| Danial Norjidi |
A PUBLIC-PRIVATE partnership (PPP) project for the introduction of a new pre-paid Smart Meter system that integrates water and electricity meters is currently ongoing.
The initiative was mentioned by Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Minister of Finance and Economy II Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr Awang Haji Mohd Amin Liew bin Abdullah while speaking during the afternoon session of the second day of the 15th Legislative Council meeting yesterday.
He noted that the PPP project, which is called ‘Unified Smart Metering Solution’ (USM), is a joint-venture project between the government and DST Group of Companies to introduce a new pre-paid Smart Meter system.
He explained that the system integrates water and electricity meters, which brings benefits such as automatic credit control as well as electrical and water disruption detection, including detection of tampered meters.
“The system is also capable of providing electricity and water consumption data, thereby enabling customers to control or plan their own use, and enable utility agencies to plan for efficiency to reduce wastage.
“The Smart Meter is a way to resolve the issue of longstanding debt payments, and it can be installed not only at homes but also at government buildings and commercial centres,” he noted.
Another initiative the minister spoke on yesterday was the privatisation of Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) services for vessels of the Royal Brunei Navy through the establishment of a joint venture company called Muara Maritime Services Sdn Bhd, between Darussalam Assets Sdn Bhd and Lürssen Internaval.
“This company is expected to be able to develop the maritime industry cluster in Brunei Darussalam,” he said.
“With such investment, it is certain to be able to further develop in the future by attracting shipping companies from abroad to use the MRO services available in this country.
“In addition, this joint venture will be able to increase the capacity of manpower through knowledge transfer and provide job opportunities for locals in the maritime industry,” he added.