Asian utilities explore ABB’s solutions for smarter grids

2014-08-27 - Asian Utility Week 2014 (ASUW14) -– ABB introduced solutions for more efficient and reliable power grids to Asian power utilities in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. During the two-day event in August, several utilities cited power protection and grid automation as their top challenges. They also expressed interest in SCADA/DMS solutions.
The conference delegates at ASUW14 had the opportunity to hear about the benefits and savings that ABB’s smart grid solutions have brought to Finnish utilities. The live smart grid demonstrations at the ABB stand supported the message, offering around 100 visitors the opportunity to see the products and solutions in action.

For this short summary, we caught up with a few of the visitors – PSA International from Singapore, Provincial Electricity Authority from Thailand and Tenaga Nasional Berhad from Malaysia – and asked them about their ongoing smart grid projects.

Mr. Cheah Wi Kwong (on the right) familiarizing himself with Relion relays.
Grid automation - an increasing trend

Fast power restoration and condition monitoring were among the main areas of interest to PSA International from Singapore (PSA), one of the world's largest port operators. They were also interested in distinguishing between permanent and transient faults.

PSA’s plans for increasing automation are still at an early stage. The target for the next five years, however, is to upgrade the network control system to a new SCADA and replace old electromechanical relays with modern protection and control relays, to mention some of the steps.

"We are interested in receiving more information on and training in ABB’s Relion® protection and control relays for medium-voltage applications", Mr. Cheah Wi Kwong, Senior Manager, from PSA said. He acknowledged the many value-added features of the relays and mentioned, in particular, their versatile functionality, fault and disturbance records and remote control via SCADA.

Upgrading substations in Thailand
Mr. Pongsakorn Yuthagovit (on the left) testing the GA control cabinet.

Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA), a government-owned utility in Thailand, has been an established utility partner of Asian Utility Week during the recent years. Mr. Pongsakorn Yuthagovit, Manager of Project Planning Division at PEA, was most inspired to see smart metering systems and SCADA/DMS solutions at the event.

"Next year, we will upgrade twenty of our substations as well as invest in new ones. At the same time, we are also planning to implement the IEC 61850 standard", he said concerning their upcoming investment plans. He also mentioned distributed generation as one of their next steps towards smarter grids.

Mr. Anthony S Rajamanickam (on the left) getting introduced to the InGRID demo.
Long-term investments within power distribution

Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB), the largest utility in Malaysia, was interested in the opportunities to integrate smart meters with solutions for distribution automation and SCADA. One of their ongoing smart grid pilot projects covers the installation of 1,000 smart meters in the areas of Malacca and Putraya in Malaysia.

TNB’s 10-year plan for the whole power distribution segment includes many upgrade projects. "We have a pilot on the IEC 61850 solution at station level. We are also adding earth and line fault indicators to the grid to receive more accurate information on the network status", Mr. Anthony S Rajamanickam, Head of Corporate Planning and Sustainability Department at TNB, said. Their plans also include automating low-voltage substations as well as optimizing assets through improved outage management and by implementing condition monitoring.

See you at next year's Asian Utility Week in Bangkok, Thailand on June 9-11, 2015!


Editorial contact: Heidi Hautala

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