Powercor and CitiPower have announced UXC and Bilfinger Berger Services as field installation partners for their $400 million smart meter roll-out to over a million homes.
UXC and Bilfinger Berger will each net a part of $80 million plus to install over 1.1 million meters to inner Melbourne and western Victorian homes.
UXC and Bilfinger Berger will be carrying out the planning and workforce scheduling, installing the meters, managing stock, installing communications technology and management systems, interacting with customers and conducting reporting of the roll-out. The installation will begin in the fourth quarter this year and will finish by the end of 2013.
"We are confident that BBS and UXC have the strength, experience and capabilities to help us deliver the state government mandated roll-out of smart meters and through it the most significant modernisation of Victoria's electricity distribution networks for years," Powercor advanced metering infrastructure project director Peter Bryant said in a statement.
The utilities also signed contracts with hardware and network partners last month in deals worth over $300 million.
Landis+Gyr and PRI Australasia will supply the smart meters while Silver Spring Networks will provide an IP-based network communications devices and software to connect the meters to the utilities electricity distribution networks.
CitiPower and Powercor make up 40 per cent of Victoria's energy distribution. Around 31 per cent of the 1.1 million smart meters will be on the CitiPower network while 69 per cent will be on the Powercor network.
Victoria's other electricity distributors Jemena and United Energy Distribution have also been actively preparing for their own smart meter roll-out. ZDNet.com.au believes Jemena awarded a contract to Accenture as system integrator in preparation for the roll out.
NSW's deadline for the roll-out of smart metering technology is 2017. Country Energy and IBM announced joint plans to trial the technology amongst 10,000 households.