Siemens switches on new smart transformer at TRANSCO’s substation

Siemens switches on new smart transformer at TRANSCO’s substation
AUCKLAND NEW ZEALAND JULY 18 Electric power substation Otahuhu Auckland Photo by David HallettGetty Images
Published: 19 September 2019 - 10:47 a.m.
By: Baset Asaba

The Abu Dhabi Transmission and Despatch Company (TRANSCO) and Siemens have recently announced the joint activation of a newly installed connected power transformer, Siemens Sensformer, at TRANSCO’s Al Foah 220/33-kilovolt substation.

According to a statement from the company, the activation of the Sensformer is the first time the technology has been used in the Middle East. These next-generation transformers act as information hubs and are equipped with a connectivity feature that transmits a defined set of data to a cloud-based platform application, the company added.

Dr Bruce Stedall, MD at TRANSCO said: “The installation and activation of this smart transformer is part and parcel of the digital transformation journey we launched under the umbrella of our vision to be one of the top quartile utilities in the world by 2024.”

Dr Salem Al Harthi, projects director, added: “It is also in line with the directives of our visionary leadership, aimed at meeting the increasing demand for water and electricity across the areas we serve in Abu Dhabi, the UAE and abroad.”

The programme visualises the information and provides real-time updates on the status and performance of assets, according to officials from both sides.

Meanwhile, Rafiq Hussain, senior vice president, Siemens Transmission Products in the Middle East said: “With this deployment, TRANSCO and Siemens will have the needed information to start the digital journey in transmission products and pave the way for the Internet of Energy.”

Siemens also stated that grids equipped with the Sensformer will have access to real-time measurements of oil level, top oil temperature, low-voltage winding and the GPS location of transformers.

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