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Landis+Gyr secures major smart meter contract in India

Iain Morris
June 24, 2014
Smart grid specialist Landis+Gyr has won a major contract in India to provide more than one million digital meters to West Bengal State Electricity Distribution (WBSED), the public utility responsible for power distribution in the state of West Bengal.

WBSED (Kolkata, India) supplies 96% of power in the state of West Bengal, including parts of the city of Kolkata.

It is midway through a program launched in 2009 to replace old-fashioned meters with more sophisticated digital technology giving consumers and utilities more visibility of and control over energy consumption.

Landis+Gyr (Zug, Switzerland) already has previously worked with WBSED – supplying a total of 3.5 million meters to the utility in the past five years – and says the new contract will form a part of ongoing grid modernization and electrification efforts.

“We are immensely pleased with the announcement,” said Sandip Mukherjee, the chief executive for Landis+Gyr in India. “It is the fifth successive order awarded to us by WBSEDCL.”

“Our commitment to quality and customer focused approach has gone a long way in securing this major order,” he added.

Landis+Gyr claims to have won the order after meeting a “tough delivery schedule” for 1.5 million meters it provided to WBSED in 2013.

It says its customer-focused team and dedicated manufacturing set-up in Joka were important differentiators in the latest tender result.

“Landis+Gyr is proud to have once again been selected for a large-volume meter contract in India, demonstrating that our status as a trusted partner has been a key driver of our strong momentum across the region,” said Oliver Iltisberger, the executive vice president of Landis+Gyr Asia Pacific, “[It] is further evidence of our ability to help Asia Pacific-based utilities manage energy better.”
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