The Committee formed by the Egyptian Electricity Holding Company (EEHC) and the National Service Products Organization (NSPO), a subsidiary of the Armed Forces,  will complete analysis of the offers presented  by nine local and international firms tendered to the Ministry of Electricity for the supply of 250,000 smart electricity meters, reported Daily News Egypt. The companies that had bid for the tender include ZTE, Huawei, Ericsson, Alkan, Elsewedy Electric, Gama, and Siemens.

The tender aims to have a trial for the installation of 250,000 smart meters that will be divided among six companies for the distribution of electricity. North Cairo, South Cairo, and Canal companies for electricity distribution will have 50,000 smart meters each, while Middle Egypt, South Delta, and Alexandria companies for electricity distribution will receive 25,000 smart meters.

Sources with the ministry stated that EETC’s officials completed the analysis of the financial offers of companies. The NSPO subsidiary was assigned by the ministry to conduct the consultancy of the tender and choose the winning company.

The smart meters project aims to help the consumer improve their energy use, which would lead to reducing consumption costs. It would also enable advanced payment, increase the accuracy of taking consumption measurements, and decrease the time period between taking consumption measurements and issuing the bills.