Azerbaijan's AzeriGas plans to install online control devices in gas meters

Oil&Gas Materials 8 September 2020 14:13
Azerbaijan's AzeriGas plans to install online control devices in gas meters

BAKU, Azerbaijan, Sept.8


The Azerbaijani AzeriGas PU plans to implement a new project for the efficiency of work on managing gas meters, Trend reports on Sept.8 referring to the association.

According to the AzeriGas, at present, smart-meters and mechanical-electronic meters, the service life of which is close to expiring or periodical inspection of which must be soon conducted (for the population - once in five years), with some exceptions, in most cases are replaced by new mechanical-electronic meters. A large number of controllers are involved in reading indicators of these meters.

Therefore, to improve the efficiency of work, it was decided to install additional devices for online control in the installed mechanical-electronic meters. These devices allow controllers located at a distance from buildings to read the meter indicators in a few minutes and transmit them to a central base.

The mechanical-electronic meter will work as before, plus the information about the consumed gas will be simultaneously recorded by the device at a remote distance, the association said.

Several models of these devices exist, and some of them allow, without physical intervention, to close the valve of the mechanical-electronic meter of a subscriber, who has a debt, at a distance.

Thus, a large number of controllers won’t be needed to be involved, allowing them to be employed in other important works. Besides, given that after the completion of the periodic check of smart meters in multi-story buildings, they will be replaced by mechanical-electronic meters. This will reduce the need for operators to visit the homes of each subscriber.

Moreover, these online control devices will ensure the timely reading of the indicators by the end of the year. This can put an end to the resentment of subscribers over the calculation of the preferential limit in the first ten days of January of every year; that is, it will be possible to simultaneously regulate the transition period according to the limit of December 31 of each year both in smart meters and mechanical-electronic meters.

Currently, the corresponding documentation work is being carried out, and negotiations have begun with the producers of these devices. Initially, the new devices are planned to be tested in multi-story buildings.