New ‘Substation-to-Substation’ Digital Solution by ABB and TRANSCO

Substation-to-Substation Digital Solution by ABB & TRANSCO

ABB and TRANSCO collaborate to introduce the first of its kind ‘Substation-to-Substation’ Digital Solution in the Middle East

Technology leader ABB has taken its relationship with TRANSCO (an Abu Dhabi Transmission and Despatch Company) one step further as it delivers a first of its kind ‘substation-to-substation’ digital solution.

Utilising their state of the art technology and innovative concepts, ABB will play a big part in the 400 kilovolt Al Dhafra switching station project.

As substations play a huge role in the smart grid, it is important that they are both secure and reliable. Therefore, for this project it was vital that there was full digital control, protection and communication features for mission-critical applications and was part of wider innovation that would enable the digital transformation of the power industry.

“With the advancement in digital substation technology, ABB and TRANSCO are pioneering a truly unique substation-to-substation solution that will better utilize the existing digital technology, whilst improving availability and reliability of the mission-critical application

Dr. Mostafa AlGuezeri, Managing Director of ABB’s Power Grids business in the UAE, Gulf and Near East

The project not only achieves the digitalised end-to-end protection concept, but also introduces a unique application that is the first of its kind to be delivered in the region. The ABB solution allows TRANSCO to guarantee performance and correct operation of the application, compare the availability of service and at the same time, provide substation network separation.

As part of the project, ABB will supply its industry leading protection relays, merging units, fiber-optic communication equipment and gas-insulated switchgear with non-conventional instrument transformers. ABB will also provide local support to the project and will help TRANSCO evaluate their strategy in further adopting and deploying digital substations.

This is certainly a major step in helping to pave the way for greater adoption of digital substation technologies across the Middle East.

Digital Substations can help to bridge the gap between the equipment at both the process bus level as well as the station level.

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