Distribution network operator DEDDIE/HEDNO is awaiting the outcome of legal action taken by Swiss group Landis+Gyr following its disqualification from a tender for the installation of smart meters in Greece before it proceeds with the procedure’s second round.
The Landis+Gyr case is expected to be heard by the Authority for the Examination of Preliminary Appeals (AEPP) next week, on February 8, according to energypress sources. The outcome of the case will determine how the tender plays out, including whether further legal action could be taken by the Swiss-headquartered corporation.
The tender is offering a lucrative contract for the installation of approximately 7.5 million smart throughout the country over a ten-year period, a project budgeted at 830 million euros.
Once the situation concerning the Swiss group has been clarified, DEDDIE/HEDNO will forward, to the tender’s participants, second-round terms concerning smart-meter technical specifications as well as software specifications.
Landis+Gyr is said to have been disqualified from the DEDDIE/HEDNO tender as it had declared, as a sub-contractor, a plant other than one it maintains in Corinth, west of Athens, which serves as an international hub for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
As previously reported by energypress, four participants have qualified for the second round of the DEDDIE/HEDNO tender, these being US corporation Itron’s Spanish subsidiary, fellow US firm Elster Rometrics, Slovenia’s Iskraemeco, and Greek company Protasis.
Besides Landis+Gyr, Denmark’s Netcompany Intrasoft and Italy’s Gridspertise also failed to advance to the next stage of the DEDDIE/HEDNO tender.