Siemens will design and install 12
microgrids for the
Brazilian utility Centrais
Elétricas do Pará (CELPA).
These microgrids will be built
in power generation plants (
distributed energy systems) in the state
A central control center in Belém will be
able to monitor and control these self-contained island networks. Siemens will deliver
and install the suitable automation, protection and control technology. The hope is to
improve the analysis of power plant data
and thus increase the availability and reliability of the plants. It will also make it possible to optimize and better plan the service
and maintenance work of the service teams,
so that fewer deployments on site are neces-
Dozen Microgrids from Siemens Plotted
to Enhance Brazilian Power Plants
sary. The two power plants furthest apart are
at a distance of 890 kilometers from each
other. The systems are scheduled to go into
service at the beginning of 2018.
The twelve plants are powered with diesel
generators and are geographically distributed across the Brazilian state of Pará. With a
total output of 80 MW they supply power to
about 160,000 people. The plants are located in Afuá, Alenquer, Faro, Gurupá, Juruti,
Monte Alegre, Muaná, Oeiras do Pará, Porto
de Moz, Prainha, São Sebastião da Boa Vista and Terra Santa. The region in which the
plants are located features rough and almost
impassable terrain, and is mainly accessible
by river. From Belém to Terra Santa takes
about seven days by boat.
“In this way we can improve monitoring
and control systems and thus increase gen-
eration rates, while reducing fuel consump-
tion and improving the reliability of the
plants. Another advantage of this system is
that downtimes are reduced and the plants
can be operated with the highest efficiency
parameters,” states Sérgio Jacobsen, CEO
of Siemens Digital Grid in Brazil.
The scope of delivery from Siemens also
includes the equipment for collecting and
monitoring local data such as the RTUs (
remote terminal units) and the communication interfaces. The protection technology
components are supplied by Reyrolle.
An official says work on an electric cable
linking the power grids of Israel, Cyprus
and Greece is on track to start in the first
quarter of 2018 after Greek and Cypriot
regulators approved the project.
Nasos Ktorides, who heads the EuroAsia Interconnector project, said recently
that Israeli regulators are expected to give
their approval this month.
The 945-mile undersea electric cable
with a 2,000 MW capacity will be able to
both receive and transmit electricity.
Work on the cable is expected to last
until 2022 and its first phase will have an
estimated cost of around $4.13 billion.
The project emerged amid improved
relations between the three counties,
Work on Transmission Link Between Israel, Cyprus and Greece Begins in 2018