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Swiss technology for large scale Indian smart metering project

Landis+Gyr chosen to provide more than 1.5 million meters and build manufacturing base for modernisation and rural electrification program

Swiss smart metering will be used for a grid modernisation and rural electrification program in India

Swiss metering technology is being used to develop a large scale smart grid project in India. Landis+Gyr, a leading provider of smart grid and smart metering solutions based in Switzerland, has been selected by West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (WBSEDCL) to provide more than 1.5 million digital electricity meters for a modernisation and rural electrification program in the BRIC country.

The most recent award from WBSEDCL is believed to be the largest electricity metering order in India for supply single-phase meters. The delivery period will begin by the end of the month and will conclude later this year. The challenging schedule will require a dedicated manufacturing set-up for Landis+Gyr’s Joka unit, located in WBSEDCL’s home town of Kolkata.

Landis+Gyr India’s CEO Sandip Mukherjee, said: “Landis+Gyr is the largest international player in the electricity metering space within India. We are honoured by WBSEDCL’s continued trust in Landis+Gyr by selecting us for this contract. It is a testimony to the quality of the products we deliver and also an example of our outstanding relationship with Indian utilities. We believe this contract selection will position us well for the upcoming advanced meter roll-outs throughout India.

“Our ability to consistently deliver large-volume meter contracts with excellent quality devices has been a key driver of our strong momentum across the Asia Pacific region”, added Oliver Iltisberger, executive vice president of Landis+Gyr Asia Pacific. “This proven capability has demonstrated time and again our ability to be a trusted partner in helping Asia Pacific based utilities manage energy better.”

Smart grid developments in India have been growing fast, with help from western technology companies. This includes US firm Nexant, which announced it would work with the Indian government to scale up and deploy smart grid technologies in the BRIC country in August 2012.