Substation DSCADA Project

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Client: Progress Energy Florida
Location: Florida, USA

With a sizeable Department of Energy grant awarded, Progress Energy Florida planned to move forward with a series of smart grid projects across its electrical system. But first, the utility needed to ready its substations system-wide for the new technologies. POWER Engineers supplied the engineering, procurement and construction services to modify 199 PEF substations to allow for separate control and monitoring of distribution and transmission assets. This work enabled implementation of a new distribution SCADA system and laid the foundation for smart grid enhancements.

POWER provided services for the installation of new RTU/gateways and telecommunications equipment to support the carrying of distribution system operational data and substation equipment control signals using DNP3 over IP. In addition, POWER was responsible for running and terminating power cables into the telecom equipment, studying and modifying the ground grid as necessary while maintaining compliance with IEEE 80, preparing equipment for transfer and readiness cutover of all distribution data and control points from the legacy equipment to the new distribution SCADA, and engineering and lab testing of revised RTU and gateway configuration files.

For material procurement, POWER coordinated with seven PEF preferred vendors to meet requirements for specialty engineered products.

PEF had an aggressive schedule for the project driven by federal stimulus grant deadlines. Adding to the challenge, the 199 project sites were spread across a service area covering two-thirds of Florida. Due to the distances involved, POWER needed to schedule, stage and manage each site as a separate project. To accomplish the work – including procurement, construction, testing and demobilization — in the required timeframe, POWER deployed four full crews working simultaneously under two full-time construction managers. Four months into construction, POWER’s team was ahead of schedule and ultimately finished two months early with zero accidents or incidents, keeping PEF on track for the next phase of the project.