ArmInfo. The process on implementing electric meters, which are assembled by local specialists, is going according to schedule, Director of Electric Networks of Armenia Karen Harutyunyan told journalists on June 24. According to him the company will introduce less cost- based system of electric meters, an automatic meter reading and control system aimed at optimization of consumption. The pilot program on installation of the meters launched in Erebuni district of Yerevan and will be held in several other districts of the capital till the end of the year. "We plan to finish the process in Yerevan, Gyumri and Armavir within several years", Harutyunyan stated. According to him the new meters have a great number of advantages compared to those currently being used. "However their use is justified in densely populated cities only", he explained.
Harutyunyan informed that in those regions when it is not reasonable to introduce the new system the current meters will be replaced by semi-automated ones, which also reduce to minimum the influence of human factor. To note, introduction of the automatic meter reading and control system is a joint program developed by Tashir Group and Systems and Technologies" leading Russian company in this field.
To recall, Tashir Group and Inter RAO signed an agreement of sale and purchase of electric energy assets in Armenia. The deal was approved by the Armenian Government and was closed after the decision of Public Service Regulatory Commission. The parties agreed that Electric Networks of Armenia and Hrazdan Thermal Power Plant will continue to meet all the liabilities. Tashir Group takes full responsibility for the management of CJSC "Electric Networks of Armenia", said the President of Tashir Group, Samvel Karapetyan. Future development plans include an anti-crisis program to optimize the Company's financial activities and control its commercial operations, as well as gradual modernization of its distribution network facilities.