LESCO to Install Modern AMI-based meters to resolve billing issues and control power-theft

This initiative would cost around $300 million.

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The Lahore Electric Supply Company (LESCO), in partnership with Asian Development Bank (ADB), has decided to install 1.7 million modern meters based on The Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI). This would help stop power theft and address billing problems.

This initiative would cost around $300 million. However, in comparison with traditional meters, the modern meters will save reading expenses and eliminate the line losses.

How do they work?

AMI-based meters continuously transmit information to a central control room. Hence the incidents of transformers and meters catching fire are also expected to decrease in Lahore.

ADB will pay 78.5% of the total amount, while the remaining expenses will be funded by LESCO. Under this project, 1,474,532 single-phase and 213,120 three-phase AMI based meters would be installed in LESCO’s south and central circles.

After this, the project will be expanded to all remaining circles of LESCO. 28,753 old industrial and commercial meters will be replaced with modern meters.

LESCO has granted the contract to conduct the technical evaluation of the project to a foreign consultancy firm. The evaluation would be completed in three months, after which the project would kick off formally. The project is expected to be completed in four years.

LESCO’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mujahid Pervaiz Chattha said that helping the consumer is their main aim.

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