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Firm partners FG to end estimated billing


Electricity consumers, who have not been able to obtain pre-paid meters, now have cause to smile as Armese Power Solutions has aligned with the Federal Government to end estimated billing.

The firm, according to its Chief Executive Officer, Imran Aslam Khokhar, has begun massive meter deployment following the recent flag-off of the Meter Asset Provider (MAP) scheme by the Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company (PHEDC) in Rivers.

Khokhar said the company’s current stock could plug 50 per cent of the metering gap at this stage of the MAP project within the PHED franchise area. He also pledged the firm’s capacity to help all MAPs newly engaged by the 11 distribution companies (DisCos) meet the local content requirements of the MAP regulation, leveraging its Akwa Ibom-based meter manufacturing facility with a yearly installed capacity of three million meters on a multi-shift pattern.

The Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC) and Kano Electricity Distribution Company (KEDCO) recently engaged Armese for meter rollout.
It would be recalled that the issue of ‘crazy bills’ arising from the estimated billing method adopted by the DisCos have been causing ripples in the system, necessitating the move by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) to put a limit on it.


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