Kuwait’s Ministry of Electricity & Water (MEW) is seeking specialised information technology (IT) firms for a contract to upgrade, manage and operate a smart metering system.

The last day for the submission of offers is 31 July.

The successful bidder will also supply and maintain the required communication network to support the deployment of the smart metering solution.

Kuwait’s MEW is the latest among the GCC’s state utility providers to tap into smart metering solutions. Electricity and water providers in the UAE and Qatar have begun deploying similar solutions recently. Saudi Electricity Company is also understood to have initiated a programme to roll out smart meters across the kingdom.

Smart meters require a wired or wireless network that would allow the live transmission of end-user consumption data to a central command centre.

The primary incentive for their deployment is more effective energy management. A smart metering systems can potentially allow consumers to more proactively monitor and adjust their consumption patterns, and the utility provider can forecast and distribute power and water according to actual usage data, which minimises losses.

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