Electricité Du Liban had awarded Near East Engineering and Development Services (NEEDS) the Advanced Metering Infrastructure Contract, including the preparation of the Bidding documents for the implementation of the Monitoring Center – a part of the Policy paper approved by the Government of Lebanon on June 21, 2010.
The AMI Bidding process will lead to the selection of a prospective bidder who will be awarded a contract to design and implement the desired AMI solution, taking into consideration the potential use of this platform for water and gas metering at a later stage. In conjunction with this AMI project, the Distribution Service Provider (DSP) Project, the implementation of which will be launched in the coming weeks, includes the replacement of all metering in Lebanon to automatic meters able to be controlled remotely through this AMI Monitoring Center.
Currently, NEEDS is managing the tendering process for the Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) Project. The AMI Tender will address the overall AMI functionalities and components including the System Architecture, the AMI Hardware, Software and Database requirements, the Communication Platforms, the Billing System, and the Customer Relationship Management System.
The system overall functionalities will allow for, among others, intelligent monitoring of consumption to accurately identify network losses, rapid outage detection to minimize customer impact, tamper/fraud detection, and power flow - financial transaction processing balance, providing the tools to locate and manage non-technical losses and improve revenue recovery.
In January 2012, Electricité Du Liban (EDL) launched the Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) Bidding Documents, inviting international companies in the Smart Metering and Communication field to submit their offers, and on June 18th, 2012, the Bid Opening meeting was held.
In April 2011, NEEDS conducted the 'AMI/Communications and Billing/CRM Seminar – Lebanon 2011' over eleven days with the participation of seventeen local and international companies in the Smart Metering and Communication services field. NEEDS shared its expertise and knowledge with the leading companies who presented their most current technologies and solutions in Advanced Metering Infrastructure, Communications, Billing and Customer Relationship Management Systems, in the presence of major Lebanese stakeholders in this field: The Ministry of Energy and Water (MEW), The Ministry of Telecommunications (MoT) and Electricité Du Liban (EDL).