Greece, A tender for the procurement of smart electricity meters staged by DEDDIE could be delayed

, SEE Energy News

A tender for the procurement of smart electricity meters staged by Greek electricity distribution system operator DEDDIE could be delayed following the legal action launched by local company Protasis, one of the qualified second-round bidders, against Swiss company Landys+Gyr, which previously filed a complaint against DEDDIE over its disqualification from the tender procedure.

Landys+Gyr was disqualified from the tender because it declared, as a sub-contractor, a production facility other than one it maintains in Corinth and which serves as an international hub for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The lawsuit filed by Protasis has the exact same claim as the disqualification.

A decision on Landys+Gyr’s complaint is expected to be delivered on 28 February and, depending of the outcome, the smart meters tender procedure could be delayed by up to six months, maybe even a year.

In early 2023, DEDDIE has shortlisted four of seven first-round participants in a tender for awarding the contract for the installation of some 7.5 million smart meters.

The four bidders progressing to the second round are: Itron Spain, the Spanish subsidiary of US smart meters producer Itron, joined by Spanish ZIV Aplicaciones y Tecnologia; the Romanian subsidiary of US smart meters producer Elster Rometrics, a member of the Honeywell group, in consortium with Intracom Telecoms Solutions and Elster; Slovenian Iskraemeco, with French Oracle France; and Greece’s Protasis, joined by French company Sagemcom Energy & Telecom.

DEDDIE plans to install 7.5 million smart meters throughout Greece over a ten-year period. The project is budgeted at 830 million euros. The new smart meters will provide consumers with real- time information on their consumption which will help consumers become more energy-efficient for lower energy costs.

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