Pakistan will be getting to the completion of another foreign aid project from the United States under its USAID programme. This aid project is of Automated Metre Reading (AMR), which helped government-owned power distribution companies (DISCOs) in reducing losses and enhancing revenues. Since the government has never been able to develop a proper system of this very basic electricity supply and distribution system, the USAID came to assist even this one.
If Pakistan were to be self-reliant in this regard, the USAID could have focused on other issues and challenges for the country. At least one thing that has been achieved through this foreign aid project is the training of the personnel, which was needed to get made technically smart manpower to handle issues like difficult in lines. There has to be also a system where the electricity cables are laid underground, because they are all clustered in the open air and creates a messed look for a city or a town.
Through this AMR project, areas where high electricity theft take place will be primary dealt with. There will be little requirement of any human intervention as the system will be computerized and use technology to transmit metre readings data through GSM/GPRS and Radio Frequency. With the application of technology, energy consumption trend can also be established and consumer trends can be formed into different patterns and categories. This will also help in reducing electricity losses and increase revenues.
The installation of these AMR metres will begin within the next two to three months. It is said to be the largest AMR rollout in Pakistan where around 17,000 AMR metres have been installed in five different DISCOs around the country. Furthermore, new equipment will also be introduced that will focus on the frequency and duration of power outages. Several personnel have been trained under the programme in strategic planning, change management, and engineering and communications.