The Distribution Service Provider (DSP) project aims at consolidating a number of currently outsourced tasks at "Electricité Du Liban" (EDL) in a new contractual framework to acquire a number of local operators, the 'Service Providers', highly professional and financially strong, able to invest, mobilize, initiate large-scale activities in networks operation and maintenance, design and engineering, network extension, installation of automated and remotely controlled metering, billing and collection services.
The project will lead to substantial reduction in capital expenditures and investment, and significant improvement in the efficiency of network operation, maintenance, and services, through the involvement of the private sector in the process, ensuring a breakthrough in customer services, a considerable reduction of technical and non technical losses, and full correlation of energy distributed, billed and collected for EDL debt minimization and elimination.
The DSP project will be co-executed with the Monitoring Center (AMI Project), with complete Billing and Customer Relationship Management systems.
NEEDS is handling the project through several major tasks as the initiation phase, to prepare EDL's infrastructure for this new plan. NEEDS' services have focused on all the required tasks starting with bidders' prequalification, the collection and integration of all relevant network data in an elaborate 'Data Room', the regional area subdivision process, the tendering process, concluding with the evaluation of bids and contract awarding. Currently, the selection and awarding of the most successful regional Service Providers, capable of executing the project, is under consideration.