The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has granted approvals to 22 companies to become meter providers. They were granted approval following a new meter regulatory framework for Meter Asset Provider (MAP).
A Thisday Report confirms this news. This was revealed in statement from its Head of Public Affairs, Usman Arabi, in Abuja. The 22 approved firms have since been issued certificates of ‘No Objection’ by the commission.
“MAP Regulations is intended to facilitate closure of the wide metering gap in the Nigeria Electricity Supply Industry (NESI) within three years. The ‘No Objection’ is to qualify intending investors to participate in the prepaid meter procurement process in NESI, “ he said.
The companies approved to participate in the MAP were Huawei Technology Company Nigeria Limited; Bilview Energy Limited; Chintech Electro Nigeria Limited; Holley Metering Limited; Meron Nigeria Limited; Integrated Power Limited; MBH Power Limited; Trimani Engineering Limited; Sapropel Energy Resources Limited; Megawatt Distribution International Limited; Unistar Hi-Tech Systems Limited; and MOMAS Electricity Meters Manufacturing Company Limited.
Others shortlisted include, Imperial Infrastructure Development Company Limited; Ratio Consulting Limited; Protogy Global Services Limited; Paktim Metering Nigeria Limited; Sabrud Consortium Nigeria Limited; Tinuten Nigeria Limited; Kayz Consortium Limited; BTS Power Limited; CIG Metering Assets Nigeria Limited and Cresthill Energy Limited.
For a smooth professional relationship between the DisCos and Meter Assets Providers (MAP), the Electricity Regulatory Commission has this to say;
“The regulation mandates Discos to engage meter assets providers who fund purchase, installation and replacement of prepaid meters to meet Discos metering obligations to their customers.
“This is to ensure that all electricity customers are metered thereby reducing incidences of estimated electricity billing to the barest minimum.”
The commission confirmed that having conducted due diligence on the supporting documents to the applications submitted by interested investors, it granted successful applicants ‘No Objection’ to participate in the procurement process for meter assets provision in accordance with section 8 subsection 4 of the Meter Assets Providers Regulations, 2018.
Members of the public and intending investors should please note that the publication of these applicants does not foreclose other interested applicants from getting the ‘No Objection’ as it is a continuous exercise.