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POWERGRID_INTERNATIONAL Volume 5 Issue 8
Oil companies face a number of challenges, from economic to electrical. As Brazil's largest oil company, Petrobras holds a unique position in the industry for having pioneered off-shore deep-water exploration and deep-water drilling technology. But one of Petrobras' more unique challenges was met on land at its Parque Manobras oilfield in the state of Bahia.
Earlier this year, the Love Bug virus hit computers around the world, causing an estimated $7 billion in damages. Onel de Guzman, a 24-year-old computer school dropout from the Philippines, was charged with creating and unleashing the virus. In March 2000, two 18-year-old British men were arrested after an FBI probe of millions of dollars in credit card theft through the hacking of e-commerce sites led investigators to Wales.
It was just a few years ago that SAP, the Waldorf, Germany-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) software company, introduced its Customer Care and Service (CCS) solution to North American utilities. As with many new software products, the first deliveries were full of bugs, the product was difficult to work with and it did not meet the North American market's needs.
Substation automation is a catch-all phrase that connotes different objectives and technologies to different companies, and even to different individuals within a company. Perhaps the simplest definition is that substation automation provides a means for obtaining timely information to assist in making operational decisions.
Ludwik Lejzer Zamenhof is not a name generally associated with the electric utility industry or systems integration, but parallels do exist between the Polish philologist's efforts in the late 19th century and the back-office landscape of modern utilities.
Forward-looking electric utilities, like Bay City Electric Light and Power and Alpena Power Co. in Michigan, are responding to market change by investing in technologies that allow them to monitor and control their processes with greater precision, speed and economy.