MEDC to invest RO45mn in 2010

The Muscat Electricity Distribution Company (MEDC) has announced plans for a number of projects to expand and enhance its current network and accommodate the growing demand for electricity in Muscat

The Muscat Electricity Distribution Company (MEDC) has announced plans for a number of projects to expand and enhance its current network and accommodate the growing demand for electricity in Muscat.

The company has invested in a number of primary sub-stations of international standard to ensure an efficient distribution of electricity to all in Muscat.

Zahir Abdullah al Abri, general manager of MEDC, said, In 2009 alone we have invested RO31mn in various projects. We have also approved a budget of RO45mn for 2010, indicating our commitment to our policy of the development and improvement."

"Since MEDC was established four years ago, we are aware of the role we play in developing the national economy," al Abri added. The government-owned company was established pursuant to Royal Decree No. 78/2004; MEDC has the aspiration to succeed within the role it was allocated.

"We are really proud of what we have achieved so far, and we are aware that we still have a lot to do to offer a better service to our customers."

Over the past four years MEDC has provided and distributed electricity throughout Muscat, and continues to focus on expanding its network to meet increasing demands for energy. The company's customer base recently touched 193,000 subscribers in 2009 and the regulated units distributed increased by nine per cent.

"In line with the diverse range of projects currently being implemented, we are also in the process of adding different services to our subscribers; such as online services via our website to enable customers to check their accounts," he said.

Al Abri said the electricity distribution business is a capital intensive business, which needs huge investments to expand and maintain the network.

"We see that customers' payment on time is very crucial to our operations and it will assist us to develop an infrastructure that will serve the whole economy.

Payment on time will also assist the company to put together a robust business plan and help us reduce the connection time from two weeks for areas where electricity network is available and three months where the company needs to develop the network to lower number of days.

We believe it is the duty of customers to pay on time and contribute to the development of the company and the sector."

MEDC recently launched a call centre to serve its customers. "

MEDC to invest RO45mn in 2010
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