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German power firm to help develop smart grid systems for India

Siemens will equip Indian cities with technology for power distribution systems

Siemens will equip its power distribution technology to cities in India
Siemens will equip its power distribution technology to cities in India

German power firm Siemens is using its technology to help develop smart grid systems in India. The utility firm of the Indian state of Maharashtra, the State Electricity Distribution Company, Mumbai, placed an order with Siemens for the installation of turnkey supervisory control and data acquisition technology (SCADA/DMS) for power distribution networks in eight cities.

This EUR18.5m order has been awarded in connection with the Restructured Accelerated Power Development Reforms Program funded by the Indian government. The SCADA/DMS systems are to be installed and ready for operation by June 2013 and are expected to improve the availability and transparency of the distribution networks, cutting related power losses by as much as 15 per cent.

The contract volume for Siemens Infrastructure & Cities includes the entire project management in addition to the development, manufacture, implementation and commissioning of SCADA/DMS supervisory control centres for eight cities in the state of Maharashtra, among them the Greater Mumbai area.

The order includes the installation of remote terminal units (RTU) in 66, 33, and 22 kV substations in addition to the installation of more than 4,000 compact RTU in the 11kV distribution substations. A range of integrated IT systems, such as a customer care system and a geographic information system (GIS), ensures the fast fault elimination. Another integral part of the scope of supply is the provision of maintenance and other services for a period of five years after commissioning of the systems.

Jan Mrosik, CEO of the smart grid division of the Siemens Infrastructure & Cities Sector, said: "Our SCADA/DMS systems are successfully proving their worth in operation for numerous power providers and network operators in India. In network automation we are now one of the leading suppliers in that country. With the order from Maharashtra we have reinforced our position.”

Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems are used for the operator interface and for the control and monitoring of power networks while the combined Distribution Management System (DMS) optimises distribution network control.

Spectrum Power, the SCADA/DMS product from Siemens, gives grid operators control over the network management and the energy flow. Thanks to its Web-based architecture, Spectrum Power also allows decentralized management. Furthermore, it helps to cut the cost of network maintenance and to speed up the elimination of faults.

The Siemens Infrastructure & Cities Sector (Munich, Germany), with approximately 87,000 employees, offers sustainable technologies for metropolitan areas and their infrastructures. Its offerings include integrated mobility solutions, building and security technology, power distribution, smart grid applications, and low- and medium-voltage products.

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