National electric utility Kenya Power has extended the deadline for tenders to supply, install and commission smart meters in the East African country.

Kenya Power issued a tender for three lots of metering equipment totalling 9,000 single-phase smart meters, 900 three-phase smart meters, 900 data concentrators and head-end system software.

John Ombui, chief manager, supply chain and logistics at Kenya Power, confirmed that the deadline for tender submissions has moved from April 15 to May 21, 2014.

Guidelines issued by the power company indicate that bidders should demonstrate interoperability of their systems.

Installation of meters and data concentrators shall be done by Kenya Power staff with the bidder working hand in hand with the energy company to ensure that the installation is done properly, Mr Ombui said.

Visits to the sites where the smart meters will be deployed are being held on April 15.

Suppliers at the pre-bid meeting included Itron, Landis+Gyr, Huawei, Farab and EDMI.

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