The Tamil Nadu Electricity Board (TNEB) Automatic Meter Reading has a tender of 1.5 million units. TNEB plan to replace 18 million meters and this is the first tender as part of the program.
Cyan provided an update on the TNEB tender stating that Cyan had been informed that the 500 unit pilots would have commenced by the end of the first week in July and that the Central Power Research Institute, India (CPRI) report was expected by the end of June. Cyan has now been informed that the CPRI has completed its testing on all the meters submitted, per the specification laid down by TNEB. The result of the testing is that only two companies have passed, both of which are Cyan partners.
These Cyan partners have already completed site surveys and have told Cyan that they will proceed with the 500 unit pilot installations in mid-August at Trichy (Tiruchchirappalli), in the State of Tamil Nadu. One of these Cyan partners has already installed and demonstrated a number of working meters to TNEB as part of a pilot readiness process.
TNEB has confirmed that the all participants whose units who did not pass the CPRI testing can resubmit meters, for this tender and future tenders, and that this re-testing process will run in parallel with the pilot installations.
TNEB will start negotiations for awarding bids in September with a view to issuing purchase orders around October / November.
Both remaining Cyan partners have confirmed to Cyan that they will resubmit units and continue to work towards installing pilots in Trichy (also with a target start date of mid-August).
As the substantial power grid breakdowns this week demonstrate, India's energy supply & distribution shortfalls are becoming a significant problem and there is a strong drive to accelerate the modernization program that is being put in place with government funding.