G4S, the British security company who reportedly could not provide enough venue guards for the London Olympics last year, have stated they have won a meter reading contract worth at the minimum £150 million with leading gas company British gas.

The company in who are regarded the world’s largest security firm which controls services protecting embassies said in a statement this week that the seven-year contract with Britain’s biggest energy supplier British Gas, owned by Centrica (CNA.L), would begin in April. G4S who also noticeably read meters for energy providers including Scottish Power and EON had in the past run the contract for British Gas with Siemens.

G4S were subject to heavy criticism in the summer from media and politics after the failure at the Olympic Games which led to troops helping the lack of staff problems and also eventually led to the exit of two of G4S’s senior management team. G4S is expected soon to reach a financial settlement with Olympic organisers on the contract, which is worth around 240 million pounds.

The firm has also estimated that the cost of using military troops and police could result in a £50 million pound loss on the deal however it is now expected to be closer to double that original prediction.

G4S owns the  ArmorGroup and has  ordinance management operations in a total 26 different countries. Its Gurkha Services arm trains the British army for combat duties. In 2010 and 2012 , last year,  the US Senate Armed Services Committee and the UN watchdog  Global Policy Forum published criticism of G4S as a military contractor. According to War on Want, the criticism did not stop the British government from extending armed security contracts with G4S in Afghanistan, understood to be worth £72 million.

G4S also provides security services to the detention and interrogation facilities to the “Russian Compound” in Jerusalem and to “al-Jalameh” detention centre in Haifa where Palestinian teenagers are interrogated. Back in January of last year,  the Guardian reported that Cell 36 of al-Jalameh prison is one of the cells where Palestinian children are locked in solitary confinement for days or even weeks.