Landis+Gyr, Sagemcom win France's ERDF Linky smart meter order

PARIS, Sept 5 Fri Sep 5, 2014 10:43am EDT

PARIS, Sept 5 (Reuters) - Switzerland's Landis+Gyr and France's Sagemcom said on Friday they had been selected to build the first three million new Linky smart power meters for French electricity distribution firm ERDF.

An industry source said four other companies reported to have been selected - U.S.-based Itron, French group Cahors' unit Maec, Germany's Elster and Spain's Ziv - had also been chosen.

ERDF, a unit of state-controlled utility EDF, declined to comment.

ERDF (Electricite Reseau Distribution France) will install 3 million Linky meters and 80,000 data concentrators in 2015-16, before rolling out a total of 35 million smart meters by 2021 at a total cost of more than 5 billion euros ($6.5 billion).

Landis+Gyr, a unit of Toshiba, said its contract was worth about 60 million euros, adding it would be one of the leading Linky suppliers.

Sagemcom said it would deliver more than 1.2 million meters and data concentrators, but gave no financial details.

Earlier this year, Sagemcom, Itron and Elster were also among companies selected to build smart gas meter Gazpar for gas grid firm GrDF, a unit of GDF Suez.

ERDF manages 95 percent of France's electricity distribution network and operates 1.3 million kilometres of power lines.

(1 US dollar = 0.7714 euro) (Reporting by Geert De Clercq; Editing by Mark Potter)