The state utility of Lebanon, Electricité Du Liban (EDL), will roll out 1.2 million smart meter units from June 2014, as part of a US$200 million programme to re-engineer and expand the network, improve customer services as well as reverse the company's revenue losses, Metering.com has learnt.
EDL has selected three distribution service providers (DSP), or consortia, which are made up of energy companies such as France's ErDF, engineering companies and metering suppliers, including Itron, Echelon, Sagem and ZIV and Souwaidi Metering.
Dr. Mounir Yehia, chairman of NEEDS, a consulting and engineering company appointed by the Lebanese government as the programme manager, explains: "The metering is part of the DSP project.
"In this concept, the network reengineering and expansion, and the smart metering deployment are contractually in the same hand.
He added: "Building the smartness has to be integrated with cleaning the network."