NIE embarks on major meter project in Newry

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Friday, June 12th, 2015
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Northern Ireland Electricity (NIE), the electricity network company, is starting a new meter project, which will see the replacement of around 200,000 electricity meters across the country over the next two years. nie3NIE is responsible for the fitting and maintenance of all electricity meters in Northern Ireland. NIE also reads the meters on behalf of the electricity supply companies in Northern Ireland who in turn use this information to bill customers for their electricity usage. NIE has recently appointed two contractors, MD Electrical and KJM Electrical to carry out the first phase of the project. KJM Electrical has started work within the Greater Belfast area and MD Electrical will commence work in Newry and surrounding areas before the end of June. Further phases of the project will be awarded over the coming months, and the project is expected to employ a total of 40 qualified electricians once it is fully up and running. Gerard Magee, Head of NIE Market Operations, says the project will update older meters across the country. He told Newry Times, “We are delighted to be starting this challenging project, which will involve replacement of electricity meters in around 25% of homes and small businesses across the country by September 2017. “Electricity meters record the amount of electricity used and this project will replace any meter which has reached the end of its recommended lifecycle. This will ensure that customers continue to receive accurate information on their electricity usage. “We are able to identify from our records which meters are due for replacement, and contractors working on behalf of NIE will contact customers directly to make appointments to replace the meters involved.” Gerard added, “If your meter is due for replacement and is inside your property, you will be contacted by one of our contractors to arrange access for their electrician to replace the meter. “We would greatly appreciate the assistance of customers in facilitating this important work. These contractors are working for NIE and will carry identification. We would ask all our customers to always ask for identification before giving access to your home.” If you have any queries about your meter, please contact your electricity supplier. For more information on NIE’s meter replacement project, please visit nie.co.uk.

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