First ABB Digital Substations Seminar in Belarus

2016-05-25 - ABB Grid Automation Systems recently conducted its first ABB Digital Substations seminar in Belarusian capital Minsk on April, 7th 2016.

With more than 50 participants from utilities, design institutes and ECPs in attendance there was a clear demand shown for the ABB’s latest digital substation automation technologies to support the new demands from grid. The presentations were given from four leading technology experts from ABB, Stefan Meier, product manager “Digital Substation Automation”; Kirill Doronin, technical engineering manager; Aleksandar Vujanic, product manager FOCS and Igor Almazov, Area Sales Manager for Eastern Europe. A key focus was on the technical and commercial benefits of ABB’s digital substations compared with conventional technology.

The main benefits outlined the savings in terms of capital investments and operational costs, as well as the considerable space saving opportunities. Up to 60% less space is required in the relay house when using a digital substation. In addition, up to 80% copper cable can be reached thanks to wiring via process bus technology. ABB has already now collected experience and know-how with an installed base of more than 15 digital substation installations worldwide since 2011.

Following the recent removal of European Union sanctions, Belarus is now actively searching for resources to increase its energy production output via the modernization of its national electrical grid. The first step towards this will include the construction of its first nuclear plant in Grodno-area, which will deliver an expected increase in energy independence for the country and will also provide the opportunity to supply electrical energy to other neighboring countries.

The World Bank has also recently announced a new program to finance construction of two new Hydro Power plants in Mogilev and Gomel, further supporting the modernization of Belarus’s energy sector. To support the modernization across the grid, many legacy 220-750 kV substations will need to be retrofitted during the next 10 years. With the high capital investment comes the opportunity for new technologies to be introduced to support greater long term affordability, digitalization of the grid and greater safety. ABB’s Digital Substation provides an excellent solution for this purpose.

The highly interactive seminar once again showcased the high interest across Belarus in ABB’s Digital Substation technology. The professional Russian translation was also very much appreciated by seminar participants.

After the seminar the meetings were conducted with top management of the utility company and design institute with both indicating not only an interest to Digital Substations but also indicated concrete project opportunities in Belarus. ABB will continue to provide leading support to ensure Belarus can achieve their modernization targets.

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