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ABB to Install Control Centers in China

Zhejiang Provincial Power Company has awarded ABB a US $9.8 million contract to install new electricity distribution centers in two southeastern China cities, Hangzhou and Ningbo.

The contract, signed with the Zhejiang Provincial Power Company is to install IT systems and software for two new control centers which will coordinate the flow of power in distribution areas with peak loads exceeding 2,000 MW, serving around 1 million customers each.

The centers will help the power company more accurately match energy supply and demand, enabling Hangzhou and Ningbo to improve the reliability of their current distribution networks and allow for future capacity additions in the two regions, where populations are growing by 20 percent per year.

ABB will install distribution management systems in the new control centers with software solutions that integrate network operations and outage management, including management of working crews. The systems include network analysis and planning functions that use real-time data to optimize the utilization of assets.

The distribution management system for the new control centers will provide Web-interfaces as well as operator interfaces with all displays and computer dialogue in the Chinese language. The contract also includes the installation of computer systems and data acquisition terminals in substations and feeder units. The new centers are scheduled to start operation in the first half of 2004.

Rio Substations to Get Upgrade

Under a 6.3 million Euro contract with Brazilian utility Light Serviços de Eletricidade, ALSTOM will upgrade 16 Rio de Janeiro substations with the latest digital protection and control systems.

The substations will be fitted with PSCN 3020 digital control systems and be controlled remotely from two control centers, the regional COR-1 and the higher-level COS at Light’s head offices in Rio. The upgrade is expected to allow the utility to monitor energy supply and quality, and correct problems remotely to prevent disturbances from affecting the system. The substations involved in the project supply power to the Rio de Janeiro north region, a heavily populated area.

The substations being upgraded are Piedade Carandá, Fundão, Olario, Guanabara, Boca do Mato, Lins, Ramos, Democráticos, Cordovil, Cachambi, Del Castilho, Pedro Ernesto, Brás de Pina, Terra Nova and Galeão Airport. The upgrades are due to be finished in mid-2004, and the first substations–Piedade, Carandá and Fundão–are expected to be finished by December 2002.

KEMA to Review Brazilian Control System

Eletrosul, the electric energy transmission company for the South of Brazil, has chosen KEMA Consulting Brazil to review the technical specifications of the new supervisory control system of the transmission operation center (COT). The COT is responsible for the real-time coordination, supervision and control of all operations in 31 substations, in the Uruguaiana frequency converter, and in the 8,922 km of lines within Eletrosul’s transmission system.

KEMA will review the technical specification and will complement it to obtain a complete bidding package for the preparation of proposals by Brazilian and international vendors of SCADA/EMS systems. KEMA also will provide technical and management support during the bid, assisting with answers to questions formulated by the bidders as well as with answers to Eletrosul’s questions during the decision-making process.

Electrabel to Implement Work Force Management System

Electrabel, the leading energy producer, distributor and supplier in Belgium, has chosen SchlumbergerSema to integrate a work force management system developed by Cognicase-M3i. The contract was awarded as part of Small Works, a strategic work force management implementation initiative of Electrabel’s Netmanagement division.

As lead integrator, SchlumbergerSema will provide systems integration, project management and training associated with rolling out the system, which is expected to provide Electrabel with greater control over its networks and allow staff to dispatch work more efficiently.

The system, which includes hardware architecture and interfaces with Cognicase-M3i software, will make the scheduling and dispatching of work orders to field technicians faster and more efficient. Electrabel staff will operate the system, which will be integrated within the Electrabel call center, customer information system and enterprise resource planning systems. Ultimately, the system will be used to communicate with thousands of field crews in real-time.

Nova Scotia Power Improves Online Customer Care

Nova Scotia Power recently selected ORCOM for infrastructure hosting and improved customer care functionality for its online customer care system.

“Understanding that people are spending more time on the Internet, we wanted to offer our customers better online transaction capabilities,” said Greg Reinhardt, Nova Scotia Power’s customer solutions IT manager.

Nova Scotia Power presently has more than 450,000 customers who have access to an online system to check the status of bills and payment histories. With ORCOM’s hosting solution, Nova Scotia Power will offer residential and commercial customers enhanced capabilities including online self-service order requests, usage history, billing history and payment transactions.

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