French grid operators select Efacec to modernise command center operations


French Distribution Service Operators SRD and GÉRÉDIS Deux-Sèvres have awarded Efacec the contract to modernise their command centers.

The command centers are used to manage the electrical distribution network in the departments of Vienne and Deux-Sèvres, in the region of New Aquitaine.

Efacec will ensure the management and control of the entire medium and low voltage distribution network, which includes about 300,000 customers, 60 primary substations and 18,000 secondary substations, 100 producers in medium voltage and 8,000 producers in low voltage.

The solution provider is supplying two advanced distribution management systems in a move that is helping the firm to strengthen its presence in the French market.

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SRD manages 12,000 kilometers of network, and around 150,000 delivery points to 250,000 inhabitants. The utility is focused on the constant optimisation of the network, the investment in the energy transition and in supporting the implementation of renewable energies.

GÉRÉDIS ensures operation of a network of 14,000 kilometers in the department of Deux-Sèvres, constantly improving quality electric power supply to its customers. GÉRÉDIS promotes technology and innovation while actively taking part in the energy transition on its network.

Focused on the development of the service and on benefiting from the advances brought by digital technologies to face the challenges related to renewable energies and smart grids, GÉRÉDIS and SRD decided in 2019 to renew their SCADA tool, a remote-control system used for control and management of electrical distribution networks, with the ability to remotely monitor and operate geographically dispersed equipment.