita, are collecting meter readings from an initial 400,000 units using the Powel ELIN system.

AMR deal in Nebraska

Meanwhile in the US, metering solutions giant Itron has secured a deal with a Nebraska utility for automated meter reading technology.

Lincoln Electric System (LES), a municipal electric utility serving approximately 135,000 customers in and around the city of Lincoln, has ordered 100,000 Itron electricity meters over the next 12 to 18 months through a local distributor.

Lisa Hale, vice president of customer services at LES, said: “Itron’s technology is an important component of our Mobile Meter Reading Project and is enabling LES to streamline its meter reading process, achieve system efficiencies and address business priorities.
“LES will use Itron’s solution with mobile collectors to improve day-to-day meter reading operations and reduce vehicle trips to the field.”