In a move aimed at reducing power outages and improving grid efficiency, Vietnamese state utility Electricity of Vietnam Southern Power Corporation (EVN SPC) has opened a new main control centre in Ho Chi Minh City.
Developed, designed and built by Siemens, the centre will allow EVN to remotely monitor and control its medium- and low-voltage grids in 21 southern provinces.
In a statement, Siemens said the control centre technology is based on its system platform for network control centres, which will be used in Vietnam as a SCADA and distribution management system (DMS). The company added that the control centre will not only be used for remote monitoring and control of distribution grids with capacities of 110 kV or less, but can also work with the 220 kV-and-above transmission grid.
EVN plans to use the grid control technology, which Siemens said can be operated locally or remotely, to prepare 110 kV transformer substations for unmanned operation in future.
Nguyen Van Hop, EVN SPC president and CEO, said his company was “very excited with the opening of the main control centre SCADA DMS in Ho Chi Minh City” and that the centre “will help us to remarkably improve the efficiency and reliability of the distribution network in 21 provinces and cities in the southern region of Vietnam.”
And Thomas Zimmermann, CEO of the Business Unit Digital Grid with Siemens Energy Management Division, added that “EVN’s new network control centre enables it to respond flexibly and cost-efficiently to the current and future challenges of ensuring reliable network operation. For EVN, that means an improvement in both its operational efficiency and quality of service.”