Essen, Germany, August 11, 2011 — Karagandy Zharyk, a regional distribution grid company supplying electricity to more than 1.5 million customers in central Kazakhstan, has chosen Elster to provide turn-key advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) deployment solutions for high and medium voltage substations.
Elster Metronica, an Elster Group company, successfully completed an initial AMI deployment for Karagandy Zharyk in Kazakhstan in 2006. This initial deployment covered 42 substations (220/110 kV) in the region.
Elster built the complete end-to-end solution, from engineering through deployment, and provided substantial customer service support. The customized solution included Elster software and equipment with the AlphaCENTER AMI head-end solution, remote transmission units from the 325 series and Alpha 1800 smart electricity meters.
The second stage of AMI deployment for Karagandy Zharyk will cover an additional 45 substations (110/35/10kV) in the area and is designed to enhance energy efficiency. The new deployment is expected to be completed by the end of 2011.