President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev signed a resolution “On measures to accelerate introduction of an automated system for monitoring and accounting for electricity and natural gas” on 13 November 2017.
The document notes that over years, measures have been taken to introduce automated systems for controlling and accounting for energy consumption (AMR), but none of the projects in this direction have been completed fully, which in turn has had a very negative impact on the organization of reliable accounting and control of energy consumption, as well as the prevention of theft and other offenses.
It added that only 2.6 percent of the total number of energy subscribers are equipped with electricity metering devices, which operates in the AMR system, 40 percent use outdated meters, which do not have the necessary protection against external interference, 48 percent have meters of different modifications. Which are not compatible with AMR, as well as 9.4 percent - do not have meters at all.
In order to eliminate existing shortcomings and radically improve the management, control and accounting of energy consumption, as well as improve payment discipline, a number of decisions of the President and the Government of the Republic of Uzbekistan were adopted.
In particular, the Bureau of Compulsory Enforcement was created, which takes comprehensive measures to accelerate the improvement of the current situation, including an inventory of more than 2.6 million residential and non-residential properties, and numerous violations of the rules for the consumption of energy resources.
The Bureau established the Center for Implementation of Information and Communication Technologies, which ensures transparency and promptness of accounting and control of energy consumption, enforcement proceedings, as well as the effectiveness of inter-agency cooperation on relevant issues.
Along with this, in line with the order of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan, a Working Committee on preparation of proposals for further introduction of AMR was established.
The Working Commission held direct negotiations with a number of leading foreign companies on the implementation of the project to introduce AMR in the country.
The document said that the agreements were reached with the companies on supply of electricity and natural gas meters at the volume of 2 million units. The companies will also deliver necessary software, related equipment, and other necessary technical means.
Sagemcom, Elster GmbH and IP LLC Tosheleñtroapparat will supply meters for electricity and natural gas, the resolution said.
It added that Uzbekistan will launch production of metering devices and related facilities within the country with participation of foreign companies.
Uzbek leader ordered to approve schedule for the installation of metering devices and related facilities, taking into account the implementation of state programs for the modernization of power transmission lines and gas pipelines, the current state of the electricity and gas infrastructure, the priority of cities and regional centers.
According to the decree, the state verification of the metering devices to be installed within the framework of the project will be carried out by the Uzstandard Agency every 10 years, and the organization of works on submission of the metering devices for the state verification will be provided by Uzbekenergo, Uztransgaz and the Bureau.
At the same time, instead of the meter, taken from the consumer for conducting state verification, service and other works, another meter will be installed immediately at the expense of Uzbekenergo and Uztransgaz.
It should be noted that over the past 2 years alone, more than 410,000 units of obsolete metering devices have been brought into the country with a high level of distortion of actual indications (up to 20 percent) for US$24.4 million.
In order to solve this problem, the resolution prohibited import into the territory of the republic and install meters and related equipment incompatible with the technical parameters of the project.