Partnerships, Mergers and Alliances
Si3, a utility information services company, and Sargent Electric, an electrical contractor, announced the formation of a partnership to provide AMR installation and meter shop services for utilities in selective markets. Si3/Sargent, as the partnership will be known, is in the process of building a regional center for meter shop and AMR retrofit services at the Sargent Electric headquarters in Pittsburgh, Pa.
This center will support AMR projects in the region with a full range of installation and retrofit services. Si3 (an acronym for Service, Information, Imagination, Integration) offer utilities a range of services including meter reading, meter and network installation, retrofitting meters with radio-based AMR modules and meter shop services. Sargent Electric is also the principal partner in TEGG, a franchising program for electrical contractors nationwide.
Itron has announced that it reached a worldwide agreement with ABB Kent to jointly develop AMR modules compatible with ABB`s family of encoded and pulser water meters.
Compatibility with ABB encoded water meters significantly broadens Itron`s ability to interrogate meters with the company`s line of Genesis AMR systems: walk-by off-site meter reading, drive-by mobile AMR and fixed network AMR. ABB produces approximately 25 percent of all water meters. The company is an authorized reseller of Itron products.
EDS and Bechtel announced a joint venture, Global Supply Group, formed to provide supply chain management outsourcing services to U.S. companies in the utilities industry.
Headquartered in Houston and Plano, Texas, Global Supply Group will offer its customers full process management of the functions necessary to obtain equipment, materials or services. These functions include requirements definition, sourcing and procurement, materials and inventory management, inbound logistics and accounts payable.
Global Supply Group`s first customer, Boston Edison, realized more than $1.8 million in reduced commodity item procurement and inventory costs at its Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in the first three months following the company`s signing of a five-year outsourcing agreement. The majority of these savings have been realized by eliminating excess inventories, discounting purchases and reducing the company`s spending obligations.