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Siemens & EVN open new main control center for south

Released at: 10:51, 30/06/2017

Siemens & EVN open new main control center for south

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Center able to remotely monitor and control medium- and low-voltage grids in 21 cities and provinces in southern region.

by Linh San

Siemens and the State-run energy company, Electricity of Vietnam Southern Power Corporation (EVN SPC), have opened a new main control center in Ho Chi Minh City. 

The energy provider had Siemens develop, design, and build the facilities in the main control center in order to be able to remotely monitor and control the medium- and low-voltage grids in 21 cities and provinces in the southern region. 

“EVN’s new network control center enables it to respond flexibly and cost-efficiently to the current and future challenges of ensuring reliable network operation,” said Mr. Thomas Zimmermann, CEO of the Business Unit Digital Grid, Siemens Energy Management Division. “For EVN, that means an improvement in both its operational efficiency and quality of service.”

The project will significantly improve the availability and efficiency of distribution grids in the region and reduce power outages, thus contributing to economic development.
“We are very excited with the opening of the main control center, SCADA DMS, in Ho Chi Minh City,” said Mr. Nguyen Van Hop, President and CEO of EVN SPC. “Equipped with Siemens’ most advanced technology in the power distribution industry, the center will help us remarkably improve the efficiency and reliability of the distribution network in 21 cities and provinces in the southern region. We will be able to create sustainable values not only to the region but also to our company through higher productivity and significant cost savings.”
The control center’s technology is based on the Siemens Spectrum Power system platform for network control centers, which will be used in Vietnam as a Supervisor Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) and distribution management system (DMS). The control center will not only be used for remote monitoring and control of distribution grids with capacities of 110 kV and below but can also work with transmission grids of 220 kV and above in order to minimize losses and down time. With the aid of the Siemens grid control technology, the State-run energy company will also prepare 110 kV transformer substations for unmanned operations in the future.
SCADA systems are used to operate and observe, control, and monitor power grids, while the DMS with which they are combined optimizes distribution grid management. The Spectrum Power SCADA/DMS system from Siemens enables grid operators to control the grid management system and the energy flow. The system can be operated locally or remotely thanks to its web-based architecture. In addition, it helps to reduce grid maintenance costs and eliminate faults faster.

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