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KUWAIT CITY, Oct 14: The Director of Contracts Followup and Maintenance Department in the Customer Services Sector, Head of the Technical Team for Replacing and Installing Smart Meters in Kuwait, Eng. Malouh Al-Ajmi, said about 600 smart meters per day are being installed in Salmiya, reports Al-Jarida daily. The daily quoting Al-Ajmi added, after completing work in the Hawally Governorate which started on Oct 5 last, the team will move to other areas and added, the ministry has in its stores 115 thousand smart meters which are currently being examined and tested, in preparation for their installation.
Al-Ajmi said, “We have started replacing the mechanical meters with smart meters and the ministry had signed a contract to supply 200,000 smart meters last March to for the first stage.” So far, about 3,000 smart (prepaid) meters have been replaced in investment and commercial establishments, he said. The engineer spoke of many advantages of installing the smart meters, such as the ease of collecting power consumption fees and facilitates the consumer to check his power consumption bill via the ministry’s applications, or through the ministry’s website.
Al-Ajmi said, after the completion of the installing of the meters in commercial and investment facilities in the Hawalli and Farwaniya governorates, the ministry will move to the next stages — industrial and government sectors, and then to the private housing. He indicated the work is underway in Salmiya and that between 500 and 600 meters are being replaced each day. He went on to say, “we have special teams to follow up the installation work, and special teams to follow up on the post installation work.
He pointed out “through these meters we can discover if there is a malfunction in the meters, or if they stop working, through smart programs. He said through this system; the Ministry of Electricity and Water can collect debts from customers, by sending them messages for payment, and explained in the event of huge debts of customers, the ministry is studying the issue to find a solution and stressed that the replacement of these meters will be carried out at no cost to the customer.