ABB To Provide Network Management Solution For National Grid In US
ABB will implement its Network Manager SCADA/EMS (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition/Energy Management System) solution in the U.S. for National Grid, a leading energy utility. National Grid will deploy the technology in its up-state New York and New England electric operations control centers to manage the transmission and distribution networks in the region.This will facilitate a common platform for system support and operations, thus improving efficiency and maintaining a reliable and secure system.
“We are delighted to work with National Grid,” said Jens Birgersson, head of Network Management at ABB, a part of the Power Systems division. “Network Manager is a market leader that enables reliable, secure and energy-efficient network operation, and is an ideal base for smart grid applications.” As part of the project scope, ABB will provide design, engineering, software, hardware, system implementation and related services. The Network Manager platform includes the SCADA system, advanced power system applications, user interface with advanced visualization and situational awareness, as well as a fully integrated operator training simulator. It also has system integration capabilities, including the use of CIM (Common Information Model), full system redundancy and offers scope for expansion. Network ManagerTM meets industry mandated NERC Critical Infrastructure Protection Standards and National Grid cyber security requirements.
“This project is part of National Grid’s continuing investment in enhancing service and reliability for our customers” said Masheed H. Saidi, National Grid’s executive vice president and chief operating officer for U.S. Transmission. “We look forward to benefiting from ABB’s resources and expertise.” National Grid is an international energy delivery company, owning over 4,000 megawatts of contracted electricity generation capacity in the US and delivering electricity to around 3.3 million customers in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Rhode Island. It also manages the electricity network on Long Island under an agreement with the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA).