KUWAIT CITY - Minister of Electricity, Water and Renewable Energy and Minister of Social Affairs and Community Development Dr Mishaan Al-Otaibi announced the ministry’s plan to install about 800,000 smart meters, expecting to complete the replacement of all meters in the country within a period of two to three years.

In his speech during the inauguration ceremony of smart meters for the Ministry of Electricity, Minister Al-Otaibi said that starting today, Tuesday, the new system will be launched and operated, and a contract to supply 200,000 meters has been signed as a first stage, and the tender for the second stage is on its way. He added that it is expected to complete the replacement of all meters in the country within a period ranging between two and three years, according to an installation strategy that begins with the investment and commercial areas first and then the rest of the sectors. He explained that the ministry has adopted several pioneering projects, all of which aim to improve the electrical and water network system while providing new services to customers with high quality and continuity through modern technology.

He stated that the aspirations and vision of ‘New Kuwait 2035’ for the future in achieving sustainability and advanced infrastructure would create an attractive economic environment that would place Kuwait in the ranks of countries attracting investments, as well as creating a modern technological environment that ensures the provision of services at the highest level and in the best way.

Al-Otaibi said that in line with the government’s work program towards achieving digital transformation, which aims vision of ‘New Kuwait 2035’, the most important pillars of which are the advanced infrastructure that paves the way for the major transformations the country is witnessing, from urban expansion in new housing cities and future plans that require collective action towards a new Kuwait. He indicated that despite all the obstacles caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, which caused a shortage in the production of electronic parts worldwide, the ministry took all measures in cooperation with the supplier company and the manufacturer to overcome these obstacles and this contributed to enabling the launch.

He thanked everyone who contributed to the success of this project, indicating that this was the result of the hard work and concerted efforts of the ministry’s children and employees over the past years. For his part, Director of Contracts Follow-up and Maintenance Department in the Customer Services Sector, Engineer Malouh Al-Ajmi, said that traditional meters are accompanied by problems that are summarized in the length of the cycle of recording the reading of the meter, as a field visit is required. Al-Ajmi stated that the digital meters are distinguished by sending the readings directly to the system through the communication chip without human intervention. Electronically, payment can be made through the ministry’s application. He pointed out that this allows the customer to measure and control the consumption rate by directly following the meter reading, which contributes to rationalizing consumption of electricity and water, pointing to the possibility of converting the meters to a prepaid system. (KUNA)

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