Soluziona USA chosen by PSE&G to help with substation condition assessment


MEDIA, Pa., Oct. 30, 2002 — Soluziona USA, an IT consulting and specialized software solutions provider and North American arm of Soluziona, announced that it has been working with Public Service Electric & Gas (PSE&G) of New Jersey assisting the utility in developing new processes and systems to improve the effectiveness of substation maintenance and capital replacement programs.

Soluziona USA was specifically chosen to help PSE&G reduce their overall maintenance costs and be more proactive in managing their transmission and distribution assets, leveraging their existing technology products.

Soluziona USA, a systems integrator and consulting organization, has been providing technology solutions to the energy industry since 1988, and possessed the utility business process experience to work effectively with various technologies and software products, such as SAP and OSI Soft, on this project.

“We are happy to be part of this project, PSE&G is a long time client of ours and we were pleased to bring our experience to the table for them”, commented Greg Muller, VP Energy at Soluziona USA. “PSE&G’s goal is to realize reductions in the overall cost of substation maintenance by shifting from calendar-based maintenance to condition-based maintenance. Also, through equipment condition assessment, PSE&G seeks to be able to identify and address problems before they cause equipment failures, while saving costs related to T&D maintenance engineering and management.”

Electrical substations are the critical junction points in electrical utilities’ transmission and distribution grids. They contain large and expensive assets that direct, monitor and control the flow of electricity. By catching potential equipment failures before they occur, through condition assessment, utilities improve equipment reliability and uninterrupted delivery of power to their customers.

Utilities across the country are now shifting more towards condition-based maintenance programs instead of relying on calendar-based maintenance that dictates the servicing, overhaul, or replacement of equipment that may be in good health, while not catching equipment that may be on the verge of failure.

Inspection and maintenance of substation equipment represent major expenses for utilities and offer large opportunities for savings. Condition assessment provides an effective tool for reducing maintenance costs and improving T&D asset health.

Soluziona USA, through its global organization, is harnessing their vast experience in a recently launched branded offering to capitalize on the move away from calendar-based maintenance. Soluziona USA’s offering, PREvENTà¢â€ž-, includes condition-based maintenance, in addition to other value-added components to assist companies with total asset management.

About Soluziona USA

Soluziona USA is an IT consulting, integration, and specialized software solutions organization that plans, designs, implements, and manages information management and process automation projects and systems that are technology-enabled and business-driven.

Soluziona USA helps clients overcome the challenges of managing information by building and implementing processes and solutions that provide a competitive advantage.

The organization delivers its services, solutions and products to clients through its eBusiness Solutions and Energy Services groups to automate processes, manage information, reduce operating costs and drive business. Soluziona USA’s primary markets are energy, financial, government and service-based industries.

The Soluziona organization has ongoing projects in over 45 countries with more than 8,500 employees. It is the software development, IT, management consulting and professional services arm of the $4 billion international group Union Fenosa employing more than 18,000 employees.

History

Beginning in 1988, Software Consulting Group (SCG) began providing advanced software and technical solutions and services to the energy industry. Soon, the company expanded into cross-industry markets, providing national software solutions to the financial, pharmaceutical, and professional services industries. In 2001, Soluziona, one of Spain’s largest industrial and service groups, acquired SCG. The new entity, Soluziona USA is headquartered at SCG’s original location in the greater Philadelphia, Pennsylvania region.

About Public Service Electric and Gas

PSE&G is New Jersey’s oldest and largest regulated gas and electric delivery utility, serving nearly three-quarters of the state’s population. PSE&G is a subsidiary of PSEG, a diversified energy company.

Other subsidiaries of PSEG include: PSEG Power, a wholesale electric generation and trading company operating in the United States; PSEG Resources, which makes passive, energy related investments; and PSEG Global, which owns, develops and operates power plants and electric and gas distribution systems throughout the world. For more information about PSEG visit: www.pseg.com.

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