The opening ceremony was held under the auspices of Sultan bin Salem al Habsi, Minister of Finance, in the presence of a number of ministers and undersecretaries.
The smart meters that have been installed are divided into two types: postpaid and prepaid. They were implemented in several stages, including the pilot, first and second stages. In the pilot stage, 10.000 postpaid meters were installed in the Governorate of Musandam that included all categories of subscribers as 98 per cent of this stage has been completed.
The first and second stages cost RO 25 million, with an 8-year implementation contract. They included the Governorate of Muscat, where 4,100 postpaid meters were installed in the first stage for the large consumers as implementation of these meters is completed. In the same stage, 1,000 prepaid meters have been installed for buildings that host more than 6 apartments, 86 per cent of which have been implemented. The works continue on the rest of them.
In the second stage, 179,300 postpaid meters are being installed in the Governorate of Muscat for all categories of subscribers, and 98% of the these meters has been installed.
The smart meters project is expected to contribute to reducing water losses in the Governorate of Muscat by at least 20 per cent. Achieving this percentage will annually save about RO 42 million. With the reduction of water losses, there will be no need to add a new station with a capacity of 100,000 cubic meters. In addition, RO 10 million will be annually saved, the cost for purchasing water.
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