Nesco to install 1.2 million more smart prepayment meters in northern region

The project will be implemented at 33 upazilas under Rajshahi and Rangpur divisions 

A total of 1.2 million more smart prepayment meters are going to be installed in the country’s northwest region aimed at cent per cent revenue collection besides reducing system loss to 1%.

Northern Electricity Supply Company (Nesco) Limited, headquarters in Rajshahi, will install the smart meters under its project styled “Installation of 12 lakh smart prepayment meters in Nesco areas” with an estimated cost of around Tk712.63 crore.

Under the project, 11,13,608 single-phase smart prepayment meters, 86,392 three-phase smart prepayment meters, 13,619 data concentrator units, 70 head held units and three head-end systems will be installed.

Apart from this, a license of the meters data management system for the 1.2 million meters will be installed.

Engineer Mahbubul Alam Chowdhury, director of the project, told BSS that they will create scopes of real-time billing by removing overbilling and underbilling.

The project will be implemented at 33 upazilas under some 14 districts of Rajshahi and Rangpur Divisions and in two city corporation areas.

The main objectives of the project are to ensure 100%  revenue collection, reduce system loss, introduce a real-time billing system and eradicate overbilling and underbilling, ensure online bill access and payments by clients, implementation of load control management.

Upon successful implementation of the project until June 2024, digitization of the power distribution system and improved client services would be ensured in the project areas.

Earlier, the Northern Electricity Supply Company installed 500,000 smart prepayment meters in different parts of the region creating a way of checking misuses of power and getting actual revenue against the consumption of power.

On behalf of its four-year project styled “Installation of five lakh smart prepayment meters in Northern Electricity Supply Company areas” the public entity installed the smart meters in Rajshahi, Natore, Chapainawabganj, Bogura, Pabna, Dinajpur, Thakurgaon, Panchagarh and Nilphamari districts at a cost of around Tk419.91 crore.

Under the project, 4,70,450 single-phase smart prepayment meters, 33,450 three-phase smart prepayment meters, 3,142 data concentrator units and six utility vending stations were installed.

Besides, three head-end systems, one master information centre, one digester recovery centre, one- meters data management system, one vending system and one central billing system were installed. 

In addition to the advanced revenue collection, the project has been providing improved client-services side by side bringing down the non-technical loss to zero level. 

Engineer Mahbub Chowdhury said the scheme also eased the demand side load management system together with halting the power wastage.

Upon successful implementation of the project in June last, the clients are seen using power upon their financial ability by using smart prepayment meters at present.